Friday, June 22, 2012

His hand the wonders wrought

"We are so impressed by scientific clank that we feel we ought not to say that the sunflower turns because it knows where the sun is. It is almost second nature to us to prefer explanations . . . with a large vocabulary. We are much more comfortable when we are assured that the sunflower turns because it is heliotropic. The trouble with that kind of talk is that it tempts us to think that we know what the sunflower is up to. But we don't. The sunflower is a mystery, just as every single thing in the universe is."  --Robert Farrer Capon

"I am often asked if I am not lonely on my solitary excursions. It seems so self-evident that one cannot be lonesome where everything is wild and beautiful and busy and steeped with God that the question is hard to answer." --John Muir

"If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."  --Rachel Carson




21 comments:

darlin said...

Rick these are stunning photos, I love the colors in all of them! The middle one is so soft, so delicate and wow! All of your shots definitely depict summer and God's hand in painting out world for us. He's such an amazing artist, we're all extremely blessed.

Excellent quotes as well, the last one resonates with me, my sense of wonder is still childlike most days! ;-)

Have a fantastic weekend!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Breathtaking beauty! Nature is much to complex for anyone to understand but that does not keep me from enjoying it.

Cheri said...

Beautiful photos Rick!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful closeups of the sunny yellow sunflowers. Blessings, Pamela

Scott said...

Beautiful shots with such rich colors and such great illustrative quotes.

S. Etole said...

These feel like golden liquid butter, so creamy in its beauty.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Lovely captures! They are such a gorgeous orange yellow.

Fábio Martins said...

Excellent macro! I love the last one

teca said...

I think that the sunflower like a child searching the light and warmth of the sun to radiate your life.

Good Sunday, honey.
Many sweet beijos and much love to relax.

teca said...

I forgot to comment: the photos are wonderful! Marvelous shots!!!!
A warm hug.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I really identify with that second quote. Such pretty photos. I've always loved sunflowers.

Marty said...

inondée par tant de lumière ! une vraie merveille ! j'adore tes photos ! je te souhaite un joli dimanche !
bisous ensoleillés

Betty Manousos said...

love the rich yellow, beautiful!

wish you a happy sunday and a great week ahead!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

What stunning color. I have had to always try and plant my sunflower so I will see their heads when I view them. Before I wasn't so careful and when entering the garden the all faced away. The ones in pots I can rotate the pots so too see the bright cheerful faces the present. Many people ask don't I get lonely out here in the valley. Even now my hubby has gone for almost 2 weeks to Germany. I haven't seen another humane soul now for 10 days. I am not lonely in the least. I am surrounded by nature which fills any loneliness with God's presence. One is never alone when surrounded by nature. Have a very blessed week. Hugs Carrie

cloudia charters said...

Angels well glimpsed and shown, Rick




Have a GREAT Week

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Cloudy said...

Wunderbar sind solche Aufnahmen, diese prächtigen Bumen mit ihren satten Farben, ein Augenschmaus, jede einzelne ist ein Kunstwerk...

Carpe Diem
CL

joyce said...

The quotes are great...wherever did you find them? "Scientific crank"..have to remember that! and the photos are absolutely stunning..what talent you have.

Leslie said...

lovely. (i love the irises in your new header photo, too :)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Stunningly beautiful, Rick. All are perfect.

Lisa Gordon said...

This is truly a beautiful series, Rick!

Rosemary said...

Wonderful blog, photography and philosophy Rick. Nice to meet you :)