Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shifting Gears

"Urban Roses II"
It has been a cool, damp Sunday evening here in the Pacific Northwest, the type of night that makes me glad to relax at home with a hot cup of tea or coffee and a cozy afghan.

I have been browsing back through old photos I took during the past couple of summers, and I chose a few florals to brighten up the blog tonight. Flowers are such a big part of my life, and I miss them this time of year when we're teetering in between autumn's shorter days and winter's first frost.

On the drive home from church today, Nick and I noticed how last week's fiery red trees are almost bare now, stripped of the color that made Autumn such a welcome event.  Soon we'll face three long months of colorless skies and bare, cold branches.

While that might sound dreary, the good news is that our God knows what he's doing. He's kept our seasons rotating nicely since he first pronounced his creation "good".  He's kept the sun and moon hanging in space and the planets doing what planets are suppose to do.  And I have to say, I'm more than impressed. I'm amazed by his handiwork, where I discover his loving signature spread across the sky each dawn and written in the last rays of sunlight at dusk.

Yes, we'll have gray days ahead, but Spring will return right on time and then we'll all be giddy about our perennials pushing their new green heads above ground, and our trees alive with new leafy buds. In the meantime, I'll be content with flower photos like these via my archived files.

As icy mornings tiptoe in, I'm pretty certain I'll end up singing the praises of frozen spiderwebs and ice-encrusted gates, because when I look closely, even Winter possesses an awesome beauty of its own.
"Frozen Rose" 

"Lavender Delphinium"

"Sunny Saxifrage"

Have a beautiful week! Whether sunny or gloomy gray, there's always something to celebrate.


  1. I totally agree, Bonnie! While I am looking outside right now at totally gray fog and thinking I must be in the midst of London, I know that we need all this rain and moisture to produce the trees on this Pacific NW tree farm. I'll try to remember that and look forward to an awesome Spring...

  2. I used to hate winter (strong word, but true...),until I read a fascinating article about what goes on underground during that season. It's necessary! God knew what He was doing. By Spring, everything is ready to pop through the ground again all green and fresh, and give us months of enjoyment.

    Winter's a good time to snuggle down and journal. This winter I'm going to read all my parents' love letters and go through a couple of boxes filled with sentimental things my mom had saved. I've put it off too long.

  3. Hi Bonnie. Thanks for coming by my blog! (I missed the "Bonnie here" part of your comment, just read the "seedplanter designs," came here and thought - this is so gorgeous, it looks just like Bonnie Bruno. Ha - it is! Am I good or what?)

    What a gorgeous little web spot. I will come back often to be refreshed.

  4. Violet, I'm laughing. We used to connect so often, you just about knew what to expect--flowers! Lots and lots of flowers.

    Looking forward to keeping in better touch. (Are you on Facebook?)


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