Every now and then I get bored with where I live. I have lived here all my life and occasionally think there is nothing left to see. I know this is a silly thought but it occasionally comes in my mind nonetheless. Then as quickly as that thought comes it goes again when a place like Crystal Hermitage presents itself. I had never heard of this place. How has no one told me of this place?! I happen to catch a post on a friends facebook page and was enthralled. This hermitage, located outside of Nevada City California, plants a tulip garden each year. The tulips were in full bloom! I knew if I was going to photograph them I better drop everything and head over because tulips don’t last long especially in this HEAT. These days with a toddler at home the idea of dropping everything to do anything is an act of congress (and you have seen our Congress in the news these days). So, like any good Mom would do, I played hookie one afternoon from work and zipped over by myself with camera in tow. It turns out it was a good idea because, true to its name, this hermitage was in the middle of nowhere and it took a long time to get there. Part of the Ananda movement and communal, the surrounding area and hermitage aim to help individuals find joy in themselves and their world. It’s hard not to get behind a mission like that. Behold some of the images I captured while on my short visit. While I may not understand Ananda entirely I can let them know that they helped me find joy in my word on this day.
I am submitting this post in response to Jansen Photos “Rise” Challenge. It certainly doesn’t get more basic that a flower rising upward toward the sunshine!