This is the grotto, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri. The photo was taken on a clear Spring morning while visiting there with my 85-year-old father and step-mother. The air was crisp and the cloudless sky was vivid blue. The wafting fragrance of flowers and the sound of songbirds filled the air. I consider myself an arborphile – thanks to my father teaching me to appreciate nature from the time I was a very young child – and the specimen trees on this property filled me with delight. For having shared this glorious this day with people I love, I will be forever grateful.
May 17, 2011