Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Inspiration


Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it is a very small element of a bloom, such as the gentle curl of this iris.




or the intertwining leaves of a tuft of Solomon's Seal...


















or the funneling of the hosta leaf toward center...


or the way light reflects off of this sundial...


or the way the rain puddles into droplets on these lily leaves...


Rain adds an entirely new dimension to plants in the garden--bringing sheen and sparkle. Sometimes the light  seems to create jewel tones.

Ruby


Citrine


Diamond



Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk offers the word, inspiration, for Word For Wednesday. Stop by her blog to see how others are interpreting the word, inspiration.

I am joining Holly of Your Gardening Friend for Friday's Photo Blog Hop.


I am also joining Live and Love Out Loud, Bumbles and Light, Project Alicia for: 
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Note: eCollegeFinder has nominated The Sage Butterfly as one of the Top Garden Blogs. If you like The Sage Butterfly, please give us a vote by clicking the badge below. Voting ends on April 30. Thank you for your support!
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I am hosting the Earth Day Reading Project blog meme again this year to celebrate Earth Day which runs until April 30. The Earth Day Reading Project is a month long blog meme where bloggers are asked to share in a post what books:

- inspired them to live or garden more sustainably - or -
- inspire their love of nature

and then post it to the meme. If you would like to join in, click the image below:

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46 comments:

  1. WOW! Now those are some amazingly gorgeous shots. Just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Lona. It is such a pleasure to photograph things after a rain.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I think they did all the work. :)

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  3. Your foliage and blooms are very inspiring! Your photographs are stunning!

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  4. Absolutely stunning photos. An inspiration to us all.

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. That is very nice of you to say.

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  5. Now I will be looking for the jewels in my garden when it rains! Thanks for the inspiration! Gorgeous images.

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    1. It is my pleasure, Holley. I hope I see even more jewels as the season progresses.

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  6. What beautiful, inspiring photos! Thanks for sharing them. Oh, where can I find diamond seeds? :-)

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    1. Wouldn't that be a treat? If we gardeners could sow some diamond seeds? We sure do deserve that... :)

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  7. Beautiful images! Water drops and dew on the plants really add interest. Congratulations on your recognition--you deserve it! I'm so honored to be on the list with you! :)

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    1. Thank you, Beth! Congratulations to you as well! And good luck!

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  8. Gorgeous photos, and congrats on your nomination! Such an honor!

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    1. Thank you Cathy and Steve. I am honored simply to be nominated.

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  9. I love the garden after the rain, when drops of water sparkle on all the flowers and leaves! Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Indie. I, too, enjoy the rain on plants...makes them shine!

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  10. Your post is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I appreciate your kind words.

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  11. Inspiring. Yes, definitely! Your photographs are intense with color and the water droplets make one feel like we are in your garden after a soft spring rain.

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    1. The rain had finally arrived after a dry spell. All the plants soaked it up...they were thirsty.

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  12. Ooooo! One of the things that makes my heart sing are raindrops on any plant or flower. So I am LOVING the photos in this post!!!! Gorgeous!

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

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    1. I like the rain on plants as well. Thank you, Cindy!

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  13. Your photos are stunning, as always. Certainly inspiring. I hope your Earth Day Reading Project is as successful this year as last. I would love to participate but haven't the time.

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    1. Thank you, Joene. It has been a pleasure to host The Earth Day Reading Project again this year. I know how busy things can get especially at this time of year.

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  14. Your photographs never cease to amaze me and are inspiring.

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  15. I also feel continually inspired by the garden and nature. I think it is the cyclic nature of the seasons, the way that plants are constantly growing, changing, renewing themselves. Your photos are stunning!

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  16. Really wonderful photos. Thanks for brightening up my day. I hope you do well in the voting - I've added my vote for you. :)

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  17. What a gorgeous set of photos. Lots of eye catching colour in your garden right now and so many wonderful perspectives.

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  18. Wow! You had me at the iris! A feast for the eyes!! Really in love with 2 and 4. Your work is an art form! Thanks so much for sharing and linking to the Leap into Spring Challenge!

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  19. Gorgeous photos!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.
    ~Michelle

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  20. Your photos are amazing! Love the macros!

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  21. Beautiful pictures!! You're lucky to be able to gaze at such beauty all the time :)

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  22. I think that you are right, it is the little things in life and sometimes the small details in the garden that are inspiring. All your shots are terrific and the shot of the water drop on the yellow iris petal is just phenomenal.

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  23. Gorgeous work. I really like the rich tones. And the Iris is just breathtaking.

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  24. Amazing macro shots! The clarity and details are incredible.

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  25. Those drops add another dimension to the photograph - sometimes I moan about all the rain we get here while really I should be embracing the opportunity to get out and shoot those beautiful waterdroplets like yours.

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  26. Stunning photography! Very well done! :o)

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  27. Great photos! You captured the movement of rain perfectly.

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  28. Great photos! You captured the movement of rain perfectly.

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  29. Your photos are tremendous, such saturated colors!

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'I see trees of green, red roses, too
I see 'em bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world'
--What a Wonderful World

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