old red rose
Today I am choosing to celebrate the first day of summer by focusing on the singular beauty of individual flowers. Technology remains a mystery to me, so I’m not quite sure how I arrived at these images. I only know I felt a strong urge early yesterday morning to get out my camera and record what I found about me, not wanting to miss recording the moment. And these emerged. Perhaps it’s the early morning light that allows their presence to fully illumine themselves in such spectacular beauty. But I enjoy the mystery too much to ever actually try to figure it out. What enchants me most is that these photos, when they come, remind me of painting on black velvet. Only much better. Enjoy.
gorgeous new climbing rose (with company)
simple, simple, and an all-time favorite rose
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
~ Mary Oliver
I call this my Pepto Rose. I do.
new butterfly bush (Needs to be planted soon!)
another heirloom rose
Love and summer blessings!
Posted on June 21st, 2010 by Kathryn
Filed under: People at Life