Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Crystal Moments

Life is a never ending learning experience. There is a sense of freedom in taking joy in every aspect of life, being fully engaged in the moment.  Focusing on what is right in front of you, accepting the fact that none of us really knows what is around the next corner.

Life is an adventure, ever changing from moment to moment. We are the raindrops falling into the river, cascading, tumbling to and fro, rushing to meet the sea.
One of the most important lessons we can ever learn from life comes from within.  As we go through life, it is essential that we learn who we are, and have the ability to recognize and grow from our own personal path we have chosen. Weep, Weep, if you must, but realize there is no real loss, for truly we possess very little in life.  This moment is the 'Gift from God'-- 'rejoice and be glad in it.' honor it by being fully presence.
Sometimes in life it seems we take U-turns to get to where we need to be, simply because we have wandered from our true path.  We make daily choices in life what path to take, so choose wisely.
When you are on the right path, you recognize it instantly, you regain your strength, you walk with confidence, there is peace in your heart, beauty surrounds you, and the air is sweetly scented with natures fragrant perfume.
Enjoying each moment - without expectations, lose control, surrender, let go and feel the endlessness of the dance of eternity.   Let peace and joy wash over you and drink in the deep inner knowledge that all is as it should be.

The author

La petite la belle
Photographs taken at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland Oregon
4/14 Outdoor Wednesday # 66

It’s time for “Outdoor Wednesday”. Learn more about “Outdoor Wednesday” HERE
"Natural beauty can shake us from our mystified slumber and awaken us to the expanse and treasure of being"
John Bradshaw -  Creating Love!


  1. What a beautiful post Joanny! It touched me personally!

  2. I love the way the photos and words worked together--I felt so calm and peaceful after reading it --thank you for such a beautiful post!

  3. Beautifully written and presented....I reread it and enjoyed the words and photos each time...a wonderful thought, live in the moment...

  4. This is a great post Joanny. The beauty of nature in the gardens, your beautiful self under the flowers and your thoughts guiding us through each photograph. At the end i could not resist not listening to that divine voice of Edith Piaf singing...
    Have a great day..

  5. Nice to see a shot of "the author" of such beautiful images and thoughts.

  6. Such words to live by... 'being fully engaged in the moment' ... we really don't know what is around the next corner, do we? Many people spend many hours planning that next corner, or next week, month, year, and we only have today. I live by the motto, 'one day at a time'. This is a great post, beautiful place, Crystal Springs. This is lovely - 'Weep, Weep, if you must, but realize there is no real loss, for truly we possess very little in life.'
    Very nice Joanny.

  7. Beautiful description of the path. That is exactly how it feels. The gardens so lusciously illustrate your post. Mmmm....delicious.

  8. Beautiful words and images that I needed to reflect upon today. xx

  9. Another beautiful post Joanny. I just love the way you take photos and, as everyone else has said, lovely commentary too!

    Thank you so much for visiting today and thank you also for your sweet comment.

    Happy (Outdoor) Wednesday and enjoy the rest of the week.

    Best wishes,

  10. You have captured such lovely photos for Outdoor Wednesday! So nice visiting with you at your sweet blog!

    Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

    Kindly, ldh

  11. Amazing scenery and beautifully written. So peaceful and serene. Aaah! I can just relax there.....Christine

  12. What beautiful words to go with your beautiful images. Dropping by from Outdoor Wednesday.


  13. Thanks for those words and the pictures. Your blog was the first one that I read this morning. What a wonderful way to start a day.

  14. I love this post! You're an excellent writer!

  15. Joanny,
    Thank you for stopping by and saying "hi" - I agree with you that we here in the Northeast spend way too much time, energy and money filling and refilling the beaches. I do enjoy the beach in the summer and it is very inexpensive for many people who live within a day's drive of our shore. I can see both sides of the question!
    Your blog is just gorgeous and I so enjoyed your pictures and poetic words to go with them.


  16. Hi Joanny...so soothing to read your words and follow with your photos. Thank you! You're dropped a bit of calm into my world! Love the Galanthas at the bottom. XO Trish

  17. Lovely Outdoor Wednesday photos, thanks for sharing your tour of the gardens. And thanks for visiting my blog also!

  18. Oh my gosh how timely can your post be?
    I'm totally feeling it and am eternally grateful for your beautiful words and images.
    Thank you so much for being you and spreading your beauty and wisdom in blogland. You are amazing!

  19. Joanny, what a treat to have discovered your blog!

    Beautiful, lush pictures to go with lush lines. Especially relished this one. "We are the raindrops falling into the river,cascading, tumbling to and fro, rushing to meet the sea."

    Now that's a description.

  20. Your photos are wonderful! And your words are very wise. Each moment is truly a gift from God and we should cherish it and be grateful in it. Have a lovely day : )

  21. Lovely. It made me think of this quote from one of my favorite local writers.
    “I never heard a wood thrush until I was a grown man, though I must have been surrounded by them every spring. Each year I discover new sights and sounds to teach me how blind and deaf I must still be.” - Louis Halle Spring in Washington.

  22. Lovely pairing of words and pictures!

  23. Amazing scenes! I love all the water and heights of your photos.

  24. I want to move to Oregon right now!

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