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Friday, February 8, 2013

See Beautiful

Today is See Beautiful Friday, and I love participating every month. Although I am feeling discouraged about some things today, when I stopped to think about a "See Beautiful" post, I smiled about how much beauty I've seen in the past month. 

Perhaps the most beautiful thing was observing a coyote near my house, and using a lens loaned to me by a very generous friend to photograph the wild canine. I have, unfortunately, run across a number of places on the web where slaughtering coyotes is glorified. It horrifies me because coyotes are intelligent and sentient beings. They live in packs that are tightly bonded and work together toward raising pups and surviving the year. Senselessly murdering them is unthinkable to me. Look at the intelligence in this coyote's eyes and the stunning beauty of his face.
During this month, I've also seen my "puppy", Shyla, blossom as we've started more intensive training.
As our bond grows with each day, she becomes more beautiful to me.
Last, but certainly not least, nature has painted some glorious pictures for us this month. They are breathtakingly beautiful.
How can I walk through a day without smiling when this beauty is all around me?
Seeing Beautiful is a state of mind, in my opinion. It takes a conscious effort but it helps me to appreciate the gift of each day on Earth.


  1. All beautiful indeed. It completely sounds us and is with in us. As far at the glorification of slaughtering the coyotes, Boooooo and Big Grrrrr to that. Why? Not a beautiful thing. What you have captured KB with the coyote IS beautiful.

  2. The human mind is very hard to understand sometimes. If it werent for beautiful souls like you and other friends that give us hope, we would have a hard time facing our days.

    A beautiful post my friend.

    Bert and My Vickie

  3. What an amazing shot of the coyote. Of course the rest of your pictures are equally as beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Oh my word I have never seen a coyote that close.
    Shyla is abeautiful girl....and WR love her name.
    I love sunrises and sunsets this time of year.
    Madi and Mom

  5. We agree. We can choose to see the beauty in the world around us . You show us all so much beauty in your pictures. Thank you for sharing. Glad Shyla is now part of your life. She is beautiful.
    Ernie for the rest of the furkids pack and mom barb

  6. Uh, didn't you leave out another beautiful dog that we love? Yes,yes,him! The shiney black one snoozing on the couch! I don't even need a picture, he is in my mind's eye! He is there and he is a beauty.

    As are all of your photos!


  7. I agree with you about the coyotes. I followed a girl on Instagram who had many photos from Coyote hunting and it made me physically ill.... I had to unfollow her. My parents have them a lot at their place, they are always very mindful when we are riding in their habitat.

    Those skies are breathtaking.

  8. Through your eyes and lenses, we also "See Beautiful," wonderful telephoto shot of a stunning animal, may they run free forever.Shyla shines. Greetings from Jean

  9. Woof! Woof! Many fear coyotes but they certainly posses beauty. LOVE Shyla's 2nd photo. Only if those eyes could speak. Happy This Moment See Beautiful Friday. Golden Thanks for joining our hop. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  10. Sorry you had a bad day. Nothing like a little natural beauty to mend the spirit!

  11. All beautiful photos. I must say that my breath was taken away by the coyote shot.

  12. Oh my goodness! That coyote picture is amazing. Actually all of your pictures are awesome...the skies where you live are like paintings! Enjoy your weekend.
    xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  13. You know we share that view about the coyotes -

    Just incredible pics AGAIN ;-)

  14. Such a beautiful coyote picture! We don't understand how anyone could hurt them either. Unthinkable!!

    You always have such amazing scenery for your See Beautiful photo's. (And an amazing friend to lend you that lens.)

    Happy See Beautiful Day!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  15. Beautiful pictures and I think you summed it up beautifully as well. I agree that it does take a conscious effort to see beautiful, but it is worth it! The same as being positive or focusing more on the positive. However, the more you make the effort to see beautiful and see/be positive, the easier it becomes!

  16. Hi KB, thanks for the beautiful photos. The coyote is amazing. I don't know much about these animals but why would anyone want to glorify killing them? Thanks again for sharing your photos. I always get great joy from them. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  17. It is a great reminder that we need to see beautiful more. It is so easy to get caught up in the negative or the daily we can lose track of the beautiful. Have a good weekend.

  18. Such beautiful photos, KB!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  19. Thank you for sharing beautiful words and photos with us.

  20. YOur photos are fabulous! The close-up of the coyote is very beautiful. Thank you for posting them.

  21. Hi Y'all,

    What amazing beauty graces your days...

    That is an amazing coyote photo. It is a shame that people find it necessary to kill them. However, I do understand. When I was small we had a difficult time with wild dogs killing our calves and even tearing cow's udders. A humane group set up a trap, but the dog it caught broke out of the trap completely destroying it. New, heavier traps were set, but the dogs were wise to them and avoided them. They bred and neighbors started loosing calves and sheep. Finally. our overseer, who liked to bear hunt on his vacations, hunted them down.

    It's fine if the coyotes are in areas of plentiful wild game for hunting. In our eastern mountains here in the east the coyotes are invading and killing sheep, peoples pets and chickens. So far I haven't heard of anyone killing the coyotes, but the farmers and families whose pets have been killed are understandably upset.

    BrownDog's Human


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