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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Moments In A Garden

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass











you live more richly those moments.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Gail

Crocus sativus

39 comments:

  1. Dear Gail, what a lovely transition of birth to life to death. You are always full of deep thoughts, wonderful quotes and gorgeous images. My hat is off to you, my friend! :-)
    Frances

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  2. Lovely sentiment and lovely pictures, too.

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  3. Beautiful photo sequence with the perfect quote.

    Cameron

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  4. Surrender........now this is something to contemplate....very nice!

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  5. Gail, this is such a great time sequence of photos! A lovely post!

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  6. Yes, this reminds us to cherish all of those moments in life. A beautiful thoughtful post Gail.

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  7. Simple, but thought-provoking--beautiful, Gail! The progression of images illustrate this quote perfectly.

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  8. Glad you were able to capture the short lifecycle of this pretty little Crocus. :)

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  9. Wonderful series of photos of a pretty bloom!

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  10. LOVE Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Gifts From The Sea is one of my favourite books, even if it is small...) and your beautiful photos lend themselves so well to her philosophy on life. Beautiful post, Gail. :)

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  11. Gail, isn't that a saffron crocus?!! If so, I hope you harvested those stamens for your spice rack!

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  12. I will Ben! I was just pointing that out to Mr I; he loves cooking with saffron! Isn't it a beautiful flower. gail

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  13. Very moving Gail.....darkness and light....joy and sorrow....

    I have just walked my little dog...for me a time of quiet reflection....as I walked by an old gate, something called to me.....I peeped through, amongst all the dying foliage was a tiny wildflower in bloom. The sun was shining on it, almost like a spotlight. I felt as though it was a message.......a message for me. Nature is such a mighty force for those of us who are willing to receive it......

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  14. Hi Gail, I noticed two little Rozanne geranium blooms this morning when I filled the bird feeders. She just isn't ready to admit summer is over.
    Marnie

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  15. What a stunning portrait of the transformation of life and death ... I could almost feel the gentle petals unfurling... and then folding back into themselves... so beautifully done Gail. Gorgeous photos. Lovely words. Carol

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  16. What can I say? Spectacular photo footage...your pictures tell such a story.
    I would love to see someone do a "life blog" of a human being aging. It would be amazing
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Beautiful quote and pictorial~ the crocus is exquisite!

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  18. What a joy it is to live in the present concerned neither with the future or the past. I must practice. :)Donna

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  19. What a lovely thoughtful post.Those gorgeous orange stamens are very striking. I especially loved the last photo with the bit of green underneath the spent flower. To me, signifying the promise of rebirth to come.

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  20. Very neat Gail! I like the transition sequence of that crocus. I definitely should add a few fall blooming crocuses to the garden!

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  21. I just love those crocuses! The bank-owned home across the street has a group of these in the middle of the lawn that I suspect may be thinned out and find their way to my garden soon! ;-)

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  22. Pretty amazing shots, you have patience to go back, time and again to take them.

    Those words, she was such a intelligent and well spoken woman.....

    Jen

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  23. I need a reminder like this every day, I think. It's so easy to be preoccupied. Wonderful post.

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  24. Lovely progression of photos, Gail. And a good reminder, too. :)

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  25. Oh what a most lovely sequencing of photos Gail. I wish my fall crocus had come up now (I planted some last fall never to be seen again). This post is a perfect illustration that not many words are necessary to make a point...

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  26. I kept returning to the Crocus speciosus in High Country Garden's catalog, but didn't have the right spot to put them yet. Next year, I'll have to find a place! So thanks for sharing yours.

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  27. Great sequence of photos did you sit there all week?

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  28. I love fall crocuses and am waiting to see if the ones I planted last year come back. I have to replant them every few years here; either they rot away or the squirrels eat them.

    I love that your photo series includes the fading and withering of the flower. I think there is much beauty in decay.

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  29. Re: the quote: I try to do that every day but seldom succeed. The saffron crocus is such a lovely blue-violet.

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  30. MSS, I think so, too. My favorite of the series is the last with the colors melding together against the rich brown leaves.

    I have to replant these guys every year....They seem to disappear.

    gail

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  31. This is such a beautiful series of shots Gail, and the quote is perfect. I love Anne Morrow Lindbergh's writing. This particular quote is one to live by for sure.

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  32. I'm sitting here thinking of that expression. I like that. It is always good to enjoy any of our moments, but the ones in the garden are my favorite ones. I enjoyed your series with the crocus.

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  33. Hello Gail...
    What a beautiful set of pictures.. you have a very nice blog here for sure... I will stay a while and browse.
    I called by to say a big thank you to you for stopping by and commenting on the Header Challenge... Darla as some very niceblog buddies from what I have seen..

    Tom

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  34. Hi everybody, Isn't Autumn Crocus a beautiful flower! The first time I saw it I knew I wanted to add it to the garden~~What a treat for fall to see that brilliant purple and the saffron colored stamens. Thank you for stopping by to see it in all its colorfulness and for taking the time to leave a comment.

    warmest, gail

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  35. What a wise & wonderful post. I tend to focus too much on only the fresh and the perfect, while ignoring the beauty of the faded.

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  36. My heart is with you, dear Gail!

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  37. Gail,
    What a lovely post about the circle of life. Each flower has their day in the sun and then feeds the earth.
    Thank you for sharing these fantastic photos.
    Jackie

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