When I moved out to California almost five years ago, I told my mom that I just wanted to live in a beautiful place for a while. Then when I got here, I wondered if I would grow immune to nature, being surrounded by it all the time and whatnot. Would I casually look at the ocean and yawn? Would I walk past poppies or lupine or wild blackberries and not even register them?
It hasn’t happened. And with these days stretching long – sun streaming in the window at 5:30, sunset walks well past 8:00 – it just seems like there’s so much to soak up. I take pictures all the time, wanting to capture something I can preserve. It’s not really necessary. Being in this area helps me feel at peace. Whether it’s the ocean or the redwoods or the rolling hills or the pop of floral colors, I breathe easier here than almost anywhere else I’ve been.
So hopefully, if you know me in real life, you find that peace present in our everyday interactions. And if you don’t know me in that way, these pictures are for you, to share a bit of what my world has been like in the last couple of weeks. I believe wholeheartedly that there is beauty everywhere; I do not take it for granted that it’s at my fingertips here.