It’s the Little Things…

It's the Small Things in Life

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” ~ Khalil Gibran

Wishing you much joy through little things and many blessings to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

~ Jimi Hendrix

Refinement

Refinement

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In the history and language of flowers one of the things the Orchid represents is Refinement.

re·fine·ment
noun
the process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance.

the improvement or clarification of something by the making of small changes.

cultured elegance in behavior or manner.

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”  ~ Denis Waitley

I loved this quote for the image above as all of our attitudes need refining from time to time ~ to live every minute with love, grace and gratitude instead of caving into the daily pressures of life, social media, work, and relationships.

Wilted Cheer

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It just may be,

The Daisy’s charm

To cheer the heart

And inspire the soul.

She’ll never wish harm,

And will play the role,

Even when wilting,

She’ll inspire a smile,

And your joy will be whole.

copyright Robyn Graham

 

Bouquet of Adoration for True Friends

Bouquet of Adoration

Bouquet of Adoration

SS 1/60 f 4.0 ISO 500

Natural Light, subject in front of window.

60mm Macro Lens

“True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.” ~ Marie Williams Johnstone

To see this image in black and white be sure to visit Monochromia for my Thursday post.

A Bit of Adoration

A Bit of Adoration

SS 1/60 f 5.6 ISO 500, Natural Diffused Light

I edited this image in Topaz Black and White Suite using adjustments in the classic black and white program and adding a diffusion edit to give the image a soft, dreamy, appearance of the feeling of adoration, which is one of the meanings of the Sunflower.

“You can’t look in the face of adoration and be cruel.” ~ Claudia Christian

“I Get By”

“I Get By” is the title to a blog created and written by Joe Giordano.  Joe is an amazing photographer who not only has several blogs that he maintains and contributes to, but also several Facebook pages.  All of Joe’s blogs and pages relate to photography. I find Joe inspiring and insightful and so when Joe asked to interview me for his blog “I Get By” I was honored and of course, said yes.   You can view the interview HERE.

The title of the image I posted today is Persevere.  I chose this image because one of the meanings of the Magnolia is perseverance.  There are times when all of us need perseverance and “a little help from our friends” to “get by”.  I thought it was a nice combination – the image and the sharing of Joe’s most recent blog venture.

Anybody else humming the Beatles’ Tune?  I am.

I hope you enjoy the interview!

Bashful

Bashful

Peonies, in the Victorian Language of Flowers have several meanings.  Bashful being one of them.  To capture this delicate flower on a breezy morning just after a rain shower I used the following settings: SS 1/800 F 5.0 ISO 400.  As always, the shallow depth of field produced a magical and ethereal effect.

Tulip II

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“Art makes better humans, art is necessary in understanding the world and art makes people happy.  Undeniably, art is not optional.” – Nathan Sawaya

A Mother’s Perfect Love – A Tulip and a Poem

A Mother's Perfect Love

A mother’s perfect love,

Forever giving,

Infinitely strong,

Her purpose for living,

Being willing to forgive any wrong.

Her beautiful eyes,

Bright,

Filled with joy,

Delight at the sight

Of her girl or her boy.

A mother’s beautiful love

Always there with open arms,

Encouraging to soar above,

Protecting from harm.

Is there any love more perfect?

Is there any love more beautiful?

Than the love of a mother who never neglects,

But is always there to tell us we’re wonderful.

 Copyright Robyn Graham

A couple of the meanings of the tulip are beautiful eyes and perfect lover.  I chose these two representations of the tulip for Mother’s Day and wrote the above poem to accompany the image of the tulip.  Being a mother is the most challenging yet the most rewarding role a woman can ever have.   I hope my words and image honor all mothers, near and far.