The closer you look, the more you see.
I often marvel at the intricate details of nature. You don’t have to go far to see beauty close-up. Since it has been raining heavily this week I have been going through my archives of floral photos and found these.
Photo 1: Poppy Central
Photo 2: Black-eyed Susan
Photo 3: Dahlia details
Photo 4: Fern frond
Hope the new year bring you many beautiful moments!
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson
Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year! Whether you are celebrating it or whether you are celebrating life – have a lovely festive season!
Photo 1: Gerbera seed Christmas Greetings
Photo 2: Festive feelings
Photo 3: Happy Holidays!
It’s the first day of winter and although we are not expecting snow here we have had some very welcome rain showers. Was a great opportunity to capture some raindrops on petals. They remind me of one of my favorite quotes.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Photo 1: Raindrops on Geraniums
Photo 2 Society Garlic in the rain
Photo 3: Rain kissed Geraniums
Morning sunlight kisses Autumn leaves unveiling their colorful and warm delights. Sometimes it’s worth waking up on a cold and crisp Fall morning to see the wonderful display of autumnal hues in the garden.
Photo 1: Autumn Glory
Photo 2: Fall hues
Photo 3: Japanese Maple in Fall
Photo 4: Autumnal Delight
“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” Helen Keller
There are certain times when finding the silver lining is tough but it does the soul good to find them even on our most challenging days. Being thankful on those days and expressing gratitude to those who bring sunshine into our lives is a way to keep the shadows at bay.
These images are from my Sunflower bouquet at Thanksgiving. Wishing you well this Thanksgiving weekend!
Photo 1: Sunflowers
Photo 2: Sunflowers and Chrysanthemums
Photo 3: Face to the Sunshine
Photo 4: Gratitude
“We each have a platform, access to tools, a change we’d like to make in the world around us. We each have a chance to connect, to see, to lead.” Seth Godin
This message inspired me this week to keep doing work that matters. When enough people care, beautiful things can happen in the world.
Flowers remind me of this hope.
Photographing daisies bring to mind carefree, happy days in the sunshine so I combined two of my favorites to produce one that expressed this hope visually.
May hope bloom where you are too!
Photo 1: Hope Blooms
Photo 2: A fresh start
Photo 3: Bloom where you are
Northern California got some rain yesterday and the garden loved it! The broody cloud cover just before the rain was an ideal time to admire the zinnia garden and take a few photos. Admiring their vibrant colors and eye-catching display I was reminded of this quote : “So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Jorge Luis Borges
Photo 1: Zinnias and Lavender
Photo 2: Cascade of color
Photo 3: Striking beauty
Photo 4: Pink Zinnia gathering
While taking some photos out in the garden this morning a little butterfly stopped by on the Abelia Grandiflora for a quick drink. A small moment to appreciate the beauty of life and nature.
Photo 1: Abelia Grandiflora in morning light
Photo 2: Little Visitor on Abelia
Photo 3: Taking a sip
Photo 4: Abelia love
I was fortunate enough to know a professional portrait photographer who could make me look good for my head shot in my online testimonial for the British College of Journalism.
Seeing that head shot gave me an idea for a series of the floral variety so here they are. Do you have a favorite?
Photo 1: Two tone Dahlia
Photo 2: Pompom of prettiness
Photo 3: Hibiscus
Photo 4: White Orchid Spray