Sunday, October 18, 2009

all the precious living things

The shots below were taken
while walking an Autumn path. 
These precious blooms are oft'called wild flowers or weeds,
except perhaps for the crowd of pink faces by the white fence. 
No matter what their botanical category, 
they are delicate and deserving
of being featured here
before they die. 
Look how they offer themselves up to you.

". . . I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

~ Mary Oliver ~


  1. Perfect poem for the images and for the day.

  2. Wonderful photos, well captured. Lovely words as well...

    much love

  3. Mary Oliver's poetry is so good it almost hurts to read it. This one is among my long-time favorites. Lovely photos, too. These are NOT hot house flowers, I trust??

  4. Ahhhh, you have brought me back again today, Bonnie! We've got to stop meeting like this...LOL

    I adore Mary Oliver! She is my favorite Modern Day Poet...her words are always a gift.

    Your flowers today, likewise, a beautiful gift! Thank You!
    Hugs <3

  5. Very beautiful words and pictures. Now they will live on - beyond their short lives - in your pictures and in our minds.

  6. Beautiful flowers and you have to catch them when in full colour, don't you. I missed my chance with a bright red azalea but will capture it on the next flush.

    It must be getting cold there Bonnie? I'm so looking forward to New York next month but don't want to freeze!!

  7. they look like fireworks! beautiful colour blazes. and your autumn/fall leaves were gorgeous too.
    that poem - where do you find all these wonderful things??
    thanks for your inspiring blog x

  8. You've featured a few of my favorite volunteer flowers. Aren't they wonderful? Just there for the seeing. So much that is natural and beyond my control and not in need of my care is effortlessly joyful and beautiful!

  9. Beautiful. All of it. Thank you.

  10. Wonderful pictures, Bonnie. And the poem certainly asks a pointed and poignant question at the end.

  11. Oh oh oh Bonnie..beautiful - the blue one is amazing!! Thank you for the lovely words..I needed them this morning!! I really did!!
    Hugs, Sarah

  12. Jenn Jilks has left a new comment on your post "all the precious living things":

    So glad you offered them up to us!

    I clicked on the wrong button and accidentally deleted Jenn's comment. That's why it appears now in the only way I could capture it! Excuse me Jenn.

  13. Oh! Gorgeous! They look still so summery, bending at the side of the road, like they're not quite willing to admit it's over. I love your photography, Bonnie. I need a new camera. And a little time to wander. I need a trip to someplace without water rationing where flowers are still bobbing. Sigh. Keep on posting them. They make me happy. xo

  14. This is a gorgeous post in both image and word. And I LOVE Mary Oliver, whose wisdom and poetry were introduced to me by a friend.

    I bought my first paperback of her poetry, this summer! She knows how to SAY it!

  15. What a wonderful poem to accompany the flowers! Weeds? I think not. Aren't we all some kind of weed that, when viewed for our inward beauty, show out true outward nature? The purples and pinks absolutely glow!

  16. Mary Oliver is knew to me, I shall have to look her up. It is amazing how often we know nothing about what moves people on the other side of the world.

    Those are not weeds, they are gorgeous flowers. I recognize at least the Michaelmas daisies.

    Have a happy and productive week, dear Bonnie

  17. beautiful brilliant images - thanks so much for sharing - and like nancy said, now, they will live on in our memories of them here!

  18. Wild flowers, natives to my area flowers, are my favorite...Like a bee I am drawn to them....
    your photographs are so pretty...perfect poem...what will we do with this one perfectly wild life?

  19. Your flowers do seem to have an extra sunny disposition! So bright and cheerful...Easy to enjoy!

  20. beautiful! truly! A good day to pop over. Just wanted to say how happy it makes me to see your avatar in my comment box. thank you for reading and especially for commenting.

  21. Summer's last burst of glory! Hell no! I won't go! Just beautiful images! Thanks!

  22. these blooms are just stunning...nature is anamazing artist!


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