Floral

Find Joy Where You Can

Several pale mauve, pink and white asters are in the forefront of the photo, with out-of-focus ones behind. In the background is the wheel of a parked car.
Parking Lot Asters

It’s a day for a cheerful flower post, though admittedly out of season. Let this little patch of wild asters that have braved the odds to flourish at the edge of a parking lot be one spot of joy in your day, wherever you are, my friends. Why the car tire in the shot? Doesn’t this show the possiblity of finding beauty in the most unlikely places and how quickly the natural world reclaims a spot to start to spread and take over from the drab concrete around?

My flower gallery contains lots of beauty, if you want to see more floral joy.

Evening Grasses in the Sun

A bright foreground scene of long grass seed heads standing tall in a wild field, with the sun highlighting the fluffy tops. Around the patch are various wild flowers including vetches, clovers and other grasses in blues and purples. There are dark trees behind the scene.
Wild Grasses in the Evening Sun

We don’t always need the glory of a sunset or sunrise, or the majestic landscape of mountains to thrill and excite us. Sometimes, we need the still, calm peace that the sight of a patch of wild grasses, surrounded by simple wild flowers in the sun brings. Looking back on this older photograph, I found myself recalling the same gentle warmth of that long ago summer evening, despite the bitter cold and snow outside my window today. I hope this gives you, too, my readers, a similar memory of warmth and happy times.

Magnolia Pillow

A very pale pink and white petalled softly focused image, with the darker centre of a magnolia flower in detail, almost like an anemone with tentacles pillowed in the soft petals.
Magnolia Pillow

As I was preparing this post and writing out the description of the image for the visually impaired (Alt text), I found that I loved the picture my words painted in my mind. The text gave a warm and comforting feeling, which is how I saw the image. The Alt text is what I will leave you with today, hoping all readers will come away feeling softly cradled. “A very pale pink and white petalled softly focused image, with the darker centre of a magnolia flower in detail, almost like an anemone with tentacles pillowed in the soft petals.” Have a lovely day, friends.

You can see more of my flowers on my Flower Gallery

Late Bloomer

A pink rose is fully in bloom, with petals very slightly curling and drooping. Some of the veined petals are beginning to brown a tiny bit. from the frosts they have had. There is a new, deep pink rosebud with opening green sepals, showing promise of another bloom. The background is a dark green of the indiscernable leaves behind.
Late bloomer

This one I could not resist! It was taken today, in the below freezing late fall weather. This beautiful rose bush was featured more than once in my Flower a Day project, so today when I knew I would be seeing it, I made sure to have my camera with me, and I wasn’t disappointed. It does seem unlikely, that such fragile blooms would be so cold hardy, but I really got a lift seeing all the bright roses and in particular this lovely bloom along with the promise of another to come. I hope you all have a bright day.

You can visit my Flowers Gallery here, to see more blooms.