Learning to see the beauty of nature is, for me, one of the draws of Charlotte Mason's method.
But being in the city, sometimes it's not nature that catches my eye.
The city can seem gray and bleak. It's easy to get down if you see only gray day after day. It's easy to think that beauty - or color, or cheerfulness - only comes with a price tag or a trip to Somewhere Else.
But surprises exist.
A mentor once told me to make a list of items - a list of both concrete things and abstract ideas - and then go look for them and keep a record of them. He had a life-time habit of listing, looking, and recording.
He gave me a list that he had made for himself. I read his list, and I thought, "That's so easy."
But I didn't make my own list or look for anything in particular in any specific way. Even so, his idea stayed with me.
And I finally told myself, "It's never too late to learn to look."
Photos: A record of Yellow from (top to bottom) Brooklyn, Manhattan, Manhattan, Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Manhattan. As soon as I get to Queens again, I look for yellow there, too, or for something else.