Just yesterday I was called by the zinnias in the front garden. Never did I realize that they turned as they withered yet stayed on the plant. They have lost so much of the color yet retained a different kind of beauty.
They are a metaphor for Fall and the changes we experience - we never lose our beauty yet we ask to be seen in a different way!! As I was standing there and looking, I heard a message to turn around and LOOK! "Don't just look at the flowers Martie because there is so much more!! " The big old pine trees were asking to be seen - oh my goodness. Look at this gift!!
Tall and straight and full of such unusual beauty. Have you ever stopped to really look at the knots in the trees where the branches have been cut off? Some of them look like blood and they are bleeding sap. These trees had a zillion of these because our neighbors had cut off the lower branches. Made me sad that the trees had been injured but ok that they were healing. It's like how our body heals itself - sometimes while we are taking medicine and think it is the reason! The photographic message - make sure to stop and be still and listen - then look and then turn around and look some more - up, down and all around. There is beauty in the beholding.