Reframing

The new academic year brought changes to my work schedule that put my mornings in a weird “hurry up and wait” limbo, whereby I pack lunch for my children and usher them to school, then have three long hours before entering the classroom to teach. More leisurely people than I might use that time to doze or catch up on world news with a coffee, but I am physically incapable of relaxing after I wake up. Once I’m on, I’m on until it’s time to be off. So, I decided to reframe this window of time by using it as an opportunity to rediscover the town I live in and remember why I am so fortunate to be here.

My goal: to log 25 miles per week, by whatever means necessary, documenting the beauty I see along the way. How many times have I been out on a run and encountered something remarkable, like a pair of soaring bald eagles or an egret’s long neck rising from a knee-high field of alfalfa? I’ve taken these pictures over the last month. These are the friends I most often see: mountains, fields, dusty roads, sheep, cows, peafowl, hawks, geese, farm kittens, and a guard dog named Bella. I hope you find them just as pretty as I do.

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Fall colors in the valley.

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Snow arrives in the hills.

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Bella, the guard dog, facilitator of farm kitten naps.

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First snow.

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Inspiration for the lesser-known David Bowie hit, “The Prettiest Cows.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Julia Moris-Hartley, 2015

 

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2 responses to “Reframing

  1. Sue Brown

    Gorgeous!! So glad to hear you’re running a lot and taking pics!!!

    Xoxoxoxoxo

    Sent from my iPhone

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