Photo a day. Serene. August 19, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year, and for us in the Bay area, we currently have orange skies and smell of smoke swirling outside from wildfires that started with lightening storm this past weekend. It’s easy to feel hopeless in all the bad news and fear of the future.

But a source of peace for me is being around trees and living things that ask nothing of me. When I feel discouraged, turning to God’s creation shows me his goodness, depth and breath of his glory, and his endless creativity that he holds together. In recent months, our family has turned to walks outdoors to spend time together and do something other than stay indoors (although this activity will be postponed until the air quality improves). We come home in better spirits and big smiles from soaking in the beauty of trees, rocks, sightings of critters, and unexpected discoveries.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from our various outings in the past year. These images spark serenity to me: a little world unto itself. Hope you all find moments of serenity and time to savor God’s marvelous creations.

Montalvo Arts Center
Sea anemone and mussells in tidepool habitat at Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz
Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

Thomas Szasz

Jellyfish hangout @ Monterey Bay Aquarium
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, outdoor sitting area




Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Thanks citysonnet for this photography challenge!

City Sonnet Photo Challenge: August 7, 2020. Tranquil

Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz

The rocky yet relatively flat walk to the tidepool area is stable and full of history in its formation. After a frightful fall on a mossy rock in La Jolla Cove a few years back, I prefer safe walking surfaces.
Tidepool area at Natural Bridges Beach, Santa Cruz
A nature path to the right at Natural Bridges Beach, Santa Cruz. Calm under the canopy of trees with rays of sunshine.
Tranquil hiding spots for tidepool creatures.

This post is for City Sonnet’s photo-a-day challenge. Thanks for hosting!