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On My Walk

So much beauty right out my front door on a recent walk.

I have a three mile loop that I like to walk. My ankle is healing from a summer injury and I'm just now getting back to being able to take these walks and I'm so thankful to be outside. 

Today I was struck by how many different kinds of leaves I encountered. The shapes. The colors. Some soft, some crunchy. Many wet from a massive downpour earlier the day. 

While I was walking I thought about how much I love taking photos and how awesome it is that our phones can be such a fantastic tool for capturing the world around us. I also thought about how these were the kinds of things I would have posted on my blog in past years. Remember that? These days, most of these kinds of images and stories show up on one of my Instagram accounts and in my memory keeping projects but not generally here on my blog. 

So today I'm sharing here. To encourage you to get outside. To encourage you to pay attention. To encourage you to document the everyday stuff. To encourage you to give thanks for the beauty that is right outside your front door  and it may look totally different than the beauty I find right now and that's part of the magic of it all.  

Here's what I saw through the lens of my iPhone on my walk: 

And sometimes I look up: 

I love, love, love witnessing the light coming through the trees. The layers in this one stopped me in my tracks.  

And when I got home I saw this gingko in all it's glory, showing off in my backyard. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

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10 thoughts

  1. SusanBowers says…

    You always inspire us to...greater.

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  2. Sanran says…

    Thanks for this, Ali. Made my morning! Now to get out there and walk...

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  3. jstock17 says…

    Our colors are not that great, yet, but after seeing this post, I'm going to be noticing more! Thanks for the push to get out - to notice - to photograph!

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  4. jabertie says…

    Well, now I'm inspired to take my dog out for a walk! I love when you post these kinds of stories to your blog. Thank you Ali.

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  5. SierraB6 says…

    Yay for blog posts!!

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  6. Rina_AbbottJard says…

    I love it when you write like this. I saw the photos. They were so inspiring and I wondered if you were going to document it in a dedicated way. I loved the blog. I was like flipping though a magazine / photo book of sorts. I love the instant of the other forums and I document heavily on Facebook and have lots of followers but it and Instagram are full of so much noise. It also changes how we write. A beautiful series of photographs Ali. As always, thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. telisjo says…

    I saw this book review on Book Riot newsletter and thought of you!
    One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten – The concept of this book totally fascinates me. Journalist Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to help him pick a random day – December 26, 1986 – then set out to tell as many stories as he could about that seemingly ordinary day. I love the idea that there are no small stories, and so a book that goes out to prove that is going on my radar.

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    1. AliEdwards says…

      Love that so much.

  9. sparkle says…

    Thanks for taking us on your walk. Funny I thought how here in Florida we don't have much of Fall to speak of. But, guess what, I went for a walk around my own back yard and took a closer look. We too had a hard rain last night and below my feet were beautiful yellow and red leaves. They were not just from my own trees, but because of the wind and rain, leaves from neighboring trees ended up in my yard. I just needed to look down. Thank you Ali!

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