The Color of Kindness

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
~Dalai Lama

Thank you to all my readers who sent good wishes for a nice vacation.  I do appreciate all of you.  I wish I could read all of your blog posts and send my comments.  I’m trying to catch up.  May take a while.

Today’s image is one that I took while on vacation in Nevada this past week.  My sister-in-law, Carryl, got permission from her neighbor for me to photograph this unusual flower. Her yard is lush with beautiful, colorful plants and flowers. I admire people who have a green thumb (and whose husband is a landscaper) :-). I have no idea what this flower is but I thought it to be just lovely.

Kindness (to me) is the color of purple.  It’s also the color I use when I meditate, visualizing the violet flame of healing, forgiveness, protection and peace.  Namaste’



Iris with Aged Paper effect

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.