Don’t Take a Sunset for Granted (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 26)

Even when the scene is one that becomes routine (whether it be your home, your city, your favorite trail …), Mother Nature often has a way of reminding us to pause and be awed, and appreciate the landscape as if seen for the first time.

~ Kat

Seasons (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 24)

When the days grow shorter, and sunshine seems in scarce supply, it is easy to complain about the change of seasons.

But the change of seasons also brings new perspectives, an appreciation of shifting landscapes — different, yet the same. The open water of summer, bordered by lush green foliage, transitions to the stark grays and whites of the frozen lake surrounded by shadows of spring in waiting. Each season has a beauty of its own.

~ Kat

Serene Sunsets (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 17)

Minnesota’s 10,000+ lakes create a special space … one where peace and serenity reign as the loon’s haunting call floats across the water. When the sun dips below the horizon, the sky may take on a golden hue, or brilliant pinks and oranges and reds … or sometimes it just quietly shifts to soothing blues and purples, fading seamlessly into the dark of night.

Serene Sunset on one of Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes

~ Kat

Magical Night Sky (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 15)

Even when it’s only a glow along the horizon, the northern lights still dazzle and leave us in awe.

Northern lights in the Northern Minnesota sky

Standing at the end of the forest, with eyes toward the Northern Minnesota sky, the rest of the world simultaneously falls away and seems to grow limitless. Every viewing is just as magical as if one were seeing them for the first time.

~ Kat

Change of Seasons (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 10)

Minnesotans love to talk about the weather. It’s probably because there’s always something to talk about. We gripe when the weather turns hot and humid; we gripe just as loud when the temps turn frigid and the snow piles up.

Winter versus Fall

Setting aside the aggravations, the change of seasons brings new delights — a shift in colors, a fresh look for old landscapes. The changing seasons also bring with them a perennial sense of renewal with the comforting pattern of spring to summer, fall to winter. Always a chance to begin again …

~ Kat