Photography: I Seek the Solace of Nature’s Kiss (Post #1)

We’ve been working on a new schedule lately.   It has helped immensely, even though all of its benefits are not apparent at this time.  Things… just… take… time, I guess.  Through the invention of a new approach in school as well as a new schedule, we somehow managed the amazing feat of going out one day this week to enjoy the last of warmer days.  On Wednesday, the temperature was 83 F, so it was perfect for roaming around the free gardens.  I would like to sat that was our first choice, but we drove all the way to the Botanic Gardens only to find out they were closing in thirty minutes due to some function.  The day was once again saved by my favorite spot to watch the clouds roll by…


While many may scoff, why would you go to the gardens now?  (especially when the weather the next day was 40 F)  I have to admit, I don’t ever tire from being outdoors.  I actually feel a huge need to get out there – to find that stillness in my heart once more.  And while many of the flowers were already pulled from the ground, there were a few here or there, hiding beneath the decay of much taller plants.  At the same time, there was also so many reminders of the beauty that once was there… as well as a reminder that it will soon come again, if only we can remain patient.


I know that I”ve been rather quiet here and anywhere else lately.  At one time, perhaps, that silence would have worried me.  And perhaps, when we are younger, we strive to make more noise.  I am however, slowly learning more about myself in these moments.  I am learning the things I need to do for myself as well as the things that make me feel more at ease.  It is strange to think I have never noticed, or perhaps I had never taken the time.  However, I feel like I know myself more now than I have in the past.  I feel that I understand where some of my weaknesses, my needs, my worries and concerns as well as my strengths, my aspirations and my goals all come from.  I guess you could say, that instead of always having something to say, I have finally learned to listen.


I don’t know if that will change me.  Perhaps I will look the same, talk the same, seem the same… but I know that there is a difference brewing inside me, an awareness, if you will.  I am much more willing to contemplate and understand myself these days.  So yes, I have been silent in so many ways, but I am still here and I am still smiling 🙂


I am hoping that in the coming weeks things will improve and I will be able to have a more certain schedule for my writing.  As with all things, it will take time… but I do see it on the horizon.  I think it is a good thing.. for the past few weeks and months have taken me away from opportunities to write and I miss it.


I have also missed a lot of opportunities to get outdoors and take photographs.  We finally cleaned the camera and it worked for all of 30 minutes.  So we have resolved to take it to get fixed once my husband determines where to take it.  I know it will take time, but truthfully I have to admit that those 30 minutes were the most delicious moments in a long time!  I’ve been using my daughter’s point and click camera and it fights me all the way… trying to focus on one thing while I want to focus on something else.  It will be good when I finally get my camera back, but at least until then I do have something to use 🙂


Anyway, to save you from my rambling… I have a few photos to share from the gardens.  Even though there are not a lot of flowers anymore, there still is so very much to see…


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The guy (above) swooped down low over me as I stood by a small pond.  He seemed rather bothered at my presence.


Seems he was looking for someone.  That someone was not far away, underneath a bush near my feet, hiding… (below)

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Yay, I found you! I loved the introspection by the way and your complete honesty. The bunny is so adorable and I love the leaves. You are a wonderful writer, Summyanna. I always look forward to your posts. Happy when you have time to be here, it’s such a pleasure.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Hey sweetheart! Sorry it has been so long. The flu hit us hard here. I spent two weeks with my youngest two, coughing and dying all over me. I stayed up all night with them having fevers. They always feel ill if they have a fever, so I have to watch them carefully. Two weeks later, they started to somewhat improve… and I was hit hard. I just started feeling myself yesterday. So glad to see you stop by and I promise I won’t be a stranger! Just have to get settled in again, but we are okay. That’s what matters. How are you? I hope all is well!


      1. I’m sorry you’ve all been so sick and under the weather. We too had the flu and it made it rounds and I’m only feeling myself today. It was a rough one, and I couldn’t say whether it was flu a cold or something else. My son and daughter got it as well. It was at first, similar to the flu of yester-year and that isn’t felt much these days (not that I get sick often, I don’t but as a kid I got every flu cold and pnumonia going. It had the aches of a flu but the head properties of a cold with no fever and no infection. Completely off the wall different. My daughter and son can’t move their neck and shoulders still. Weird stuff. I’m glad everyone is improving and I hope you feel better with each passing day. I look forward to your return, when your up for it and able to be here. Until then, remember your thought of with great love and affection :):)

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        1. Sumyanna says:

          So sorry to hear you have been hit too. This is the sickest I have been in a while. I kept waking up wondering when the heck I would ever get better! So glad you are better now too. I totally agree with you that it was not something normal. I usually get sick and it passes. I am miserable, but you get over it. This one just kept dragging. Once I thought I was better, I would go to bed and cough all night, barely getting any sleep. Then I would rebound. It was rough. I feel bad for those who get it later in the season. My daughter has a hard time with fevers, she always feels nauseous and if you don’t watch her temp, she will get sick. I had to sleep with her to make sure she didn’t get too hot at night. At one point, she was shaking visibly and there was nothing I could do… she already had taken medicine for the fever. She then said she could not feel her legs! I was worried, but it passed once the fever passed. The next night, she was afraid to go to sleep in case she could not feel her legs again. It was rough.

          As for the love and affection… know it is gratefully and thankfully returned in abundance 🙂


          1. I’m so sorry, that’s what my granddaughter I’d going through, her legs are numb and she walks like a little old lady. Taking her to chiropractor Monday if possible. It’d been rough indeed and takes forever to heal. I like you coughed all night. I had a half decent sleep last night for the first time in 6 months. Yikes

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  2. leigha66 says:

    Wonderful as always… love the shot of the bunny!


  3. Pete Hillman says:

    Beautiful, Sumyanna!


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much Pete! Hope you are doing well.


  4. A beautiful post, Sumyanna. I think these autumn photographs are lovely.


    1. Sumyanna says:

      So glad you liked them Robbie. It is that time already, and most of the flowers are already gone. We had snow last week, but it quickly melted and today the temperatures are in the 40s F. It’s not bad… but I do miss the sun 🙂 How are things where you are? I’m assuming things are growing in your neck of the woods.


  5. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Great Photos!


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you for sharing!

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