In Lost in Wonder, Esther de Waal recommends carrying a magnifying glass to augment the art of paying attention. "The eye of the glass reveals without judging or analyzing: it simply lights up." p. 8.
Walking with a camera does much the same thing. I walk more slowly, and I look again, and I see things I never would without that second look.. A few days ago, I stopped to watch the butterflies that were feasting on a blossoming bush, and then discovered scores of this pale green insect, whatever it is.
Others of the same ilk were enjoying the flowers that are starting to open up in the patch of native prairie plantings.
I'm used to seeing ants prowling the peony buds
but apparently they also enjoy columbine.
My sister has a long bed of lily-of-the-valley on the north side of her garage, and they are filling the air with fragrance right now. I picked a five inch stalk of the tiny bells to carry inside this afternoon, and discovered I had a passenger. He's just leaning back and enjoying the ride, apparently. And possibly smoking a hookah, like the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. What an amazing world.
"Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
I've taken on a prayer practice of looking for the moments of light in each day, whether actual or metaphorical, and then writing or posting photos of what I find.