Today's Flowers: Alive and Duning Well

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These hardy leaves were enduring the winter quite well on the dunes of North Topsail Beach--minus a leaf or two. The dunes looked like giant sheets of ice cream cake. They were smooth as could be and very hard.

Though there was no snow in North Carolina, Christina Rossetti's hymn "In the Bleak Midwinter" came to mind while I was on the beach:

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Sing on and you find marvelous wonders emerge from that bleakness.
Today's Flowers

Comments

  1. pretty contrast with the crystal like sand.

    mine is here..
    Euphorbia

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  2. Wonderful find, Sandy! The leaves still look quite fresh even though they are on the sand and separated from the rest of their plant - oh, except for the curled brown one. :)

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  3. Great Nature.
    Beautiful taken.
    Luiz Ramos

    PS.
    "Onze horas":"Eleven o´clock"- 11 am. That is the time Portulaca blossoms

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  4. One could call it bleak here today I guess since we starte out with negative temps but the sun came up and chased the bleak away. Love your poem.

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  5. In spite of the weather the leaves looks very well.
    Happy New Year to you and to your family.

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  6. Lovely green against the sand. Great picture

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  7. Not so bleak. Pretty leaves and wonderful images.

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  8. So pretty laying in the sand.
    Wonderful captures.

    Have a great week ahead Sandy.
    XO
    Regina

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  9. interesting flowers...never have seen

    I am posting fotos of the trip to Brasil...

    Have a nice week, dear
    graceolsson.com/blog

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  10. Love the last shot of the 'captured' sand! Looks like a lovely old button.
    The poem certainly fits my world at the moment.

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  11. Beautiful shot and poem Sandy.

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  12. Sandy: Nice capture of the leaves in the sand.

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  13. Sounds like a cool experience.

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  14. Nice photos of the leaves in the sand. here we have alot of snow.

    Have a nice week
    Gunilla

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  15. What a neat discovery! I found something on that line in the snow recently and it will be a post scheduled this week.

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  16. Amazing how nature works and how plants survive!

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  17. I haven't thought of this hymn in a long time, but it is certainly appropriate now. Thanks for the reminder and for the leaves in the sand -- reminders that beauty can be in unexpected places if only we look.

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  18. Beautiful, Sandy!

    Nice week, dear!

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  19. I'll take any green I can find..It's terrible here. and I'm not a wuss but it is deadly wind from the water..sk

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  20. your photos are wonderfully interesting. Thank you for sharing this poem, I enjoyed it and it is new to me.

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  21. there's always something to celebrate in nature even in winter...nice shots

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  22. Usually plants growing on the beach in salt laden winds are tough buddies. Those also withstand the cold they are TOUGH! Pretty leaves.
    I like Christina Rossetti's words.

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  23. Rugged and beautiful. Like a certain blogger I know ;)

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  24. Beautiful shots Sandy! It makes me wanna go for a walk in sunny day at the beach.

    Stolen shots from the store. Have a b blessed Sunday.

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  25. You're indeed an artist Sandy. You create something that is out of the ordinary and make it very interesting. Christina Rossetti is one of my favourite poets. Her words are as beautiful as the winter season.

    My flowers blog.

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  26. Great Sandy, if we but open our eyes we can find wonders anywhere.

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  27. Love the images and the poem that went with it. Even through the coldest of cold, life has a way of sustaining itself.

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  28. What fine images, with the interesting contrast between the pretty leaves and the sand.
    Happy new week, Sandy!

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  29. Great captures Sandy and your subject is unique.

    It is really amazing how the nature paints our world. I like the colors of the leaves and the way the sand gives contrast to it.

    This post makes me wanting to go to the beach. Sigh*

    Have a great Monday Sandy.

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  30. And the leaves look like flower icings!

    Great images of the dunes!

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  31. Pretty shapes and an amazing variation in the green tone! Beautiful!

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  32. I'm sure they will be happy when warmer days appear. :)

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  33. They make for wonderful photos Sandy. That is so original.

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  34. Beautiful flower leaves macro. I like the close-up texture of the sand.

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  35. Your photographs prove that delicacy and hardiness are not mutually exclusive.

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  36. These are quite amazing.. what a great eye you have.

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  37. those are cute, like lilies on a pond =)

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  38. Great find, Sandy! They do look like lily pads.

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  39. These hardy leaves were enduring the winter quite well on the dunes of North Topsail Beach--minus a leaf or two. The dunes looked like giant sheets of ice cream cake. They were smooth as could be and very hard.Its such interesting information's.And There is also a attractive poetry.


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