Jack belongs to my in-laws. He’s sitting in the bay window wondering why on earth we are all there distracting him from his usually peaceful, afternoon nap in the sun.
“If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider.” – Jules Renard
Rising Up to Brighter Days
Rising Up to Brighter Days in Black and White
(Black and white flowers may not demonstrate the cheer and hope that colorful flowers do, but, I loved this image in black and white. Many, many years ago, black and white would have been the only option to present this image and I believe it would have had the same meaning – Rising Up.)
As today is the first day of Spring I feel myself rising up out of the winter doldrums. The days are getting longer, the sun, when it shines, is shining brighter. I am longing for warmer days and more sunshine. As the tulip in the image is rising up toward the sunlight, my spirits are rising in hope that soon, warmer, brighter days will be here to stay for a while. Let’s all open our eyes wide so that the senses will be reawaken in the days to come – with birds chirping, flowers blooming, grass growing, and children laughing.
“Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairy-tale, by love.” – Ben Okri
“Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.” – Henry Ward Beecher
I chose today’s image for a few reasons: One, sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, thus the sunflower series. Two, yesterday was my birthday and the quote certainly speaks to me about love and the depth of love. As I age, my love for others grows deeper and deeper. Three, a dear friend gave me a bouquet with sunflowers in it to warm my day. And four, my wonderful husband gave me a new lens, the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 ED. I love macro photography so this was such a thoughtful and special gift for me. It is a joy to use and as you can see, it helps capture life quite eloquently.