Turn, Turn, Turn

Successful at setting seed and her work complete, the sunflower bows over and begins to dry out.  Birds will eat and scatter the seed beginning a new cycle next spring.  

Whether you are a fan of "The Byrds" or familiar with the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, you can see that nothing stands still.  Those tiny sunflower shoots pushing up out of the ground a few months ago have already grown to 10 feet high and flowered bright and bold.  Now they have finished setting their seed and are beginning to dry out.  The flowering time is past and the harvest approaches.  Birds will feast on the seed and scatter a few about that will pop up again next spring. 

The lesson for me is to lean into the changes.  I love the sunflowers.  I enjoy photographing them and seeing their bright yellow color that shines like a little sun.  I am also learning to see their beauty even as they dry up and fall back to the earth.  I used to feel sad to see their blooming time be over.  It is more  peaceful to accept that the fading blossoms mean food for the birds and new sunflowers next spring.  

There was a time for the sunflowers to bloom and there is a time for them to fade.  I trust that process in nature.  Time to trust the process that plays out in my own life, to embrace the things that are here now and gracefully let them go when their time is done.

I wish you all peace as you walk through your seasons.

 

Blessings,

Julie

Of lily pad flowers, rain, and the fourth of July....

We got rain this year for the fourth of July.  My garden likes it; the goats and chickens not so much.  I was sitting on the front porch reading when Charlie calls me to bring my camera and come look at the lily pad flowers in the rain.  The jewel like quality of the rain drops on the leaves and petals appear magical.  The ever expanding concentric rings formed when rain hits the surface of the pond are beautiful when frozen in time by the camera.  A gloomy day suddenly seems brighter watching the lily pad flowers rejoice in the rain.  It was worth getting wet to see. 

May your July 4th holiday be a fun one regardless of the weather!

Blessings,

Julie

Happy Nature Photography Day!!!

June 15 is designated by NANPA (North America Nature Photography Association) to be Nature Photography Day.  To celebrate the occasion, here is a video of a year in images taken on the farm where I live and where my studio, Teal Gate Studio is located.  I hope you enjoy it!

Blessings,

Julie

A Year on Our Farm 

The Difference a Day Makes

The Difference a Day Makes

The day AFTER I made this picture of our catalpa tree in full bloom with blossoms carpeting the grass beneath it, and its heady perfume in the air, a huge rain storm stripped the flowers from the tree.  

I can't help but think of my own tendency to put things off until later and how sad I would have been to miss this opportunity to really look at the tree and take pictures and create this piece. 

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