About

This blog is dedicated to the discovery of beauty in all its ordinary and extraordinary manifestations. May we all learn to become more present with what is inside of us and around us, the subtle nuances of experience, the savoring of simple pleasures, and the celebration of what makes us unique and life worth living.

My name is Annette. My passions include nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA; however, having travelled on five continents, I feel that I belong to the international community rather than any one country. I am a (retired) therapist, life coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.

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199 Responses to About

  1. SPFischer says:

    Annette, thanks so much for visiitng my blog, for the trail of “likes,” for leaving such a kind comment, AND for your follow. But thanks most of all for leading me to your wonderful blog and incredible story. I, too, live in metro DC, in Virginia, and am so inspired by what you and your husband have done! Having just returned from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming and the beautiful scenery and wide-open spaces, I lament how much I miss that (and the simpler feeling of life). Your story is one I really needed to hear today. I am so looking forward to reading your old posts, following along with your new ones, and enjoying your lovely, lovely photos!

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    • Hi Stacey – welcome. Yes, I was in your shoes almost 10 yrs ago and we found a place only 4 hrs away from the DC area. Amazing how much green space there still is in a relatively short driving distance from the major metro areas in the East. Let me know what you think – there are lots of posts, you can peruse them by category (on the right hand side of my home page), or just randomly go here and there. I found you thru Robin Kent’s site, another No.Va blogger you are familiar with.

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Annette, we are right, we have many things in common, nice to meet you!

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  3. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there Annette, found your blog through a friend and decided to give you a follow. If you like, check out my weird world at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and join the fun🙂 have a great day!

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    • Hi Jacob – thanks so much for following. I read a few posts on your site and left a comment. You live in Baltimore now? I used to live in Silver Spring and work in DC. World is small. Welcome to Beauty Along the Road.

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  4. estoyenmanosdelalfarero says:

    Hi Annette,
    I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your photography. I also find it neat that we have some things in common: I have a counseling background along with social work. I also love to write and do photography. I hope this finds you well and have a great day🙂

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  5. Paula says:

    Where in Germany did you grow up? I found the answer to my two questions😉

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  6. Tom says:

    Guten Tag! Die USA war eine sehr frühe Idee. Danach dachte ich, es könnte Japan sein, doch bin ich auf Sulawesi gelandet. Cherchez la femme! ist bei mir die Antwort auf die Frage: Wieso?

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  7. vernette says:

    Hi Annette, thank you for stopping by my blog! Us tiramisu lovers must stick together😀

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  8. Great blog Annette. Very inspiring things you say. I’ll love to be here often and draw some inspiration from you. Journeying with others can be such a joy when I meet people like you. Your program is so charged but knowing about you I know you’ll be coming over for a visit to my blog so welcome in advance.

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  9. I love this. I am a former ex-pat and Third Culture Kid, grew up on 3 continents. Sounds like we have a lot in common. Nice to “meet” you and look forward to following your blog😉

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  10. A well lived, rich and compelling life! Thank you for your visit…

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  11. Rob says:

    Hello,

    I just stumbled across your blog today, and I’m enjoying it greatly. I’m a transplanted/displaced native of Appalachia, so I’ve particularly enjoyed your posts about that region. Your photos are especially captivating. In fact, your panoramic photo of Highland County, Virginia–where my parents are from–is so captivating that I’d like to have it on my wall. Would it be permissible to print a copy for my personal use? I don’t know what kind of copyright restrictions you have on your photography, so I though it best to ask.

    Keep posting beautiful stuff!

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    • Hi Rob – nice to “meet” you here. I am happy to hear that you enjoy my photos so much that you would like a copy. Thank you so much for asking. You can print a copy from my site. However, I upload my pics at 150 dpi and any larger print-outs will probably be grainy because of it. If you’d like a higher resolution picture (300 dpi), they are available for sale. You can contact me at Anaber99 at aol dot com for more details.
      Curious – where are you now? And which panoramic pic did you refer to, the one of blue mountains (from Shenandoah Mtn overlook) or another one?

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  12. Your thoughts and your photos are beautiful.

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  13. ThanIs for dropping by my blog. I’m glad you did, your posts are beautiful and thoughtful! 🌺

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  14. Hallo Anette!
    Habe Deinen Blog gerade entdeckt und finde es sehr interessant was du schreibst. Werde dir ab jetzt folgen🙂
    Liebe Grüße, Suse

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    • Hallo, liebe Suse – schoenen Dank fuer den Besuch und die Folgung. Ich schreibe immer auf Englisch, da es mir leichter faellt und ich viel mehr englischsprechende als deutschsprechende Followers habe. Freut mich dass du mich gefunden hast. Bist du Kuenstlerin?

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  15. Hi, I love reading your blog. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award for blogs that engage. Here is the link: http://wp.me/p4L1Ip-fU
    Vicki

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  16. I have nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award. See my post http://www.inspiringmax.com/celebrating-ve…-dardos-awards/ for more details.

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  18. MiaMusings says:

    Looks like you have found a lot of beauty along the way Annette! Really nice to have found your blog. Your pictures are so vibrant and colorful. Loving the Puerto Rico ones.

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  19. Ann Koplow says:

    I’m so glad to meet you, Annette! It looks like we have a lot in common. I look forward to future encounters, further down the road.

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  20. Thank you Annette for all your little visits to my blog. Coming to yours is like going down to my 2.5 acre garden – full of beauty and surprises. I love it.🙂

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  21. Iana Petkova says:

    Hello, Annette! I just came by your blog and I love, love, love, love, love it!!! It was your latest hummingbird post that already got me – I respect compassionate people.

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  22. Hi Annette. Thanks for following my blog. I’m enjoying yours and meeting a fellow appreciator of nature. To finding and savoring much beauty along the path… blessings, Brad

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  23. 4otomo says:

    Hi Annette
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment, appreciated🙂
    Browsing through some of your wonderful images..:-)
    Mo

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  24. JoDi says:

    Hi Annette, looking for the different stages of cholla cactus growth, I just found your blog. Very interesting, ’cause we have a few things in common: I, too, am from Germany (Bavaria). Came to live in the States nearly 23 years ago … first Florida, then Tennessee for the past 17 years, and two months ago, my husband and I moved to Trinidad, Colorado. We brought 3 horses and 4 dogs along. I also am a huge nature lover, and I love animals and the American West. My two wordpress blogs are: 2 Bayern in America and Trailpics. Sure would love to welcome you to either of them. By the way, how long have you lived in the States?

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  25. ‘I feel that I belong to the international community rather than any one country.’ Nicely put, Annette!

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  26. Nice to meet you! Thank you for your recent visits to my blog! I came to visit you and to see what you are about. I feel like you do…a global citizen…Mother Earth is home to us all! WordPress has brought so many more worlds into mine. I have only lived in three continents: Europe, Africa and North America. I live in Wisconsin—it is a difficult place to live in at the moment—but nature is beautiful here! Blessings to you!

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  27. BeluChi says:

    Hi Annette, what a beautiful blog🙂 … so inspiring!
    Love your pictures too!! ♥

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  28. Carl D. Rupp says:

    I identified the flowers growing behind my mothers garage, from your ” A Spring Promise”. Winter aconite is quite showy here in Erie, Pa., also. Thank you.

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  29. I like and share your philosophy, Annette. I, too, like a member of the international community. –Curt

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  30. voulaah says:

    Hi,
    Happy to discover and follow your blog after your email, sorry for the late response
    Don’t hesitate to follow for free my blog
    anita
    https://femmeetinfos.wordpress.com

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  31. Truly beautiful – in every way… sending hugs to you… Thank you for sharing your art with us…

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  32. chiaki.liu says:

    I really like the concept of your blog and I feel we have a lot in common. The beauty is everywhere but we often miss it in hurry. I’m happy to found your blog!

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