One thing we’ve learned from the recent Pandemic brought on by COVID-19 is that we not only desire a change of scenery — we desperately need one! This week, Beth of Wandering Dawgs has asked us all to “get out and look for a change of scenery.”
But, you see, we’re quite fortunate, living so close to the Great Smoky Mountains. We don’t have to look for a change of scenery. Mother Nature makes those changes for us!
In the fall, our drives take us through spectacular woods in the Smokies — forests bearing autumn — glorious yellows, oranges, even brilliant reds at times. Mountain scenery changes daily as new colors replace old. A drive higher into the mountains may reveal one color, only to be replaced by another color higher up.
The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.James Hopwood Jeans
Right now, in early spring, the newly opened Foothills Parkway (photo above), greets us us with fresh green leaves and verdant forests replacing the warmer tones of fall, much like a woman shaking off a winter quilt to expose clean, bright linens. Spring rains shower down from dark skies, freshening the palette almost daily . . . or so it seems.
A change of scenery may dependent on locale. But it may also vary as your proximity to the subject changes.
An Action News theme song from the ABC station (Channel 6) in Philadelphia says, “Move Closer to Your World” – a directive we can all take to heart. Something as simple as moving closer can change your world as you stare into a smaller space, noticing details you may not have seen from a distance — the familiar morphing into something mysterious, detailed, and new.
It is impossible to do a thing the way I see it because the closer I get, the more differently I see.Alberto Giacometti
The key to a better life isn’t always a change of scenery. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.Richelle E. Goodrich
So, whether you look far into the distance or up close into the heart of things, here’s hoping you’ll notice the scenery changing in your area. Let’s welcome the change and enjoy each and every moment of it!
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May your travel be always scenic,
Rusha & Bert