I become completely giddy over sunflowers! As difficult as it is for me to have a favorite flower, if forced to choose, the perky sunflower would be my one and only choice! I would hands down choose a bouquet of simple sunflowers over a dozen roses any day.
Sunflowers are filled with positivity, spreading seeds of happiness wherever they GROW. Regardless if they are planted by the human hand or a critter’ s paw, they rise throughout the season, to shine brightly, holding their head up high, never contemplating their shadow. What an amazing lesson we can learn from this sunshiny friend.
I must admit…I become easily distracted by a little sparkle from a dew drop or the sun glistening off the wings of a dragonfly. My passion for the tiny critters in nature has become a bit of an obsession. I find myself outside, with the intention of completing a specific task. Before I know it, I am hyper focused, with the camera in hand, on a bumble, tree frog or grasshopper. The 10 minute task of collecting eggs can become an hour photo shoot with dancing wildflowers or an ornate spider web. I am surrounded by such beauty…I can’t help but want to capture each and every moment!♥
“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature,we have lost our connection to ourselves.” ~Andy Goldsworthy
The garden is overflowing with beautiful fruits, herbs and veggies! Not being able to keep up with harvesting and processing is such a beautiful problem to have! Plus, the chickens and ducks are over the moon excited about all of the wonderful produce they are eating daily! In fact, I told Wifey that I am going to create a bumper sticker that states:
“My animals eat better than most children!”
Here is a peek at the magical happenings, in the gardens, at Indigo Acres…
I feel like a busy bee…what a beautiful problem to have!
Yesterday, I spent some time in the garden, with my camera…waiting. The butterflies are prolific in the gardens, but they are frisky fairies and never seem to stay put for long! For the past few weeks, I have noticed a tiger swallowtail fluttering about, whenever I am outside.
When I am at the barn, so is the tiger swallowtail. When I am with the animals, so is the swallowtail. When I am in the gardens, I definitely see this beautiful swallowtail. Most would think that it is swallowtail season in Michigan, but I believe it is more than that. This butterfly taunts me. It reminds me of a toddler, unable to find words, trying to tell me something.
What is your message? What can I learn from this beautiful creature?
Yesterday, I decided to find a spot in the garden and just Be Still. My dear friend appeared and thoroughly enjoy our photo shoot! (It took all of my energies not to switch the camera on auto focus!)
“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. The possibilities are endless.”
Today, Be Still. If there is an answer you are looking for trust…be open…listen, for you never know what friend might flutter by, delivering a very important message.
Nature is always willing to teach us something, if only we take a moment to just Be Still and listen…