Amethyst in Bloom

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Amethyst…a color or a mineral? Both, except the mineral doesn’t bloom, it develops. As soon as I looked at Cheryl’s flower garden awakening to Spring’s thaw, I immediately realized that several of these flowers are a particular shade of purple called amethyst.

 

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Contrasting with the deep greens of late April, the purples certainly stand out…they almost shout out, “Hey, look at me!”. The water droplets are from a rain we received last night. Amazing how a rain can transform a landscape. Years ago I was exposed to deserts and mountain meadows which revealed their buried treasures years apart and for only a short span of time-all because of rain coupled with the right climatic conditions. Imagine seeing what only few will ever see…fields of color which are usually monotone.

 

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No matter how you look at it, the Creator certainly has a flair for the magnificent!

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Spring is such a vivacious season with verdant grasslands and forests. Along with this season of hope comes the longing to explore, to go outside and seek beyond what we think we know to be there. Or, we simply become invigorated with what we are familiar with, but only witness quarterly. This is true if we live in a climate where there are four seasons.For the longest time I have considered Autumn to be my favorite season, but when Spring arrives I fall in love with her energy, colors and aromas. Can we have more than one favorite season?

Depending on where one lives, Summer may be all we know such as in the Amazon Basin of Brazil. On the other hand, if one lived in the southern Chilean Andes, all we would know are the wonders of winter-like conditions supplemented with a short period of semi-warmth. Or, consider the vast Sahara desert with thousands of square miles of sand. In these areas of the world, seasons aren’t considered quite the same.

However, the world I know enjoys multiple seasons, and each season has it’s own appeal, as does each geographic profile; be it desert or arctic landscape, mountain or rain forest, plain or rolling hills. They all teem with stimulating life and beauty. The key is in the seeking to discover, for it is only then do we really notice what God has given us via his creation. I haven’t even mentioned the oceans or the skies!

My wish is that this season…this month…this day, may reveal something new and remarkable to you. As you walk the pathway of this season of your life, be encouraged, for there is beauty even among the dreariest of circumstances and environments. Seek.

 

 

Come Along Children

Geese 5-11-15 009Geese 5-11-15 012Geese 5-11-15 017Geese 5-11-15 021Goslings closely follow mom and pop until they can fend for themselves. They are fun to watch marching in single file. Most birds exhibit a similar behavior when they are young. These geese made their home in a field adjacent to our parking lot. Caution: don’t get too close or the parents will become offensive. They stretch out their necks, charge you, and hiss with beaks wide open. It is actually a bit intimidating! These Canadian geese are found all over our city and have become quite the nuisance when on the ground. They defecate everywhere, block traffic in parking lots and streets alike, and are slow to move out of the way. They have adapted well to urban life. However, when in the air they are a joy to watch as they communicate with loud honking, and take turns blocking the headwinds by changing places at the point of their V-formation. Landings and takeoffs are especially enjoyable to witness because these large birds are so graceful. A flock landing in unison is a beautiful sight to behold….along with all that honking! Here are a few facts: these geese can live up to 24 years in the wild, weigh up to 20 pounds, develop wingspans over 5 feet, have excellent eyesight, mate for life, and can be found in all 48 contiguous states of America, as well as in Alaska. Oh, yes, they can be found in Canada, too. Ha!

Que Sera, Sera

5-5-15 018A tightly bound, delicately wrapped, pin pointed, bundle of potential awaits her unfurling. Do you know what type of flower she is? What she will look like? What color she will be? It won’t take long to find out…just one night and she will open.

Spring is like magic when all that lays dormant comes to life, browns turn to green, buds form on twigs, seeds drop to reproduce, and colors explode while fragrances enchant.

I am reminded of the song made famous by Doris Day, called Que Sera, Sera. It was created by the song-writing team of Livingston and Evans for a Hitchcock movie starring Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart in 1956. It later became her signature song. Funny, but she didn’t want to sing it, thinking it sounded childish. The first lyrics are as follows:

When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother what will I be? Will I be pretty, will I be rich? Here’s what she said to me. Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see. Que Sera, Sera. What will be, will be.

So, what is this flower and what color is it? Scroll down and you may be surprised!

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Magnificent Magnolias & Spring Surprises

008If one would look at only a blossom; one would conclude this is a flower and not a tree!005This past Friday, Cheryl and I came upon this Magnolia tree and we simply had to stop and take several shots. The folks inside the house probably thought we were paparazzi as we clicked away! As I downloaded these photos I was impressed with what I was actually seeing…not because we took them, but because of the stunning beauty of this living thing. Many of the trees in our area are coming to life, including the ornamental pear trees, dogwoods and redbuds which dot our landscape. Below is one such tree, but with a rather unusual twist. The weather turned from balmy to blustery as a cold front moved in on Sunday. The frontal clouds were awesome and made for a strange back drop for this pear tree in the front of our home. Spring offers up a surprise everyday, and aren’t you glad !019