Celebrating small wonders of nature with my iPhone

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Rejoice over what you discover ~ St. Catherine of Siena

Have iPhone, will travel. Will walk. Will take pictures. Will enjoy moments of discovery and beauty.

Small wonders: Little inspirations to gather along the way
Small wonders: Little inspirations to gather along the way

I love my iPhone. I love it even more, since I lost my camera. So, it’s all I’ve got until I invest in a new one, which I intend to do. But, until then…I’m learning to appreciate this little piece of technology.

Because it’s always with me, I find myself slowing down to notice things around me more. My phone has become a tool of creativity that I’d never have expected a year ago.

I love to take pictures – especially of beautiful things outdoors. I’m finding that I’m becoming more aware of detail in nature… of its small wonders.

While eagerly looking forward to a high tech camera, I’m glad to have this handy iPhone at the ready. Ready, no matter where I am, to focus on whatever strikes my fancy, whether flower, a pinecone, a shell on the beach. Tiny glimpses, tiny memories. They delight my senses.

Tiny seashell reveals simple beauty
Tiny seashell reveals simple beauty
Refining my flower vision to diminutive blossoms
Refining my flower vision to diminutive blossoms

 See a world in a grain of sand…and a Heaven in a Wild Flower ~ William Blake

Seedlings:Imagining a pine tree
Seedlings:Imagining a pine tree

For many years, I breezed through the days, whirling oblivious to the magic around me. I might go for a walk, but I wouldn’t SEE. Oh, yes, perhaps the grandeur of a sunset or a mountain vista.

Nowadays, though, I’m intentionally slowing myself down, to tune in to the subtleties or to look for messages in what comes before me. I wish I’d done that years ago. I’ve taken in a lot of beauty and wonder over my lifetime, but I’ve overlooked so much more.

My little phone not only tunes me into my relationships with the people in my life – with its texting, emailing, Facebooking and iTuning – it also assists me in de-stressing. My relationship with the out of doors, with the natural world around me, is becoming more intimate.

Perhaps it’s helping to give me the eyes and ears of a child again, browsing (I think that word fits for these tech times) for small wonders as only a child – or the child in us – can do.

I’m appreciating the intracies of nature more. I’m amazed at the enjoyment I get from these little discoveries. And, I’m amazed that I’m amazed.

Finding the beauty of a flower within a flower
Finding the beauty of a flower within a flower

I’m finding that I’m fascinated with the patterns in a leaf or a flower, the shape of a petal, or a seed, the colors of a shell or a stone.

This fascination with tiny wonders is teaching me patience, I believe. Adapt to the pace of nature, said Ralph Waldo Emerson, her secret is patience.

Who’d have thought that a phone could become an integral part of the artistry of our lives? Or be a tool to tune into that pace of nature?

Small wonders are all around me–enhancing my days, filling in the spaces between earth and sky. I love my walks with just my iPhone and me. I rejoice in the discoveries; and I celebrate the beauty.

 

Pint-size pinwheels hide in beautiful shrubbery
Pint-size pinwheels hide in beautiful shrubbery

 

 

 

About Susan Parcheta 100 Articles
Susan G Parcheta dreamed of being an inspirational writer, even as heading off after college to a teaching job. While teaching was not her passion, words were -- writing many years for Livingston newspapers, especially in the areas of education, health and wellness. The dream continues: to inspire creative, healthy living and to explore new concepts of body, mind, spirit. Her signature theme “All Things Beautiful” invites you to embrace the beauty and imagine the possibilities that life has to offer. She lives in Gregory with her husband, Jerry, and their fluffy, pointy-eared -- and always lovable -- cat, Spock.