I have lived here fifteen months
and every single morning,
when I see the clouds sitting low in the hills that surround our town,
I am still shocked by their beauty.
And that I get to see them.
(Top two, from Aaron and Irene's yard.
Bottom, on my way to school, about three blocks from my house,)
My relationship with natural beauty has been one of the biggest surprises of my life in this place.
I had absolutely no idea when I moved here
how much it would nourish my soul
to live out my everydays from within the midst of this.