Beauty in the Storm

Hi I’m back.Β  πŸ™‚

Last week was crazy! Happily I survived 3rd and 4th grade for 4 days! I was embarrassingly proud of how well I was able to understand and teach 4th grade Math!Β  πŸ™„ the kids were great and I seem to have escaped being contaminated by the many germs that were circling in that room! Those poor kids (and their parents!) one day 7 were out sick!

Then we had our trip to WW to visit the Grandparents. There were successes and frustrations but that’s life. Happily we had a chance to spend some quality time with them as well as our boys and niece and nephew. Family is such a beautiful thing! As we sat around the dinner table Saturday my heart was full. We weren’t all there but I felt so thankful for those that were and for that precious time with them.

You may have noticed that recently my pictures have been primarily flowers. Oh how I love this time of year! So many gorgeous blossoms! I’m drawn to them and I’m thrilled when they fit into the days prompt! The irony is that every single picture of flowers that follow in this post were taken in the rain! A good reminder that there is always beauty to be found even in the middle of the storm.

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Sometimes I love to just walk around with my camera. On this afternoon I was walking around my yard looking for {circles}. The best part of this project is how it makes me slow down and look, really look. I was drawn to our blooming pear tree. I wanted to take pictures of its beauty but I was trying to avoid it because I was looking for {circles}. But I couldn’t help myself and as I looked through my camera to frame the picture I was surprised and delighted to see circles everywhere! In the tiny details of the flowers, in the drops of rain, in the new buds and the bokeh in the background!

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Lately all I want to photograph are flowers. This past week I spent several days as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher. Giving me a very different {perspective} and I did take some pictures of that. But when it came down to it, I found myself taking pictures of my tulips.Β  πŸ˜‰ Β They are just beautiful from any {perspective}

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Dreadful, grey, wet, nasty {weather}! I stood outside with my umbrella trying to hold it and take pictures of the umbrella with raindrops dripping off the edge of it…. Then I began walking around and saw the drops on the ends of the pine needles with the beautiful pink of my pear tree in the background. Making a dreary day look cheery.

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Oh how I love these hands! Soon to be 95 Jeff’s Grandmother is such a woman of strength, love, wisdom, caring, etc. She was {writing} a list of names and phone numbers and I grabbed my camera. She has picked cotton, brought water in from the stream, churned butter, cooked, loved , soothed, held. She still fights fiercely to insure her hands have purpose each day. She is such a beautiful woman!

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I need some education regarding these blooms. Are they magnolia? Tulip Trees? I don’t know. But these beautiful blossoms {start with b}.

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Someone asked me the name of these {fragile} beauties on Instagram and I didn’t know. I think snowdrops but I’m not sure. Does anyone know?

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Here we go again with this losing an hour nonsense! The old 8:00 am is the new {9:00am}. I wish someone would figure a way to give us longer days with more daylight without sucking an hour of our lives away…Β  πŸ˜‰

Remember to find the beauty in the storm today friends!

-S

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