Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #839 – Sometimes, things get all tangled!


I am sure that someone can tell me what this plant is. But what I like about it is that it shows how nature can be all tangled.

I am most often finding the nice symmetry of a seemingly perfectly laid out pattern of a butterfly or flower. Nice neat order. It is a comfort to me to find that disarray can be the true nature of things.

I try way too hard to keep it neat and clean. I am drawn to the repetition of design, while all the while things inside me seem to be flying off in all kinds of directions and endless dead ends.

Oh what comfort it is to find a certain calmness in natural disorder. One has to learn to embrace the chaos.

monos en theos…†…jim


Photos on the journey #412

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Yesterday I came across this thought provoking quote via one of my daily devotionals. As one who has a constant struggle with the spiritual nature and meaning of seeds & fruits, gates & doors and paths & roads, this simple saying struck a deep blow to my mind. I just had to create an image to go with it.

Ken Kesey was the author of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest“. He had many seeds, roads & weeds within him. You can read a short bio of him here:

“What Kesey’s quotation about apples and seeds says to us about perspective is absolutely beautiful in its simple truth:  there’s no way of knowing the extent of the potential in anything, really, and something like an apple seed can give us years and years of bountiful harvests, with uncounted apples. People are the same way, of course.  There’s no telling what’s inside each person that we meet, no telling the potential that each person has for growth and for doing exceptional things.  Just like the apple seed, though, our potential is realized by creating just the right conditions for our growth and development.  Just as the apple cannot thrive in dry, barren climes, so is it difficult for us to thrive in situations that are not fitting.” ©Walsh, Tom:  Living Life Fully’s Daily Meditations, Year One. Living Life Fully Publications.

So, what is the moral of this to you ?

pezful ez feelin’ @U….en theos†††jlawrence

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #330

You just sometimes never know where your seeds may fall. This sunflower came up as a result of a stray seed from feeding the birds this winter. Feel as though it is a small return from my gift.3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:3-9Have faith that your seed will fall in the right soil on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim

via Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #330.