Poetry ~ The Rhodora

The Rhodora

On being asked, Whence is the flower?

In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.

The purple petals, fallen in the pool,
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.

Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being:
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!

I never thought to ask, I never knew:
But, in my simple ignorance, suppose
The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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My Rhododendrons that I photographed just yesterday in my yard. Rhododendrons are the Washington State Flower. The purple Rhodora at the top of this page is not in my yard but one I photographed in a garden we visited.

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Don’t be shocked if I choose Rhododendrons when we reach the letter R, too!

Linking up to ABC Wednesday for P is for Poetry. Also photography, purple and pretty!

This meme was started by Mrs. Nesbitt and administered by Roger and his Team.

November Photo Challenge…

Oh boy here we are in November already! Kati has a November photo challenge that I hope to participate in from time to time. Today’s prompt is my name starts with…
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Bozeman 012My name starts with E and when I saw my name in lights I couldn’t resist taking a few photographs. This is an old theater in downtown Bozeman, Montana. My daughter Katie and I were headed east from Washington across the country in May when she spotted this theater.
If you click on the badge at the top of this post you can see the daily prompts for this challenge. Thanks Kati!
Internet has been iffy on this trip of ours and especially at the Farmhouse where we are staying so I’ve not been able to visit much. Hope to see you all soon. Happy November to you!

June Photo-A-Day Challenge

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Continuing with Kati’s challenge Day 15 thru Day 21.

15. Backyard

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Fourth of July Decorations218. Something Old (Wells Cathedral)

Alton to Cotswolds 30919. Refreshing (Cornwall, England)

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20. Book (Crime and Punishment – Fyoder Dostoyevsky)

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21. Summer (Chilliwack Corn)

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This Saturday marks the beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere so World Cup will finish up during the Winter in Brazil.

We continue with our Weekend Warrior bathroom work this weekend. We have to use this weekend well since we’ll be traveling to Portland for a wedding next weekend. What are your plans for the first weekend of summer?

Inside a Tulip…

A Personal Photo Challenge
¬†Donna’s personal Photo challenge this month is Close-Up/Macro. I just happened to take some photos of the inside of the tulips my daughter and I bought at Roozengaarde Tulip Farms in Mt. Vernon, Washington and decided to join in the fun. The Skagit Valley Tulip festival is on during the month of April.
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I have to also add one I took of my apple blossoms yesterday at dusk.
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I used my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 on the intelligent auto setting.
Hope to get around and see everyone’s photos between mowing the lawn and barbecuing today.

February Note Card Party!

I’m scrambling to find the photos for Vee’s February Note Card Party. Thank you Vee for hosting. My theme this month is all about visiting Seattle and getting your photograph with the iconic Space Needle in view!

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If you have never visited our beautiful city surrounded by evergreens and water you need to put it on your list of places to visit. No one has paid me to entice you to visit!

Happy to report the sun is shining right now in the Seattle area. We have had some very blustery winds and lots of rainfall over the last few days. I’m listening with interest on the storms that are predicted to hit areas in the midwest and east again and hope you all fair well. My hair has fared well today and all the grey is covered…

“Fare thee well! and if for ever,
Still for ever, fare thee well:
Even though unforgiving, never
‘Gainst thee shall my heart rebel…”

Lord Byron

Random on Saturday

I bought a new camera strap that is specifically designed with a woman’s body in mind. So far the best benefit is how nice it feels on my body and how much lighter my camera feels compared to when my neck supported the weight with the strap the camera came with. I’ll be breaking it in the beginning of next week when we head out on a road trip to Eastern Washington.

Have a great Saturday!

Other Than Food…

…here’s what else was photographed while we waited for our tasting.

We were a little early for our food tasting yesterday so we took a little drive around the area of the wedding venue to see what we could see.

Isn’t this an inviting sidewalk for a stroll?

The wedding venue doesn’t have the best of views because this boat garage blocks a lot of it.

If you peek through the parked boats you can see Gas Works Park across Lake Union.

We are experiencing this kind of weather today with lots of powerful gusts of wind. Our power went out this morning for a couple hours because of some downed wires or a downed tree on wires. The road I take to our church for Bible Study was closed so I had to find an alternate route. It all worked out just fine because many people were late and they adjusted the start time. Flexibility is a good thing…