Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The View From Here

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Chances are it's chilly outside today. After all, winter is coming. Whether you choose to brave the cold and venture outside today or you gaze just out your window, take a few moments to enjoy the view.

A picturesque landscape, falling snow, the road that stretches out before you, winter foliage; it could be anything. Take stock at what beauty Mother Nature has dished up today. With a deep breath, take it all in, and click.

Every morning when I shuffle to the kitchen to get my first cup of coffee, I see on my back deck a pot of rosemary with an artisan crafted copper sunflower peeking up among the needles. This sweet little garden ornament was a gift from my son and daughter-in-law just prior to his deployment. They bought it in Asheville, NC while on their honeymoon, and it has greeted me every morning since he left for Afghanistan.

He's a photogenic little guy and I've captured him more than once through the seasons my son has been gone. Here he is after a summer rain:

Happy Memories

I wrote in my description back then:

"Sunflowers symbolize happiness and rosemary is for remembrance. While he is deployed, I will take comfort in happy memories each time I look at this lovely piece of art."

This happy little sunflower has brought a daily smile to my lips during some difficult moments through these seasons of separation. They couldn't have known at the time what a symbol of hope and happiness this little flowers has become to me.

The edges are now laced with frost, and I take comfort in knowing that he will be home before the icy fringe gives way to dewdrops once again. What a time for rejoicing and celebration that will be!

Kim Klassen's last Texture Tuesday theme of the year is celebrate, so I reworked the image in honor of the rejoicing we will be doing in the new year when we have our arms around our boy once again. I used her lovely Phoebe texture on this one.


Here's hoping you have much to rejoice about this holiday season.

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  1. Wow - what a great story and certainly reason to celebrate. Your photo treatment is amazing - it's a great capture of the light to start with but the texture just gives it that little something extra. Great job and I hope your son comes home safe and sound!

  2. Beautiful image! That is great news to hear that he will be back with you in a short amount of time.

  3. Fabulous photo...and a beautiful sunflower no matter the season!! A lovely post; hope you get a warm hug from your brave son soon:) Wishing him well and please thank him for his service for me! Happy Holidays:)

  4. Lovely photo, but an even lovlier sentiment. You'll be celebrating soon :)


  5. You simply amaze me. I can't keep up -- with my stuff, with comments, with reading other blogs -- and you post every day a lengthy thought-provoking meaningful essay!! So sorry I've been out of touch.

    Love the frosty sunflower! Great job.

  6. Such a lovely reminder that you have of hope while you are waiting for your son to come home. Hope that day comes very soon and that he will be surrounded by angels that are protecting him. Lovely photo, and processing

  7. WOW, absolutely love this. So nice. Love the wonderful artists over at Picture the Holidays. Love your blog.

  8. Beautiful shots! Can't decide which one I like better.

    Erika B

  9. love the image and fantastic that it can freeze, thaw, and freeze again! smiles. thanks so much for sharing. karen {visiting from TT}


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