“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” Henry Ward Beecher
Photo 1: Yellow roses in the breeze
A friend I’ve had for more than two decades recently succumbed to cancer and was laid to rest. She fought bravely and throughout her entire battle she resisted and she lived! While out on my walk the next day, camera in hand, I was very aware of the joy and beauty that surrounded me, of the miracle of life and the wonder of simply breathing.
Photo 2: Gratitude
I am grateful to have known her and to have been inspired by her indomitable spirit, so today I am sharing these miniature yellow roses in honor of her life and our friendship. It’s always a good day to appreciate good friends.
Photo 3: Friendship blooms
Every now and then I get asked to produce a floral image with a specific tone or theme. My current project was a request to use green blooms. I decided to opt for green carnations and combined them with some white roses from my garden. This is the result.
Photo 1: Roses, Carnations and vases
Photo 2: White Roses and Green Carnations
The smell of rosebushes in bloom fills the air and the sound of bees going about their important work is noticeable. Since our profusion of roses is not a welcome sight to all given the resulting deluge of petals I have to pick blooms regularly. It seems a travesty to simply discard them so I took a few pics and handed some out to my more appreciative neighbors. Here is what they looked like in the compost bucket.
Photo 1: Bucket of Roses
Photo 2: Blooms in a bucket
Photo 3: Bright and beautiful bucket of Roses
Photo 4: Roses in a bucket
The ever resilient rose bushes are greeting Spring enthusiastically and are bursting with buds. A few of the sights from the garden this week.
Photo 1: Rosebud
Photo 2: Rose on the rise
Photo 3: First bloom
The roses are certainly on the rise and I am expecting some magnificent blooms.
Every once in a while I receive some unexpectedly good news – today was one of those days!
Something else wonderful was opening my front door and finding a delivery that included a beautiful bunch of pink roses from a dear friend!
Nothing like flowers to make a good day great!
Recently there has been a spate of bad and sad news about friends and famous people leaving this mortal coil. It has placed me in a rather melancholy mood especially after just hearing about the passing of another dear soul in the UK, then David Bowie and then today Alan Rickman.
In reflecting on the impact that these individuals have had on my journey, whether known or unknown to them, it has made me realize that so many people contribute pieces of themselves to influence the kind of person I’ve become. In reading the outpouring of messages across social media there is the understanding that we are all connected and that our collective memories help us treasure the moments of lives that have made an impact both on a global scale or those that have touched us personally.
The human body has its limitations but the human spirit is a boundless thing of beauty.
I am thankful to all those who have contributed to mine.
We’ve had some very welcome rain in California this week! Thrilled for my garden and especially the roses that have bloomed beautifully and bravely through the drought.
Photo 1: Morning Rose
Photo 2: Pink Rose
Photo 3: Just pretty
Photo 4: Rosey