PINWHEEL

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A pinwheel by definition is “a child’s toy consisting of a stick with colored vanes that twirl in the wind”. They can be found across the globe. Parades and birthday parties are among the most popular places to find them. They are whimsical, fascinating to watch, and just plain fun. Their simplicity is partly what makes them so enjoyable…they can be made from paper and plastic or we can buy one for a small amount of money. A simple rush of wind is all it takes to make them spin. Yet, they are still popular after centuries of playful use!

This is nature’s pinwheel. Actually, one of many such flowers with this type of configuration. This is a Vinca flower which grows from a vine and is actually a ground covering. Simple, but lovely. I am always amazed as I witness something from nature which has been copied or imitated by man. Think of planes and birds, for instance. One cannot escape the resemblance nor the actual physics of both.

We, as humans, strive to become more intelligent and better than the generation before. We are on a constant quest to develop technologies which advance whatever field they may be in. This is natural, I suppose, however, let us not forget who is the Original Designer of all that is beautiful…God. To imitate Him is the supreme compliment.

Let us not forget this fact in our hast to rush ahead to the next ‘discovery’ or ‘cure’. Man is always a step behind. This is better than not being in line at all, though. I certainly am grateful that He allows us to explore His creation for the betterment of mankind. Enjoy the simplicity as well as the complexity of this world we have been given to protect and magnify. And, guard against those who would manipulate His creation for evil intent.

Summer Floral Elegance

The following photographs are a vivid reminder of God’s elegant handiwork. All are found in our yard. Cheryl planted and nurtured the flowers (I help pull weeds on occasion). So many of you have volumes of beautiful flowers, shrubs and vines for which I offer no competition…just wanted to share the joy of some of nature’s beauty.IMG_7628

Star-gazer lily in the early morning light. Bowed in prayer. Inviting a closer look.IMG_7629Twin Star-gazers vying for position to be the first spoken to as the dew evaporates.IMG_7635Yellow lily of an unknown name to me. Awake for a while, and attentive to my presence.IMG_7632Black-eyed Susans stretching out after a good night’s rest. IMG_7645All mixed up with no particular place to go…simply happy to be alive and well.IMG_7565Purple wildflower choosing to bloom alone, yet wanting to be noticed.032Tulip tree flowers shouting aloud for everyone to see their uniqueness.20150625_194252Rose of Sharon blossoms bursting forth…just one clump of many vying for attention. 5-5-15 011 Vinca pinwheel-shaped flower and lush green vines. Simple, yet astounding.