We had friends come to visit a few weeks ago, so we took our usual “downtown” excursion, which includes a stop at our favorite gallery called Thomas D. Mangelsen’s Images of Nature. As always, when we entered an immediate sense of serenity settled over us and our first-time visitors found themselves amazed by the beauty displayed throughout the gallery.
Hospitality oozed from their staff as they briefly defined “the man behind the lens”, and explained his commitment to never “stage” the scenery or subjects of his photos. As I wandered through the gallery and lingered in front of a stunning Fall scene, one of the staff members gently asked, “You are drawn to the scenic pictures aren’t you?” I responded with a “yes”. He said, “You’re a romantic, right?” I answered “Hmmmmm, I haven’t really considered that idea, but perhaps you’re right.” As he walked away, I recalled that I had indeed, stood and gazed at the outdoor scenes much longer than at the animal portraits. I’m not sure what the definition of a romantic is, however, his comment has drawn my attention to some of things I truly enjoy. I thought I’d share a few of them here…
I love the way the sun shines through the trees into my back yard this time of year… the way it’s now beginning to feel like autumn … cool evenings and warm afternoons… the sound of children playing in school yards… the sight of late summer flowers blooming in my gardens… the moon shining brightly through the trees… watching a blazing fire in our fire pit… and the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves… roasting marshmallows and making s’mores… playing fantasy football against the guys (and one other gal) in the family… seeing pumpkins for sale at the roadside stands… and taking our yearly field trip to an apple orchard!
Being a romantic — we shall see, but this I know… Ah Fall, how I love thee!