Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the hush of dusk, one last bird whispers a lullaby, as the mottled sky loses its fire and slips into a velvety plum. A single tulip wraps itself in the folds of its own soft blanket. And night descends.
Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday!
For this week’s challenge, show us something that surprised you on “the road taken.”
I was looking for a different photo when I found this again!
Last Spring, I went for a walk (possibly the only one last Spring) and was surprised by a single pink peony waving at me between the slats of a white picket fence. Luckily it was just down the street, so I hightailed it home to grab my camera.
It’s still winter here, though it has been milder than in recent years. The snow has melted, leaving behind a world of grays and browns. I’m looking forward to the return of colour!
I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. -Audrey Hepburn
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I stole 20 minutes last Friday before I had to pick Little Guy up from camp…but it was hot! I really wanted a photo of the “avenue” in the park – it was so pretty in the morning light. But by the afternoon, the “avenue” was full of town trucks, filling up at the watering station, guys visiting with one another in the final moments of their week. I went for a walk anyway, but just like me, the few flowers that were out, were wilting.
I wonder if the models at the photo shoot I passed, were wilting too?
“The most important thing is to try and enjoy life because you never know when it will be gone. If you wake up in the morning and have a choice between doing the laundry and taking a walk in the park, go for the walk. You’d hate to die and realize you had spent your last day doing the laundry.” – Joyce Tenneson
I am not a morning person but if I could choose the perfect way to start a morning, it would be this…
…in a quiet garden with a fresh, hot cup of tea…sometime after 10 a.m.
“Drink deep in the morning, See what the day will bring” – Skillet, American Noise
I participated in my very first photo challenge in October 2013 and the prompt was Good Morning. I snapped a roll of toilet paper…it wasn’t a great shot or a great subject, but it is an activity that can set the tone for the day! 🙂
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The Red Admiral (vanessa atalanta) is a popular butterfly in North America, Asia, and Europe. It is a docile butterfly that often frequents gardens. The males, in particular, are territorial and can be found in the same location day after day.
“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Morning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plant glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work.” – William Longgood
“The bee is more honored than any other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others. ” – St. John Chrysostom
“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside” – Chanel
I have always loved peonies. I think they are old-fashioned and romantic. As a little girl, they made me think of elegant princesses with skirts of ruffled tulle, dancing under the stars.
I can remember waking up to a painting of peonies hanging in my father’s bedroom at the farmhouse; they looked so real I imagined their sweet perfume hanging in the room. Now I wake up to similar print hanging in my bedroom, which used to hang over my grandmother’s piano.
I took these photos yesterday afternoon in my garden! Happy Wednesday!
“Deep in every heart slumbers a dream, and the couturier knows it:
every woman is a princess” – Christian Dior
“Daisies are like sunshine on the ground” – Drew Barrymore
“The most lasting and pure gladness comes to me from my gardens.” – Lillie Langtry
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunites. Seize common occasions and make them great.” – O.S. Marden
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