This birthday party didn't start until 11:00am*, so we decided to head to North Van a little early and aim for a 10:00am-ish car nap. We didn't want to surprise our hosts by showing up egregiously early, so we drove to a nearby strip mall parking lot to wait for the Lilahbility to wake up. When she did, there was still about half an hour to kill before party time. I spotted a public garden that was accessible from the mall parking lot and was advertising its Christmas light display. Of course, this being 10:30am, the lights weren't on, but we decided to check it out anyway. I am so glad we did. What a beautiful little gem of a garden, tucked away where you'd least expect it!
Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am hardly the bubbly, enthusiastic type. I get excited about things, sure, but I don't tend to wear it on the outside like many people do. Mine is usually a more quiet type of enthusiasm (drunken exuberance aside). But lately I find myself noticing the beauty around me more than ever, and just needing to point it out and exclaim over it. A pretty sunrise on my daily commute to work just has to be pointed out to my carpool buddies. The moutains with their snowy peaks are just dying to be admired, and none too quietly, either. I think this has a lot to do with my newfound passion for photography, which was ignited by having Lilah and then receiving my fancy new camera as a gift from the Hubs. I often find myself wishing I had my camera with me to capture this image or that, and I almost always find myself wishing I were a better photographer so I could do certain moments justice.
|This is one of the few photos I took in the thirty seconds Lilah allowed me to put her down.|
Have you stumbled upon any hidden gems lately? Has your camera impacted the way you see the world? Tell me about it in the comments!