Stop and Snap the Roses

Tuesday morning was hectic. I had 6 kids here (4 mine and 2 a friends) to get out the door to school on time. I had the Green Mountain Coffee virtual coffee tasting early in the morning as the kids were getting ready. I needed to drop my 2 year old at a friends house several miles away and head to Crown Center to speak on a panel for the Farmers and Ranchers Association Annual Meeting. Oh – and I had to be dressed up… out of my mom clothes, hair and makeup done and into something that looked presentable to the public. Needless to say I was rushing around from the second I woke up.

I was driving through a neighborhood I’m not normally in when I passed by the most beautiful tree, engulfed in fall colors. I caught my breath at the sight of it, the colors were that vibrant. I didn’t have time to be gawking at trees that morning. I had places to be, kids to drop off, things to do… but I couldn’t help it. I turned my car around pulled up beside the tree, got out and snapped the picture above. And I love that picture… my memory of that tree would have been good, but a picture? A picture will make it forever.

I know we are all busy. Life is that way, right? My morning is nothing more crazy and hectic than any of the rest of yours. But, for once, I decided to stop and “snap the roses” and I’m glad I did. I hope as we head into this crazy, hectic season that you all remember to get out your cameras (phones or whatever) and capture your life. It can be a simple, head clearing activity that you can revisit each time you see the picture… a reminder to stop and savor what is around you.

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  1. says

    I love moments like that, when you just stop because it feels like the right or moment thing to do. I have been doing that alot lately, maybe because of the beautiful colors of fall. Or because its good to stop and ‘smell the roses’ when our busy lives don’t allot us time.

  2. says

    Compelling post! “Be here now.” In the present moment is even more important as we tumble into the holiday season. Thank you for the lovely reminder.

  3. Elle Hyson says

    Kristen, I just love that photo of the leaves on the tree. Here in North Carolina we are having exceptional foliage reminding us of Upstate New York and New England in October. This is the first time in the 19 years of living in Raleigh that there has been such intensity and beauty – brings tears to my eyes, even more so that I no longer have a camera with which to take pictures. My Minolta Autocord is too heavy to carry and I just have never gotten the hang of digital cameras. Fortunately I do have pictures going back almost 50 years and they do bring a lot of joy. Just in case, my best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving. All the best.

  4. Pamie says

    It would depend on the rosebush and its location. Some rosebushes naturally have a short period of bloom, and will only flower for a few weeks per year. This is true of species roses and of many older varieties. If you are in a cold climate, roses will go dormant for the winter and will stop blooming during the fall. If it is a modern hybrid and has stopped blooming, it may need more fertilizer or water to give it another burst of bloom before the fall season.

  5. says

    I used to be really good at taking pictures every day until I had my second child and life got so crazy. I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to slow down lately, though!


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