Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spotlight on Beauty

While I was pulling out the knee high weeds that had grown up on my side yard last weekend, I was so excited to find a snapdragon that had randomly sprouted and was blooming. This is especially fantastic because stores around here only sell snapdragons and other such annuals for a couple weeks, and if you don't happen in the short time they have them and buy them right that minute, you will be out of luck later. Everyone seems to think you can't grow anything but Florida weeds and hibiscus here in the summer. It's not true. You just need to give snapdragons and other annuals lots and lots of water.

 So I was thrilled with this snapdragon taking it upon itself to grow where it was not planted. However, while trying to avoid ripping it out when pulling weeds, I accidentally lopped it off with my knee.

My only choice was to bring it in the house and put it in a vase on the coffee tabe to grace the room with its colorful style. When I came in there the next morning at about 7:15, I discovered a ray of light bouncing off of a mirror and landing like a spotlight on the blossom, as if it was the star of the show taking a bow to wild applause. I immediately grabbed my camera and took about 50 blurry shots of it. Hmph! I blew it.

The spotlight lasted only a few minutes, so I had to wait until the next morning to try again for some more photos. I did try, but still wasn't quite able to capture the effect of the light and color all that well.

You get the idea.

I love how a couple of free flowers from the yard and a single ray of sunshine can light up the morning. Keep your eyes peeled and you too might find something bright and pretty to make you run for your camera this week!

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  1. Much of my garden has been planted by the birds. Or, one plant seeds itself all over the yard. I never know what I will find.

    I love the photos of the snapdragon and other peeks to the vignettes near it.

  2. I love finding such pleasure in the simple things of life! Glad to see you do too. Beautiful photos....I just love your decor!

    Blessings, Vicky

  3. Those look like some pretty darn good photos to me! Glad you were able to capture it the next day :)

  4. YOur pictures are beautiful. I love the vignette and you captured it so beautifully. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Snapdragons even stop blooming here in Minnesota sometimes when it gets hot. They like it cool. It is 90 here and we are getting a storm. Thanks for shring your snapdragon, Liz. I did not plant any this year.

  6. Snap dragons are winter flowers here. It is rare to see one in the summer. You captured its beauty so well.

  7. Beautiful pictures, Liz! I love to bring flowers inside the house, they make me smile :)

  8. Volunteer flowers are the best! Looks great on your table.

  9. I love snapdragons. They are only available here for a very short time too. How lucky that you got a volunteer!

  10. Beautiful images. I have become a bit obsessed with playing with light.

  11. Just like many, many re-seeders this one was a lucky survivor that it was not mis-taken for a weed! Beautiful photos of your happy snapdragon :)

  12. Hi Liz,

    How many times have I done the same thing, with buds bursting from the stem into the flower, fresh and young and waiting for its time in the sun, to shine! And then, clumsy me comes along and cuts its life short. I get very sad when this happens, flowers are such delicate beauties.

    I am in love with your first photo; you DID capture the pretty snapdragon in all its sweetness and simplicity. Lovely!


  13. Liz
    Even though it didn't survive it's accidental run in with you, it still got to fulfill it's purpose of bringing us beauty and pleasure!,
    Great photos!

  14. Beautiful photos and flowers! So nice to visit your blog!

  15. The moral of this story: If you can't bloom where you're planted, pick your own spot, and hope some lovely person notices!

  16. Hi Liz,
    I agree with Revi. Bloom where you are planted!!!!!What a beautiful and unexpected little surprise you had. Love when things like this happen. Enjoy that sweet gift of nature.

  17. Nice photos of your snapdragon ... I think mine are gone, but I have enjoyed them for a couple years. Glad you were able to save this and capture the sunlight on it. Beautiful.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  18. Oh, I think your photos turned out great! I love its simple elegance :)

  19. Decorating my house with flowers from my own garden is one of my all time favourite things to do! Your snap dragon is beautiful! Lovely to meet you and thankyou for popping by my blog. Rachael x

  20. Ha! I missed my chance at capturing the sunrise dancing on the tops of the trees at the back of my property, just this morning!
    I was out at the coop, letting the chickens out when I saw it...
    you see, I have such tall trees right out my front door that when the sun begins to peak up over the horizon there is just an orange glow, glinting through the dry grass and barely visible through the Cedars and the scrub brush on the barbed wire fence across the road.
    So, you can imagine my surprise--when my back was to the sun, seeing the tops of the trees behind my house lit up, as though they were ablaze with the newness of the dawn, while the undersides were still shadowed with the sleepiness of morning.
    Yeah... I missed it with my camera.
    But I 'rememberized' it with my mind!
    ...you can trust me, right?
    It was gorgeous. ~ Pat

  21. PS:

    I write some of my best posts...in the comments of other peoples blogs!


  22. Your photos look quite great to me, enjoyed seeing your beautiful snap dragons and the surrounding scenery of your home. It's a good thing to appreciate a simple thing like a flower and how it looks in the natural light. Loved the photos, all of them. Happy summer.

  23. And a happy Summer to you too! And a happy morning. Hope you are having some sweet spotlight moments of your own!

  24. Lovely photos, maybe that very special light was meant just for you!
    May the sun keep shining on you :)

  25. Beautiful! Snapdragons are one of my favorite flowers (I just cut some to put in vases in the house!) and even here in the Midwest, SOME do come back each year. Your arrangement is so pretty -- nothing like fresh and yes, free flowers to brighten a room!

  26. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  27. Love it Liz! Yes, it is basking in the sunlight. I have snaps, moss Rose, sunflowers, and morning glory vine that comes back every year. Love them popping up! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  28. I love this. Sun-kissed flowers :) Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  29. It's very beautiful, i'm like it with this blog
    thank you for sharing with me and all people, good luck :)

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