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Out on a limb [Mar. 4th, 2012|10:22 am]
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The space
between the leaves
is full of sunlight.

At the sharp edge,
no longer crowded
with past and future,

fruits ripen on the lemon tree
in the silence
rising
from the morning air.

 
Ok-Koo Kand Grosjean


I invite you to visit my backyard with me this morning...Immerse yourself in the beauty of these citrus blossoms, breathe deep their heavenly fragrance. I'm not a skilled photographer, by any means, and I don't have a fancy camera. But hey, I'll go out on a limb/up a rickety ladder anyday, for the sake of a good, old-fashioned show-and-tell!

 

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
  Chinese proverb   

The trees are a hive of activity, all day long--I wish I could capture it all with my camera! Goldfinches and mockingbirds dart overhead, engaging one another in vocal and aerial competitions. Hummingbirds flit merrily from flower to flower, siphoning nectar from their blossoms. They stop whirring now again, wipe their sticky beaks clean against the tree bark. Ants perform a high-wire act along the narrow branches; fat honey bees buzz lazily amidst their leaves.

Anytime the perfume of orange and lemon groves wafts in the window;
the human body has to feel suffused with a languorous well-being. 

-   Frances Mayes

Whenever I step outside, I'm greeted with the tangy-sweet aroma of citrus blossoms. Voilà, I'm playing in a citrus grove again--one of the sweetest memories of my childhood.



I look up, and I'm made aware of the swift passing of seasons--savored experiences and missed opportunities, weighed equally in the balance of a new day.
 

 And I'm reminded anew:

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb ... That's where the fruit is.
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[User Picture]From: peterlaird
2012-03-06 11:09 pm (UTC)

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"I'm not a skilled photographer, by any means, and I don't have a fancy camera."

I don't know how fancy your camera is, but re: the skills thing, I believe you are definitely selling yourself short. -- PL
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2012-03-06 11:33 pm (UTC)

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It's a simple Canon point-and-shoot, Peter. I'm not sure I'm ready to go all out with a DSLR, but I get really frustrated by the limited zoom & lighting features available to me right now.

But...your comment gave me pause. Thank you for that! It reminds me that I need to take pleasure in the moment, and to be grateful for what I have. I'm surrounded by beautiful scenery, and I love that blogging allows me a forum for sharing. And that I even have a camera--well! That's a blessing, in and of itself.

Edited at 2012-03-06 11:35 pm (UTC)