Sometimes life hurls moments at you that are uncomfortable to process – things that hurt you and that we would prefer to be outside the realm of our life experiences. My father passed away last month only a couple of years after my mom and they had been married for half a century. Yesterday was their anniversary and a stark reminder that they are no longer here but the day also triggered memories of happy times celebrating with them.
A friend sent me a note that simply said “be gentle with yourself” – I found it both profound and comforting in my time of grief and it inspired the name of this image.
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.” Max Ehrmann
Photo 1: Be Gentle
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” Henry Ward Beecher
Photo 1: Yellow roses in the breeze
A friend I’ve had for more than two decades recently succumbed to cancer and was laid to rest. She fought bravely and throughout her entire battle she resisted and she lived! While out on my walk the next day, camera in hand, I was very aware of the joy and beauty that surrounded me, of the miracle of life and the wonder of simply breathing.
Photo 2: Gratitude
I am grateful to have known her and to have been inspired by her indomitable spirit, so today I am sharing these miniature yellow roses in honor of her life and our friendship. It’s always a good day to appreciate good friends.
Photo 3: Friendship blooms
The glorious displays of Spring are not waiting for any official date. Blossoms are everywhere and it is a delightful change after the somberness of the much needed winter rains. The rains are expected to bring a bumper crop of flowery distractions that I am really looking forward to seeing. Meanwhile here are a few of the blossoms in my garden.
Photo 1: Sunlight and blossoms
Photo 2: Blossoming Spring
Photo 3: Blossoming delights
Northern California is getting lots and lots of rain! It’s glorious news for the drought stricken regions even though there is a lot more rain around than I bargained for!
I have been missing the sunny blue skies but the daffodils and muscari in my garden braved the stormy weather and their appearance reminded me of the Spring delights that await.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Photo 1: Daffodils and bud
Photo 2: Daffodils and cloudy skies
Photo 3: Daffodil on Muscari
Photo 4: Muscari after the rain
Photo 5:Spring Delights
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
“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
It’s no surprise that Rudbeckia hirta, more commonly called black-eyed-Susan, is part of the sunflower family. The brightly colored blooms add a spot of brightness to any garden and provide fond memories of Summer.
Photo 1: Black-eyed-Susan Summer dreaming
Photo 2: Black-eyed-Susan bud
Photo 3: Black-eyed-Susan pair
Every now and then I get asked to produce a floral image with a specific tone or theme. My current project was a request to use green blooms. I decided to opt for green carnations and combined them with some white roses from my garden. This is the result.
Photo 1: Roses, Carnations and vases
Photo 2: White Roses and Green Carnations
Happiness on a gloomy Monday! Cloudy, cool and low wind conditions are great for floral photography though! I got my rainy day photo taken in my back yard featured on the local Dublin Patch website and Facebook page.
Photo: Rainy Day in Dublin