Midweek Moment #50: Stealing moments of joy

Sometimes you have to make the most of the moment.

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In between rain showers last weekend, Blue Eyes weeded the vegie patch and I picked lemons, mandarins and oranges. I had so many lemons that I’ve frozen two bags of them – and given away more than that. While out there, I found this baby snail enjoying the curvy, yellow world of a fallen lemon. Imagine me, on my knees on damp mulch, getting as low to the ground as I could to take a picture of this curious creature. He kept moving!

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It’s not a perfect picture. But whenever I look at it, I remember hanging out with Blue Eyes in the garden, slowing down from our busy lives, and breathing in the fresh, rain-scented air.

I also like this picture. It’s a bit out of focus, and I could edit that out a bit, but I don’t mind the softness. The way the snail is reaching upwards speaks to me of its joy and curiosity about life.

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Like me, Louise also took the chance to take a photo in between the gloomy rain.

“For the past couple of days, we’ve had a break from winter—although the mornings have been bracing, the skies have been blue and cloudless, and I even walked the dogs in short sleeves. Out and about, I see the flame trees and wisteria already in bloom, and in our garden the daisies are beginning to bud and flower, a reminder that spring is just around the corner. Even though this is our seventeenth year in this state, the brevity and mildness of the Western Australian winter still catches me by surprise—just when I’ve had enough of the gloomy skies, the weather seems to read my mind and provide some warmth and sun.”

Last night during the ‘golden hour’ before sunset, Louise slipped out in the middle of cooking dinner and took a few photos of her garden. This flower photo is stunning, and the way it is reaching for the sky offers that same sense of joy I mentioned earlier.

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About Midweek Moment:
Louise Allan and I are writers who share a passion for photography. As a creative digression from the written word, we share our favourite photos each week in ‘Midweek Moment’. Please click over to Louise’s website to view more of her photography and to read her writing. We hope you enjoy!