Blossoms

“To be what I am… To voice the things that only I can voice. To bear the blossoms that are commanded of my heart. This is what I want…”~RM Rilke

Shadow flower (1 of 1)

Your voice is your expression and everyone has a unique voice which should be heard. It’s one’s own responsibility to cultivate that voice, through head and heart and then share it with others because a voice unexpressed does not provide a benefit to anyone.  And yet on the other side of the coin,  it is best not to waste it on a head that does not hear or a heart that does not care. In that case, silence is golden.

On a photographic note, this is a very severe crop (maybe 1/15th of the full file). I really love Fujifilm lenses and this kit lens is incredible.  I have yet to upgrade to a newer body and am still using the quite antiquated (for some) XE-1. One day, I will bite the bullet and get a newer model but I think I will wait a couple of years and see what new technology comes with time. I have learned that I do not need the latest and greatest new release of every piece of photographic equipment that comes out. Granted, if money were no object, I’d have purchased the newest out there but money is an object and right now, I can think of better ways to balance my wants and needs.

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Purple

“And when I fall in love,” I began, “I will build a mountain to touch the sky. Then, my lover and I will have the best of both worlds, reality firmly under our feet, while we have our heads in the clouds with all our illusions still intact. And the purple grass will grow all around, high enough to reach our eyes.”~VC Andrews

Scabiosa (1 of 1)And when I fall in love…………..I will build a purple mountain to reach his heart.

Sunshine

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” ~L Burbank

Yellow Poppy (1 of 1)
Mexican Poppies

It really is quite hard for me to believe that it has been almost a year since I last posted. I felt I had needed a break from blogging….just a couple of weeks or months and somehow that turned into 11 months. In many ways, blogging is like a journal for me (minus my very personal thoughts). While I appreciated the followers I had cultivated, that has never been a primary motivator for me. I am mostly inwardly motivated; it is part and parcel to being an introvert. People who know me well say “You are not an introvert, you’re not shy and are very social and open!”. But I am an introvert (with extroverted tendencies). I have a very close circle of friends who I let it all out with but choose those people rather carefully. Introverts tend to have very intense and close relationships with their chosen tribe and innately know we burn out if we spread ourselves too thin. Above all, we first and foremost value our own opinions and live in an intuitive and self-motivated way. Accolades are nice but if we are not inwardly happy, we will change course. And my intuition was telling me that I needed a break from blogging, and that is exactly what I did. I just never thought it would be this long!

So I am returning, hopefully spreading a little sunshine with this image. Suck it up, Buttercup and start once again…..

Roses

“for here before you stands a bowl full of roses,

A Bowl of Roses
A Bowl of Roses

which is unforgettable and filled up
with ultimate instances
of being and bowing down,
of offering themselves, of being unable to give, of standing there
almost as part of us ~RM Rilke

I have a Facebook page called “Ranier Maria Rilke Quotes” where I post Rilke quotes and images to go along with them. It is very similar to this blog and so once in a while, I will use the same post here and there, completely due to sheer laziness. It’s all a labor of love, though, and the posts reach different people. That is how I justify my laziness. 😉

The next few weeks will be busy ones for me but I am looking forward to the craziness. Puerto Penasco, Mexico, Lake Powell and then the central coast of California (my heart is going pitter patter at that thought). I have become an expert of sorts (in my own life, anyway) on low-budget travel, which enables me to live in a way that satisfies my wanderlust and not break the piggy bank. Yesterday was my birthday and I was pondering how this phase of my life has been very good and I anticipate more goodness in the years to follow. I cannot say how grateful I am to be in this place of contentment and discovery but even if my fortune were to change, I hope that I will always hold on to the gratitude.

Golden

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,

Smiles awake when you arise.” ~ T Dekker

I have been posting a lot of flowers lately but then, it is springtime!
I have been posting a lot of flowers lately but then again, it is springtime!

It has been raining off and on all day here and  I was supposed to go on a hike this morning but  decided that I’d rather not go in the rain…..I truly have become a weather wimp since living in Arizona. So, instead I got my bike tuned up and a new, more comfortable seat as I am hoping this will compel me use it more often. Hope is a BIG four letter word. 🙂 I prefer to hike but as the weather temps start climbing, a bike seems like a cooler and breezier way to get some exercise.

Soil

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”~ W Berry

Urban Farm Hollyhocks
Urban Farm Hollyhocks

So, I am in Phoenix and driving through one of its many neighborhoods, which generally consist of modest homes and strip malls, and I see a huge mass of tall hollyhocks in every color. Of course, I had to stop: A. because the hollyhocks were so beautiful. B. because this looked so out of place for the suburban area. As it turns out, it was actually a small urban farm, not a huge garden as I had initially thought.

I was photographing all of the hollyhocks that outlined the  garden, not wanting to trespass and then saw some people and asked if it was okay to venture in. I started talking with a man there and came to learn some of this place’s interesting history. It all began when one man had a calling to do some good in this world and another man who donated the land to make the dream happen. The idea for Harvest for Humanity was born and they grow not only flowers but organic fruits, vegetables and herbs for the financially needy and for cancer patients. Volunteers run the operation at this point in time and they have even branched out to other areas within Phoenix. In addition to the concept being fantastic, I could not believe the quality of their produce.  Not only is it organic but it is also in the middle of the dusty desert. The thousands of flowers…..most all of them were actually perfect (e.g. no bug holes, healthy blooms, etc.). I was invited in not only to take pictures but I was also given cutters to pick some flowers and I ended up taking home a few sunflowers, a hollyhock stalk and 3 allium flowers. They had no donation jar out but a left a few dollars with my pair of cutters when I left.

Coming in contact with something like this gets one thinking about possibilities….dreams, possibilities, plans and then actions are what make up your reality, to a certain extent. Maybe all possibilities cannot manifest to fruition but without moving in the direction of your dreams, hoped for possibilities will most likely not happen. The soil is rich but one has to plant the seed.

Softness

“with so much curious softness,
shining into itself, right up to the rim” RM Rilke

Soft Tulip
Soft Tulip

 

Even though it is cooler today, spring is in the air here in Arizona. Those people caught up in the depths of winter will be entitled to say “Nah, nah, nah , nah” come summertime but this is a post to my second favorite season (after autumn),  all light and soft and full of new promise.  Don’t worry, no matter where you are: Spring is coming.