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A Stroll in the Garden

 

Ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results. -David A. Bednar

Phlox

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Lily

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. -Samuel Johnson

Lily

For dreams to come true, it requires diligence. Believing is the most important thing! -Yunho

Lily

“The natural consequence of diligence and persistence is competence and success.” ― Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty ‘n’ Worthy African Proverbs – Volume 1

Lily

Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them. -Benjamin Franklin

Lily

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. -Arnold Palmer

Lily

Diligence is not easy, but we can’t reach our goals without it. -Henry Cloud

Thyme

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. -Abigail Adams

Thyme

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. -Confucius

Lavender

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. -John Carmack

Sea Holly

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A Stroll in the Garden

“I spent my young adult years postponing many of the small things that I knew would make me happy…I was fortunate enough to realize that I would never have the time unless I made the time. And then the rest of my life began.”  ― Chris Peterson

Phlox

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Snapdragon

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”  ― Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)

Snapdragon

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”  ― Shane Koyczan

Chocolate Jenny

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”  ― Margaret Thatcher

Fireweed

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”  ― Nelson Mandela

Creeping Jenny

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”  -Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) clergyman and social reformer

Poppy

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Poppy

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” e. e. cummings (1894-1962), poet, essayist, and playwright

Purple Coneflower

“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.” –E.B. White

Purple Coneflower

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A Stroll in the Garden

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty. -Johnathan Lockwood Huie

Spirea

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Spirea

I see, when I bend close, how each leaflet of a climbing rose is bordered with frost, the autumn counterpart of the dewdrops of summer dawns. The feathery leaves of yarrow are thick with silver rime and dry thistle heads rise like goblets plated with silver catching the sun. -Edwin Way Teale

Yarrow

You can imagine thistle-down so light that when you run after it your running motion would drive it away from you, and that the more you tried to catch it the faster it would fly from your grasp. And it should be with every man, that, when he is chased by troubles, they, chasing, shall raise him higher and higher.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Lavender

The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower? –Henry Ward Beecher

Thistle

If your thought is a rose, you are a rose garden; and if it is a thistle, you are fuel for the fire. -Rumi

Thistle

A crippled child Said, “How shall I dance?” Let your heart dance,We said. Then the invalid said: “How shall I sing?” Let your heart sing, We said. Then spoke the poor dead thistle, “But I, how shall I dance?” Let your heart fly to the wind, We said. Then God spoke from above “How shall I descend from the blue?” Come dance for us here in the light, We said. All the valley is dancing Together under the sun, And the heart of him who joins us not Is turned to dust, to dust.
-Gabriela Mistral

Thistle

A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles. -Richard Burton

Thistle

Driving down the wrong road and knowing it, The fork years behind, how many have thought To pull up on the shoulder and leave the car Empty, strike out across the fields; and how many Are still mazed among dock and thistle, Seeking the road they should have taken? -Damon Knight

Thyme

When on the breath of Autumn’s breeze, From pastures dry and brown, Goes floating, like an idle thought, The fair, white thistle-down; O, then what joy to walk at will, Upon the golden harvest-hill! -Mary Howitt

Larkspur

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Macro Practice

“You will never get better with the macro lens unless you use it!”

So says my daughter (and my daughter-in-law, and my niece).

They are right.  This post is for them.

I almost always shoot with my 55mm lens.  I have a macro lens and I whine to them that I have trouble with it.  

They are unsympathetic (Actually, they are sympathetic, but not enough to let me off the hook.).  Smart girls.

So the following photos are my practice…trying to overcome camera shake…trying to focus properly…trying.

Showing my girls that I am practicing.  I am using the macro lens.

Veronica Waterperry

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Phlox

Phlox

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula

Petunia

Petunia

Petunia

Petunia

Lavender

Lavender

Lily

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A Stroll in the Garden

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Cornflower aka Batchelor Button

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Daisy

Daisy

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

Marguerite Daisy

Peony

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Peony

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis

Rose

Jupiter's Beard

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum

Foxglove

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie

Phlox

Phlox

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

Rose

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Rose

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