oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

Nature

Flowers

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What I see is various pictures of flowers that I have taken this year.
What I think is that I like sharing them with you.

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Happiness held is the seed;

Happiness shared is the flower.

– John Harrigan

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what I saw there

What I see is a pretty little flower on the other side of the garden wall. What I think is that sometimes it pays to be nosy.

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In wisdom gathered over time

I have found that every experience

is a form of exploration.

– Ansel Adams


Single

I took this photo at historic Kenmore Plantation, while on the walking tour for Garden Week. What I see is a single tulip, framed nicely by all that green. What I think is this picture would not be as interesting if there were a bunch of tulips, instead of one.

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Single

does not necessarily

mean lonely.


all things soft

Tomorrow I'm going to help paint at my parent's new house on The Rivah, which is where I took this picture. Whenever I think of that house now, this is the picture that pops into my head. What I see is a plant whose seeds are attached to fluffy white sails that will eventually carry them...I don't know where. But in this moment, they were busy providing a soft focus for rather severe looking stems. What I think of is feathers and butterfly kisses and whispers and all things soft.

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Observe how all things

are continually being born of change.

Whatever is, is in some sense

the seed of what is to emerge from it.

– Marcus Aurelius


little purple beauties

I took this picture at the pumpkin patch last fall. What I see is a close-up of one of the little purple beauties that were growing all over. What I think is that it's just nice that a picture can make you feel happy.

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Happiness depends more

on how life strikes you

than on what happens.

– Andy Rooney

 


growth medium

I took this picture in the summer, but it reminded me a little of New Years and resolution making. What I see is a row of hydrangeas, ranging in color from light purple to dark blue. Did you know that the color of the flower depends on the soil they're planted in and how the plant is adjusting? What I think is the success of the resolutions we make rely on much the same thing: the soil we plant them in and the attitude with which we face them.

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Our beliefs about what we are

and what we can be

precisely determine what we will be.

– Anthony Robbins


just a leaf

This is a very simple photo, but I like it. What I see is just a leaf, its veins radiating out from a central stem. What I don't see are all the bits and pieces that work together to maintain the life of this leaf: the roots and the rings, the bark and the branches, the rain and the nutrients pulled up through the soil. What I think is that it's rather magical, the complexity of a simple life.

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I am careful not to confuse

excellence with perfection.

Excellence, I can reach for.

Perfection is God’s business.

– Michael J. Fox