Sunday, January 15, 2012

Turn The Dirt Over


Yesterday, a lot of things came to a head. I got let down and lost my temper. All I wanted was to dramatically storm out of the house and drive somewhere far away, but I settled for quietly leaving the house and driving somewhere a half hour away. I didn't know where exactly I wanted to go, but I knew that I wanted to be alone in a place I could wander and clear my head. Preferably a scenic location, because how often does beautiful scenery make things worse? A few weeks ago, I was driving around and running errands with my bosses, and they led me past this wonderful lake just a few minutes from the Writers' Center. It was the perfect opportunity to explore. I walked the dirt trails, climbed over branches, and listened to the trees creak and sway. Little black birds darted past me, and ducks took flight. I learned that ice crunching beneath my feet is a beautiful sound. I got my oxfords muddy. I saw a family of deer cross a house-lined street. I felt my legs go just a little bit numb, and got my spirits lifted. I also took some photos, so I wanted to share some of them so you guys could see what I saw yesterday.











Until tomorrow,


  1. Oh wow, these are such beautiful photos. :) You are right-- it's much better to take a while to cool off at such a lovely place like this than letting your emotions get a hold over you. You picked such a wonderful place to go, too, and I can see why it helped. It seems so peaceful and I especially love that photo with the frozen river since the lines in the ice are just so neat. You look cute with your complementary purple and yellow outfit and the heart detail.

    Hope you're feeling better now!

  2. Beautiful photos! Its always nice to get away when your feeling down and frustrated. I'd do the same thing if I was in your position. I hope all is well now :D You look lovely in that purple dress, purple is my favorite color!

    Marja <3

  3. This is a marvelous place for sure. It actually reminds me of the lake area in my neighborhood. I let my emotions get the best of me too this week and I could have used a peaceful retreat like this. I think it's always better to blow off steam alone in nature's peace and quiet like you did than to just let yourself get more aggravated. I absolutely adore how you layered this outfit and played with bright colors and cute accessories. Kind of reminds me of a Dr. Seuss book...which if you know me, I LOVE anything Dr. Seuss so please take it has a huge compliment:)

  4. I can feel the thought and peace in these photos. I love the composition. I'm going through some tough things too (I just don't really share it on my blog since a lot of people from "real life" read it) but I hope you were able to find some peace and strength through your time alone. Sometimes its best just to sit down and think.

  5. This is a beautiful scenery! I hope you're doing well, Nicole.


  6. Oh do I understand that feeling. I'm glad you had a nice quiet place to escape to for a little while. It's a beautiful lake.

  7. Aw, I'm sorry you had a bad day. But it resulted in some really lovely pictures, so it's not too bad! I love escaping into nature, it always makes me feel better. <3

  8. i'm sorry your day didn't go well nicole. :( that's always a bummer...and i can totally understand losing my temper...haha..

    i love the photos. the one of the trees with your head/hat showing is my favorite.

  9. Those pictures really are beautiful; way to make something beautiful out of a bad day.

    peace&love, Jill
    Favor the Brave

  10. Jasmine, Transient WithdrawalJanuary 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    I'm glad you have found a place where you can escape to. Mine isn't as available because I'm not always willing to drive the 15 minutes to the beach, but this place is oh so beautiful. I'm definitely needing an escape now with all the stress from applications and other stuff. But you looked so cute for it being an unhappy day. Hope all is well now though! <3

  11. Aw, I think we all reach that point somewhere down the road. My escape is my bed. Or, I take a long, long walk. Or I drive to the highest point wherever I am overlooking the town and sit there. I love your outfit, though, and these pictures are lovely. I can imagine why this place would have a soothing affect!

  12. I love the picture of the ice, and your outfit looks cute and cozy.

  13. sometime you just have to do things like that. i'm glad you found a sense of relief. and that you found something so close to you.

  14. I've always wanted a secret base. You know, a place where you can just escape to when you're frustrated or just need some time by yourself. I wish I still had my bike with me so whenever I break down, I can just bike to wherever and let my instincts lead me.

  15. It looks like you stumbled upon a really nice and relaxing area! I quite enjoyed the pictures you took as well.
    Definitely, for me, I love taking pictures to blow off some steam. Well, that and craft and be really creative. Just throw myself into a project, you know?
    I probably would be the kind of person to drive away somewhere, but I haven't had a license very long and the time now that I've had it, I don't have a vehicle to use! haha


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