Today's Flowers: Warming up to the Fading Sun

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On Halloween, while Adella and I were waiting to trick-or-treat along Main Street, Newtown, with her cousins, this sunflower caught my eye. I had my glasses off because it was raining, so the flower was a smudge of intense color on that dull afternoon. Strangely, unfortunately, and miraculously, the camera caught exactly what I saw--not really the flower at all. It's a bad photo that was the moment--cold, wet, waiting as darkness encroached on a magical night as we waited for children to come out and light the fire of imagination. Watching families climb the hill to celebrate Halloween was like watching a pilgrimage. Some say the holiday is about greed and sugar and malice; I say it is about the magic in the plastic wand of the first princess to toddle by on that evening. It is the magic of the sunlight burning at the end of a long stem in the cold dark.

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  1. Perfect in it's imperfection ;-)
    I do love the way you see and share.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  2. Very nicely put, Sandy! I need not add more.

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  3. Both the photo and the verse were fabulous! I loved it.
    I am sad to see the flowers go, even though I know they will return. Your last line- awesome!!

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  4. Lovely verse and picture!!
    Gisela

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  5. You are very poetic and a great writer Sandy and I admire that about you!

    I have wild flower on mine.

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  6. I see a warm sun in your shot! And words to reflect on.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  7. Love the smudgerly look of the flower.

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  8. It looks like an impressionist oil painting.

    Sunny Sunday #5 - Paper Sol

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  9. Anonymous10:32 AM

    this is how I see with one eye the other not at all

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  10. And it turned out a beauty...great colors too.

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  11. I love your creative and lovely post!

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  12. You've taken your imperfect picture and used it to make a perfect and lovely statement about the night.
    You gave Halloween a warm and fuzzy feeling. :)

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  13. Wonderful post Sandy. I enjoyed the photograph and also the words so much.

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  14. I can perfectly understand you. If I take my lenses I see just like this.
    Nessa is rigth, it looks like an impressionist oil painting.
    Have a nice week, Sandy!

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  15. love these happy accidents of life!

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  16. Your words are my blog world magic. How perfect. :)

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  17. lovely thoughts, like the sunflower's vagueness which is exactly like no glasses.

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  18. I agree Halloween can be magical after all there are princesses and fairies coming to my door all night! A night lit by a full la luna!! Yes I love your sunflower!

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  19. Sandy, I am glad you captured what you saw. Sometimes it is of great advantage to see the world in soft focus, one gets much closer to the truth.

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  20. I like your description of the night. Everyone needs a little magic in their lives.

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  21. when i take my glasses off it clears rigth up LOL love it!
    on the other hand i hate the word thingy i always have to try 3 or more times cause i can not see the darn letters clear enough

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  22. Love your writing about Halloween. The little ones make it magical for all of us. Nice sunflower too.

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  23. Yes. That's why I never had my vision "fixed."
    What, and lose the magical blurs?!

    Great post, Sandy


    Aloha, Friend!


    Comfort Spiral

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  24. Beautiful description of a magical night and a lovely picture!

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  25. Intense colours... Lovely writing :)

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  26. Sandy: Great story to go along with a flower the camera fought to capture.

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  27. It's not a "bad photo" if it captures what you're trying to capture. Technically imperfect? You could argue that... but really the only valid argument is that it's "very softly focused" (I'm old that's the modern euphemism for "blurred".)

    Still, it captured what you wanted it to capture, and in that way... it's perfect.

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  28. Lovely thoughts!

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  29. Hi Sandy, I have the same problem with the eye piece, I have problems with my eye sight.

    But your so called imperfect photo turns out to be a painting!

    Great shot!

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  30. I love your words here. Sandy... is that unusual to see a sunflower in November where you are?

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  31. I love flowers Sandy, in any share, of any variety, I love them...:)

    It has a therapeutic effect on me, the sight of them makes me so happy!

    lovely post dear, lovely as the flowers!

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  32. i love your thoughts and the flower is simply beautiful.

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  33. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Blurred but still lovely with bright and wonderful colors.

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  34. Who are these party poopers that don't like Halloween? I am all about the fun and magic too.

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  35. Very fine post, Sandy. That flower looks like a sun.

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  36. I call this the near sighted effect .. its wonderful!

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  37. It is in the magic Sandy and this photo is most definitely magic, and that flower is so beautiful.

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  38. Anonymous12:01 AM

    and exactly what a photo should do.. capture the feeling..

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  39. Beautiful shot! It looks perfect to me. Have a wonderful week :)

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  40. So beautiful! Love the bright colors!

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  41. The color and light can lift a dreary rainy mood! Although, I love the rain too...very nice capture, in my opinion!

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  42. hello sandy, so nice to hear from you. It is alwas my pleasure when somebody like you visited my blog.Thank you Sandy! hope to hear from you always.

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