One Word Photo Challenge: Rainbow

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The spectrum of visible life dances in different wavelengths, and at different speeds, on its journey to our eyes.

All clear light at Source, its dance leads it through refraction, and against reflection, giving us the kaleidoscopic illusion of hundreds of colors when the light finally reaches us.


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Living plants do wonderful things to light as they absorb this bit, reflect that, and allow the rest to pass right through leaf and petal in a warm glow of color.

Sometimes their colors appear as a waxy shine, other times deep and velvety.  Sometimes rough and dull.

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Variation upon variation is born to the endless delight of gardening addicts everywhere.

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As we surround ourselves with  leafy greenness, we seek the other colors of the rainbow in golden yellow stamens; red leaves; orange fruits and petals; and blue and violet flowers.

Every band of the rainbow dances in the garden.

And this grouping of pots supports them all.

Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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With appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her One Word Photo Challenge:  Rainbow


One Word Photo Challenge: Eggplant No. 2

Petunias with ornamental Oregano, "Kent Beauty."

Petunias with ornamental Oregano, “Kent Beauty.”

Have you ever noticed that once you focus on a thought, it takes hold and begins to grow in your consciousness?

The Buddhists say that we become the sum of our thoughts:

“We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts, we make the world.”

Our little Eggplant with its first flower.

Our little Eggplant with its first flower.

On a more mundane level, once we begin to think about something, suddenly we begin to notice it again and again around us.

It was full on dusk yesterday evening when I suddenly noticed all of the beautiful eggplant colored Petunias growing in baskets on our deck.

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I was perplexed.  Why hadn’t I thought to photograph them in the first place?

(And to think that “eggplant” photos might be challenging to find.)

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Too dark to photograph them last night, I was up early this morning, waiting for the light.

Fog and light rain cloaked our sunrise,  but there was a break long enough to go outside. And then, I saw “eggplant” again and again.

An ornamental pepper with eggplant colored stems.  How could I have missed it before?

An ornamental pepper with eggplant colored stems. How could I have missed it before?

We magnetize what we think about into our lives.

And it is not always what we desire…. It is what we dwell on mentally that manifests; wanted or unwanted.

That is why it is so important to take control of our own thoughts.   

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Our thoughts, however fleeting or random, have the power to manifest in the physical.

“Energy flows where our attention goes.”

An important consideration when we choose what to watch, or attend, or listen to…

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And so I choose to continue my quest for beauty, harmony, peace, and  understanding.

A Native American elder often offers the blessing,

“May you walk in beauty.”

May it be so for us all.

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

With appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her 

One Word Photo Challenge: Eggplant


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