Autumn brings a physical change in the weather and Midwest landscape. This week a nearby condominium replaced summer flowers with these hardy Mums. They are hardy officially but still considered as annuals in the Chicago area; they aren’t “hardy” enough for Lake Michigan’s winter temps. Other flowers are in their final bloom cycle as blossoms fade in color and turn to textured seed heads bringing a new element of design and pattern to the garden. During this time of change, pods begin bursting so that puffs of feathery seeds are dispersed in hopes of ensuring future generations. Among the fading petals and growing seeds there are some late bloomers adding perennial colors to the scene.
Embrace the changes in the season. Embrace changes that are natural. At this time of year, it’s easy for me to be reflective and to realize changes in my life and myself during the past year. Somehow this “end” of season time of year brings renewed energy and purpose to me. May you marvel and feel empowered from your own changes this past year. May you find energy and passion to be able to embrace changes in your life. May change be positive and meaningful for each of us.
I write all this realizing it’s a challenging time as we strive to come to terms with other’s choices and decisions. Other’s choices can make us feel dis empowered and hopeless. We always have a choice in how we react to others and their actions. The fact that we have our own power and choice is what keeps me optimistic.
A new morning
Same but different
Always in motion
Continually the same.
“Morph” means change, yet for this family of butterflies it has a different connotation. The Morpho butterflies are so named for their beauty and shape, in reference to Aphrodite. Images of these creatures require patience because when they are visible, they spend most time in the air, rarely settling on a plant long enough to focus and capture (photographically).
This site goes into details of the variety of Morpho butterflies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho
Here is SUN and SAND and SALTWATER.
doesn’t have to mean SNOW and COLD.
Here a beach tractor raking the sand
Replaces the snow plows in the streets of Chicago.
Here families and couples wear light clothing as they play at the ocean’s edge
Forgetting the boots, coats, mittens and hats required for snowmen building and sledding.
Here is SUN and SAND and SALTWATER.
Autumn is a busy time for nature. Perennial plants and insects prepare for the changing, slower, colder, winter months.
Ok. Friends who suggested I begin a “retirement” blog I’ve taken your words seriously. Here’s the link:Link to “1952 Next Chapter” blog.
I am NOT going to share this on Facebook because I don’t want to bore. We’ll see how this goes! No game plan other than to share experiences as they happen.
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