Resolution

RESOLution – resolve “firm determination to do something”

reSOLUTION – solution “the act of solving or explaining a problem”

I’ve never been one to make a resolution. I’ve always believed if one wants to change an aspect of their life you do it whatever day or time it is. Something I resolved to do on a long past day and time was to appreciate the world around me.

Those I love

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Our oldest daughter’s wedding officiated by her father. Our younger daughter was matron of honor.

And the those I fear

Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

The smallest of creatures

Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower

The tallest of buildings

Austin Texas
Austin Texas

Each day presents me with a gift

I only need a moment of time to find it

a series of photographs of ice crystals on the stream behind our home

                        A magical find

January 1st, 2018

Ice crystal

ice crystals

ice crystals

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ice crystals

 

ice crystals

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Emergence

the process of coming into being

of becoming important

prominent

Each spring layers disappear and what lies beneath waiting

Emerges into the light of a new season

Scilla emerging from the snow

Iris emerging from the snowSweet violets amongst the rocks

Self-seeded helleborus

 

Transformative Qualities

And so it begins

A miniscule sphere harboring new life

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Emerging as  a creature from a nightmare

Juvenile Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

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Growing into a character in a children’s dream

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Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill

Ever so slowly shedding greens and yellows encasing its soft body in an armor of crusty brown

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To one day emerge into a creature which we embrace as a symbol of what we can attain

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It does not happen in a blink of an eye, it does not happen over night

Days, weeks months in a life that exists for but a short period of time

Once its insatiable appetite for parsley, dill or carrot greens  has been quelled it will travel  long distances to find a place to rest as it transforms into a creature no longer shackled to the earth

We too have the capacity to transform but only after many years of feeding our own voracious appetite for that which we are drawn to

Look to the sky to see them glide on an invisible current and know we too can unshackle ourselves from that which keeps us from soaring ever higher

Last Night

Twilight

Oriental lily

Aromatic scents fill the air

Perennial flower border

The earth’s perfume – sweet, earthy, musk and floral notes tease our sense of smell

Sunflower at twilight

 A walk through a garden is experiential

Oriental lilly and Drumstick allium

Daffodil Days

Immortalized in poetry

Close-up of early bloomong daffodil

Burned into memory

Daffodils on bank

Anticipation of sunshine here on earth

Daffodils rescued from a local cemetery

Only here for a fleeting moment

Close-up of daffodil cup

Returning next spring

Late blooming daffodils in lower garden

Beside the lake beneath the trees fluttering and dancing in the breeze 

from  William Wordsworth‘s  Daffodils

 Early bloomong daffodils All daffodils photographed  in this post were rescued from local homes and cemeteries

Two Steps Forward One Step Back

The DreamerSlowly she awakens

The standing stone and Winter Aconite flowers

Casting off the blanket that has kept her warm for these many long months

Victorian sculpture in the lower gardens

She opens her eyes and looks towards the sun

Winter Aconite flowers in the snow

But air around her still holds a winter chill

Barn roof slaate sculpture in the lower gardens

Turning over she pulls the blanket tight against her

Bowling Ball Standing stone and Winter Aconite flowers in the snow

Just a few more days…