We hear everyday about all of the bad things that have happened in the year 2020, and we will admit, some of it has been almost unbelievable. But, let’s take a few minutes to see a few of the good things that have transpired or that we have observed in 2020.
The thing we choose to focus on for this blog post is, pictures-photographs! Big surprise, huh? Well let’s just start the conversation rolling by talking about landscapes. During the shut-down of our business and working from home time this year, we discovered a series called, “Heartland.” It is available on both Netflix and UP Faith & Family. This very family-friendly series (more so on UP than Netflix) takes place in beautiful Hudson, Alberta, Canada. It is centered around a family run business on a horse farm. The scenery is beyond spectacular! Snow covered mountains landscape the background of beautiful open fields and farmland acreage. The ranch itself boasts a beautiful red barn set beside a picturesque pond that casts some gorgeous reflections. The farmhouse is log and simply decorated to be cozy and comfy inside.
The photography and videography are utterly breathtaking at times. They capture the scenes so vividly, you wish you were there on the set with them! (And I, Vickie, do not like the cold, yet I want to be there!) The characters are so well suited for their parts; you feel as if you know them personally. Then there are the gorgeous animals that play such a huge part in every episode. The horses, of which there are many different breeds, are majestic as they glide across the fields and in the paddocks. They cover almost every kind of activity you can do on a horse in at least one of the episodes in the 13 seasons we have watched. Yes, we have watched all 13 and cannot wait until the 14th airs! If I’m honest, I will tell you we have watched through almost twice and have gotten family members hooked on it as well!
Ok, back to the photography…maybe it’s because we were seeing so much of the indoors during several months of this year that the photography made such an impression on us, I don’t know for sure. But I can tell you that deliberately observing God’s creation all around us every day (through tv and self observation) has given us both great joy as we have paused more to take notice of the flowers and trees, the skies and clouds, the sunrises and sunsets, the mountains and the fields, the rain and the sunshine. It’s encouraged us to look back through many of the landscape images Jeff and I have taken over the years and reminisce on the many adventures we’ve had as we took them. If 2020 caused us to slow down just a bit and think more on these things, I have to say I am grateful for it.