Tuesday’s Inspiration: Jan Mankes

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Jan Mankes

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This is how I felt on my walk today. It was a bit dreary. We are in the midst of the February doldrums. Despite the dreary vibe, this picture holds a certain beauty. I love the tones, and that background with the house sort of blurring into the trees. The bare branches of the tree and hedgerow. And the little flock of birds, reminding us to look around and notice things to be thankful for. I had to tell myself that today while I was out walking in fact. I was feeling a bit off and said in my head, “find something beautiful”. I looked up and noticed a stand of young birch trees. I focused on them and for a minute wasn’t focusing on my chilly ears, or tired body, or unsettled thoughts. It always helps to find and focus on the beauty. I found this painting on Pinterest a few weeks ago. It is a fitting image to share for Tuesday’s Inspiration.

Sculptured Rocks

There is a very special place tucked away in quiet Groton, New Hampshire. It’s a geological site called the Sculptured Rocks. Nearby to gorgeous Newfound Lake, the Sculptured Rocks are on an unassuming back road through the little towns of Hebron and Groton. Signs point the way once you get to Hebron. I will let the photos speak for themselves but the Sculpured Rocks are worth a trip, and would be an especially fun place to swim on a hot summer’s day. img_8351img_8411img_8398img_8394img_8392The drive home isn’t so bad either. No matter where you live, take the back way. img_8412

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