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by | February 19, 2014 · 6:39 pm

Zinneas

zinnias in the garden

Another gorgeous photograph by Sonny Carter

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him. ~ Auguste Rodin

To me, there is hardly anything more beautiful on this planet than the wide variety of flowers which give it beauty. I try, spring after spring, to grow marvelous crops of flowers across my patio, some years with more success than others.

But even in the cold of winter or the heat of summer, I know where I can turn to find the beauty of the flower gardens at my fingertips — in the gorgeous photography of Sonny Carter. While I am enthralled by his cats, and luxuriate in the rich landscape photographs he takes, it is his flowers that warm my heart. Every Friday, my morning email is blessed his newest Friday Flowers photograph. Each on is breathtaking and so real you’d swear you smell it through the screen.

Please take a moment (or an hour) to walk through Sonny’s flower garden of photographs at his website: http://www.sonc.com/friday/index.html. You will find a virtual greenhouse of flowers through which to wander.

If you visit, and I highly recommend it simply for the peace it brings to the heart and soul, let me know which one was your favorite. I have too many to list…..

[Note: This post is #26 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the right of the page for more information.]

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Roses in a Vase

Roses in a vase, photograph by Jane Reece

Yellow Roses in a Vase, by Jane Reece. Courtesy of Wright State University's Special Collections and Archives.

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~ Emma Goldman

Since I recently did a post on photographer Jane Reece, I thought I’d share another of her photographs with you, since the beauty of that picture always takes my breath away. It’s an original, hand-tinted photograph Reece made around 1941. I love the simple coloring, the detail of the vase, the flowers, the wood behind them. It’s beautiful in its complex simplicity.

Roses are certainly beautiful, and I adore their scent. But I will admit to being partial to carnations as my favorite flower.

What’s your favorite?

[Note: This post is #18 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button on the right of the page for more information.
Last year’s “R” post: Rain, Rain.]

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Indulgence

Purple flowers

“Do something each day that makes you feel guilty for wasting your time.” ~ Robert Brault

Why is it that Mondays can be such crazy days?  You’d think, coming in to work fresh off the weekend, that everyone would be ready to dig in, get busy, and start knocking off the to-do list!  Um, yeah…. doesn’t happen where you work either, eh?

Some weeks, too, are just harder or longer than others.  For me, this is one of them.  A colleague needed to switch Sunday shifts with someone, so I volunteered to cover yesterday for him.  It’s also National Library Week, which means a couple of special events as well, one of which is near and dear to my heart and I’m so looking forward to it I can hardly stand it!  Not to be outdone, my husband is working early registration this week, which means we’re at work by 6:45 a.m. instead of our regular 7:55 a.m., even though I don’t get out any earlier.  Teach a couple of classes, launch a major new department project, work my regular 40-hour-per-week duties …. Shazam!  Energy drain!

It’s moments like this when I tend to give in and indulge myself with something special.  A new book that I’ve been dying to read.  A new game to play.  New music, a dinner out, an evening spent doing anything that I want, even if that is simply being quiet.

And flowers.  This spring, for the first time in four years, I will be planting flowers.  Although we stayed in the same building we have lived in for four years now, we swapped locations in August.  The new place, in addition to being quieter and having more space, also has a private porch.  Seriously, it can not be seen without major effort, unlike some of the others which face a public courtyard.  Not ours.  It’s a quiet, hidden refuge.  We enjoyed time on it last fall, but moved in too late to really get anything growing.  But now that Spring is finally…. FINALLY… here, I have the itch to dig in some dirt and make beautiful flowers grow.  It’s just a tad too early, but I bought the planters the other day.  The dirt is next.  Eventually, early May, will come flowers, vegetables, and herbs.  I. Can’t. Wait.  To me, that is my ultimate indulgence.  To putter and dig and plant and weed and water…. and to create beautiful things from it.

How about you?  What kinds of things do you indulge in when the going gets to be a challenge?

 

[Note: This post is #9 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the lower left of the page for more information.]

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