Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Watery Wednesday

This week's Watery Wednesday offering is one to bring us a reminder of the spring to come. All this snow and rain and gray skies have been fun (ahem) but I'm ready for the heady scent of spring, ready for Eve's daffodils to pop up, smile and wave at her, ready for the mystery viburnum to bloom in the backyard, ready for Hattie and Bess to bloom along the fence row, and ready for the waterlilies at Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

"But for all that, they had a very pleasant walk. The trees were bare of leaves, and the river was bare of water-lilies; but the sky was not bare of its beautiful blue, and the water reflected it, and a delicious wind ran with the stream, touching the surface crisply."

Charles Dickens

Water Lily

Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by A. Poulin

My whole life is mine, but whoever says so
will deprive me, for it is infinite.
The ripple of water, the shade of the sky
are mine; it is still the same, my life.

No desire opens me: I am full,
I never close myself with refusal-
in the rhythm of my daily soul
I do not desire-I am moved;

by being moved I exert my empire,
making the dreams of night real:
into my body at the bottom of the water
I attract the beyonds of mirrors...


by Moeze Lalji

Come on in
The summer is shinning
The windows are yours

Beer you don't drink
Tea you don't drink

You can sit on the sofa
Put your wings up
Life is bight

So just fly and write
Whatever you want
On my wall

If Monet saw you he would want to paint you
so that your beauty and these colors would be forever remembered;
this my favorite waterlily photograph.

Photographs taken at
Huntsville Botanical Gardens



Diana (Di) said...

D, the photos (words) are all so very beautiful. That last lily seems in motion, so delicately posed as if to continue its dance.

Gaelyn said...

These waterlily photos are so sunny and bright no wonder you're yearning for spring. I'm with you. Winter is over rated.

4timesblessed said...

What amazing photographs... I needed that touch of Spring as it is cold and snowy here.

Jan said...

Magnificient photos, and great that you have them in your locality.

lotusleaf said...

Wonderful photographs! They bring out the essense of the waterlilies. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Eve said...

Just STUNNING!! I can't wait for SPRING!! Let's GO!!!

Carol said...

Gorgeous photographs Debbi! Beautiful reflections! I love the Rilke quote too. Your favorite water lily photo is mine as well! Truly inspiring!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...


Water as river or puddle or frost;
Water that’s roaming alone and seems lost;
Water that looks like sharp daggers of ice;
Water that’s frozen as small as white rice;
All of this water, no matter where found
Will one day seep back far, far underground
And surface again for fountain and flush—
Water, ah, water, you make things so lush!

© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Roiling River


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