Midweek Moment #60: Energy from nature

Flowers give energy. Do you agree?

This fortnight I’ve been buffeted by crowds of people at work, sapping my energy and draining my desire to do anything but the necessary. During the day, I’d be up and down like a yo-yo, attending to multiple demands for tickets, food, explaining the same things over and over. Each night, sleep eluded me and I’d wonder how I’d stand up the next day and do it all again.

And then this morning, as I embraced a day at home and the promise of nearly three weeks’ break, I took time out to breathe the fresh air, feel the warm wind on my skin, and look at how Spring has dressed my garden. These Californian poppies stand tall, day after day despite the wind – and there’s been plenty of that lately. Today, they are my inspiration to dig deeper for energy and keep on going. The wind isn’t going to break me yet.

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It was hard to decide which photo to share, so I’ve shared two. The soft effect was created by the wind.

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Louise has also shared a flower image, and related it to her dislike of housework. She’s firmly in the Margaret Olley trenches when it comes to housework:

I’ve never liked housework.  I get by doing little chores when I feel like them, in between paintings. Who wants to chase dust all their life? You can spend your whole lifetime cleaning the house. I like watching the patina grow. If the house looks dirty, buy another bunch of flowers, is my advice. (Margaret Olley)

Louise goes on to say: “I must say, I don’t like watching the patina grow, but I don’t see the point in cleaning every five minutes either—which, with two dogs and three teenagers, is what it would take to keep this house clean. So, I turn a blind eye to as much as I can, and bring in the bunches of fresh flowers.

“Our garden’s blooming at the moment—roses, lemon blossom, daisies—but these tangerine ranunculus are from my weekly treat of fresh flowers from The Flower Run.”

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I love the soft, almost nostalgic effect of this image. It reminds me of times past, when life seemed freer.

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About Midweek Moment:
Louise Allan and I are writers who share a passion for photography. As a creative digression from the written word, we share our favourite photos each week in ‘Midweek Moment’. Please click over to Louise’s website to view more of her photography and to read her writing. We hope you enjoy!