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I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT,
ADMIRE THE CLOUDS, CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN, GAZE AT THE STARS,
TRAVEL TO THE DESTINATION YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT,
OR JUST GET OUT TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

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It Doesn't Matter Where You Go... Just That You Go!

Jlynn Frazier

It's almost time and I hope you are as excited as I am to #OptOutside on November 25. I have really enjoyed sharing images every day this month about why I choose to #OptOutside. I hope you have caught a few on Instagram and that it has inspired you to spend time outside this Friday (and throughout the year). 

But in case you are on the fence about it and think this whole #OptOutside movement might not really be for you... well it is totally for you! It is for each of us to spend time in nature in a way that brings joy to our lives. I love mountains and rivers and wild adventures. But I also love the amazing details found wandering in my backyard. It doesn't matter where you go on Friday. The point is that you get out there in nature and choose to consume experiences. Where ever you go (you're in right?), I hope you breathe the fresh air, look up at the sky, crunch through the snow or leaves, and lean in to admire the beauty of the moment. 

Sparkling Morning Sun

Jlynn Frazier

I remember the sparkling morning sun. The feeling of the wet morning dew on my skin as I slithered along through the grass. 

Sometimes slowing down and awakening peacefully with the sun is just the perfect way to begin the day. I remember the sparkling morning sun. The feeling of the wet morning dew on my skin as I slithered along through the grass.  

I am sure you are as curious as I was to wonder what it would be like to see the sun if I was a grasshopper sitting on a blade of grass. No, I did not really think that at the time. But it is an interesting way to think about moments in life isn't it? To step out of our shoes even if just for a moment to try and see things another way. Whether we move our body or our mind (or both) the curiosity and exploration to try is a worthy journey.

Translucent

Jlynn Frazier

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
— John Lubbock

I have been spending a lot of time wandering in the woods behind our house with a camera and small notebook in hand. I carry the tools should the muse arise.

Some days I write. Some days I create images. Some days I just walk. Just making time to be out there is what matters.  

The morning has been a centering time to focus on being present and bringing awareness to start each day. I wander and look for shifting changes in the detail of the landscape.  

 On a morning stroll through the forest, I was drawn in by the magical way the light makes the leaves translucent. The way the warm morning light shines and spotlights small parts of the forest.

It was the only tree in this part of the forest where the light kissed the leaves just right. I sat on the ground to watch the light and capture the magic of the moment. A few minutes later the light shifted as the sun continued to rise and the leaves receded into the backdrop darkness of the forest.  

I did not go out with the purpose of making this photograph. I went out like I do each morning to be present and aware and just see where my wandering leads. What draws my attention. 

I pay attention to things like what the forest smells like, how the light shines and it’s temperature, the colors, shapes, lines, and textures, and most importantly what it feels like to be out there.

I am reminded of the importance of timing. How a little bit of time can really alter what we see (if we see it at all) and the way that we see it. I am also reminded of the importance of seizing the moment to follow curiosities and let yourself be drawn in by the magic of nature.