BE STILL

Photography, Praise

   BE STILL

Be still in the moment.
Listen, look at life.
Acknowledge Him.
          

 

 

PSALMS 46:10

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! NKJV

 

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As freezing temperatures approached,  I  cut the stem and brought the blooms inside.

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Amaryllis 2017

 

Keep Me Focused On The Purpose

Photography, Praise

While walking in my yard yesterday and I noticed an amaryllis bulb that had grown and produced a  strong stem with a richly colored bud.

Single Amaryllis Bulb Focused on Its Purpose

 

I knew it was  getting ready to open into a beautiful amaryllis flower. This is the first year for one stem to grow by itself. There are many more bulbs at the same spot that have not grown yet.  I was fascinated by this one amaryllis fulfilling its purpose, all alone, yet strong and beautiful. Hence the poem below:

 

focused on the purpose

 

Job 14:1-2
Man born of woman
is short of days and full of trouble.
He blossoms like a flower, then withers;
he flees like a shadow and does not last.
(HCSB)

 

Reflections

Nature, Photography

Fall is here!

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Golden Reflections

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Lonely Bench

Reflecting back to early summer,  I remembered taking pictures of my peony bush.  I love the peony bloom.  This year for the first time, I noticed how beautiful the bloom is as it is loosing all of the petals.

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Peony Bloom

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Outer Petals gone

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Inside of Peony bloom

Even when all petals are gone the peony bloom is still beautiful. A tribute to the beautiful life lived by a friend of mine.

Lords and Ladies

Photography

Name is Arum italicum (Lords and Ladies) not Jack in the Pulpit

A long time friend did some research for me and discovered I had the wrong name for this beautiful plant. It is not Jack in the Pulpit as I once thought. A very kind, older gentleman gave me this plant, so it will always be special to me regardless of the name. I think I will leave the identification of plants to those more qualified than I am. I will just take their pictures and enjoy their beauty.

 

I wanted to post and update showing all the stages of growth of this plant.  It always has something growing throughout the season.

Lords of Ladies

SEE THE FLOWERS 

I was given with great love.

To someone to take care of and enjoy.

I grew and and grew every year.

With foliage pretty and green.

Never showing what lay beneath.

This year I let my flower appear.

I am so glad that you could see.

Sometimes in life we miss the flowers.

That hide inside of others.

Because we do not see.

BEAUTIFUL GOLDENROD

Photography

Yes, I did say beautiful.  I have always thought it was, but I also thought it made me have allergies.  Now today I read that it was probably the ragweed and not the beautiful goldenrod.  I also read that it is or has been used for a lot of medicinal purposes.  If interested the University of Maryland has a lot of information on this.Presentation1 goldenrod

WILD FLOWER SHRUB–AMERICAN BEAUTYBERRY

Photography
AMERICAN BLUEBERRY

CALLICARPA AMERICANA (The following taken from the WIKIPEDIA) The raw berries, while palatably sweet, are suitable for human consumption only in small amounts, because they are astringent; they are also used in jellies. The roots are used to make herbal tea. As a folk remedy it has been claimed that “fresh, crushed leaves of American beautyberry, Callicarpa americana . . . helped keep biting insects away from animals such as horses and mules.”[2] An isolated plant compound, callicarpenal, has reportedly been proven effective in tests as a mosquito repellent.[3] The berries ripen in September through October and are a favorite among wild bird species including cardinals, mockingbirds, finches, woodpeckers and more. Beautyberry is commonly planted in landscape designs to attract wildlife because of the food source the berries provide and the cover animals get from the shrub itself.

TWISTED VINES AND TWISTED ROADS

Poetry

Twisted Vines/Twisted Roads

Twisted vines in all directions

How do you know where to go

Up and up the trellis you climb

No end it seems you can find

 

Flowers pretty on the vine

Leaving sights and smells to behold

Have I flowered on my twisted road

Given beauty to behold

 

Twisted our roads in life may be

Going, it seems, in all directions

Upward, forward, reaching for the goal

Always more to be done

 

Looking backward on our vine

What is it that we see

Flowers of love and kindness

Fragrance to be remembered

 

Times with dried blooms

Weak and non-producing

Restoration we had to receive

Never broken from our source of strength

 

Your flower is gone but beauty remains

As on the trellis you do cling

Our lives are much the same

Hoping beauty remains

 

The beauty of sharing God’s love

Given freely to everyone

With the fragrance of kindness

On twisted vines and twisted roads

GAY NELL OLIVE