14 May 2012
Let me know which is your favorite.
Flowers are the universal communicator; they summon the senses, and are given and received with pleasure. Strangely, the silence of flowers are louder than we think. Within their gaze at us and ours at them, a conversation ensues. For me, that exchange is calming and cathartic. I slow myself to appreciate their quiet gifts.
One single flower or a meadow of profusion, spreads abundance. The drama is contagious and palpable. But in order to grasp what nature has to offer, I must notice, really see each one for its individuality.
For me a photo shoot usually acts as a mirror of life itself. I’m always ready for the camera to do what draws me to its genius: providing a superb eye for my eyes to slow or stop time.
And so, yesterday before twilight I returned to the University of Delaware’s Botanic Gardens. My thoughts were aimed at the small meadow area. How much had progressed in a week.
The mixture of cornflowers, daisies, phlox, and poppies are sublime. Some were flamboyant, and others were quietly awaiting recognition. Oriental poppies grab hold, especially as the light radiates through their papery thin petals. The new and the spent mingled in a lovely slow dance in a chapter of Spring’s story.
This rich array of wildflowers foreshadows the jewels that will sweep across the landscape over the next four to five months. Whether annuals or perennials these offerings of Mother Nature have exploded into existence with the combination of rain and sun that has graced us. Just as I think that we are heading toward a dry spell, the rain intercedes and rescues.
This outing conjured the notion of fragility and generosity within the life cycle. It demonstrated how the shadow of a few days can give us a chance to see the rise of a bud, the pronouncement of a blossom, and the presence of a seed pod. All these elements stand side-by-side, truly giving us a chance to see rejuvenation and transformation up close and personal. And fortunately, a meadow garden creates an ideal place to reflect about renewal today and tomorrow.
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