The Magic of Looking Closely

I stepped out of my warm dry house early this morning and encountered Love. We have many dwellings –

we have many dwellings – and one Earth home

and one Earth home.  Whom is, in so many places, still exquisitely beautiful. Like here –

still blooming, bright beacons on this rainy day
colors of a fleeting dream
bending down close – the strawberry patch
droplets of rain studding clover like beads
flowerettes of broccoli October 13
gratitude to Mother Earth – Pachamama
sparkling magenta – so beautiful!
strung along the branch like gemstones – the Magic of looking closely
through the tall stand of stalks, leeks still in the earth
small dried ear of corn like a little bird….
lush, wet fall morning – close up
The stalwart gnome with his great pots of crystals smiles through every season
chokecherry leaves gleam
rain touseled lambs ear plus a single lilac leaf
the magic of symmetry
looking closely
angles of light and shadow

Stepping out into the wet morning today was a flooding into all my senses. The incredible layers of scents and smells of herbs, ripe grapes, wood smoke and those unmistakable fallen leaves….the whirring and calling of many birds all in tune with the news of my backyard smorgasbord – vines sagging with ripe clusters of grapes, sunflower seed heads, elderberries and scattered seeds in the garden… robins, orioles, cedar waxwings, towhees, starlings, flickers, sparrows, chickadees, juncos…. their photo timing so fleeting but the joy still filled my heart as they gulped grapes, cracked sunflower seeds, lined up and into changing positions of readiness on the phone wire, swooping off in different directions through chilly air, sometimes seemingly unaware of me, their wings flapping so near my ears. Then I was left to look closely, at these gifts of this season, drenched with water from a day and night of rain storm. In midst of the turmoil and chaos in the world, there was grace. Here, was beauty. Here, Nature emulated unity and acceptance. And I was grateful, this morning, for that.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. gabegd says:

    Awesome post. Amazing pictures as always, and I really liked your wording and description of the wet morning in your garden.

    1. Thank you so much! It was so special – I wondered if the birds were on a migration stop, there seemed to be so many more than usual. I only wish I could have gotten good photos of them to share, too.

  2. just beautiful as always.. and broccoli? lovely…

    1. Thank you so much! Rain brightens everything – and yes, I’m still gratefully picking broccoli! Along with leeks, beets, carrots, herbs, a little chard and collards.

  3. Nature treasures, so beautiful as they enjoy their morning shower from Pachamama! Thank you….

    1. You are most welcome, Roberta! Thank you for reading my blog, and for your love of Mother Earth.

  4. littlesundog says:

    I’m envious you still have broccoli. Mine phased out in late spring. Lovely photographs, as always.

    1. Thanks so much for reading. Yes, my broccoli plants are huge, and undaunted by aphids, etc. this year! So grateful. It is so nice to go out and still be able to find a handful of these baby flowerettes. I’m thinking of experimenting with the tender leaves before a hard freeze really finishes them off.

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