natural wonders, daily graces, art & architecture

Outside, the first snowflake fluttered into view, then melted as it settled on the windowpane; it was a natural wonder and it lifted my heart. The bird feeder hung from a low branch, and a cardinal paused there and turned its black eye on me. Every simple thing radiated for a brief moment with extraordinary beauty, a daily grace.
— Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

This past week

in our backyard on the dreariest foggy February day

four bright red cardinals came to play

hopping from branch to branch

the pop and punch of red against the wintery backdrop was a nice surprise for my eyes

in our parkas hand in hand


through the wintertime woods

from our hotel to the museum

the two connected by trails and bridges

a friendly passer-by-er with her dog in a superman costume smiles warmly our way

a Frank Lloyd Wright house meets us along the path

.it was transported from New Jersey to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas

Believing that architecture could be genuinely transformative, Wright devoted his life to creating a total aesthetic that would enhance society’s well being. “Above all integrity,” he would say: “buildings like people must first be sincere, must be true.” Architecture was not just about buildings, but about nourishing the lives of those within them

Love must be sincere.
— Romans 12:9

we don’t pay to proceed through the house but I take photos from the outside in

a bird swoops over us and lands on the low-pitched roof

we peer into the long row of floor to ceiling windows

I see built-in-book cases

what a dreamy house; all the light flowing in, open spaces to paint or read a book in, with an expansive open view of nature and all it’s wonders and daily graces like passing clouds or a glowing moon.

and in the museum of glass walls and arced ceilings Jeff talks of engineering things

that I wouldn’t know or think about on my own but now find the facts fascinating

he points out cables holding up the roof

I sip a latte and listen

next to us an old man in a bow tie looking like a professor holds his wine glass and talks to his friends

people watching is fun too

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