But let me explain. I grew up loving classic British literature (and some not so classic). Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dickens, Agatha Christie, and (while not British) I also loved the Anne of Green Gables series. Lots of rolling grass, old buildings, oceans, history...so I always loved the romance and beauty of that kind of scenery. And it is beautiful to visit.
But I can't live in it. I lived for one year in Michigan and one year in Pennsylvania and it was HARD for me. I lived in California for 11 years, and even that was more cloudy and rainy than I prefer. When you get used to the sun, it is hard to go without. So to clear things up: I love where I live and am very grateful.
Last night we drove to a nearby mountain park and spent the early evening there. We watched the sun go down. It was gorgeous. I am really enjoying my new camera, and I am trying to be more thoughtful when I take my pictures. It is amazing how much more beauty I notice when I am trying to find those perfect shots. Suddenly I noticed how the sun shines through the petals of the creosote blooms, and how the the whole mountain is covered with beautiful yellow wildflowers. My camera literally provides me a new lens with which to appreciate the beauty around me. Here are a few of my favorites: