Tuesday, October 13, 2015

more fall color

I live in Florida. I grew up in Illinois. So every year I long for the sights and smells of autumn. I've become quite adept at noticing the slightest breath of fall color or scent in my tropical environment. YOU may not think these photos look very autumnal, but to me, they are (almost) as satisfying as a flaming maple or oak or beech. And speaking of beaches … there are a few other advantages to living on the Florida gulf coast ;)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

of deadly perils and filling the void

Sometimes life gets really tough, and you feel like you're swimming in circles.

No matter which way you turn, the the endless sea of pain and suffering stretches before you.

And you feel very alone.

Then your friends appear out of nowhere (and everywhere)

filling the void with their love and prayers,

offering to swim beside you until the crisis has passed—

and beyond.

That's some kind of miracle.

"We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." 

II Corinthians 1:8-11

Thursday, October 1, 2015

virtual fall

October 1st. That's the date on the calendar and the date on this post. But in Florida, October 1st almost never heralds crisp, cool days—and today is no exception—the thermometer reads 82˚ as I write this. So I'm inside my air conditioned living room, wearing fall-ish clothes and looking for autumn colors wherever I can find them. A "virtual fall", if you will. We Floridians are great at Virtual Fall. It's practically an art form around here. Here's my contribution to the gallery:

My neighbor's Cosmos very obligingly posed for their fall portraits. 
They wore their "seed pearls" well, don't you think?

Here we went with a contrasting blue and red background with an impressionist vibe.
(Note the lovely notes of autumnal red in the finished blooms. We have an eye for that sort of thing.)

Now this is just a blatant beauty contest. In my opinion the seed wins, hands down.

This one was camera shy. But that pumpkin orange flounce still gets my vote.

So there you have it. Virtual Fall, presented by my neighbor's Florida garden. I could add some great quotes about "finding beauty in the everyday," or maybe that one about making a silk purse from a sow's ear, but I think Nature kind of did that for me.