The gladdest thing

I love the fall.  Truth be told, I have nothing against winter.  But I do want to hold on to summer while I can.  I want to share some of the gorgeous floral sights to behold in Shenyang over the last few months.  Yes, all of these were taken in Shenyang or close by the city.  There are always flowers if we look.  So take a look.

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.  – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Flora and Fauna

Flowers and animals make me happy. The pop of color on green leaves. Cows. Fruit on a tree. A perfect palm on the shore. A cat in the sun. Even a bare tree lightly dusted in snow.  These things make me love life and remember how lucky I am to live mine.  And as we enter our third month of winter here in Shenyang, I’m missing those little pops of color.

On a recent trip to Vietnam, where all things were in bloom around us, I smiled at the random flowers on the side of the road, each of the palms in view, chomping cows and sunning crocodiles.  On every trip we make, and every day I step outside in familiar surroundings too, I search for beauty in trees, flowers, animals, nature.  It makes me smile.  So let me share a few smiles with you.