Monthly Archives: September 2016

September (Sunflowers)-The Changing Seasons

September Sunflowers

September Sunflowers

*V2 and V1 photo gallery*

September Haiku (Turn)

Walking from summer
Ambivalent September
Turns to face the sun

I recently had a chance to go to the first annual Sunflower Festival at Beaver Dam Farm in a neighboring county. It was amazing to see so many sunflowers – 30 acres with around 600,000 black oil sunflowers in the fields! Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the magnificent sea of big golden flowers was beautiful and mesmerizing.

It really does make you smile to be around all those happy flowers!

This is my Version 2 and Version 1 gallery entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.

Over the Dam Edge

Dam Waterfall

Dam Waterfall

Okay, it’s a real dam. The water falling over the edge of the Mason Mill Park dam into Tinker Creek was a pretty sight on a sunny day. Very calming and peaceful.

Here is what nearly took me over the edge!

Northern Water Snake

Northern Water Snake

Even though it turns out that this water snake is not poisonous, it was unsettling to see it at the time. It was swimming upstream really fast and I wondered if any others were on land near my feet! I didn’t see any, so I’m sure that means none were there. Right?

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge:

Moment of Reflection

Moment of Reflection

Moment of Reflection

Taking a quiet moment for reflection feeds the soul. It can be challenging to find the time and place to sit in silence. Televisions blaring, motors running, dogs barking, voices projecting and even the sound of clocks ticking distracts me from my deeper thoughts. Sometimes, those sounds are welcome distractions or cause for celebration. Sometimes, I just need to take a break from the noise so I can hear myself think.

In silence, my mind wanders freely, bringing me to a thought that may answer questions I didn’t even know I had. Pondering my thoughts, actions, beliefs, emotions, and even my own breathing gives me an honest reflection of myself, clearer than the image I see in a mirror.

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:

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