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Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

Updated on September 10, 2012

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By Dexter Yarbrough. I remember a scene from the movie The Color Purple, where Celie and Shug Avery are walking through a beautiful field of purple flowers. The scene I am speaking of can be seen in the video to the right. It is short so please take a moment to watch it. That scene has stuck with me for many, many years.

Many of us lead very busy lives. Nonetheless, how often do we take time to stop and smell a rose? How often do we admire the changing colors in the trees? How often do we sit beside a lake with friends or loved ones? How often do we admire the beauty in this world?

Photo by Dexter Yarbrough
Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

Fall Colors - A Reflection

I have been traveling lately for work and taking photos as I usually do. After driving and flying thousands of miles, I decided to take a few days to look at the beauty that surrounds me. Not in a passing sort of way, but really to take in this beautiful earth that we inhabit. If you haven't done this lately, you should.

I know that many of you who read this are aware that there is a lot of negativity in this world. Much of it was created by man. While man has created many great things, nothing is greater than the beauty of nature that we see everyday - and sometimes ignore.

Photo by Dexter Yarbrough
Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

A Waterfall

I took a walk in an urban area a few weeks ago. There was a modest house with a few flowers in the yard. The house was nothing special, but the flowers made that which was simple much more beautiful.

I have often wondered if The Creator looks at us individually and ponders why we stay more focused on ourselves and our problems rather than admire the beauty He provided. How often does taking the focus off of ourselves and onto a flowing waterfall surrounded by heavenly trees turn our bad days into special ones?

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Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

Path of Colors

Many people go for nature walks along a path. Some do it for exercise; others do it to get away from whatever troubles them at the moment. How often do we take time to feel different textures of the leaves and plants?

Nature displays its beauty and glory to us. It displays its harmony and perfection to us. And it displays its knowledge and wisdom to us. But do we pay attention? Do you?

It is up to each of us to explore, develop, take to heart and enjoy the treasure in which we all share. Some of us are led to enjoy its glory and splendor. Are we following the path in which we are being led?

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Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

Sitting by the Lake

Life passes us by very quickly. One moment you are in high school stressing over what clothes to wear to impress that girl or guy you like. The next moment (twenty years later) the stress has turned to making mortgage and car payments.

All the while, we yearn for the days of retirement when we will commune with nature. Often, we come to find that physical ailments prohibit us from now doing so. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Watching the ducks and geese play or marveling at the uniqueness of the rock outcroppings standing alone in the lake can cure a day of the blues. Are you taking notice?

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Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

Diversity

There is a message in the world that many of us don't get - but we would if we just look around. Isn't it wonderful how the trees and plants live among each other in harmony? Each has something to bring to natures' table in terms of height, color, contribution to the environment, smell and texture. All in beautiful harmony, serenity and perfection. Humans could take a lesson from the living plant life.

Plants and trees give praise to a Creator that sustains, preserves and supervises their daily needs. The birds worry for nothing and they play and are fed everyday. The beauty of nature.

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Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

No Fear Here

Caution is natural, but fear is not. This buck did not run away from me when I came within 10 feet of it. In fact, it posed (and ate foliage) while I took 24 pictures. Moreover, it sat down and rested right in front of me.

We often let our fears take control of our lives. Fear of failure, love, each other, taking the next step. I believe that many animals can sense when we (humans) are not feeling well, sad or angry. They also know when a threat is present. And when there is no threat present. It is a balancing act. The buck was at peace and so was I. A lesson for the world.

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Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

Taking Time to Fish

Technology is not always a good thing. Our kids are becoming unhealthy because they are playing games on Xbox instead of getting exercise. Do you remember playing "Hide and Go Seek?" What about stickball? "It?"

Remember when we use to talk to each other instead of texting - from the same room? There is nothing like parents and grandparents teaching technologically savvy kids how to hook a fishing pole while telling stories from the "olden" days.

When was the last time you packed a lunch and had a picnic in the park? By the lake? Life is too short.

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Photo by Dexter Yarbrough

Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

A father taking his child for her first walk in lake water. An expectant mother admiring the scenery. People fishing and laughing. Ducks playing. So much beauty surrounds us. But do we notice?

With so much bad news, it makes you wonder if there is any good left in the world. Sometimes we get lost and forget. If you have forgotten, I suggest you take a day or two away to find the beauty of nature.

So many people go through this short life and fail to admire the color purple - and red, yellow, green and blue in the beauty of nature. Don't let this happen to you. Don't walk through a grove and not notice the beauty and uniqueness of nature.

The world can be a beautiful place. Don't think so? Take a few days to touch, see and smell the beauty of nature. You will never walk through a field again and not notice. Enjoy the beauty of nature.

Thanks for reading my hub and for viewing my photos.

Dexter Yarbrough Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Dear Dex,

      I have to book mark this one. You wrote so much truth here and I love it so much. Lately I have been stuck at the computer and have felt that a break is needed to enjoy the outdoors..The weather is changing and I really miss stopping and smelling the flowers. Thank you so much for the reminder and taking the time to enjoy life.This is one of my favorite movies of all time..brings me to tears everytime..

      God bless,

      Sunnie

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      My God Dexter, these are really beautiful. The colors are really prominent. How did you get the colors to stand out so much? Especially the photo with the lake or is it sea?

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sunnie! I am glad you enjoyed it. Yes, sometimes we need to break away and smell the flowers. Thanks for your wonderful comments!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Cardisa! It is a method called HDR Photography. I take three to five photos with different light settings, merge them together and adjust the tones, colors and contrast, etc. Links to how it is done are above.

      Thanks so much!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dexter! This hub is fabulous and your photos are breathtaking! You have quite a gift! :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Sunshine! Your visits and comments mean the world to me. Thank you so much!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing these photos that are bursting with color and for reminding us to stop and take notice of the beauty that surrounds us. I'm a firm believer in experiencing nature with all my senses and love to inhale deeply as I walk, and occasionally stop to run my hands across a leaf or tree limb. I love to kick off my shoes at the beach and wiggle my toes in the sand and ocean. I also love walking barefoot on a soft green lawn.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What beautiful photos and they are matched by your words of wisdom. There is nothing more beautiful or more relaxing than taking time to enjoy the beauty of nature. Up, useful and beautiful votes!

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      Fabulous pictures Dexter. I kind of like the HDR technique, I'll have to read up on it. It almost makes the photos look like paintings.

      And you're so right, it's absolutely essential to get out there and take notice of the natural beauty in this world. I do it every single day.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      These are gorgeous, Dexter. Whereabouts do you live?

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Absolutely beautiful! I'm in Texas where we still have 99 degree days. It is so nice to see what the rest of the world has right now.

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      Marilyn Alexander 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Hi Dexter!

      Your hub is absolutely beautiful,especially with your incredible photography! You do indeed have a wonderful gift.

      Did you see the info about the contest in November? You might want to enter it. With such talent you are sure to do well.

      Thank you. Up and awesome.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I can so appreciate your hub Dexter. There is so much beauty out there if we just take the time to look and soak it up.

      Your photos are just gorgeous

      A splendid hub voted up

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hello Dexter,

      At first I looked at the photos and was particularly struck by those with all the lovely reds and oranges. (I see the same colours when I look out my window just now.)

      Then I read your words and they are honestly just as beautiful. I agree with you when you say that with so much bad news it can be difficult to believe there is any good left - and yet it is everywhere too. (In this hub for a start). I think it’s so important to do what the characters in the video-clip say and celebrate the good. What a good clip to show.

      There is a lot of wisdom in this hub. I love your photo of the deer and what you have written about it, especially: "Caution is natural, but fear is not.” That’s a really helpful way to look at life. Thanks for the hub. I voted it up.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Happyboomernurse! I am happy you liked the photos. And I am so glad that you take time to enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. Thank you so much for the visit and the wonderful comments!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Peggy W! Thanks for the visit. I really appreciate your kind remarks and votes!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Timorous! Thanks so much. I have a couple of hubs on HDR if you are interested. I am so happy you get the chance to enjoy nature everyday! Isn't it great?

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Flora! Thank you so much. I am in Chicago.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Frugalfamily! Thanks for checking out my hub and your kind remarks. I love Texas. A very beautiful state!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Maralexa! You are always so kind. Thank you so much. I did not know about the contest. I will check into it. I always appreciate your visits! Thanks for the votes!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Rosemay! Thanks for your kind remarks. I am grateful! And I really appreciate the votes.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Melovy! Thanks for the visit and your very insightful comments. I am so glad you liked the photos and the words associated with each of them.

      There really is a great deal of beauty in the world. Often, we don't have to go far to find some of it.

      I learned a lot from that deer in the few moments we were together. Thanks again!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Dexter, you are quite the photographer! Love the fall colors and you truly have captured the beauty of nature. Excellent work! Voted up and beautiful! Steph

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Steph! It is always a pleasure when you visit. Thanks so much for your very kind remarks. Enjoy the beauty of nature!

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      Dexter, I agree with your words. And yes, most kids don't get out enough today, and they are not as encouraged to appreciate the beauties of nature like they once were.

      A beautiful, beautiful hub!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Beth. Thanks for the supportive words! I appreciate your kind remarks very much!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Dexter, your photography is awesome and the technique you use really shows off all the remarkable colors. The fall has to be my favorite time of year, I really enjoy looking out of the window and enjoying all the different colors in the leaves... great stuff, I'm voting up and pressing all the buttons I can find.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, I have bookmarked this wonderful hub as I know I will read it again and again, and uncover something new each time.

      You are so right, there is no promise of tomorrow and there is so much to love and enjoy all around us.

      The HDR technique in your photos is amazing.

      I am sure this hub would have won you prizes in the November competition, I hope you will be entering!

      A fabulous hub and voting up everything! best wishes MM

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Cloverleaf! I so appreciate your visits! And thanks so much for your kind remarks. Fall is a beautiful time of the year. I agree.

      Thanks for the votes and know they are appreciated!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Movie Master! Thanks so much for visiting my hub. And I really appreciate your generous remarks. HDR is the way to go for nature photos!

      You are the second person who has mentioned the November competition. Where can I find more info?

      Thanks again, Movie Master. Your comments mean the world to me.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      You are so right. What a refreshing Hub and the next beautiful thing is, that these beautiful sceneries God blessed the earth with, are FREE.

      On reflection, it makes us feel at peace, helps us think clearly and be in tune with our Creator - perfect place to bond with kids. I like the Fishing photo you have above. (Dad with his kids)

      I enjoyed reading this Hub and will take your advice and take more time to enjoy the Beauty of Nature.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady E! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I am so glad that you will take more time to enjoy the Beauty of Nature. Thanks again!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with your philosophy about life, slow down, take time to enjoy the little things, smell the roses, go fishing. I loved the movie, ' The color purple ' and i agree, your photography is beautiful Thank you. May i say that you are a gifted writer... Thank you....

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Always Exploring! Your comments are so wonderful. Thank you so much for you kind remarks. I appreciate you so much!

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      iZeko 5 years ago

      Thanks for the inspiring hub, Dexter! Yes, the world is definitely beautiful and the little things that so often go unnoticed can bring a lot of positive feelings.

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      caltex 5 years ago

      Sometimes we just forget to 'stop and smell the roses'. This is a wonderful reminder why we should. Thank you! There is so much beauty in nature. Thanks, too, for sharing your talent with us! Looking at the pictures made me feel like I was there! Voted up and all!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi iZeko! Thank YOU! It is always great when you visit and comment!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Caltex! You are too kind. Thanks for your generous comments. Yes, there is so much beauty in nature.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, the link to the contest page is in this weeks newsletter.

      http://hubpages.com/static/hubpatron_of_the_arts.p...

      Good luck!

      Best wishes MM

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Great! Thanks Movie Master!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Dexter Yarbrough, truly a beautifully authored with wonderful photos. Your words are inspiring and your images compelling. Gorgeous all around and, rings so true to me. UP Awesome Useful Beautiful

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Your work is just outstanding Dex! No wonder others are so jealous.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Lucky Cats! It is so nice to have a visit from you. Thank you for the kind comments. I'm glad that this hub touched you in a special way!

      And thanks for the votes. I really appreciate your generosity!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Will! You have been a great friend and supporter here on HP and I appreciate you more than you will ever know. Thanks for the kind remarks!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Dex, thanks for reminding me to take the time to appreciate all the beauty I see around me. Your words alone would have been inspiring, but your beautiful photos are just perfect to illustrate your concepts. Well done.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi DR BJ! Thank YOU for your wonderful comments on this Friday evening! I really appreciate it!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      So beautiful! I enjoy nature photos very much! Thanks for sharing.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Ripplemaker!Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Well done! Experiencing nature is one of the most healing things. It reminds me, there is someone greater than myself!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi 2besure. I am so glad you read my hub. I agree with your every word. Thank you so much!

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      sheila b. 5 years ago

      I was asking myself if you photographed paintings. Then you wrote about photographing the deer. I went back to the beginning...wondering how in the world you got these photos. (With 20 years experience in the visual arts world, I never saw anything like these.) Finally, I saw your links and realized what you're doing. I think it's great. Do you sell online?

      As for the beauty of nature. I remember hearing some people talking about getting high, and thinking to myself I get high on a sunrise or a snowy morning or smelling the wonderful roses on that one particular bush...

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sheila! Thanks so much for an awesome comment. You have really made my day. I really put my heart into photography. I do not sell online. Maybe I should start?

      I am like you, a natural high off of the beauty of nature is more than enough for me.

      Thank you so very much!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Dexter,

      Nature is God's greatest artist.

      Just this morning I was walking with my mother. We were on our way to have some breakfast. It was grey, cold and raining. Amongst the dry grass on the side of the road was a single yellow flower. I said to my mom, "Look at the beautiful yellow flower." It could have been a weed but that doesn't take away from the fact that it was beautiful.

      This hub appealed to my eyes, my mind, my heart and soul.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sueswan! Yes. I so agree with you. Just noticing a flower on the side of the road - shows our admiration for what God has given us.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful remarks - and the vote up!

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      feenix 5 years ago

      Hello, Dexter,

      This is a useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting post and I checked each of those boxes.

      And thank you very much for writing and publishing this article because, for one thing, it provided me with a number of new and wonderful insights.

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      satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      This time of year you write about, Fall, is the seasonI like best. The pictures are spectacular and the points covered in the hub are well taken. I think I will get from behind this screen and take in a bit of nature. Well done!

      Colors are captivating in your pictures. Up, Awesome, and Beautiful this hub!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Feenix! Man, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and wonder words of support. I am glad you like it. Thank you!!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Satice! The day brightens when I know you have visited my hubs. Thank you for your beautiful words and kindness. Please, enjoy the beauty of nature.

      And thanks for the votes up!

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Dexter i really love your article..thats really impressive, love those beautiful colors, makes me wanna be there...

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Mojefballa! Thanks for your kind comments. The locations I photographed are very beautiful!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Hi Dexter,

      What an amazingly beautiful hub,also very interesting and useful.

      Your photography is amazing too!!!

      I vote up and up here.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I don't know how I missed this terrific piece. Was I sleeping? The photos are exquisite. as i your writing. Up beautiful, interesting and awesome.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Eiddwen! There was a feeling within me to take these photos and share some wisdom I have gained lately. Thank you for your kind and generous comments!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Pop! Thank you so much! Your vote of confidence means so much to me!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Confession: I skimmed the text...because the photos are plenty gripping enough all by themselves.

      Finally figured out what it is about your pictures. We've all seen work by artists who can make a painting look like a photograph--but you reverse that, producing photos that look like paintings.

      Voted Up and Over the Rainbow.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Ghost! Your visits and kind remarks mean the world to me. Thank you so much!

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      sheila b. 5 years ago

      I came back to learn if you ARE selling your photographs. My suggestion? What do you have to lose? You could sell them framed and unframed. What I've always suggested to artists, (and they seldom listen), is to set your prices low. The idea is to sell in quantity, NOT to get rich on one photo or painting. The more you sell, the more they're out there for others to see and want. I've bought photos - my favorite is Bennington, VT on a snowy evening. It's a scene I saw often but never could have gotten a picture of. I'm sure many people would enjoy having one of yours hanging in their home.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      This is a great hub Dexter. The pics are breathtaking. Voted up and well deserving. I love fall. It is the best time of the year for myself. Love the changing seasons. Good stuff and be good. See you soon.

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      Everyday I learn something more, just found your article and those beautiful photos. Wonderful way to start my day

      Thanks

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sheila! Thanks so much for the great advice. And I will listen! I really appreciate your help and kind words.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Thelyricwriter! Thank you so much for checking out my hub and leaving the nice fan mail. I look forward to reading and learning from your hubs. And thanks for the kind words and vote up!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Gogogo! I am so happy you found my hub. Thanks for the really generous remarks. I am thrilled that this hub started your day off well.

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      So very beautiful. Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Lambservant! Thank you very much for reading and voting up. I really appreciate it.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dexter,

      Forgive me for previously only appreciating your wit, as I am truly awestruck by the wisdom of your words and the intensity of your photography. I feel as though I am a part of your photos, they are breathtakingly beautiful. I will bookmark this for frequent reminders of the truly important elements of a balanced life.

      Voted UP and UABI and out of this world, mar!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Marcoujor! Your beautiful words have simply warmed my heart this morning. Thank you so much for the votes, your generosity and your beauty!

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      chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

      I really like this hub. It's a friendly reminder to take a moment to appreciate beauty. Thanks!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Chrisam01! Thank you so much for checking it out. I am so glad you liked it. Thanks for the follow and I look forward to reading your hubs!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...oh my dear friend and (gentle)man for all seasons - you know where this one is going - don't you - lol - on my Facebook page with a direct link for all of the world to see - to showcase a great writer and a world class photographer .......lake erie time 8:59pm and speaking of which let's pop in and check out Obama and Michelle .....

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dexter - You are great at portraits but even better at nature shots. I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful natural area of the country but even I sometimes forget to stop and appreciate. Thanks for the reminder and super Hub. Rated up!!

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      ek ellis 5 years ago

      My first time visiting your hub and what a beautiful job you have done

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Epi! You are a great friend and supporter. Thank you so much for gracing my hub with your presence! I really appreciate your kindness and the link!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Suziecat7! I am so glad you visited my hub! Thanks for the kind words. I have traveled a lot lately and have had a great opportunity to really get in tune with nature. Thank you so, so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Ek Ellis! Thank you so very, very much!

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      youmeget 5 years ago

      These pics are great. I'm writing a fantasy novel and these...I'm certainly coming back to the second and the third.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Youmeget! Thank you so much. I am looking forward to hearing more about your novel.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      You've such awesome pictures--they are beautiful and inspirational, just like your hub. I enjoyed reading this--I agree life is short and we should take time to go out and smell the roses, watch some squirrels or feed some ducks--nothing more healing to the soul than these simple acts. Thanks for sharing and rating it up.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Anglnwu! I am glad you enjoyed this. Yes, we need to take more time out for nature. Thanks for your wonderful comments and the votes up. I have been reading many of your outstanding hubs!

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      gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

      Dexter! LOVED this hub, the sentiment is so true. The pictures are beautiful. I think the buck didn't run away and posed for you because he sensed your wonderful soul and you were not there to harm, but to appreciate. Just wonderful, seriously!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Gryphin423! It is always wonderful to get a visit from you. Thank you for the nice comments. The buck and I got along very well! I am so glad you enjoyed my hub.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      The photos were stunning, beautiful, sensational and awesome.

      The words you wrote, simply divine.

      You re wonderful for

      sharing this gift of

      nature with us.

      Be blessed

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      lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I was so busy this fall that I didn’t take the time I really should have to enjoy my favorite season. Now there is talk of snow! The white stuff does have a beauty of its own and I will do my best to celebrate it! Thanks for the reminder.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Ubanichijioke! I thank you so much for reading and for your kind comments. This is one of my favorite hubs, if I may say so myself!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Ipanfil! Good for you! And thanks for checking out my hub. I hope to see you again very soon!

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      Ankita 5 years ago

      Hi, Ipanfill. I am very glad to see your coment.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Dexter-This comes from the bottom of my heart;

      This was truly the most beautiful hub I have ever read! The words, the philosophy, the wisdom, the spirit, the love and the pictures brought the same tears to my eyes, as it does when I see, touch and smell the beauty and wonders of mother nature.

      My eyes, heart, mind and soul thanks you,

      Sannel

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi SanneL! All thanks to YOU, SanneL! I am pleased that this hub touched you the way that it did. It really had a profound effect upon me as I took the photos and wrote the words. My hope was that it would be special to others. Your message, as well as the others, made it so.

      Thanks, again!

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      fucsia 5 years ago

      What a beautiful photos! I adore them, I adore nature. I very like your Hub!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Fucsia! I am pleased to know you liked my hub! Thanks so much for your kind remarks!

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      A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

      You have taken my breath away with these photos and such heartfelt words of wisdom. I agree, when you look at nature through a creative eye and stop to capture it, you notice a lot of its' beauty.

      Thanks for sharing this gift of creativity.

      Take Care :)

      Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

      Regards,

      A.CreativeThinker

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      A.CreativeThinker! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my most favorite hub! I really appreciate your kind remarks. This hub came together in an amazing way and I am grateful that you enjoyed it!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      OMG Dexter-these photographs are just beyond awesome! Breathtaking that you actually came so close to that buck; and the colors in the woods, the clarity on the lake. What a cornucopia of delightful sights.

      I love your explanations that go along with each other and I only regret that you had not waited to submit this into the patron of the arts contest...it's a real winner! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. Rated up and across. God Bless.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dexter-I meant to add this to my earlier comment that I left for you-I loved the Color Purple clip you included here. It really does a marvelous job echoing the importance of recognizing the beauty around us.

      That scene reminded me of a dream I had once of walking through a huge field of red tulips and I was a little girl just a bit taller than the heads of the flowers!

      Enjoy your weekend.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Denise! You are always so generous with your comments and I thank you. This is one of my most favorite hubs because it came from a spiritual level and has impacted so many others. I am grateful to be able to share it with others.

      I didn't know about the contest when I published this hub; but I am happy that many of you have enjoyed it.

      Thanks so much for brightening my day with your support. God bless you as well!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..and you are something else Dexter my man - it took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of this screen that it's spring again - lol lol - and yes your pictures are postcard perfect - always have time to revisit a classic especially when it comes to world class photography.

      lake erie time 8:11pm

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      Brian Burton 5 years ago

      Whew, what a huge response to your article. Think I might have gotten carpal tunnel wheeling down to the bottom to make a comment.

      Seriously though, another great one Dexter!

      Man, have to tell you that bit about fear was truly awesome. It's so true and I'm so glad you brought it up as fear is a constant battle for me. It is great to be reminded that fear slows us down and just gets in our way.

      Great article!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Epi! Thanks for coming back to visit! This hub is my most favorite of all!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Brian! I have had to battle with fear as well. Stay strong. It can be defeated. Thanks for reading. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...and quite possibly one of mine too .... not to mention the legendary White House conversations series.

      lake erie time 9:24am

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Epi! Thank you so much but I am striving to attain half the talent you possess!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Dexter-I can truly understand the spiritual content of this hub. It is what resonated throughout the beauty of its words and photos. Allowing the essence of your soul to come through your work will make all the difference in the work; it lifts it up to a higher level.

      Many blessings to you-

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Denise! And many blessings to you. I knew you would understand the "spiritual" aspects of this hub. Thanks, again!

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      WOW these are some of the best pics ive ever come across!! i love the path of colours pic!!

      carrie!!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Carrie! Thank you so much! Your wonderful comments to start my day are so welcome!

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

      What a beautiful hub! Well composed, amazing photographs...you rocked this one! Up and beautiful and interesting and following!

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      vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Its beautiful, each picture is a paradise.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Vasantha! Thank you so much for your kind remarks!

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      litsabd 5 years ago

      I am SO glad I tripped over this astonishing article of yours...have a blessful day...

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Litsabd! I am also glad that you found this hub! Thanks for your kind words. I hope it has been an inspiration to you. Have a blessed week!

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      Nadia Sam 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Lovely pictures, Dex. Great shoot. I miss America.

      I cannot see such beautiful fall in my tropical country.

      http://www.kerudungonline.com

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Nadia! Thank you so much. I hope you get to come back to the States. I would love to visit your country!

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      BERNARD LEVINE 5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S LOVE By BERNARD LEVINE

      God is amazing

      He chooses every baby's DNA and blood type

      He puts every star in place to float in the sky

      He creates every fingerprint with a rare design

      He makes an egg to burst open with life.

      God is great

      He selects all the love-songs for every bird to sing

      He makes broken bones mend

      He gives every flower its specific perfume

      He cares for seeds and they turn to fruit.

      God is awesome

      He tells the seasons when to change

      He gives us air so we can breathe

      He feeds multitudes of living organisms on our planet

      He waters fields of green carpets with morning dew.

      Every leaf is a marvel of God's genius

      Every baby is filled with God's love

      There is nothing in this world more precious

      than the beautiful kindness of God.

      © Bernard Levine

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Mr. Levine!

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      travel-O-grapher 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Nice article.. we should always take time out from our mechanical monotonous life and get out there every once in a while.. because at the end of the day, we wont remember what corner office we sat at or what video games we have played! rather, we will remember the times spent with our loved ones and what we have enjoyed with them!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Well said, Travel-O-Grapher! Thanks for an exceptional comment!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      You are right Dexter, we need to take time to admire the beauty that is all around us in nature. As a kid growing up in New York, I always wanted to be in the country.

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      DanielNeff 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Absolutely stunning photographs.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi 2besure! Yes, taking time to enjoy nature enhances our own lives. I felt the same way you did - me growing up in Chicago.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Daniel. Thank you. I really appreciate your comments. Welcome to HP!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dexter,

      Stunning photographs accompanied by beautiful words... my eyes were immediately drawn to your images, and then I read the words. Wow! What a talent!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Daisy! It is a pleasure to be a follower of yours! Thank you so much for your kind words. It really warms my heart to know you enjoyed my hub! Thanks, again!

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Queens

      I had to scroll down a while before I got to this comment box. I can see why you have so many fans. This Hub is where my heart has been drawn to of late. Nature, brooks, streams, flowers, fields. What a blessing to take a trip just within here! It's like taking a vacation. Unique, gifted by God. Keep writing. Glad I found your Hub through 2besure!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi 4seazons! Thank you so much for reading and I appreciate your kind comments. Please, continue to follow your heart, as stated. It will bring a great deal of peace.

      Blessings be unto you!!

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      medina143 5 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL photographs! I love the beauty of nature yet it often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. Good work!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Medina! Thank you! Nature and its beauty is simply amazing. I appreciate your nice comments!

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      DanielNeff 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dexter,

      As always, beautiful and enriching. Your photos are exquisite and your words are inspirational.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Daniel! I am always humbled by your kindness. Thank you so very much!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      thank you so much for taking the time to share the ways we can enjoy nature's bounty. i am so blessed as i grew up the child of a mother who felt, in part, her mission in life was to beautify the planet. she loved all of nature and was eager to beautify our property with it. when we sat at our breakfast nook, a sea of flowers, every type, size, and texture greeted us....the same was true as we sat at our dining room table. and she was eager to help me learn of the wild natural things that abound on our planet as well. she would take me on mini-field trips to explore the plants that grew along the shoreline. reading this has taken me back to that place....i have her affinity for growing things and feel so close to the land as if it might course through me..as i plant and till the soil..great hub....

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hello Pstraubie! I am so honored to have you visit and comment on my hub. Thank you so much for your own beautiful reflections of nature as a child with your mother. Thanks for sharing!

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Hi Dexter great article and those photos you took are gorgeous! I also have always loved that scene from The Color Purple. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Carolinemd21! Thank you so very much. It makes me happy to know you enjoyed it!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      So beautiful. I love photography but I am so selfish with it, afraid it will be stolen. Does that not concern you? When I came to hubpages pictures I took I saw on other hubs changed up somewhat and since then I only put a part of one so I am the only one that has the rest of it. lol

      I so want to get it out there though. We meet the best people taking photographs because bad people don't care about nature, don't you agree?

      Great hub and fantastic pictures!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Pollyannalana! Thanks for the great comments! I am not really concerned about stolen photographs. I try to keep a watermark image on them.

      I have met some wonderful people taking photos - people that really do care about nature.

      Thanks, again!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Yeah I really should learn to do that and I have thousands, maybe I will pull out a few. Got a new camera 15x I haven't even tried out yet. If you don't make a fortune with your people photos you should, everyone wants to look better and you sure do that, I showed that off to some others.

      Thanks for the advice.

      Polly

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much Polly! I appreciate it!

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      one2recognize2 5 years ago from New York

      Truly beautiful and awesome pics Dex. Really appreciate all the beauties of nature and you've captured it so well. Nice hub, voted up of course. :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi One2recognize2! Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful comment! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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      cbpoet 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Truly inspiring photographs. Thank you for providing me with a visual walk through your camera lens. Your subject and use of color is amazing.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Cbpoet! Thank you for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment. I so appreciate your generosity in words!

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      crookedcreekphoto 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Beautiful photographs along with beautiful words. I couldn't agree with you more. People need to slowdown and use all of their senses to be part of our world.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Dexter Yarbrough, What an inviting, lush, persuasive journey you offer through "pretty pictures" and thoughtful text! All of your photos coordinate harmoniously with your words. My favorite is the text before and after the photo which epitomizes the union of the opposites which doesn't have to be opposite: the naturalistic fence in the foreground merging with the vegetation of the rocky background.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all,

      Derdriu

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Crookedcreekphoto! Your kind words mean so much to me!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Derdriu! I am so glad you took the time to read my hub. Thank YOU for the kind and thoughtful comments!

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      Brittany Morrison 5 years ago from Russellville, AR

      Wow, you sure know how to touch a heart. :) This is purely inspirational and beautiful. I enjoyed the video and the pictures for one thing. You are right! When do we really just take a day or two to relax and smell the roses? Like with me, I used to worry about my health, and the stresses of which life sometimes brings us. We shouldn't let some earthquake or wave for that matter, ruin something so beautiful for us. I think we all deserve a day or so to enjoy the beauty of nature, that God created. Thank you so much for a very well thought out and creative hub. Cant wait to read more.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Brittany! Thanks so much for reading and I am so happy you enjoyed it. Just remember to take time out and enjoy the beauty of life. It really is special. Welcome to Hubpages!

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      Brittany Morrison 5 years ago from Russellville, AR

      Will do! Thank you so much for the warm welcome. :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Another great article Dex. This is such a well written article with great points. Beautiful pics Dex, as always. Another class "A" article my friend.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Thelyricwriter! I always appreciate your kind remarks. Thank you so very much!

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      cikgunaza 5 years ago from Malaysia

      nice photo art with an explanation.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Cikgunaza!

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      SARAH 5 years ago

      ITS SO FANTASTIC!!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sarah! I am glad you liked it!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dexter,

      I came back for another look at your photographs. This is such a beautiful Hub. Thanks for publishing it.

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      ladeda 5 years ago

      Wow! Such lovely photos and a beautifully written Hub! Voted up!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I am glad you took the time to "look at the beauty that surrounds me"/ My favorite caption was about "No Fear Here". I need to take a lesson from the buck.

      Just beautiful!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank YOU, Daisy, for reading and sharing it. I really appreciate your kindness!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Laleda! Thank you so much I am glad you enjoyed it and voted up!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Audra! It was amazing how that buck interacted with me. No threat, no nervousness. Probably the way nature intended it to be. But, yes, a lesson can be learned - I am learning it everyday! Thank you!!!!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      What gorgeous photography! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Deborah! Thank YOU for taking the time to enjoy!

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      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      Absolutely stunning photos. Is it OK to ask what software you're using? (i'm starting a photography class soon as a hobby)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Mesmerizing shots!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Ivona! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I use Photomatix. It is an HDR program that really brings out the tone and color. Thanks again!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Vinaya!

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      Shannon Paigah 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Nice hub! The lake picture reminds me of my childhood and family vacations. ~ It's been too long, hmmm...

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Shannon! Thank you! maybe it's time to go on another vacation? Hint, hint!!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful hub! You pictures are awesome and your words are wise. We should all take the time to appreciate the beauty that God has given us. Voted up, and beautiful! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sgbrown! What a great day it is! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I really appreciate it! And thanks for the votes!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Very well done... lovely work...

      Best from Canada

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Rolly! I appreciate your kind words!

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      January Moon 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      I love fall colors, Orange, green and red are my alltime favorite, love the video of the color purple seen, great hub :-) voted up for relaxation.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Cherrycrime! I appreciate your kindness!

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      Cate 4 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      Fantastic photography! Thank you for sharing it this way! Just gorgeous!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Came back after reading Mar's interview with you and learning this hub is your personal favorite.

      The stunning photos were well worth a second view and are as breathtaking as the first time I saw them.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Dexter, the beauty of these photographs is matched and superseded by the beauty in your words. There is so much to reflect and ponder in your wise, heartening words. In the simple truths you speak, you take my breath away. This is an unconditionally awesome creation. I'm glad I found your hub. I'm delighted to read your interview by Mar. Awesome!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Happyboomernurse! Thank you so much for coming back again and checking out the interview. I really appreciate your kind words!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Docmo! I am humbled by your beautiful comments! Thank you so very, very much! I am thrilled that you enjoyed the interview and this hub!

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Well written extremely creative and clearly explained. Never thought much about it but this makes so much sense. The pictures are stunning.

      Thanks Dex.

      Voted up, interesting, useful and beautiful images.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Molometer! It is always a pleasure when you stop by. Thanks for your kind remarks. I really appreciate it!

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      Cynthia 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dexter, I was really just doing my due diligence after being with you in tonight's forum, but I must say, I am humbled... and delighted! What a gift, what talent-- and I agree that your photos look like something by Monet or maybe one of the Group of 7... in any case, breathtaking! Your text is also well written and inspiring-- altogether a good case of the "excellence" we spoke of tonight. You've raised the bar. I'm looking forward to reading/viewing more of your pieces, and I am looking forward to learning about photography from you in some of your future hubs! I usually reserve "awesome" as a descriptor for the Divine, but I'm extending it to you and this hub tonight! (and pinning, for what it's worth). Thank you!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Techygran! Thank you so much for your "awesome" comments. It was really wonderful to participate with you during the video chat.

      I am looking forward to reading your work and learning much! Again, I really appreciate your truly kind words!

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      A wonderful hub Dexter ;just what we need for our Facebook page 'Eddy and Annie Inspire'.Would you mind if I added the link???

      It's entirley up to you.

      It is so nice to be back on here and being able to follow your great hubs once more.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Eiddwen! Thank you and of course you can. I am so happy you are back!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dex,

      I had to come back and view your terrific photographs again. Wow!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My fingers cramped up scrolling to the bottom of the comments! :) Beautiful message and pictures my friend. Nature is here for all of us to enjoy, and I'm heading out right now to do just that. Have a terrific weekend my friend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Dexter,

      What a stunning collection of photos accompanied by equally beautiful prose. I really enjoyed reading your wisdom and observations that are so true! Congrats on a great article, thanks for sharing and Voted up++++ and sharing for sure! :-)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Suzie! Thank you so much! We just need to take the time to enjoy nature!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Billybuc! Thank you! Yes, it is good to get away from the computer and enjoy life! Blessings!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Daisy! Your kindness is truly wonderful!

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this photo gallery. Wonderful colors! Billybuc recommended your hubs so I came to take a look. I love landscapes myself and enjoy long walks in the nature.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Vox vocis! Thank you so very much! I really appreciate your visit and kind words!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Dexter, wonderful article and amazing photos - the second photo took me by surprise because it looks so much like a painting, just amazing. The fall colours are so vivid and beautiful and I thought your comment about taking the time after travelling thousands of miles, to just look at it all was very pertinent - we take these things for granted too much. Shared, voted up etc, just lovely.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      To pause and reflect is a gift we give to ourselves--Lovely moment reflected here, both in your prose and in your stunning pictures---

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      I don't know what I loved most, the message or the photos. Both were awesome and voted up as such. What a magnificent hub. I too love nature and particularly love to share it with friends. It is my solace in a world gone mad. Thank you so, so much for this beautiful hub. It was the highlight of my day today.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Jools99! Fall is really a beautiful time of the year. And yes, we take so many beautiful, natural things for granted. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment, share and vote up!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Audrey! Your wonderful comments have surely made my day! And I thank you so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Irc7815! Your wonderful comments have inspired me to do get back to writing more! Thank you so very, very much!!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I love all your photos! They are breathtaking, beautiful, mesmerizing, colorful -- and they really do justice to the wonders and beauty of nature. They must be preserved for the appreciation by future generations to come. :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much, Vibesites! Your comments are so very much appreciated!

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Great nature pix. I especially like the one of the deer. You are right about nature which I have neglected in my life. shared

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Came back to read this again and enjoyed it as much as the first time. This is such an important message. Plan to share it this time!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Dahoglund! We all just have to push back from the computers sometime and enjoy nature.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Peggy and thanks for coming by again!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful Hub! Your photos are outstanding, too.

      I really enjoyed reading this uplifting Hub.

      Voted it UP, etc. and will share.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Mary615! Have a wonderful day! I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Dexter Stunning!!! Thank you for a heartfelt read. God Bless you bro. With Love, Skye.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 3 years ago from United States

      Thank YOU! Sorry it took so long to respond.

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      vasantha T k 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful pictures. I do remember this scene of purple flowers. The Photos are captivating and the captions are apt to the photos. I wish I was there in all the amazing locations that you have captured. Voted Up! Beautiful.

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