Here are a few macro photos I took of a yellow goat’s beard seed head, Tragopogon Pratensis (aka Meadow Salsify and Jack go to bed at noon) and a thistle. I loved the golden colours and the way the seeds shone in the sunlight.
They were taken with an Iphone 6S with in the in-phone camera. I decided not to edit them in any way as they are beautiful in their own right.
See Sally’s original post and links to other beautiful macro shots here.
photo composition by me
I have walked in sacred places
Seen colours never seen
Awake have dreamed of mysteries
Of things that ne’r have been
In trees heard music never writ
Of chords that are unknown
In those hidden sacred spaces
Where I journey all alone
Last night my life was woven
Within that sacred knot
Of ages past, forgotten mists
Of nature’s sacred lot
As the mysteries of life unfold
A tie that has no end
Enlightened by that mystic light
Of mysteries veil to rend
On darkest moor, high stones stand
My spirit is set free
As they speak to me of ages past
Touchstones of eternity
They rise upon those mystic lands
If only we might see
That in each secret stone is hid
A gift of nature’s memory.
To stand in dreams on hill top high
To soar above on eagle’s wings
Where visions are no longer hid
And spirits soar as nature sings
Above those lesser things of life
Above its woes and care
As dreams and visions are fulfilled
As we at one with nature share.
As lightning rends the sky at night
And thunder roars in angry swell
As nature groans in agony
Its song of loss – a tale to tell
Within such wondrous beauty there
Where stars are hidden from our sight
The seeds of dawn are gently sown
To bring new beauty with dawn’s light.
To gaze into life’s deep, dark wells
As though into the deepest grave
Of shadows cold – life’s blackest seam
Where hope seems lost – no hope to save
But from within those darkest deeps
New life springs forth in sweetest span
And flows to quench the longing thirst
That dwells within the soul of man.
Or stand beside a river clear
And gaze in wonder as it flows
A myriad of crystal lights
As to its journey’s end it goes
To hear in nature’s gentle breeze
As willows sing in harmony
As nature’s healing gently flows
If only we would hear and see.
Words by © Les Cruttenden, from Insights into Meditation
This is the bud
the ephemeral beauty of night-flowering cacti plants. Within half an hour of my taking this shot the flower had already started to wither
the ephemeral beauty of the last persimmons/kaki/sharon fruit in the garden – ephemeral because it’s a question of who gets them – me or the birds. I think the birds are winning ….
All photos were taken with an iphone 6+ using the Camera+ app, and the macro setting for the first two
Find other contributions here
Nature – Sally D’s choice for this Monday
looks like there will be a good hazel nut harvest this year
bee on a teasel
Queen Anne’s lace
water buffalo taking a refreshing dip in the sea
the elephants at the Pinnewala sanctuary in Sri Lanka get a daily dip too
a walk on the beach will blow a few cobwebs away
iced coffee on the beach
maybe you’d prefer a hot cup of Java
the sight of a field of red poppies is always uplifting
as is watching the dancers at a local folk festival
What refreshes you? Is it the sight/sound of water in some form? Is it a drink? a change of scenery?
sharing Ailsa’s travel theme
It’s interesting to see how often the image of the sun turns up in so many places ….
and who could resist the glorious ebullience of a field of sunflowers. The name in French is Tournesol and in Italian Girasole, both of which mean ‘turning towards the sun’ – how romantic!
Sharing with Jennifer and other sun lovers
all photos taken in the Abbey Gardens, Malmsbury, UK for Sue’s word challenge.
This week’s Texture Tuesday’s theme is another free and easy one.
thistleheads – textured with Kim’s 2110 texture
Inspired by Jasmine’s recent Festival of trees post, I decided to make a slideshow of some of the trees I saw on a recent walk, one sunny day in springtime Luxembourg. Although it started out being a festival of trees it morphed into a festival of spring. Enjoy!