Beauty Beneath the Sky ~ Five Photos/Five Stories 3

1999 Golden Gate park picassa 2014













My family is pretty outdoorsy; we enjoy hiking, biking, camping, swimming, etc. What better way to clear the mind than to be one with nature. The flora and fauna, the big blue sky, the mountains in the distance, the smells, the sounds of the ocean…these are all gifts to us. We have beauty in our backyard to be cared for and to be appreciated. Not to mention the necessity of scooting back the chair, turning off the computer, stepping outside to get some exercise, and inhaling some fresh air.

This photo was taken years ago at a favorite destination, Samuel P. Taylor State Park. It’s spread out among beautiful redwood groves and is truly magical. Our children were much younger then. Some of you know our daughter graduated from college this year and our son has three years to go. They’re now young adults, however, there is no age limit for this beautiful place. From young to elderly, many enjoy camping here, spending a day of play in the creek after picnicking, or simply enjoying some quiet walks while contemplating life.

In closing, I’ll repeat this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which becomes more profound each day as lives become busier in this progressive world of technology:
“Adopt the pace of Nature; Her secret is Patience.”

I would like to thank Jean at for tagging me in this fun photo challenge.

Here are the rules for the “Five Photos Five Stories” challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.
(Sporadic posting is alright if you’re unable to post each day.)

My third nomination for this challenge is Kim over at

25 thoughts on “Beauty Beneath the Sky ~ Five Photos/Five Stories 3

  1. Lovely Photo Lauren, and story to go with it.. Good advice about unplugging the computer and getting out into Nature for some fresh air and exercise.. I Couldn’t agree more.. I hope you had a wonderful time and enjoyed your break in Nature my friend.
    Sending Love and Hugs ❤ Sue xxxx

  2. Good advice and what a wonderful, happy photo.😁😁 Hope all is going well with your new direction, how exciting.😁 Keep us posted on how school is going ok!😁🐱

    1. Thanks, Michelle, and it sounds so cliche, but where has the time gone? This park is only a 15 minute drive away. We actually had our daughter’s graduation party there. She preferred being outdoors instead of celebrating in some fancy “hall.” Wishing you a peaceful Sunday. Hugs back atcha! 🙂

  3. I like your second choice picture Lauren, also the very apt quotation.
    I believe those redwood trees are magnificent and grow to a huge size.
    Our children do grow fast and yet they never seem to have patience.
    My Granddaughter is having her second birthday today and it’s beautiful to hear her talk.
    My kindest regards and best wishes for a beautiful day.

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