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Perfectly All Right -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is."
-- Paulo Coelho

A black and white image of a tall, pink rose in my backyard... There's something about the contrasts within the petals of a rose that seems to lend itself more naturally to a monochrome treatment than a color treatment somteimes, and that's coming from someone who usually prefers color photos over black and white. :)

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday theme created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and #hqspmonochrome for +HQSP Monochrome, and +FLOWER POWER / #FowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...
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The Memory Of Leaves -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

A cluster of cottonwood leaves back-lit by the sunset in a shady nook in my backyard one autumn...

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray...
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The Phantom Dream Of Never-Fade -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."
-- Gertrude Jekyll

A pair of pink anemones in the last light of evening...

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday theme created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and +FLOWER POWER / #FowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray...
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In Fairest Colors Dressed -- Bingham, Illinois
"Among the changing months, May stands confessed the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed."
-- James Thomson

A shot beneath a large Mayapple plant ( Podophyllum ) in the woods of southern Illinois... These beautiful white blossoms are hard to see beneath the expansive Mayapple leaves, which form a spreading canopy of green about a foot and a half off the forest floor during May and June. So you have to get down on your hands and knees to see (or especially to photograph) the actual flowers.

For #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...
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Being Alone Well -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement."
-- Alice Koller

A solitary tree catches the last rays of the setting sun as the clouds from a springtime storm gather along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and #hqsplandscape for +HQSP Landscape, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin...
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A Moment In Front Of Me -- Tacoma, Washington
"When a moment in front of me appears to be particularly special, whether it be by beauty or experience, I capture it. I usually find a reason to justify taking that photo - symmetry, or color, or contrast - and it's my hope that my photography sheds light onto what I see and do on a daily basis."
-- Connor Franta

A closeup of a white rose in the rose garden at Port Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington...

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday theme created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and +FLOWER POWER / #FowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray...
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Just A Little Fire -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road

A closeup of a huge, orange Super Gerbera Daisy... The details and brilliance of these flowers is just simply amazing. :)

For #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +William Banik, & +Stephen Thackeray...
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Just A Part Of The Whole -- Tacoma, Washington
"No matter how complex or affluent, human societies are nothing but subsystems of the biosphere, the Earth's thin veneer of life, which is ultimately run by bacteria, fungi and green plants."
-- Vaclav Smil

A large, shaggy mushroom pokes through the pine needles in a forest near Tacoma, Washington...

(And yes, even though I added this shot to my "Plant Photography" collection, a mushroom - or any fungus - is not technically a plant. But since I haven't gotten around to creating a separate "Fungus Photography" collection yet this is where it goes for now. ;)

For +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure and +Leonie H, and #shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday curated by +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia A...
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Imagining Dragons -- Tacoma, Washington
“How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

I can almost see dragon's wings in this cluster of large Japanese Maple leaves that I photographed at Port Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington...

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C...
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The Greatest Source -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living."
-- Sir David Attenborough

The last rays of the setting autumn set the topmost branches of a maple tree ablaze and filter down through the lower branches in an incredible spectrum of fall color...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson...
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