Thank YOU!

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I’ve had a goal of reaching 2000 followers on my “newish” blog for a few months, and I reached it today! Yiiiha!!! THANK YOU!!
The whole purpose with my blog is to inspire, and get inspired by fellow photographers around the world. Feel free to get inspired, and share your wisdom. It’s free and will always be.

 

The photo above is a rescued mountain lion, residing at Animal Ark, Reno (NV.) Mountain Lion, predator common in North America’s wilderness areas. Also known as cougar, puma, panther, and catamount.

My daughter and I visited the park when they opened for the season, this past weekend. If you’re in Reno, it’s well worth the 30 min drive out to Animal Ark to see, and support the rescued wild animals they care for. The park is very well maintained, and the experience is unforgettable. They currently have a 7 months old tiger cub, (photos to come,) the cutest, most playful thing I ever seen!!

Have an awesome week!!

Yours,

Maria

 

Cold And Beautiful

Winter Is Coming Canvas Print featuring the photograph Winter Is Coming by Maria Jansson

 

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

– Edith Wharton

 

It’s been unusually cold for the season. Yesterday morning it was 25 degrees, and everything was covered with frost. It was very beautiful. (I bet it will be beautiful today as well, but it’s still dark out.)

Those are blackberry bushes to the left, closest in the picture above. It wasn’t that long ago since we picked the ripe blackberries under a merciless, burning sun. I love the changes of the season. It definitely makes life more magical!

 
Frozen Canvas Print featuring the photograph Frozen by Maria Jansson

Closeup on the frozen blackberry bushes.

 

Reaching Out Canvas Print featuring the photograph Reaching Out by Maria Jansson

A naked tree, with branches reaching towards the sky, standing in front of a walnut groove, admiring her beauty in the lake. 

 

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

– Tecumseh

 

We don’t have any snow in the valley where I live right now, but our big volcanos, Mount Shasta, and Mount Lassen are covered in a big white blanket. I can see them both when I drive in to town, and they take my breath away almost every day (if it’s cloudy I can’t see them.) The view of the volcanos humbles me, and put things in perspective. I’ve noticed that my eyes always are searching for them. I’ve lived most of my life in the mountains. I love mountains.

Something else that I’ve noticed lately, is that it’s more than just a preference. When I can’t see mountains, and wide open spaces, I get irritable. It became very clear to me yesterday when I had to drive into a small town, (that most people love,) with very narrow streets, how I felt almost claustrophobic. No, not almost, I felt claustrophobic. This is a very beautiful little town in northern California. It’s always on the list of the most beautiful places. I’ve only met very kind people there. It doesn’t really make sense to not like this place! It’s situated in a beautiful area, BUT when you’re in town you can’t see the mountains, even if they are very close. All you can see is houses, and cars. The streets are so narrow, that even though there isn’t very many people there, it always feel crowded. I remember thinking that the first time I went there, five years ago, but I haven’t experienced what I experienced yesterday before. A need to leave right away, as fast as possible. It is like my senses have become more sensitive. Or something..

With that I wish you a wonderful day, (it’s 5.30 am here.) Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! What familiar view do you have where you live, that you appreciate the most? Is there a particular feature in the landscape that makes you feel on top of your world? What is it?

 

All the best,
Maria Jansson

MJP Gratitude Challenge – Garden Update

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I am grateful for my garden, and the happiness it brings. I spend around two hours every day taking care of the garden, and I love it! 

 

Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

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I’m turning a corner of my front yard into a mini orchard. Still some work left to do. LOL.

There’s so much to be grateful for this week! This week have been filled with an abundant flow of good things, both material, and spiritual. The week started with a totally unexpected bonus from a client, for a job that I did three years ago!

My daughter have showed an increased interest in helping me with things around the house, and have actually made my work this week much smoother. In combination with a lot of laughter, and good times. Seeing her grow as a person makes me smile every day. Our conversations are becoming very interesting! I’m starting to think that maybe I need to homeschool her? It would make me very sad if her thirst for knowledge would die in a school environment. She is not the kind that like to sit still (wonder where she gets that from…) She loves exploring, and trying different theories. There is no end to her ideas! I’ve spent a lot of time this week looking into different homeschooling options. I don’t have to decide until next summer, luckily. Right now I’m thinking that the smoothest choice would be to start a private school, with me as the teacher, and enroll her as a student. We already study all the mandatory subjects (and more,) in a more experimental way, learning by doing. (I would of loved to go to “my school” as a kid; organic gardening, photography, horsemanship, LOTS of reading, drawing, baking, and field trips. )

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I emptied some of the garden beds in the back this week. The ones that I already harvested, and made room for some more fruit trees. This is a Fay Elberta (peach tree) seedling. 

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. – Zig Ziglar

Our rescue horse, Ariel, is doing great. She have a very sweet personality, but I’ve been a bit concerned about her feet. She was absolutely terrified when I took out a farrier to trim her feet a couple weeks ago. They were in bad need of a trim. I can handle her feet, and thought it would go OK with an experienced farrier giving her a trim. She did not think so. She’d let him trim her front hooves, but totally freaked out after that. It’s not often I’ve seen a horse as terrified as she was, when he was about to start trimming her back hooves. She must of had some really bad experience, at some point. I politely told the farrier that I’m going to work more with her, and that he didn’t need to do anything.

Since then I stepped back, and started all over again. Spending a lot of time touching her hind legs (I’ve discovered lots of scars on her legs, likely from barbwire fencing,) and massaging her hooves. Just making it comfortable for her, without pressure. Yesterday I asked her if she would let me help her trim them a little bit. At first she said no. She was tied up at our grooming spot. I stepped back, and massaged the sole of her hooves, she likes that. After that I took the halter of, gave her some scratches, and thanked her for our session.

She started to follow me around. I picked up the clippers (her hooves are so long that they need to be clipped, before they can be trimmed with a rasp,) she kept following me. I stopped in the middle of the round-pen. The gate was open. She did not wear a halter. We stood there for a minute. I walked up to her left hind leg, the left hoof is the worst hoof (it has some big chunks hanging of it.) She slowly held up her leg. There was no aggression in the movement. She wanted me to help her be more comfortable, but was scared to feel trapped. She let me clip both of her back hooves in this manner, without a halter and with the gate open. I did not hold the hoof at all, she held it up for me. I only took a little bit on each hoof. She was totally relaxed, and we ended on a good note. I was very relieved. I know she’d been uncomfortable. I’m going to take it slow, a little bit every day. Her hooves are going to be a project. They are not bad, just neglected. I am very grateful that she trusted me this much.

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Apricot Tree Seedling

There’s no end on things to be grateful for this week. Yesterday a lady gave me 19 fruit tree seedlings; Fay Elberta Peaches, White Peaches, Apricots, and Nectarines. I made room for them in my garden, some in garden beds, and some in the front yard. I am very excited about that! Most of them are still small, and it will take about three years before there will be fruit on the trees, but how exciting!

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White Peach Tree Seedling

As always, I hope that your week have been filled with good things. Thank you for sharing some time with me today! I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, and tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. – Denis Waitley

Happiness is your choice! Have an amazing Saturday!

Yours,

Maria

MJP Gratitude Challenge

Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!

Last week I passed through an area in Northern California that was plagued by one of the worst fires in California’s history. The fire destroyed 64 000 acres, and 300 homes. The Fountain Fire took place 24 years ago. Incredible efforts have been made to restore the area, plant new trees etc. A small section just outside the little town Burney have been left untouched, for us to see what happens to a forest after a big fire like this one. Left untouched, mother nature slowly takes charge again. The untouched area looks very different from the area that have been restored. You can clearly see the marks of the big fire, despite that, new life is taking over.

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Mother nature taking charge again, after the devastating Fountain Fire (CA.)

What does this have to do with my weekly gratitude challenge? It made me think about second chances. How we all have major fires in our lives. When they burn down everything that was of major importance to us, it leaves us empty. Afterwards there is the blessing of a clean, new start, a second chance. We don’t always get this second chance, but this week I am grateful for all the second chances life have given me so far. I feel that my life have been generous to me, when it comes to second chances. Opportunities to improve, and make things better. Getting back up again. I am truly grateful for these opportunities this week. Can you think of second chances in your life, that actually turned out to make your life better, than the first time around?

I hope that your week have been filled with good things. I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, and remember to tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge, to make sure I don’t miss it!

Have an amazing Saturday!

Yours,

Maria

 

One love

This is my entry to the Daily Post, Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love.

Show us what One Love means to you. 

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One Love can mean so many things. In my dictionary it includes; an unselfish lifestyle, where we take responsibility for the impact we have on our environment, the people and animals we meet, and the places we experience. Kindness, a humble attitude, and a never ending yearning to improve, and learn new things are important ingredients.

 

How is One Love defined in your dictionary? Let me know in a comment, and feel free to leave a link to your entry of the photo challenge.

Love & Light, Always

Maria