Whenever we visit my in-laws, I look forward to the panoramic views of Mount Shasta, at 14,179 ft. (4,322 m) one of the highest peaks in California. However, this time the mountain was covered by clouds the entire time we were there and I never saw it in its full glory. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it caused me to focus on the beauty closer at hand—the beauty of a tree full of berries, of moss growing on a rock, of cedar seeds floating in a puddle in the driveway.
All too often we’re seduced by the grand views and we forget to look at the little things around us. This post is meant to celebrate the kind of unsung beauty we too often miss. All of the photos below were taken either on my in-laws’ property or in their rural neighborhood on the outskirts of the town of Mount Shasta.
|A glimpse of Black Butte, the “other” mountain in Mount Shasta|
|Cloud and trees|
|The colors of winter|
|Still life with oak leaves|
|New life from an old oak tree|
|Moss so soft you want to lie down on it|
|Forgotten apple tree|
|Mountain ash berries|
|Leaf litter on driveway|
|Western redcedar seeds and leaves|
|Cedar seeds floating in puddle|