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Our lives are filled with breathtaking images of earth’s beauty, from the highest mountaintops to the depths of our oceans.

Hadi Dadashian photo

We fill our Facebook pages and emails with arresting photos, yet sometimes miss the exquisite beauty literally in front of our faces.

Yesterday, busy with a work assignment, the photographer captured what the writer missed — a single, perfect rose in a lavish California landscape.

I’m grateful for this photographer, my husband, and for his gift. I’m grateful for photographers everywhere whose curiosity takes them places most of us only imagine.

I’m grateful for the beauty of this earth, large and small.