Sunflowers

The first bloom on my Sunflower plants; in my garden.

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Sunflower Facts:

The Sunflower is a large inflores – which means it is a head made up of tiny flowers called florets.

There are 70 species of Sunflowers.  The Sunflower heads can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.

There are 2 types of Sunflower seeds – Black which is used for oil and Striped which is used for snack foods.  Both the black and striped are used in bird feed.

Mature Sunflower heads usually point in a fixed easterly direction.  They generally rotate very little.

The Sunflower is a Native American Indian plant – first used by American Indians.  They used Sunflowers for: food, oil, medicinal ointments, dyes, and body paints.

Kansas is called “The Sunflower State” and the Sunflower is their state flower.

Sunflowers are grown on toxic, contaminate soil – to cleanse the soil of: lead, arsenic, or uranium.

And of course we all know Sunflowers are beautiful and resemble the Sun.

Sunset Reflection

Sometimes the sunset is not in the correct place in the sky.  The sunset in the West was not colorful at all a few nights ago.  But – in the Southeast this beautiful cloud was floating high in the sky.  As the sun from the West reflected on this huge cloud, a glorious color began to appear in the Southeast sky.  I have seen this happen quite often and the results is spectacular; as you can see by the photo below.  This photo is not enhanced, this is exactly what my eyes and my camera lens viewed.

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One Wet Day

It had been raining, but seemed to move out of our area after dropping 3 inches of rain. As it began to clear we saw a beautiful sunrise.   We decided to take a ride up North toward Paradise Road.  A beautiful road, with daisies and flowers growing in the road ditches.

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Well, we found the rain in the North and picture taking was out of the question; for quite some time.  In fact, seeing where we were going was quite a feat.

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But . . .  After the rain began to fall less and less, we saw the most colorful and beautiful rainbow we had seen in a long time.

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The clouds were so white and fluffy in the sky as we drove along.

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This is the stretch of road near our house.  On the left side of the highway, among the big trees in the center of this picture is Home Sweet Home.  What a glorious day to be out in nature. Despite the rain, it was a relaxing and enjoyable ride.

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Did You Ever Wish . . .

Did you ever wish you had a small, hidden cabin somewhere deep in the woods?  A place to go and hide from the world that is out of control.  A world of hate, killings, lies, and problems. There would be no computers, cellphones, television in this cabin – no way to communicate with the outside world.  There would be an old rocking chair on a rustic old porch, a beautiful scene spread before your eyes.  A scene with trees, animals, a babbling stream, quiet and absolute peacefulness.  The only device I would possess in this charming place would be my digital camera.  You could learn from the animals of the forest; learn how to share this world and coexist with other creatures.  Ah – to dream the impossible dream!

I took a 3 day break from my computer during Mother’s Day weekend.  I ventured into nature, I read my Bible more, I watched less t.v and tried to forget the daily world news. I felt happier, I actually accomplished outside and inside chores.   I found the world I use to live in – the one where you interact (face to face) with others.  I sat under the apple tree for long periods of time: talking with my husband and watching the garden grow.  I plan to back away from technology and post on wordpress once a week from this point forward.  I like sitting in the rocking chair, from time to time, and just daydreaming.

These little flies are enjoying nature, sharing a flower, face to face.

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Daisies

We were out driving through the country the other day and there were daisies everywhere.

Daisies represent innocence and purity.  A daisy is actually classified as 2 flowers.  The white petals are one flower and the yellow disc of petals forming the center are another flower.  The leaves of the daisy are edible and are good in salads.  The daisy is closely related to the artichoke and is rich in vitamin C. Bees absolutely love  the yellow center of the daisy.

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Look Deep Into Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  Albert Einstein

Painted Bunting with raindrops on his back.

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When a clematis bloom loses its flower pedals the center is still beautiful.

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“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  Frank Loyd Wright

Fluted and Black Swallowtail Butterflies.

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The small lake near our home has been flooded by recent rains.  Trees are now standing in the water.

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Privet bushes grow wild everywhere and make fantastic hedges (trimmed or untrimmed).  In Spring they are covered with beautiful white flowers.

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“We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of nature”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rain drops cover the plants and often make them shine like diamonds.

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“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wet Weather

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Those of us who live in the “Tornado Belt” of the U.S. know what Spring holds in store for us concerning bad weather.  Sometimes Arkansas dodges the bullet and the storms leave our state before they become violent.  We were not so lucky Saturday, April 29.  We had 6 inches of rain, tornadoes, hail, wind, flooding, power outages, damaged property, human injury and death.  I can’t understand why any of us decide to reside in an area that has such wild weather.  My excuse is that I married an Arkie – I truly would prefer to live in the Western U.S.

The saddest tragedy concerning the 6 deaths we had in the state was the following story: A mother was out driving with her 2 young children, she ventured into flood water with her automobile.  Her car began to float away when the swift water became too deep.  The mother had to make a choice and she managed to swim ashore, but her 4 year old and 18 month old were still buckled up in the back seat.  She could not save her children as the water rushed into her car.  They have not found the car or the children at this time.  The police on the news who say this is not a rescue, they know it is now a recovery, have tears in their eyes as they talk of this incident.  We all know this mother is probably blaming herself; she will never be able to forget what happened; she will grieve for her children the rest of her life; depression will be the center of her life for a very long time. Each time I hear a story like this it brings sorrow to my heart and soul – I do not know what words could be said that would bring this mother comfort.

The morning the clouds from this storm began to build up over our state –  the sun managed to peek out for 30 seconds.  I was looking out the kitchen window, saw the sun, grabbed my camera, and got these two photos through the window – and then the sun was gone from sight.

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The rain came and in 12 hours we had a total of 6 inches of rain often mixed with hail. The wind blew leaves from the trees and limbs began to fall.  It is never uncommon in these storms to have a death from limbs or entire trees falling on a home.

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Roads were washed away; roads were closed; farmer’s field with planted crops were flooded causing serious financial loss.

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Life on this earth is often rough and very sorrowful.  I will leave you with this scripture: II Corinthians 1: 3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

 

 

God Verses Science

Each time I read anything that a scientist wrote about how the universe was formed, I become angry (shame on me); It is as if mankind thinks they are smarter than God.

I read this article in a magazine the other day: “The most widely accepted theory of how the moon was formed is; That a young planet collided with earth more than four billion years ago.  This collision created debris that came together to create the moon.”

In the Bible it tells us: Genesis 1:14-19 “And God said let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and for years; And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Throughout the Bible prophets, wise men, King David and others reminded us that God created our universe.  Psalm 8:1 & 3-4 “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; (4) What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visitest him?”

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