Happiness can be found..

Day 39 Nature

We live in a gorgeous world. As Americans, we have one of the most unique and breathtaking countries in the world. We have rainforests, mountain ranges, deserts, badlands, cities and lakes. We have a truly amazing country, and few get to see the beauty it possesses. Even just stepping outside, you can take in the beauty at every turn, you just must look for it.

Coming from Montana, where the winters in the badlands are just spectacular, the snow in the mountains is breathtaking and the spring is full of life and growth with the new baby calves and the crops beginning to take hold, Minnesota seems a little, strange to me. We are surrounded by the most fertile soil in Minnesota, and in the winter time, the majority of farmers do a winter fallow, which helps the ground recover from the farming in the summer time, which also means that they till up the crop land prior to winter hitting, which leaves the countryside looking like a big ole bowl of melted chocolate chip ice cream.

So, although this isn’t a gorgeous landscape with prairie grasses, sage brush and scenic badlands, Minnesota offers it’s own beauty in the winter time.

The trees fill with snow unlike anything I’ve seen in Eastern Montana, and the frost is so thick that on some days, it looks like it just snowed in certain areas in the yard. But my favorite part about the winters in Minnesota, is the left-over foliage from the fall.  These leaves can create a stunning contrast against the winter back drop and are a good reminder to ourselves.

To me, this gorgeous leaf in my garden isn’t just a leaf. It is a reminder to me to be vibrant. To spread that joy that we have within ourselves to others, so they too can see the beauty in this world. There is always beauty in our lives, we just have to look for it. We have to look at the tiny details. A pull back from this photo would show you a barn that needs a roof terribly bad, an over flow of cockleburs and weeds and way too much dog poo to discuss (I hate winter for this reason.. gross). But when you look past those negative things, when you look past the flaws, you will find something truly gorgeous.

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hutchinson MN Photographer

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