“It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.”
~Henry David Thoreau
Many times when I look at nature, around me in my garden, I see one thing. And when I look again at the pictures I take, I see so much more. I see deep into these scenes, and each one teaches me something daily. So I thought, why not share some of the things I learned by watching nature in late spring….
Starting with the top picture, we are watching the baby bunny who was born here in our garden, and now visits. He is adorable, and I noticed I captured more of his shadow, than of him, as he scampered about. He was tasting the weeds and plants between the bricks as he is learning what he likes.
Seeing the sunrise, is a glorious event that gets better as dawn unfolds. I have learned to have patience, and take time to see the sun rise completely….you will be glad if you do.
And don’t forget sunset. Even through the clouds the view can be amazing!
I love wandering in the garden early in the morning. The light playing off and through the plants can take my breath away.
And even on a gray day I can see beauty. The water lilies shine against the dark water and lily pads
I am noticing the orange flowers showing up now. Orange poppies, first daylily and the Geum. They stand out against the sea of green and purple blooming right now. And this little bit of bright color, adds so much to my view.
These ox-eye daisies are an non-native plant that spreads all around my garden. I used to see them as a nuisance. but now I love the surprise of their blooms ever year. And at night, you can see them shining all over the garden like beacons.
Like many native plants, this Zizia aurea has seeded itself around the garden and meadow. And as you can see it is a pollinator favorite. I picked a few for a vase, and learned they not only have a beautiful, long-lasting flower, but they have an amazing citrus fragrance too. I can’t get enough of them.
Looking closely at a plant, can give you a special surprise. I love seeing the unusual petals I might not notice unless I took a closer look.
What are you learning from Nature these days?
I am moving my Thursday posts to Wednesday starting in July. I will still have my poetry posts on Sunday, with maybe another poetry post midweek each month. The little fairy house, below, was made by a neighbor and friend…..isn’t that just the sweetest gift.
I leave you with a few additional words learning everyday. I welcome you to download this photo and share it.
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