Flowers at the Farmers Market, 2010

flowers at a local farmer's market, Sacramento, California

I was going to post a photo of a snail to let you know that I am behind schedule on blogging this week, but my snail photo was not very good. I hope you enjoy this substitute photo. I went to a local farmers market for a project for one of my graphic design classes. This was not part of the assignment, but I thought the flowers were so pretty that I could not resist taking a picture of them. :)

June

Late spring flowers on Bog Lane The daisies and emerging foxgloves make a colourful scene in front of an old house.
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Stephen Craven [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Late spring flowers on Bog Lane The daisies and emerging foxgloves make a colourful scene in front of an old house.
19 June 2009
From geograph.org.uk
 
When winter winds blow
I will keep my heart
In June
When butterflies
Play and dance
Fluttering their wings
Amongst bent blades of grass
And daisies
And a foxglove or two
Look upward
Reaching toward
The bright blue sky
With a soft petal grasp
Thrilled with the promise
Of glorious light
Lured by
Blushing summer warmth
To stay awhile.

 

First Day of Summer

Happy Summer Solstice and Happy Father’s Day! In honor of the first day of summer, this week’s post features beautiful summer seascape and landscape photos.

Sunset at Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
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By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Sunset at Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
7/01/2009

 

Sunset surf in Hermosa Beach in July of 2006
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By Estrategy at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Sunset surf in Hermosa Beach in July of 2006

 

Lake Väimela Alajärv, in Võru County, Estonia.
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By Vaido Otsar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Lake Väimela Alajärv, in Võru County, Estonia.
8 August 2012, 20:04:17

 

This picture of a meadow atop Andrews Bald, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, features daisies, a rhododendron tree and a boulder in the distance.
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By Scott Basford (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
This picture of a meadow atop Andrews Bald, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, features daisies, a rhododendron tree and a boulder in the distance.
13 August 2009, 18:08:33

 

 landscape in the province of Upper Austria
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By Werner100359 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
landscape in the province of Upper Austria
12 June 2014, 14:54:41

Here are some facts about the summer solstice from “Summer Solstice 2015: 5 Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer” by Julia Glum in the International Business Times:

  • This year, it falls on June 21. But that’s not always true. The summer solstice happens between June 20 and June 21 every year and formally occurs when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky.
  • Where does the word come from? “Solstice” is a word that means “sun” and “staying,” or the sun standing still. While on other days the sun seems to move in the sky, on the solstice it doesn’t. In terms of the planet’s revolution, the sun is farthest away from the Earth during the North Hemisphere’s summer and closest during its winter. Check out your shadow — around noon on the solstice, it will be the smallest it’ll get all year.
  • It’s also the Winter Solstice. At the exact same time summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere, winter starts in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • In some places, there’s constant sunlight. The so-called “midnight sun” shines all day during the solstice in some parts of Alaska, Canada, Sweden and Finland, according to Space.com.

Change

 This image is one of my favourites. It was taken during the war in 1992 in Sarajevo in the partially destroyed National Library. The cello player is local musician Vedran Smailović, who often came to play for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targetted by Serb forces.
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By Mikhail Evstafiev (Mikhail Evstafiev) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
This image is one of my favourites. It was taken during the war in 1992 in Sarajevo in the partially destroyed National Library. The cello player is local musician Vedran Smailović, who often came to play for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targeted by Serb forces. (Mikhail Evstafiev)

Sooner or later
Change grinds away
The illusion of stability
Its dark gritty edges
Bring ruin and decay
But in a twisted way
It may
Topple and sway
Walls of suffering and oppression
Revealing the
Hidden courage
Of quiet souls
Letting the
Dim, slim hope
Of peace and renewal
Bloom from chaos.

One

fallen pomegranate blossom

 

No hurry
No urgency
When there’s many
But when
There’s only one
Shortage mindset emerges
An overwhelming awareness
The last
The only
Stands between
Existence and extinction.

One
The double-edged digit
A number
Of freedom
But also
Desperation.