Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Color of Courage


Wildflowers are perhaps
the most enchanting of
all for me. I love
their delicacy, their
disarming innocence,
and their defiance of
life itself.
-Grace Kelly
Princess of Monaco

Today at Beyond Layers we are focusing on the color blue, and this also happens to be the color for the monthly mosaic challenge hosted at Magnitised by Life. So, I'm going to go ahead and share my mosaic for this month today as well.

Unlike the previous two months, I have pulled a few photos from my archives because I didn't have enough blue to fill in. I think I like the idea of using some old mixed in with the new.

From left to right, top to bottom:

1. A dew drop on a barbed wire fence taken on my morning walk last fall.
2. Butterfly captured at St. Mary's Sewanee last summer while on personal retreat
3. Self portrait taken for Urban Muser's In the Picture challenge
4. Vinca Major (Periwinkle) captured by the side of the road on my morning walk
5. A macro shot of my eyeball submitted to the Macro Monday "blue" challenge
6. Spiderweb captured last fall while on my morning walk
7. Ball canning jar and Bradford Pear blossom taken for Beyond Layers "touch of color" challenge
8. Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)caputured this spring while on my morning walk
9. Mom's blue coffee cup and saucer that caught my eye one day in her kitchen.

march mosaic

Along with the mosaic, we are also to include a quote that in line with the corresponding monthly theme. For March, the theme is "courage and spiritual" awareness. The quote below today's featured image, attributed to Grace Kelly, has long been a favorite of mine and I think it speaks to the theme quite well.

Wildflowers remind us that we don't need perfect conditions in which to grow and become what we are intended to be. They don't make excuses and grow in spite of whatever challenges they face in their environment. Season after season, when it is time to bloom, they bloom. When it is time to lay dormant, they submit to the rhythm established by the creator and rest. They don't compare themselves to the magnificent show of the annuals which must be treated carefully and die after a single season. Wildflowers aren't your one hit wonders, they have staying power. They only look delicate.

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  1. Beautiful photos. I love the color blue.

  2. Just stunning - and I loved how you included your own eye - in the center!

  3. Oh my...what a gorgeous set of pictures. Great job!!

    Hope you have a blessed day♥

  4. This is really lovely. I like that you mixed "old" with new. Blue is my fave color. Grace Kelly-her name certainly fit her well. She was more than blessed with it.

  5. Brilliant quote & another great mosaic, amazing blues!!

  6. All I can really say is Wow! The colors are amazing. Such a vibrant blue that you've captured here.

  7. Lovely blue collage and the wildflower is so pretty!


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