Today’s post is dedicated to an amazing spirit, and my sister’s dear friend, Karen O’Briant. Two days ago, after an all too short life on this earth, Karen overcame her long battle with cancer as she entered into the mystery and wonder of the resurrection. Karen affected everyone who knew her by her faith, her strength, and her joy, and I found this quote fitting in remembrance of her.
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same!”
Another shot from the tulip outing the other day, this yellow beauty was another of my favorites. It was in a very large grouping of all yellow tulips. About the only thing I love more than a tulip is a large group of tulips all of the same color and reaching for the sky in unison. Shot late in the afternoon, the yellow of these tulips was very striking as it brought some cheer to a somewhat dreary Spring day.
Several days ago, I went out in search of some nice shots of my favorite Spring flower – the tulip. The colors of this one were so soft and beautiful. Funny, I had taken a million (well, almost) shots, and this particular flower caught my eye after I had finished up and was on my way back to the car. Without as much “technical thought” I just bent down and snapped the picture remembering the words of a photography mentor who said, “sometimes I’ll take a few hundred pictures to get just one or two shots that I like.” In this case, I’m glad I kept shooting.
I am loving this Spring and all of the lively colors it has brought. Having spent much of my life in places that either don’t really have Spring, or where Spring lasts only a day or two, I find Springtime in Virginia to be so nice and long. It seems that every day another beautiful color shows itself. I’m loving it!
Springtime at the Pond
The word reflection is defined both as “a reflected image” and as “careful thought.” During this Holy Week, I hope to be more aware of visual reflections, like this image of Springtime at the pond, that promote a spiritual reflection within me.
Pretty in Pink
I am so enjoying the beauty of all of the colors this Spring. These bright pink blossoms were especially eye catching set against the stark coldness of the tree branch. I find it just a comforting and amazing reminder that every year, following the quiet dormancy of winter, and with the coming of Spring, all things are made new… and beautifully so.
After many days of dangling Spring just in front of us, Mother Nature has given us a weekend of nothing but cool, grey rain. When deciding on an image to post tonight, this bright yellow bloom seemed to bring me hope that we will, indeed, see the sun again soon.
In celebration of the first day of Spring, I thought I’d post this image of a beautiful sea of wild, red poppies found in the Texas Hill Country. A perfect complement to the fields of bluebonnets (the state flower) that sprinkle the roadsides from mid March to mid April, these red poppies are a sure sign that Spring has indeed, sprung.
This shot was taken in the summertime in Vermont. I don’t think I had ever seen a flower quite like this, and I still don’t know exactly what it was. At the time, I was struck by how delicate the petals appear – almost like crepe paper, yet they had just withstood a windy downpour. I am often impressed by the strength and determination of what looks to the eye to be fragile and frail.
The state flower of Mississippi since 1952, the magnolia is one of the most beautiful flowers you will ever see. The blooms are large and fragrant, and may be white, pink, purple, green or yellow. The magnolia tree is evergreen with large, simple waxy leaves that are a deep green on top, and brownish red underneath. The beautiful magnolia will forever remind me of the beautiful and friendly people of Mississippi.