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Appreciating Life’s Little Things – A Beautiful Sky

Appreciating Life’s Little Things – A Beautiful Sky

After you’ve been traveling long-term, one thing that changes is that you start to appreciate the little things a lot more.

You appreciate not having to wear flip-flops in the shower. You appreciate being able to sleep in your own bed. And you appreciate those comfort foods of home like a chicken parma or Vegemite on toast.

But you also start to appreciate the natural beauty in this world we live in and often the two of us find ourselves just looking up at the sky in awe. No, we’re not weirdos with a fetish for the sky – we’ve just learned over the past 12 months or so that the sky is a beautiful thing even in the worst of weather and no matter where you are in the world, it’s always there for you to look at and admire.

The sky out of a plane

It can be that extra fluffy cloud that looks comfy enough to sleep on. The beautiful colors of a sunrise…


That become even more spectacular when the sun sets…

Sunset on our nightly walk

Even that imminent thunderstorm heading your way can be beautiful…


And then when the sky clears, the beauty is still there…

Calm after the storm

The sky is amazing.

And it’s completely free to enjoy! So take a minute or two from your busy day, stop where you are and look up at the heavens. You never know, it may just instantly brighten up your day and perhaps you’ll start appreciating a little thing such as the sky the same way that we have.

All photos in this post were taken on an iPhone 3GS and shared via Instagram.


  1. Posted July 11, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Such a lovely post and I totally agree! I spend so much time looking at and taking pictures of the sky–it can be just SO beautiful, especially when the clouds roll in :)
    Christine recently posted..USA road trip kicks off tomorrow!

    • Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      Thanks Christine, it took travel to make us really appreciate how great the sky is!

  2. Matthew Cheyne
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    A great post with beautiful pictures to match. One thing that travel can also do is make you realize how interconnected we really are and that we all basically have the same desires which is to be happy and avoid suffering. We may all belong to different cultures in different countries in different parts of the world but these similarities still remain the same.

    • Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Thanks Matthew and you’re totally right – it’s a shame that there is such conflict in the world when most people just want the same thing.

  3. Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I agree. Marty and I are nature lovers even though we live in suburbia. Every night we go for a walk at dusk and we always look skywards. Sunsets are more appealing than sunrises because of the time factor – but isn’t nature grand?
    jan recently posted..Singapore, Safari Suits, Pith Helmets and Pumas

    • Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      The sunset photo above was actually taken on our nightly walk at sunset – we certainly miss summer and being able to do this every night! And yes, we’ve only seen about 3 sunrises in our lives because of that reason! :)

  4. Posted July 11, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    So true!
    Amazing photos!
    Tash recently posted..Visiting the University of Toronto

  5. Posted July 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Totally agree! When we were working on the vineyard in Victoria we’d walk back to our caravan at night and the sky would be WOW: full of the brightest stars and so clear.

    Since I left England I’ve found I’m so much more appreciative of everything around me, things I wouldn’t have even noticed when I was back home.

    Love the pics guys :-)
    Beverley recently posted..Falling in Love At The Frosty Mango

    • Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      Yep, Victoria sure does have some of the best skies in the world! Haha jokes. But it’s amazing how some time away from home can really make you appreciate your surrounding environment so much more.

  6. Posted July 13, 2012 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous shots, especially the last one! I’m a big fan of the sky. :)
    Andi recently posted..Hong Kong: Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Part 2)

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