The ruffly edge of the lily pads was also a delight to see. Somehow, I always thought of them as perfectly flat, round circles of green floating on the water. Actually, they sometimes are but this day they had a ruffled appearance. Even the common lily pad is capable of variation.
I am just beginning to fully appreciate Thoreau's fascination with the intricate detail of a place. Not the grand vistas but the commonplace elements that make up the landscape.
We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is full of common enchantments waiting for our alchemist's eyes to notice.
- Jacob Nordby
What "common enchantments" can you find this weekend in your own backyard? What may you have overlooked in the past that can now delight you? Make this a daily practice even if you don't photograph it.
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