Macro Thanksgivings

Yesterday, the girl I’m tutoring was restless and excited.
She had one day of school this week before a trip home.
We needed an absorbing subject.
We explored the rudiments of macro (closeup) photography.

The tulip is a universal icon of the close-focus mode.
Sure enough I found a tulip on our camera.

These pix are still not close enough to be considered macro.

It was fun
… to look at the back yard differently.
… to find strawberries that had been hiding
… to see fall colors yesterday which are blanketed with white snow today
… to learn something completely new
… to begin the learning process with my camera
(if I learn one new trick a week, I’ll know 18 tricks before Scotland)

Does your digital camera have a tiny tulip icon on it?
(Mine was on the LCD display, after I pressed a “focus” button.)

“Gratitude unlocks
the fullness of life. 
It turns what we
have into enough, and more. 
It turns
denial into acceptance,

chaos to order,
confusion to clarity. 
It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into
a home,

a stranger into a friend. 

Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a
vision for tomorrow.”

(thanks to my SIL Kathie for that quote
…and for the box of 25 (!) travel/guide books
which arrived yesterday.  Woot!)


8 thoughts on “Macro Thanksgivings

  1. What a feast for the eyes and you say, right out  your back door?  neat!
    Just discovered the *tulip* on my digital about a month ago….
    I guess it’s time for me to learn a new trick

  2. I read that, Dana.  LOL  Yep, I’m too busy.  I hear that it’s really quite simple.   But I would love for you to teach me.  Maybe on Jan 2??  Actually on the 2nd, we’re hoping to take y’all to the local French restaurant for lunch.  I’m gonna find out if it’s open that day.  Better brush up on that French…  Wanna come, Carol?Back to pictures…maybe I should find one for my comments too, huh?  a brown square just isn’t very becoming

  3. Well, MNJL59, you know I would love to join you at the best restaurant in the world.  I’m not sure how long we will be staying after the great knot-tying.  I’ll have to get back with you.  The mother of the groom and I are planning a trip up to your village to scope out kitchens and visit with someone on that end.   I’m getting sooo excited! 

  4. I love the last three lines of the poem, especially the idea that gratitude makes sense of our past related to 1 Thes. 5:18: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” and Lamentations 3: 21-23: This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ” … and so I sing   

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