Years ago, on a short trip to Montana, my sister and I went up to her “cabin” – she called it the Barn. Along a dirt road we spotted some fantastic Sunflowers in the middle of this farmers field.
She stopped the car and wrangled her way over the barbed wire fence. “Sharon, you are trespassing!” she laughed and said, “He wont mind if I get these.” Just as she was almost to the flowers I heard a four wheeler coming down the road. “ooooh my gosh– you are so busted!!” and she ducked down in the tall weeds and grasses leaving me just standing there on the side of the road.
Dust trailing off the back of him, he flew by with a smile on his face waving a good morning. As he topped the hill she stood up with a broad smile and we had a great giggle.
Sunflowers in tow, she picked off all the thistles stuck to her and we headed home. We spent the day arranging these beauties and taking pictures.
The image above were these flowers. I stumbled upon this in a hard drive I un-boxed! I was so happy to have this as a great remembrance.
I put one of my favorite poems on the vase–
That was the fall of 2010. January 2011 we lost her to complications of diabetes.
Life has a funny way of carrying on despite our personal tragedies. Learning how to live a full appreciative life is difficult after I lost my life long best friend. However I believe that she is still near me. Sunflowers have taken on a different meaning.
Be sure to appreciate your day to day life, you never know how dramatically it can change in an instant.
I arrived at Thanksgiving Point at 9:01 to view the gardens. From past experiences I knew if I didn’t get there early I would be be dodging people, so I grabbed a golf cart and off I flew. The other indulgence was turning up my Iphone with a lovely background music — my very own soundtrack.
The gardens are groomed beyond beautiful and this year Mother Nature timed this showing perfectly. Seriously I don’t recall it ever looking prettier.
My favorite quiet spot is the Secret Garden…
I am so fortunate because while i was photographing this breath taking garden, seldom did i have to wait for people to get out of my shot… yet when I left there were honestly 100s of people arriving to see the festival. What a Serendipitous day for me!! “ohhh the happy accidents” that see me follow me!
It’s been too long since I have posted to my old friend “dipityroad”, and decided today was going to be the day I changed that.
New jobs and new abodes and some life changes left me thinking I didn’t have time to post. Yet in hind sight I found that while I try not to mention too many personal things here, none the less, when I reread my blog posts at least I kept my promise to myself to notice the every day and beauty around me. When I didn’t post I found that while I am certain I noticed the beautiful I didn’t mark time.
I sat next to a run off pond, and while there wasn’t too many green grasses or leaves on these particular trees, the birds singing and the ever so soft breeze lead me to know it’s that time of rebirth again.
These beauties kept me spell bound.
Then I made my way down closer to the valley floor where warmer weathers has lead to blossoms everywhere.
This purposeful outing reminded me that the definition of serendipity is a “happy accident” — so as I went out purposefully the universe led me to spots where I found these glorious accidents.
Even this little guy who seemed to be the newest “got milk” advertisement model, paused a moment for his portrait.
Especially up close and personal.
This year has been a wild ride with Mother Nature. Back east in particular has experienced some tough days. Utah didn’t have much snow, but it was cold.
I simply love the seasons and am very grateful to live somewhere where I can experience them all.
Here’s to Spring right around the corner!!
Since January 1st 2010 -- I have been celebrating finding Beauty in our every day lives. Stay in the Day... be in the moment. Don't wait to live your life.
Stop and make a habit to find the Beauty and you will be amazed at how Beautiful your life is. Be thankful and remember:
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Dyer