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The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by…

 

I’ve always loved those lines near the end of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.” How exciting to think of new places to explore, new things to see! One of the joys of country living is having plenty of “roads less traveled” only a few minutes from home, and spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and investigate new territory. I thought you might enjoy coming along with me to look at some of the things I’ve discovered lately.

 

The road less traveled - Carol Cox

 

On the road less traveled, there’s no telling what you might find, so it’s best to keep your eyes wide open and stay alert. It would be hard to miss anything as obvious as this old cattle pen and loading chute situated in a meadow with the San Francisco Peaks silhouetted in the distance.

 

Cattle pens & San Francisco Peaks - Carol Cox

 

But some things aren’t so easily noticed unless you take a closer look. Like this Great Blue Heron striking a pose at the edge of a forest pond…

 

Heron - Carol Cox

 

…or these tiny wildflowers nestled among the rocks.

 

Wildflowers in the rocks - Carol Cox

 

Sometimes it’s only a tiny flicker of movement that catches the eye. At first glance, it was hard to see anything more than the cluster of fallen pine needles at the left side of this photo.

 

A flicker of movement in the pine needles - Carol Cox

On closer inspection, I spotted this horned lizard trying to make himself invisible…

 

Horned lizard - Carol Cox

 

Here’s a close-up of the little guy, smiling for the camera.

 

Horned lizard closeup - Carol Cox

 

It’s amazing how much is out there to be seen, but it’s easy to miss it unless we look closely. Not only these little marvels of nature, but people and situations God wants us to notice. May we keep our eyes sharp and our hearts attuned to His leading so we don’t miss out on anything He has in store for us!

 

PS – A heads-up for Abby, Angi, Jordan, Rebecca, and Tiffany, the necklace winners from my giveaway during the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt — look what arrived in my mailbox! And now they’re on their way to you! I’m so pleased with the way these necklaces turned out, and I hope you will be, too. Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by to comment during the scavenger hunt–what a blessing you are!!

Letter Necklaces - Carol Cox

 

Until next time . . .

 

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2 Comments

    Carol, once again, I just have to say how much I enjoy looking at your photos, especially the one of the old cattle pen. It just screams ‘Old West’ to me. 😉 And the one of the horned lizard. I love animals, so I thought he was pretty cute! Thanks for sharing. And I LOVE the necklaces. They’re beautiful! I’m keeping my eyes on the mailbox. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂


    Angi Griffis

    Apr 25, 2014 | Reply

    Angi, thank you so much! I love taking photos, and I’m glad you enjoy them.

    I’m really pleased with the way the necklaces turned out. Hope yours arrives very soon! Have a great weekend!

    Carol Cox
    Carol Cox

    Apr 25, 2014 | Reply



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