What is the most important thing to do when you need to relax? Stop and Smell the Roses. Appreciating the beauty of nature and giving yourself a period of calm should always be a resounding yes! The Idiom Stop and Smell the Roses note card is a reproduction of one of my mixed-media pieces. I decided to offer these cards on a larger scale since many of you have requested prints and cards of my photography and artwork. I am also available for family photo shoots. You may contact me here.
“Nobody’s life is a bed of roses.
We all have crosses to bear, and we all just do our best.
I would never claim to have the worst situation.
There are many widows, and many people dying of AIDS,
many people killed in Lebanon, people starving all over the planet.
So we have to count our lucky stars.”
– Yoko Ono
I’m obsessed with blossoms of a cherry tree
I’ve been walking around with my head turned upward snapping away with my iPhone camera. They are so beautiful they take my breath away.
There used to be a Kwanzan cherry tree on our property when I lived in Michigan. I loved that tree during every season.
Green and carefree in the summer months, it grew taller.
Slowing down in the fall, it changed to a vibrant orange before shutting down and shedding its leaves.
Bleak and dormant in the winter, it rested, reserving its energy.
And then spring would come and the tree came alive once again with new growth – first the buds, then the blossoms and the leaves – creating a work of art for all to see.
This innocent rendezvous with cherry trees might just be the ticket to help me complete the transition from winter to spring. I was deep into hibernation mode this year and have been reluctant to come out of it.