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“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.

 

 

 

sunrise

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.

 

 

 

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And don’t forget sunset.  Even through the clouds the view can be amazing!

 

 

 

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I love wandering in the garden early in the morning.  The light playing off and through the plants can take my breath away.

 

 

 

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And even on a gray day I can see beauty.  The water lilies shine against the dark water and lily pads

 

 

 

orange flowers

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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?

 

 

 

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Special Note:  

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.

 

 

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I leave you with a few additional words learning everyday.  I welcome you to download this photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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10 Comments

  1. June 30, 2016    

    Keeping my eyes, heart and mind open gives me gifts. Each and every day. For which I am grateful.

    • June 30, 2016    

      Lovely Soosie! Such a wonderful lesson.

  2. June 30, 2016    

    Wonderful quotes & pictures!! “And even on a gray day I can see beauty.” I love this excerpt from your post…
    Indeed, there is a lot of beauty to observe in nature… Thank you for this reminder and the beautiful words, thoughts expressed! lots of positivity to share, to learn…
    Many thanks! Have a great weekend ahead and a lovely soon coming july!

    • July 4, 2016    

      Oh I am so pleased you enjoyed the pictures Alexa….You do see such beauty and show it through your pictures too!

  3. June 30, 2016    

    that Geum has such a unique colour, I can imagine what pleasure it gives in your garden!

    • July 4, 2016    

      I love it too Diana…hoping it will fill out and add a few more blooms.

  4. July 3, 2016    

    One of the things I learned in my recent botany class at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was to look at the natural world through a hand lens, which often reveals amazing beauties. I had no idea that the blossom of a clover was made up of a zillion tiny pea flowers!

    • July 4, 2016    

      Love that lesson Jean…..now I will have to go out and look even closer at my clover flowers!

  5. July 6, 2016    

    Love seeing your garden and all the eye candy! Thanks for sharing!

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