Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Meandering Best Shot



As we head into what is the last official week of summer vacation, I have been busy tying up loose ends. Getting rooms sorted and cleaned to give the kids a fresh start when school begins (an end of summer ritual around here), frantically finishing up household projects that didn't get get done, squeezing in a few more family excursions and getting the family reunion photos uploaded to share with the family that have been patiently waiting for weeks now.
My best shot above is one from our trip in June. I am reminded of the beauty of the countryside where we drove and drove and took in the vast landscapes; where we were happy to be plucked from our normal daily life and looked forward to the endless possibilities that school-free days and sunshine offer.

I will admit however now, that it's images like these that make me long for simplicity when our routine is back in full swing and I have a little peace and quiet all to myself.

What sorts of stirrings are within your head and heart today?

38 comments:

Maggie said...

That is such a peaceful looking shot. And I'm sure that it will be so nice to look back on when you're in the thick of a busy school year!

My best shot certainly pulled at my heart strings.

BSM: Just a Pair of Shoes

susiej said...

I agree with Maggie... there is something peaceful about the tall grasses... so long summer.

When things look fuzzy
When things look fuzzy

Mia's Mama said...

so serene. I'd love to lay in tall grass where nobody could find me.
Gorgeous.

My best shot reminds me a lot of myself when I was that age (minus the phone)

Irene

Joanna said...

I love the simplicity of this shot. The grass swaying is very calming.

Here is my BSM

Melissa said...

What a lovely shot. We have years before school starts around here, but I still feel that quickening of pace that happens every fall.

Here's mine.

Kara!!! said...

Beautiful! I love shots in country-like settings.

My BSM: Rain Drops

Megan said...

your shot evokes the peace of a lazy summer drive -- lovely.

here's my BSM:
Swinging BSM

Phyllis Sommer said...

what a lovely summery shot...

this is sadly, the first week of school. we had the end of summer this weekend.... but it was fun and beautiful.

here's my best shot!
happy monday!

Brittany said...

I can't believe summer is over, either! :)

Here are some shots of my boys, showing some true brotherly love

Andrea said...

A shot captured during our last summer getaway this weekend.

Serious Art

MGF said...

The grasses are so clear. This makes me wanna grab a nap and cherish the quiet moment.

Jaimee said...

A beautiful, peaceful scene!

Here's Mine:
BSM:I finally got one!!

carrie said...

and the puffy, white clouds...so peaceful and beautiful. i know what you mean about being a little ready for the routine again, though.

My Best Shot this week is of A Beautiful Reminder from my sweet sister.

Marie said...

What a peaceful shot and so very beautiful.

Here's mine, simple blooms for a simple girl . . .

http://ayearatoakcottage.blogspot.com/2008/08/best-shot-monday_24.html

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

so simple and beautiful. it's very peaceful and soothing. :) and yes, how can it be the end of summer already?!

my best shot this week is something i'm very proud of. my pictures aren't very good technically-speaking, but what they are of means a lot to me. :)

Golightly said...

What a lovely picture. I know, I can't believe summer is already over!

Here's my best shot.

Dawn said...

Your end of summer ritual sounds wonderful! I love your pick of picture and I'd love to be on a porch, drinking some iced tea...gazing out at the whispering grasses~

Here's what we did this weekend!

Bunny said...

I love those kinds of spaces. Here are my joyful shots this week:

BSM.

natalie said...

Your picture stirs simplicity within the soul. We all need an image like that to ground us when life spins out of control.

Best Shot Monday: Whirlwind

Christina said...

Such peace and tranquility in that image...beautiful.

We had fun Dancing in the Rain!

Blueberry said...
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Blueberry said...

wonderful picture. so calm and peaceful!

here's my my best shot

Blueberry said...

seems i can't make a link that works today! this is my last try!

my best shot

Amy Jo said...

Very tranquil. I need me some of that right now!
Here's my BSM. Baby birthday.

The Source said...

No peacefulness here...too many teens in the house for that! The photo I'm sharing is not technically fantastic, but it did bring a laugh when I downloaded it. And if you'd care to scroll down to the next post, you will see just how bored we were this weekend!

http://significantsource.blogspot.com

Schotzy said...

Love the simplicity of your shot! My daughter is always tucked in my heart and as I journal my life, old photos of her have always been and will always be my best shots!

HeatherK said...

Nothing compares to such a natural palette of colors!

Here's my best shot

Ange said...

I love these type of photos - feelings of calm and peace

infinitysedge said...

This shot makes me feel warm as I snuggle with my toddler on this brisk morning.

Here's
BSM

Jen said...

I agree with other commenters. What a beautiful and peaceful scene.

Here's mine:
Oh My Goodness

Killlashandra said...

Serenity and peace, two things I'm in need of right now. Lovely shot. :)

Mine is up and after my Monday morning I went for some horns from a visit to the zoo.

http://www.killlashandra.org/wordpress/?p=713

Sarah-Ji said...

That's beautiful, Tracey. I'm all for simplicity in theory but can't seem to make it a reality practically. Thanks for the inspiration, though!

Here's my BSM.

secret agent mama said...

I love this shot. It's surreal even.

For me, I've had three extra boys in my house as I've been watching them for a friend. It's not easy and I can definitely say that we won't be having seven children!

I coupled 100 Words with my Best Shot for a funny!

Best Shot

Barbara said...

Wow, what a great shot! Here is my Best shot.
Have a great Monday everyone!

Mandaroo said...

Beautiful, serene image. I love driving through countrysides. We made a short trip through some lovely areas this weekend, on our way to go camping. Here's one of my faves.
NBTS Campout BSM

Arizaphale said...

Ah the end of Summer. Hooray, that means Spring MUST be on the way here soon. Please???

A late entry.

Maybe it IS Sping

Gypsy Alex said...

Pics of us!
xo

Karen said...

Tracy, I love your blog and am an avid reader of The Shutter Sisters blog as well. Tonight I got a request for a login on Shutter Sisters. I've posted a couple of times, but don't have a login name or password to my knowledge. If you could kindly email me I would much appreciate it. I would hate to lose access. Thanks so much. Karen
karen@Walkermedia.net