December Azaleas

It’s cold here in the Deep South. This morning it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 Celsius), and it didn’t get out of the 30s all day. There is ice in the bird bath, and we had snow flurries last night. But my azaleas are blooming. The azaleas always bloom in the Spring, and for the…

October rose

Blooming today, the last day of October, one solitary rose. I drove to my father’s mountain cabin today to check on the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Zeta and was surprised by this single rose in bloom by the old fence. “There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” (Ralph…

From where I sit today

We had torrential rains yesterday and last night, with flash flood warnings. Nearby areas were under tornado warnings and did have flooding, with roads and bridges washed out and homes lost to rising water. This afternoon when the rains stopped I ventured out. Not far, just onto the porch and down the driveway where I…

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

We’ve seen very few butterflies this season, and when I have seen them I haven’t had a camera with me. Today, however, I was able to capture the one butterfly that was on the buddleia. It was a brown Eastern Tiger Swallowtail… “Butterflies are nature’s angels.They remind us what a gift it is to be…

“I’ll be a hummingbird…”

“We’re constantly being bombarded by problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed. [But] we should always feel like a hummingbird. I may feel insignificant, but I don’t want to be like the other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I’ll be a hummingbird, I’ll do the best I can.”…

Daylilies

“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world; it just blooms.”  Matshona Dhliwayo Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Looking up

“Though my life is low, if my spirit looks upward habitually at an elevated angle, it is as if it were redeemed. When the desire to be better than we are is really sincere we are instantly elevated, and so far better already.” (Henry David Thoreau)

Wildflowers

“If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers.” (Therese of Lisieux) Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.

The wild majesty of ferns

“The forest is blanketed by the greenest ferns and moss and bonsai-like trees, a wild majesty that beckons hobbits and pixies and elves and dreamers.” (Shannon Mullen)

Blackberry Winter

Every year after the cold of winter, the weather gets warmer, and everyone thinks Spring has arrived. But then it turns cold again, and that’s what we call Blackberry Winter when the blackberry bushes bloom. “Blackberry winter comes without a warningJust when you think that spring’s around to stayAnd you wake up on a cold,…