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Rose Unfolded

 

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How does it happen that the birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill?

-Victor Hugo

 

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Barn Quietude in January

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January is the quietest month in the garden. … But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants. The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come.

– Rosalie Muller Wright, Editor of Sunset Magazine, 1/99

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Bare and Beautiful

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Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
-Anton Chekhov

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
-Henry David Thoreau

Even if I knew I would die tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today. -Rabbi Hillel

Shabbat Shalom!

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Curving Road

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My life is one long curve, full of turning points. -Pierre Trudeau

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The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. -Tommy Hilfiger

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Sunflower Trio

Autumn, the time the sunflowers seem to flourish, illuminate their beauty and showy blouses.

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Like us, the sunflower’s youthful looks seem to appeal more. Yet, within the external beauty, lies the internal pods, pods that burst, with sunflower seeds that are plentiful.

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We, as humans, wither with age, our bodies change, and like the sunflower, we appear differently to family, friends, and others. For some it is a slow progression, for others it moves quicker.

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I find beauty even in the decaying sunflower. It is the natural order of things, of the life cycle. The beauty is still there, still vivid, if one takes the time to notice.

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Monarch Migration!

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The photograph above was taken several years ago. I am posting it, because this time of year sees the migration of the Monarch Butterfly to Pacific Grove, CA.

The three photographs below were taken in November 2013, while I was at the Monarch Sanctuary, in Pacific Grove. I tried getting captures of individual butterflies, as opposed to a photo of massive numbers of butterflies on trees and flowers.

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The beauties begin in late October, early November, and can be seen up until February. You can read all about their migration, here, at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

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To be amongst the natural order of life, and within the migratory pattern, was humbling, to say the least.

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I hope you have a lovely rest of your Sunday!

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