Monday, October 10, 2011

Nature Walk

I went for a walk in the canyon today, and the view was too lovely not to share.

The colors are breathtaking this time of year.  No matter how many photos I snapped, I could just not quite do justice to the real thing…


…Not that it stopped me from trying. 

And I got to thinking about my favorite talk from conference, by Elder Cook, “It Is Better To Look Up.”  I loved that talk.  So much.  I love the concept of up.  I love that things can look up, people can cheer up, and hopes can rise up. 

When I was walking through the canyon with my eyes downcast this was all I could see:


Not much of a view is it?  When I was looking down all I could focus on was the shadows.  And look what I would have missed out on if I wouldn’t have looked up:


My walk caused me to come to the following realization: when I’m feeling downcast and only focusing on putting one foot in front of the other, I totally miss out on the beauty of the world (and even more importantly, the people) around me.  Looking down leads to self absorption.  How many opportunities I miss to reach out to those around me when I’m too busy looking at my feet. 

It really is better to look up. 


  1. This is so well put, Whitney. I think it was your photos that especially made it click for me.

  2. P.S. Your shoes are really cute. As usual.

  3. What a great reminder! And I love the picture of the!

  4. I LOVED this talk too!! I thought of you! I thought of those hard days when we talked about things looking up and took happy balloon pictures to cheer up! I thought of hot air balloons and fluffy clouds too! I love your BEAUTIFUL visual representations of this talk! Such a great reminder! Thanks for the beautiful and UPlifting post!

  5. Oh Whitney! Thank you for sharing this! I needed it today! I love the reminder of looking up. I loved this talk too, it was great!

  6. I loved this talk too. In fact, I just barely listened to it again. And this post is just as beautifully written. I love things that are "UP" too - especially you! :) And you take absolutely beautiful photographs!

  7. You take such beautiful photos! It was so fun to be with you and Spencer and have such an UP vacation! (You even know how to hide UP!)