Battling the Elements

Whether hot or cold
Some flowers survive and thrive
In any weather

Note: I took a photo of this Snapdragon right after Thanksgiving. It’s still clinging to life, despite a few brutally cold weeks in Illinois.

Note 2: I’m participating in WordPress’s weekly Photo Challenge for 2018. This week’s topic is Weathered. Want to join me??

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Here We Grow Again

Construction begins
New heart center underway
Growth sometimes messy

Note: Our regional hospital is expanding again. This phase is scheduled to open in 2018, providing an additional 65,000 square feet for a variety of cardiac services.

Note 2: For 2018 I’ve decided to participate in WordPress’s weekly Photo Challenge. Join me … and hundreds of other bloggers eager for a prompt and a chance to expand our readership. This week’s topic is Growth. Come on, you can come up with something by next Tuesday, right?

Welcome, Janus*

Look closely, and you can see tiny buds on this maple tree — gives me hope that Spring will arrive and erase this frigid winter!

One year passes by
New one arrives with promise
Make it a great one!

 

*Note: Janus was the Roman god of new beginnings. Typically, he’s pictured as two bearded faces on one head, and the faces are looking in opposite directions (over the past and toward the future). Happy 2018, everybody!

Got a Blanket??

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard de Nerval, pen name of French poet and author Gérard Labrunie

Little Snapdragon

Wild, free, and unprotected

Winter is coming.

 

Note: After highs reaching 60 degrees Sunday and Monday, temps here are expected to take a nosedive by the weekend … down to the 20s and low 30s. Brrr! Hope this little flower finds a way to survive an Illinois winter.

Peeking In

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~Emily Dickinson, 19th century American poet

Moth or butterfly?
Who cares when it’s so pretty
And tarries awhile?

Note: Found this beauty clinging to the screen one day when we were taking advantage of natural air conditioning. Any guesses as to what it is?

Being Grateful

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ~Johannes A. Gaertner

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Kid home to visit.
Mama can’t keep up with blogging.
Forgive her, won’t you?

Note: Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! I’ll be away from Blogland for a few days while I celebrate. Catch up with you all soon.