Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #876 – Worthy of a West TX Plant

150418jwthistle©_6071 copy     I found this hardy looking weed growing all by it’s lonesome. There was not an inch of the six foot fellow that did not have a thorn warning off all intruders. I felt it was a plant that very much reminded me of my old home in Southwest Texas. It could hold it’s own with the Cholla and Prickly Pear.

Despite the thorny first impression, I was moved by the blooms gentle Sunflower type movement  that slowly followed the East to the West arch of the sun.

It’s monochrome pale green lended itself to a black and white conversion  worked via NIK Photo Efex Silver 2 software in post production.

Watch out for the thorns today! †††en theos.    jim




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Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.  – Voltaire

Sometimes it a thorn that sticks in our heart and other times it is a thorn from our heart that does the most damage.

 “Work diligently the soil while you may. Break up your fallow with the plough. Cast away the stones from your field, and dig out the thorns. Be unwilling to have a ‘hard heart’…St. Augustine

Receive thorns with forgiveness, and try to not allow them to grow from your heart. ††† en theos ††† jimwork


Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #57

I have spent way too much of my life searching for the grand landscape. I walked past so many of life’s pleasures, never seeing the detail of life while looking for the big picture. Take time today to notice all the fine details that you have been walking past……enjoy….nada te turbe…†jim