Monday, November 22, 2010

November Flame: The Hope of a Golden Rose



November Flame - Image c Lynda Lehmann



This afternoon I was fortunate to get out for a walk.  The day was brilliant.  Golden with sunshine, mild and dry.  

I came upon this yellow rose and had to photograph it.  I thought it was outstanding for its beauty, still intact and golden in the third week of November.  Although its prime is past, it endures.  The beauty of its soft petals and brilliant color in the gleaming afternoon light made me think about the nature of the life cycle, and loss.  

We're born.  We live.  We die.  But what's in between can shine for us in joy and beauty as we choose our priorities, act out of love, and move through our days.  We all endure misfortune, sadness and loss, but infinite beauty remains to offer comfort and inspire us to move on. 

May your life be bright with the power of creative passions, the solace of natural beauty, lasting love for those present and past, and hope for our individual and collective futures.  This holiday season and always.


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13 comments:

  1. A very nice and enjoyable post. The flower is beautiful with sensual tones ..

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  2. Leovi - Thanks for your visit. Yes, the rose was absolutely gleaming in the afternoon light!

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  3. Linda-what a breathtaking photo, and what inspiring words! A reminder that joy and beauty are always to be had, whatever the month or season of one's life.

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  4. Beautiful as always and also inspiring. I am surprised that you found this beauty so far north. But, I am glad you did.

    I hope you have a glorious weekend!
    Jackie

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  5. Ah Lynda, I come here for respite and beauty and you always provide it. What a stunning photo!

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  6. nothingprofound - Sometimes it's hard to remember that, but when a moment of exquisite peace or beauty drops in our laps, we are reminded! I LOVE the serendipity of those moments!

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  7. Bob - How are you? I've been wondering how you're doing. It seems from some of your FB posts that you've been having a lot of fun, these days! ;) I'll have to come over to see if you're blogging again.

    Be well and happy, my friend.

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  8. Jackie - I found it on Long Island. North of here, I probably would find only naked forest and totally spent and withered gardens--as you point out, it's much colder north of here! Good to see you. I'll be over...

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Walter and the rest of your family.

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  9. askcherlock - Thank goodness we don't have to look far to find beauty and the solace it gives us!

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  10. this rose certainly inspires. glad you had such a nice walk. hope you had a wonderful holiday with family & friends. have a great day.

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  11. Naquillity - And you, as well. I hope you find joy and inspiration in every day!

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  12. Very beautiful & a wonderful sentiment. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. :)

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