This weekend our family had some much-needed time away relaxing and catching up with family. It was so renewing just to see some friendly faces and chat it up with those I love and haven’t seen in a while. If ever there was a perfect day for an outdoor gathering, this weekend managed to crank out a few.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s company , the wanderer in me couldn’t help but sneak away for a quick stroll down the block. I was dazzled by what almost summer had to offer down this quiet little street. Hues of deep pinks and oranges, and yellows, all dotted the area. Down one particular intersection, a line of trees sat that seemed to go on for days.
The whole time was like one big rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul. There’s no doubt that my family and nature itself found its way into my designs this week because of this.
To show love for all of my fellow mothers today, I’d like to repost an old favorite of mine. It’s a little dedication of sorts I wrote that got some warm feedback. (Consider it an ode to mothers everywhere.)
As some of you may know today is Earth Day. This is an ideal time to teach the children of our planet about all things growth and respecting the environment. If you have kids of your own, or know a group of little ones in your community, consider starting a small garden with them.
You don’t have to live a in suburban or rural area to do this. There are plenty of urban areas that have gardens as well. Don’t believe me? Do an internet search on “city gardens” and see what you turn up. You’ll thank me later. The results of planting something small with people that are still learning about the world can be tremendously rewarding.
Children, after all, are like little plants themselves; just looking to soak up some knowledge.
Yesterday my son and I went for a little stroll after he was done playing with his friends. He raced with them for hours and after tiring himself out, he told me “Gimme hands-a-walk-a-Mommy.” In his 3year old lingo, that translates to “Take my hand and walk with me, Mommy.” So, that we did. As we walked around our neighborhood, he then pointed out “Pwetty fwowers.” I stopped to see where he was pointing and at my feet was an impressive arrangement of wildflowers. They were all so full of color and beauty it was hard to believe some people would consider them weeds. Contained within that bunch was one lonely, bright daffodil. (A planted flower; bright yellow in color and a common symbol of spring.)
Of course, as someone who thoroughly enjoys photography (when I’m not writing or illustrating) I just had to pause and take some photos. My son was ecstatic. He truly appreciates the beauty of nature. I can only hope he continues to share this enjoyment with me all through his life.
Without further ado,
Here are my photographic results from yesterday:
Kissed by the Sun
Hello Spring Daydream in Yellow Dancing in the Wind Opening Up to Spring(Click to view larger – this one has lovely details when viewed at full size)
Wildflowers Mixture of Seasons(Click to view larger. This is a wide shot.)
Plethora of Purple(Click to view larger. Another wide shot.)
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Happy April, everyone!
Updated 4/18/15: My Twenty20 gallery has been shut down & is no longer a funtioning store. You can find my new gallery here: