A Simple Thanks Will Do

As the years go by I appreciate the subtleness of Thanksgiving more and more.  Yes, in many ways it is a holiday that is being eclipsed by Christmas and other Fall/Winter celebrations but maybe it’s all a matter of perspective.

I’m thankful –  Thanksgiving is simple.  The activity around it is grounded in using seasonable food to share a special meal with loved ones.  What is more essential and represents human celebration and tradition more than that?  The intellectual component is just as authentic.  Making time to give thought and thanks to the elements (human and otherwise) in one’s life that contribute to well-being and happiness.

Recently, I heard a well-known, wildly successful, public spokes-lady make a comment about, “trying to save Thanksgiving.”  My thought was, “hopefully not with a lot of trimmings, trinkets and extra traditions that lead to commercialism with a capital C and blow away the easy beauty and richness of simple celebrations.

Keep perspective, keep Thanksgiving simple.  We Americans need some simplicity in our lives to keep us grounded, right?

In keeping with simple gratitude I’m thankful to be a daily gardener possessing a special keenness towards the natural world. By keenness, I don’t mean a special talent, skill or understanding.  I just mean a connection that makes me feel incredibly motivated, inspired, hopeful, incredulous and sometimes even fearful (certain creatures, you know… :)).

To express my gratitude of the natural world, I’m sharing some shots of the places and moments I’ve been lucky enough to experience over the years.  Some from years ago and others recent but all in my memory and thankful thoughts.  Thankful to have witnessed such genuine beauty…

And, I simply can’t sign out today without expressing thanks to my loving family and friends.  Thank you all for being in my life.  Everyone enjoy a Simple Day of Giving Thanks!

Yellowstone National Park
Payette Lake, Idaho
Bryce Canyon National Park
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Wallowa Mountain-Whitman National Forest, Oregon
Wailua Falls, Maui
Zion National Park
Corcovado National Park
Hana, Maui
Grand Teton National Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Big Sur, CA
Torres Del Paine, National Park
Torres Del Paine National Park
The Matterhorn, Switzerland
U.S. Virgin Islands
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
Bryce Canyon National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Lake Tahoe, California
Bryce Canyon National Park
Owyhee Mountains, Idaho

7 thoughts on “A Simple Thanks Will Do

  1. Heather Amador

    I am thankful for you Andrea! You inspire me in many ways. Thanks for the wonderful post- I couldn’t agree more. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! XO

  2. Jenny Woodburn

    WOW!!!! LOVE all those beautiful photos so much that I can’t even pick a favorite! Thanks for such a nice reminder to be thankful to this beautiful place we live on!

  3. Okay, I know I am 3 months late having just discovered your blog, but you are speaking directly to my heart with this post! I definitely feel the commercialism and materialism of so many things has put people out of touch with themselves, nature, and with simplicity. I think I share you keenness and gratitude for the natural world and I absolutely love your photos – they are incredible! Living in the city, I definitely need a lot of nature – trips, hikes, photos – in my life to balance things out. I’ve always wanted to go to Corcovado Park in Costa Rica…your pictures make me want to go (or go back) to all of the places you’ve shown us in this post! Thank you!

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