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    Watercolor Wednesday | Spring Colors.

    We didn’t see any blue skies on today’s morning walk, but the colors near the ground more than made up for it. I know many of y’all are seeing wet white and gray today … figured you might like to see a bit of spring – even if it’s just a picture (or three)!

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    Waiting and Watching | Week Seven.

    yesterday afternoon playing with the light (and yep, that’s a knitting needle holding up the stalks!) The main reason I planted amaryllis bulbs this year was to re-live a bit of the magic our first one brought us last January. These blooms are certainly not as stunning as last year’s (whoa, those white stripes and whoa – all those blooms!), but this one got the timing right. Sunday afternoon there were still just buds but by Monday afternoon there were blooms! I’m betting the bright sunshine yesterday and today will get that third bud to open by this afternoon. Today’s waterlogue is again the Color Bloom filter, chosen for the…

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    Waiting and Watching | Week Five.

    Three of those eight white blooms from last week are still holding on, but this week’s real stunner is on the second bulb. At least I hope it’s a stunner… waiting in the wings. Today’s waterlogue is another new filter – Fashionable. chosen entirely because of the way it rendered the collage. I love the pops of pink and the faint, suggestive outlines of the words. These photos were actually taken yesterday; Holly and I are headed to Florida this morning to visit my mom for a few days. Hoping to share a few posts while we’re there. I’m itching to see what the #blueskyblooms are up to! Happy Wednesday!…

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    Waiting and Watching | Week Four.

    There are eight (!!!!) white blooms this week and every one of them is lovely, but my favorites are the ones that catch the sunlight (yes, sunlight!) just so. simply stunning. I tried a different Waterlogue filter this week – this is Color Bloom … which will be even more appropriate once the Red Lion blooms. Happy Wednesday! (Week One, Week Two, Week Three)

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    Waiting and Watching | Week Three.

    With all the zeal of the newly converted, “WOW!” or maybe “Whoa, that was fast!” I took these photos yesterday afternoon – maybe 48 hours after I noticed the first bloom on Christmas Day. …and then just for fun, this morning I played around with one of them. I think I like what Waterlogue does with the pictures and the birds even more than the amaryllis. Happy Wednesday! (Week One, Week Two)

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    Watercolor Wednesday | Waiting and Watching.

    in my study Yesterday’s trip to Whole Foods was mostly about picking up amaryllis. We came home with two. The one in front is labeled “white” and has already started to sprout (I took that as a good sign; I also like the fern it’s planted with). The one in back came fully ready to pot (the package included a pot and potting soil) and is a “Red Lion”. Charlie and I made quick business of getting that second one potted. But it took me a while to find a good location for the two pots. The directions say “full sunlight”; I’m not sure there are many (any?) places in…

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    Watercolor Wednesday | A Poem.

    Monday morning at the lake Much of what I’ve been reading lately (including posts from several of you!) has talked slowing down, taking time to savor wonder of this season. This poem, while not specific to December at all, captures beautifully this idea and my favorite time of day. I hope you enjoy it. The Rebirth of the World A great blue heron flies across the red face of the rising sun, its crook-necked, lanky body unmistakable. Nature has a way of welcoming each new day with singular grace; no two mornings are the same. And I am not a mere spectator here — I am moved and changed, struck…

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    Watercolor Wednesday | Five Minutes.

    Thanks to Kat and Bonny, I’ve been following along with Michelle’s Gratitude Week. Today, she’s invited us to Take some time today to step outside or to sit in a favorite spot in your home. Take five minutes (yes, you can carve out five) and get quiet. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, then open your eyes. What delights you, what shakes you, what makes you say oh my? Five minutes. What struck me first when I read those words was that it wouldn’t be hard at all for me to carve out that time. In fact, those minutes might give some purpose and direction to this day that…

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    Watercolor Wednesday | Here.

    from this morning’s walk Here It’s always here, the silent underpinning, the foundation beneath the foundation. When I reach deep enough into darkness, inside fear, self-doubt, aversion or despair, there’s something so intact I almost miss it in my focus on brokenness. It’s always here, this ground of being. Like the water in  which fish swim, it’s easy to overlook the eloquence of truth. It’s here, this guiding presence, this calm, abiding stillness. It’s here when I don’t try  to make life any more or less than what it is, when I stop trying to be right. It’s here when I unclench my fists and breathe, when I let go…