As luck would have it, we had to stop at 20th Avenue. I took out my phone, snapped one picture.
I’ve been doing this a lot more lately. A couple of weeks ago, I’d seen a stunning sugar maple on the way home. I pulled over, stopped the car, walked across the street and took a few pictures with my phone. I’m sure the neighbors wondered what I was doing, but I just needed to capture it.
I’m not trying to turn myself into the next Ansel Adams, it’s more I’ve learned to stop and look around me. I spend so much of my day at a computer or on my phone or trying to decompress from the workday or driving to and from work that it’s easy to walk around in a haze with blinders on.
It’s been good for me to take those blinders off and look around. It’s too easy to take for granted such simple, yet beautiful, things, and I don’t ever want to do that.