This evening I sat beside a group of wild sunflowers in my backyard and observed and listened. The evening sun highlighted the brilliant yellows and greens, just as if colored with a magic marker. I watched as the busy bees moved from flower to flower, still working after a long day. Occasionally a butterfly or other insect stopped by but quickly moved on when a bee claimed his territory. The only sounds were the soft humming of the bees and the rustle of the breeze through the fluttering petals of the sunflowers. There is such beauty in ordinary things. It is amazing what one sees, hears and feels, if we only take the time.
WE HAVE RETURNED FROM OUR GREAT ADVENTURE!
Jeff and I have recently returned from an 18 month missionary assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had the opportunity to live and travel in New Zealand and some of the other beautiful islands of the Pacific. We were immersed in it all...the beautiful scenery, the many different cultures, unique foods and customs, and we came home having experiences to remember forever and friendships that will last a lifetime. Even though we spent most of our time on missionary assignments, I found plenty of time for photography, and even though I shared many photos while we were gone, I still have many more to post of some of the most beautiful places on the other side of the world....not only New Zealand, but New Caledonia, Fiji, Tahiti, Moorea, Australia, Samoa. So, I'll continue to give you a glimpse of the places we saw and the people we met, interspersed with whatever I happen to be photographing currently.