“A Photo a Week Challenge: Saturation

This past Christmas I found saturation to be the word to describe a flower of a different color.  This very vivid blue is not a normal color for this flower but someone creatively watered this plant with blue colored water and the results give a saturation of the color to the outside of the leaves that really draws your eyes into the picture.  It is amazing how creative people can get to bring color to a drab season in Northeast Pennsylvania but this plant is still blooming strong but is now back to almost completely white.  It has been a process even to watch as it goes back to it’s original white. I have seen other ones colored but they were not as vivid or alluring as the one I received.

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Perceptions

Flowers give us the beauty of color and enjoyment of smell as we inhale their wonderful fragrance.  I have been astounded by the colors that are possible by just adding colored water to a white plant.  This bouquet is the essence of different colors.  I took this close up to discuss perspective.  The entire bouquet is made up of single flowers each unique it it’s own design. People are unique not only in design, likeness, abilities, mood, personality, health and illness but in our perspectives.  As in the flower people do not last forever.  We bloom and flourish for a while and then we begin to fade.

Having beauty is subjective just as having and illness  is a subjective experience.  Experiencing disease is like experiencing a plant that gets blight except humans can process the suffering from an illness and  define the symptoms they are experiencing.  It is the degree of the symptoms impact on the person as the medical community is not able to objectively  define the boundaries between normal variant or the cause of the symptoms.  Humans are more than their symptoms and experiences just as the flower is more than the colors, smells and life cycle.

Since there are seasons to life and change is inevitable,we must learn to keep our perspectives in the present.  Worry ages us fast and just living in the moment gives us time to shine for what this moment is.  Worry brings our moods down and depression can be the result.  Much like the flower experiencing low water it can hasten our decline if not treated as important.  We are all important and must learn to reach for help at times to keep our perspectives in line.  Know that asking for help is not a weakness it is like asking for water to a flower.  In order to bloom and thrive we must reach out for help.

Depression is an illness that we as humans fail to recognize as important.  We downplay the facts and shy away from the diagnosis due to the stigma of “what will people think of me.”  There are medical illnesses that can cause depression and by treating them many times the depression lifts.  Just like the wilting flower lifts after we give it water.  Since we can’t take the brain from the human, we must consider depression as a symptom that is treatable.  Having this perspective on depression and other mental illnesses helps the medical community to reach people, whose perspective is off, to obtain treatment.  My perspective is to give others hope that people care about them, want to encourage them to stick with treatment and raise them up at each change that is reached.

Like the flowers, enjoying life and others who bring color to our world is only through education, acceptance and caring.

Fall fences

I want to freeze time to the fall in the northeast.  The temperature is moderate and the sunflowers seem to pop up everywhere.  My neighbor always has great ones that rise from her bird feeder and get dropped in her yard.  I captured her view from the road one day of her bright yellow faces searching for the sun.  With the background of old fashioned fences the view is like a postcard.

The flowers are like fading friendships as we grow older.  As I said goodbye to an old friend this week, I realize that our friendships are like these beautiful sunflowers reaching for the sun.  Our limited time gives us the opportunity to tell each other how much we enjoy their company and to make the most of the time by spending it together while the sun is still with us.  Taking the time to take a picture along the way for when we need to revisit a great memory in our life.

Take the time to visit friends often, tell them how much they mean to you and take a picture or two.  We never know when it will be our last visit making that memory that much more precious.  Now my friend is free to fly by in the fall and I will recall a time before we knew just how short our time together would be.