It’s a rare sight around here to be able to photograph the sun. There was just enough cloud cover last night to let it shine through without burning my eyes (I hope). Today is all about indoor activities, like cleaning out some files, because we’re supposed to hit 113 or higher today.
I heard that Las Vegas, where it will be even hotter than us, has set up temporary cooling stations around the city and in Henderson. Bravo for you guys! It might save some folks from heat stroke, especially the homeless. Stay cool … namaste’
Tonight I waited for a while to see what would show up even though I had already taken my shot for today. I’m glad that I waited. My favorite time of day is when the sun starts to sink in the sky, creating a magical dreamscape with the clouds. The sun sets; the moon rises. And the palm tree got a haircut! Well, that’s not so romantic but I know she doesn’t feel so shaggy and I imagine she can feel more of the breeze now.
When I mentioned yesterday that we were going to heat up, I wasn’t kidding. Holy Wow! Revised forecast … still the 90’s but even higher by next weekend. Ugh! We’re way behind our usual amount of rain for this time of year. Is anyone else experiencing warmer than normal right now?
Today’s photo is of a Palo Verde tree blooming like crazy. All of them bloom these tiny yellow flowers through the month of April and since April is normally a windy month for us, soon there will be bright yellow “snow” all over the ground. Sending light and love to all of those places that are experiencing storms and tornadoes right now. Be safe. Namaste’
The question posed to me in an email this morning was: “What would you be doing differently if your first priority was living today to its fullest?” The answer came to me as I looked out the window of my office … I would spend more time in nature. So I did. Even though it was just a few minutes more than yesterday. And I would exercise more because that makes me feel better. So I took out my weighted hula hoop, turned on some of my favorite music and hooped my way through a couple of songs. It was a lot of fun and I burned more calories than I have in a while. Now that I’m home for the day, I think I’ll do it again.
With the weather predicting to change drastically tomorrow, I thought it was time to gaze through my sunroof again. I like what I saw. Palo Verde branches beginning their bloom against a clouded but brilliant blue sky. Nice. Namaste’
Today’s photo was taken outside the place where I have my photos printed. How did I not notice this brilliant blue flower bush until today? Guess I’m always in a hurry to get something done or be somewhere. I have no idea what kind of flower this is but I think the color is so pretty. Anybody know what it is?
The photo that I was picking up is this collage that I created for my grandson’s 15th birthday that’s just around the corner. His Mom and I took these pictures over the years and each one brings back a wonderful memory. He always has been a pretty cool kid. I know he will remember some of these, but the early ones will probably be a surprise to him. Just wait until his 16th birthday. Oh, wow! Do I have something cooked up for that!!!! Namaste.
It’s Friday so it must be photograph a flower day. Well, I don’t do it every Friday but it’s fun to bring home a new bouquet of flowers. They always make me feel good and I love to photograph them. Remember what I said a few posts ago? Blooms don’t blink!
When I spotted these irises I just had to get them. They remind me of when I was a little girl living in Kansas. My grandpa had a green thumb like crazy and created a beautiful bed of irises on the corner of their property. Each year when they bloomed, he would go out there with me and explain what variety each one was. I wish I could remember them all, but the important thing is that I have the memory of him and me … together. I miss you, Grandpa. Thanks for teaching me to love flowers.
He also loved peonies and had them in several colors in front of their house. Those I didn’t like so much because they always seemed to have ants crawling all over them. Yikes! Makes me itch right now thinking about it.
This was one of those days when I had a lot of domestic chores to do but went shopping with my husband instead. Let’s see, shopping or cleaning bathrooms? What would you do? And it turned out that we found some pretty good sales.
All of the above has nothing to do with today’s photo. Fooled ‘ya! Actually this was taken after I read Marianne Williamson’s piece below and it occurred to me that it might make a good heart reflection. Yep, it’s those heart reflections on my wall from the wax warmer, with a few special effects thrown in.
Light and Power Within – “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
As always, click the image to enlarge it. Namaste.