Over My Shoulder

Any time of year you’ll find me plodding along stream beds or the periphery of swamps,

hiking to vantage points for sunrise panoramas or birds.

With friends, I hunt light on forest floors—

where the visual timbre is tuned by forks of leaves and limbs.

Always I go with some sort of camera in hand.

Often it’s just an iPhone or, with punny love, an EYE-phone,

Also often, I hike with my little “I think I can, I think I can” Nikon,

which has just enough settings to make my snooty lenses happy.

And I’ve learned that no matter how mesmerizing the scene before me,

the one over my shoulder may be even richer.

Here’s what I mean:

Around a corner, a surprise:

This mare and her foal —newly sun-dried, umbilical cord dangling.

Click. Click. (iPhone at fuzzy dusk, through fences, but still . . . 😆)

Then I turned. Over my shoulder, this:

Try it, friends.

Click the baby, then turn, and catch the faces of those watching her.

Click a sunset, then turn for alpenglow.

Click the Nows and the Maybes.

Then turn.


Just passing through. . .

“For this world is not our permanent home…”

—Hebrews 13:14 NLT


Thanks for seeing life with me. So glad you’re here.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks.

P.S. For more, drop me a note at Cheryl@CherylBostrom.com and I’ll send you letters now and then about progress on my latest book, personal life, and writerly musings not found online. Old-school correspondence, between you and me. Would love to hear from you.

And if you’re looking for a summer read, maybe this?

In audio, paper, and ebook everywhere, including this link HERE:

WINNER: 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS – 2 Fiction Categories: Cross-Genre, Inspirational

GOLD WINNER: 2022 IPPY AWARDS – Best First Book – Fiction

SILVER WINNER: 2022 NAUTILUS AWARDS – Fiction/Large Publishers


WINNER: 2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS – 3 Categories: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Cross Genre Fiction


WINNER: 2021 BEST BOOK AWARD – Inspirational Fiction


Finalist: 2022 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS – General Fiction/Novel

Finalist: 2021 BEST BOOK AWARDS- Cross Genre Fiction

Finalist: 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS – 2 Categories: General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Finalist: 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – General Fiction/Novel

Finalist: 2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS – Religious Fiction
Finalist: 2021 FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS – 2 categories: General Adult Fiction

Finalist: 2022 Carol Awards -Debut Fiction

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

6 thoughts on “Over My Shoulder

  1. Oh, So Glad You’re Back!!
    Loved The Photos Today of New Baby and Mother. Those Looking On Were Amazed.


      1. I’ll Bet She Was Excited By The New Baby, Like The Other On Lookers.
        Have A wonderful Time With Your Family. Will Look Forward To The 23rd.
        Love To All.❤️

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