I forgot how the sound of rain could be soothing
like the calm of a child’s lullaby.
I heard my lantana sing “Hallelujah!” as the soil exhaled,
the thirst for relief felt longer than eternity.
Silk-thread drizzles dusted rooftops on the street
along with the brown brittle hills with flowing grace.
The fascination of puddles slipped my mind,
the childlike sense of play from a hop and a splash.
And who would think the sight of cocoa-brown mud
could be so entertaining in all its messiness!
Would you believe if I said the flowers smiled at me?
And their leaves offered a gentle wave?
Observing from my slightly opened window,
I caught a grateful sigh from the soaked earth,
and I enjoyed listening to the roots laugh in delight.
Lauren Scott (c) 2021
My last post on the topic of mass shootings was depressing, although
another chance to bring awareness to this frequented tragic issue in our country.
However, I thought it was time for a more hopeful topic. So, this photo shows
sunflowers-to-be! Yes, sunflowers growing from seeds (one of three pots), and
watching them sprout evokes feelings of awe and wonder – awakening
excitement and promise of tomorrow and of new life.
After they grow to around 12″, we’ll transplant them in the ground. We’ve
also planted some seeds around the yard and are enjoying watching those
sprout up, too. We have a garden area in front of the house that might be
a good place for transplanting these – for tall, happy sunflowers greeting
all who stroll by. The trouble is that we have deer wandering around all
the time. So, we’d have to put some kind of wire fence around them. Other-
wise, we’d be providing lunch for the dear deer. 🙂
Anyway, below are some quotes I found online…
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
~ Chinese Proverb
“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt,
covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light.”
“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunflowers are happy flowers. They exude joy and friendliness, don’t you think? Fingers are crossed and with our love and care, we pray these seeds will grow to their full potential. I’ll keep you posted, and I hope you enjoyed this splash of hope and inspiration. xoxo
(Goal in sight) 🙂
I strolled along the sandy path
Feeling welcomed by the scenery
The ocean was like a soothing bath
Its melody, a gorgeous delivery
The sand was warm against my feet
The silence, a desired retreat
The wind hugged gently as can be
The seagulls danced along the tide
Like children playing with innocent glee
Sharing their laughter with nothing to hide
I embraced, with zest, this heavenly day
While worries gratefully slipped away
Lauren Scott © 2015
The night is warm
Though fall is upon us
Summer’s not willing to go
I’m in awe of the bright sky
With its oranges and pinks
Its beauty is all aglow
Two nights ago, the sunset was
incredible, so I grabbed my cell
and snapped some photos. The dot
in this photo is the beautiful moon,
not the best shot using a cell,
though, still brilliant, and the phase
for 9/23/15 was “waxing gibbous”
with 73% visibility.
I hope you enjoyed this splash of color
and the moon facts I found interesting, too.
Wishing you a wonderful Friday and weekend! ♥
Lauren Scott © 2015
My family is pretty outdoorsy; we enjoy hiking, biking, camping, swimming, etc. What better way to clear the mind than to be one with nature. The flora and fauna, the big blue sky, the mountains in the distance, the smells, the sounds of the ocean…these are all gifts to us. We have beauty in our backyard to be cared for and to be appreciated. Not to mention the necessity of scooting back the chair, turning off the computer, stepping outside to get some exercise, and inhaling some fresh air.
This photo was taken years ago at a favorite destination, Samuel P. Taylor State Park. It’s spread out among beautiful redwood groves and is truly magical. Our children were much younger then. Some of you know our daughter graduated from college this year and our son has three years to go. They’re now young adults, however, there is no age limit for this beautiful place. From young to elderly, many enjoy camping here, spending a day of play in the creek after picnicking, or simply enjoying some quiet walks while contemplating life.
In closing, I’ll repeat this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which becomes more profound each day as lives become busier in this progressive world of technology:
“Adopt the pace of Nature; Her secret is Patience.”
I would like to thank Jean at https://socialbridge.wordpress.com/ for tagging me in this fun photo challenge.
Here are the rules for the “Five Photos Five Stories” challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.
(Sporadic posting is alright if you’re unable to post each day.)
My third nomination for this challenge is Kim over at https://silentlyheardonce.wordpress.com/.
From green to red and
orange, their cue has arrived
wardrobe change again
LScott © 2013
playful bunnies, at least they’re
a nice shade of green
their desire is
similar to ours, you see,
the warmth of the sun
safety in numbers
invading where blooms should be
their defense is strong
© LScott 2012
(I look out my kitchen window
and I see too many!)
There is no poem for today,
but for the lack of a poem,
I though I’d share these beautiful flowers
my hubby and I bought at a local
farmer’s market this weekend.
I just love fresh flowers in the house.
The colors brighten the room and lift spirits
and remind us of God’s love through
nature’s beauty that we have
an abundance of…
Wishes for a Magnificent Monday! ♥♥♥
We race with the hands
of the clock on the wall
usually in last place
like a slow, dragging crawl
Everything must be now
when we should slow down
and feel appreciation
Maybe what we’re waiting for
isn’t meant to be
It’s all in the timing
and not all about “we”
If you’re a believer
it’s really up to Him
and what His plan entails
not just our personal whim
So exhale a little slower
demonstrate some tolerance
It’ll all come together
with just a bit of patience
Photo is of Copper on our recent hike.
He was so patient, waiting for me
to take some pictures~
Feeling the trail’s draw
we step deeper into solitude
embraced by the strength
of the bays
Only the occasional
crackle of brush
breaks the silence
© LScott 2012