15 July 2019
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Another wildflower meadow has been lingering in my mind for years. As a seasoned gardener, my cultivated spaces are a work in-progress. My current gardens are nearing the twenty-year mark. Still, each season is greeted with its own signature intentions.
This year a wildflower garden was created where a tree had been removed, opening a small area to be designed and re-imagined. It is an optimum location to fulfill dreams about wildness.
After preparation of the soil and freely broadcasting native annual and perennial seeds (to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds), bounty appeared. Delicate and seductive flowers now catch the sun and wind, creating portraits and even shadows of themselves.
Neighbors stop to gaze at the burst of pleasure that each flower spreads. It’s a plot of pure visual ecstasy, especially as each week brings new surprises.
The eye moves slowly across the expanse, bringing a quiet moment in a world speeding through time. One can leap from the outside turmoil to inner peace: flowers as small miracles of nature’s healing.
In the Lens section is a taste of the glorious wild that brings continuous emotional uplift as the summer proceeds through its dance of heat, humidity and storms. This combination has given my gardens nature’s gentle and intense attention, providing for viewers to indulge in spiritual awakening that bears its own inner wildflower meadow.
The power of one single flower can melt the heart and nourish mind, body and spirit. The power of a meadow dots not only the landscape, but also transports us to a sanctuary of peace and quietude.
National Geographic online Travel Photo Gallery has a slide show of “19 iconic trees [from] around the world.” Compiled and written by Kevin Johnson it has some awe-inspiring photographs. Here is short introduction:
“A visit to historic or meaningful trees provides a sense of connection to the wonder of the natural world. Vital parts of their ecosystems, trees also spark our imagination, inspire famous books, receive worship, and bear witness to history. Spending mindful, intentional time around trees—what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—can promote health and happiness.”