Saturday, July 16, 2011

I picked up a little sunshine today...


Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning 
can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day
--like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

47 comments:

  1. We went to pick, and photograph, sunflowers yesterday, but they were past their best. So we just brought a few heads back to dry off for the birds.

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  2. So beautiful -- they look like a woman's face to me --

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  3. I can't believe I am the third one here. Usually, there are scads of people ahead of me. The sunflowers: they always remind me of my grandmothers garden. She had the most beautiful garden always and when I was a child I used to help her shell pea on the back porch in the shade. Thanks for the memories you conjured with your image Tess!

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  4. I would die for some sunflowers down under. I am freezing in my tropical (impossible to heat in winter) timber house.
    Made all the worse by my recent sojoure in the South Pacific. Espiritu Santo the very island in Vanuatu on which the musical was based and filmed.

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  5. Here's to those quite moments in the day, Tess. I wonder if we could grow square sunflowers in square sunshine?

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  6. Such delight!

    I went to photograph poppy fields the other day and noticed that some of the sunflower fields are in full bloom already. Summer at its peak.

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  7. As a gardener, it is hard to see the flowers for the weeds. And it is all about the flower, isn't it...,yes....

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  8. I have the same feelings when I cook pasta.

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  9. Willow,
    Love, love, love sunflowers!
    rel

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  10. This expressed so perfectly what I have just done on this grey wet July day.

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  11. ah, beautiful flowers tess...some of my favs...

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  12. in a few days i'll be bicycling south to visit my mum. i pass through fields of sunflowers at one point. i cannot wait to see their thousands of heads all following the sun. steven

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  13. Since my day is already so gray, I appreciate this image.

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  14. You inspired me to share my own sunflowers today... thank you! And that quote is awesome :)

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  15. beautiful sunshine, lovely quote :)

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  16. Enjoyed... A good way to start another day.

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  17. The sunflowers are beautiful! And the quote is very good. Wondered how is your painting coming. And wonder how you seem to do everything? Is it a self portrait? Or perhaps the sunflower are?

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  18. Wishing you the best and sunniest of days. Looks like you got a good start! Thanks for starting mine so cheerily,

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  19. I recently visited a sunflower field, pics will be posted soon....they are the most magical of flowers :)

    happy weekend

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  20. You've added to my happines factor Tess - our family enjoyed your dip last night, yum! - and this morning your post has given me a real cheery boost in the middle of our Southern Hemisphere winter!

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  21. Lovely photo. Reminds me of Van Gogh. There's a plot of land on a busy street here in the burbs, and every year they plant four or five rows of sunflowers along the street. Just a week or so ago they were just popping up. Yesterday I drove past and they're almost three feet tall already!

    Dog days of August? How about Van Gogh days of July??

    Rick

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  22. Arranging flowers, writing poetry!, saying a prayer, OR... practicing the violin.

    Tess! You forgot that last one! I absolutely love that simplicity with which you enjoy living--OR Living With Joy!
    PEACE!

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  23. Rick, absolutely. I love "the Van Gogh days of July"! It beats the dog days, hands down.

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  24. Yes, Steve, when are you going to teach me to play the violin?

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  25. I so love sunflowers, my wife gets them for me for special days and I tend to spend hours in front of them.

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  26. Is there any flower happier than a sunflower?

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  27. Such happy flowers and love the quote. The beauty of flowers is God's gift to us...just because.

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  28. Pamela, no, there isn't. The sunflower is the happiest flower and the daisy is the friendliest.

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  29. LadyCat, absolutely. Just because.

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  30. Oh, your sunflowers are very VanGogh. So very lovely!

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  31. Beautiful ... I love sunflowers. They have such happy faces. Such a true quote.

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  32. Thanks for the reminder...these are the days of sunflowers and they bring such simple joy and in the right vase with the right table runner...high drama!

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  33. A beautiful vase of Sunshine! I love your sunsflowers they are truly beautiful.

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  34. A wonderfully beautiful perspective! And I have been waiting for that painted portrait you mentioned a while back... Have you started it?

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  35. Margaret, I got my paints out and started messing around on a canvas, just to get my feet wet again. It's coming. I promise. I've also reclaimed the back porch as my studio, cleaned out all the junk, with a fresh coat of white paint.

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  36. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, if I hadn't discovered her years ago, I'd be in another place entirely today.

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  37. Glorious sunflowers, combined with Anne Morrow Lindbergh - pure joy and wonder.

    What a gift, thank you, Tess!

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  39. Astrologer Donna Cunningham suggests in her Sky Writer blog that Sunflowers are particularly helpful to those that need a boost to a weak, or not strongly connected personal astrological sun position. Especially to those in need of a boost to express themselves flamboyantly, shamelessly, exuberantly and without reservation, I might add. I love the cheerfulness of Sunflowers, what a sweet reminder.

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  40. Beautiful flowers and lovely words. Thanks.

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  41. Perfect subject for this Saturday! This day was wedding of my god daughter: Very elegant and understated--the only flowers in the church and her bouquet were sunflowers just like yours!

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  42. gorgeously arranged and photographed.

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  43. So lovely -- volunteer sunflowers punctuate my garden just now -- I need to bring a few inside.

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  44. They are magnificent.
    Still early here though.

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― O. Henry (and me)