Saturday, September 3, 2011

An Evening Walk

A few days ago, the kids and I went for a walk through a nearby corn field.  I got out of the car and realized I didn't have my camera...  At first disappointed, I soon was happy to be enjoying our time together ~ without distractions. 

It was nearing sunset, so I urged the kids to stay close.  My son forged ahead, as far as he dared, while my daughter lagged behind examining rocks and flowers, beetles and roots...  

We soon came to a clearing with a small but flourishing patch of goldenrod, iron weed, and Queen Anne's lace.  

My son asked a few questions about the flowers, but not long after, he found a stick to play with, and was pacing and wanting to start walking back.  My daughter picked a small fistful of flowers and grasses and was ready to go as well.  In the meantime, I'd gathered my own bouquet of the wildflowers ... 

As the sun sank below the treeline, we made our way back to the car ... each bearing his own treasures and dreaming up what could be our next adventure...

Thoughts of our evening walk together ~ inspired the watercolor above.


  1. Megan, isn't wonderful how children can teach us about how the simple things of the world around us have so much wonder in them. I have noticed when going on hikes in the woods how my children are able to see so much more than myself alone. Their discoveries enrich my life so much more than I can say.

  2. August, you're right... in many ways children are the real teachers. I also love going on walks through the field or the woods to feel like a kid again myself... I love discovering the world again through their eyes.

  3. I'm glad you forgot your camera...we might never have seen this! Well done.

  4. Janet, I feel the same way about it. I would've been focused on getting the right shots instead of on the kids & our beautiful surroundings...

    Here's something to further consider:

    "At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint it or even remember it. It is enough." ~Toni Morrison

    Don't know when that point in life will come for me... I enjoy all of the above so much! :)

  5. I remember last fall watching leaves fall from this enormous tree at the school. My students and I were so delighted with the way the spun in graceful circles all the way to the ground. And I remember thinking, I wonder how I could photograph that? And then I realized that I didn't have to photograph it to remember the moment, I just had to be in the moment. Photography can capture so many great sights and moments, but sometimes the desire to get just the right shot actually keeps me from being really there in the moment. THe digital age we live in...Great post and beautiful watercolor. Thanks for sharing both!

  6. Super beautiful painting...gorgeous ! And such a special story...
    Have a sparkling wkd!

  7. So Beautiful! Thanks for dropping by my website, be sure and post a before and after of your little chair, can't wait to see it!

  8. Happy Birthday to my dad... mom & I framed this watercolor and gave it to him for his office :)


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