There’s nothing like going to the county fair to experience abundance. And when your county fair is the San Diego County Fair…a huge extravaganza, it gets to be a bit over the top.
I’ve noticed that over the years, there seems to be fewer animals on display. But I love to visit the ones that are there and see the young animal exhibitors working with their livestock. There are so many different varieties of goats…and they’re all pretty cute. I love the ways this one peered out to see what was going on beyond the enclosure.
There is also an abundance of food at the fair. Everything from deep fried Starbucks (what?!) to huge turkey legs and corn on the cob dipped in butter, there are plenty of choices (although many are deep-fried or bacon covered).
And sweet treats are also in abundance. We can never resist the cinnamon rolls that have become a family tradition over the years, but there are also options like cotton candy, ice cream, funnel cakes and more.
As we explored the abundance of talent from local artists–from woodworking to photography, graphic arts to textiles, we realized that we never spend time in the fun zone with the wild rides, bright colors, and flashing lights. Looking up we saw people with an abundance of courage dive from a high tower with only a bungee attached to their legs.
And some with an abundance of disposable cash testing their gaming skills to win something from the abundant collection of stuffed animals.
And then there are the rides. Crazy, fast, spinning, dropping, swooping… We even saw one that covers up the riders as it gains speed (ugh!). But they are spectacular to watch and to photograph!
And as the sun began to set, I wanted to capture the differences in light.
As we headed out after a long day having an abundance of fun, we paused to admire the fair in the dark with lights flashing and the sliver of the moon above.
So where is abundance in your life this week? Maybe in your garden, at the beach, in your classroom (if you are still in school), in your community, or somewhere else. It could be an abundance that frustrates you…an abundance of trash, mosquitos, traffic…
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So take a look around and notice abundance. I can’t wait to see abundance through your lens!