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“If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower.
To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness,
Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.” ~ Author Pam Stewart
“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Kahlil Gibran
I originally thought I would include 5 images in the series, but there are a couple more than I feel compelled to share so the series continues for another couple of days. I do hope you continue to enjoy the sunflowers.
“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth….The trite subjects of human efforts – possessions, outward success, luxury – have always seemed to me contemptible.”
– Albert Einstein
“Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
Who gazest ever true and tender
On the sun’s revolving splendour.”
– Pedro Calderon de la Barca
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you.” – Maori Proverb
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa
“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.
The dew drops almost look like tears coming from the heart of the sunflower.
You’ve all seen the silly smiley faces cut into sunflowers, yes? Or the singing smiley faced sunflower, how about that one? Well, as ridiculous as I think they are, and I would never spend a penny on one of them, there is something to be said for them. Sunflowers do have the power to make a person smile. The warm glow of the yellow petals warms the heart. Once the heart is warm, a smile is automatic. If you’ve ever driven by a field of sunflowers, you know exactly what I am talking about. Do you agree?