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(All photos: Courtesy Vickie Babyak)
During stressful and uncertain times spring reminds me that life continues on. It helps me feel secure to see nature’s growing plants and amazing creatures. Spring feels like a new beginning and a perfect time to rejuvenate myself. I breathe in the fresh air of a new season and it clears away my dreary thoughts of winter.
I find comfort in nature and can patiently spend a couple hours in my backyard with my camera hanging around my shoulders. I love photographing the beauty of flowering plants, budding trees and especially native birds. I notice the details of a tiny flower bud, raindrops on a petal, playful squirrels, the colors of spring emerging from earth, and sweet chirping birds on branches. I capture the memorable image with my camera.
I enjoy sharing my photographs with people because not everyone has time to admire their surroundings and nature. It makes me happy when someone is excited to see reflections in the raindrops on a leaf.
I hope people find comfort in my photographs and experience a moment of rest from the anxieties caused by today’s world. Spring faithfully arrives each year and so will better days.
Vickie Babyak is a photographer and freelance writer from Dravosburg. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Originally published March 21, 2020.