Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Bloomin' in the Rain
People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us.
~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat
It's been a dark, chilly, blustery and very rainy day here day today. But between downpours I managed to squeeze in a walk with the dogs, during which I spied some flowers that required returning with my camera. The somber lighting was perfect for making their colors pop, but unfortunately the wind was whipping them about like dervishes and so none of these turned out as focused as I would have liked. But I won't let a little blurriness keep me from sharing them with you! :-)
I think Iris Murdoch would be thrilled to share her name with this beautiful flower! Can you believe its dazzling color? It makes me think of amethysts (and purple cabbage, but "amethysts" sounds more poetic)...
Beside the little glade where we first took refuge in Monday's hailstorm were these pretty Bleeding Hearts. Several people along that street have even larger ones growing in sheltered nooks, but these required the least amount of trespassing to photograph. Bleeding Hearts have always been a favorite of mine and I wish we could grow them at our house, but the only place with shade and shelter from the wind is on a side of the house where no one would ever see them. So I'll just keep admiring others people's...
Aren't they utterly charming? We should be mad with joy the whole time indeed, to have such things about us...
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"