Every time I’ve shot at the location in this session, a wonderful, quiet spot in the foothills above Boise, it has stormed in the late afternoon and then given way to the most glorious light I’ve ever seen – the bright golden sun setting below dark post-thunder clouds, bathing us and the mountainsides in a rare glow that doesn’t even quite feel real, with a warm wind stirring up the fresh smell of wet earth. Maybe this sounds melodramatic, especially compared to the mundane of my day-to-day laundry and lunch making and diaper changing, but that’s part of what makes it so powerful: when our hearts get bogged down with the endless To-Dos, even just a few moments soaking in the glory of nature reminds us of our place in it all, of the beauty that eclipses the strife of the everyday. Can you tell I don’t miss living in a big city?
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