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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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Wild Beauties

The wild sunflowers in these photographs were planted from seed by me and my grandies. The buds continue to appear, and the blossoms delight our senses. We can’t get enough of them, they brighten our mornings.

My grandies wanted me to print out some of the photographs. So of course, I have done so and framed the prints. They are now hanging in our dining room. They will be pleasant reminders of our garden glory, and reminders of moments shared.

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June 19, 2012 – 29 Sivan, 5772

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Sunflowers on Friday

The sunflower’s bud stares proudly back at me, a face of pure green, lovely to look at, it’s forest green tone causing my heart to pound with happiness. It is the first bud of the season, a new life beginning enfolded within the broad and hairy green leaves.

I am thrilled, and can’t wait for the vivid and golden yellowness to eventually radiate through the leaves, bringing a vision of pure beauty and joy to my eyes. My grandies are excited to see the sweet miss showing off her bud between the stems and leaves. We planted sunflower seeds together, and this first bit of bud life binds us together with nature in ways unimaginable. The warm glow radiated from the sunflowers, radiates within our hearts holding fond memories for each of us.

The grandies are learning, step by step about nature’s beauty by actually tilling the earth with their hands, weeding, planting, watering, and watching.

The photographs below were taken in years past.

The sunflower is also significant in Judaism. It has been seen flourishing over fields in Eastern Europe, fields that hold victims massacred in the Holocaust.

The book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, by Simon Wiesenthal, is an extremely affecting, powerful and thought-provoking book.

Sunflowers are also a wonderful source of food, from the leaves to the seeds and oil, they provide excellent nutrition.

Let’s not forget Vincent Van Gogh’s beautiful tribute to sunflowers. Sheramy Bundrick’s novel of Vincent Van Gogh is one I have read and enjoyed.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do. Helen Keller

small sunflowers
freckled with soot
clamber out of the fill
….Denise Levertov

As the sunflower blossoms, so it eventually leaves us until another season. As Shabbat approaches, try to think of the brightness and beauty of the moment, and think about those who came before us.

Shabbat Shalom!

June 8, 2012 – 18 Sivan, 5772

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Jewacious – Sunflower for Sunday

Summer Stock Sunday is a fantastic blog where you can post a photo/s for all to see.  Why not pay a visit and look at the photos from around the world.  While you are there, submit one of yours.

 

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