On Sunday I rode my bike on our city's riverside Greenbelt for 21.4 miles. (I love my Garmin.) It was a beautiful afternoon, the colors are changing and the softness of autumn light is simply soothing to my soul. The path I rode winds along the river, and through some neighborhoods, and alongside a few large ponds. It was a good workout, but it was also a good way to blow the cobwebs out of my mind, and remind myself of some good things.
I pedaled past a perfectly beautiful tree. It stood in the center of a small wooded meadow at mile 3'ish on my ride, a meadow that the path loops around. I was lucky to notice it as I came around a curve. The autumn light hit the tree with such perfect radiance, the sun shining on and through and around the branches and leaves, which were a riot of color in varying shades of rich burgundy red, golden red, coral, orange.
My pace (thank you, Garmin) was important to me, and so I slowed slightly but kept pedaling. As I pedaled, I thought repeatedly about that tree. I'd decided to stop on my return to take some photos with my cell phone camera. The thoughts I was having were all about hidden beauty, and the way that nature blends unexpected colors in perfect beauty. But when I got back to the little meadow, the light had shifted. The tree, while still lovely, was not an immense radiant jewel glowing in the perfect angle of sunlight. It was a tree, adorned in fall colors.
Take the moments when they are offered.
My best to all who happen this way!