Saturday, October 22, 2011

I Am Still Here

I figured I had better do a post,so you won't forget about me.
I don't know what is happening,but it seems that the days and weeks slip by and I don't get to post to blogger,the way I'd like to.
I have lots of newer pictures,but they need to be edited,so you will once again get some from this past summer.

I walked through a butterfly house at the Assiniboine park,this past summer.
All the butterflies I saw were Monarchs,but that's OK,as they are really stunning.

This is Lamb's Ear after a rainfall. No it is not in my garden,but,as you might guess, at the English Gardens.

I posted a picture of this succulent in a previous post.Here it is in black and white.
I think this plant lends itself well to this.

My last picture for today is a Hibiscus.These were growing outside the butterfly house.I love the tropical look of this flower. I know,in my part of the world they need to be moved indoors for winter.

I hope that I will soon get back on track with posting,but for the next month or so I will not be pushing myself too much.
As I deal with the anniversary of Jake's passing,I will try to be gentle to myself.

Thought for today:
No day is too dark,no burden too great,that God in His love cannot penetrate.

50 comments:

  1. I love all your photos Ruth! I think the lambs ear is really pretty with all the water droplets.

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  2. All of your photos from the Assiniboine Park are simply amazing! I got my first chance to visit the gorgeous gardens this summer, and am putting a yearly trip to the gardens on my dream list...

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  3. Beautiful pictures, Ruth! I had Gulf Fritillary butterflies today!

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  4. i love that hibiscus reaching for the sky!!

    have a happy sunday!!

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  5. Ruth your pictures are breath taking...(((hugs))) on your anniversary of Jakes passing..

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  6. The color of that hibiscus is so rich!! Love the little crystals on the Lamb's Ear! Special hugs to you as you go through this time of remembering! May the Lord be your strong tower and your comfort and light with love upon you like that beautiful butterfly!

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  7. What a beautiful place for great photos!

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  8. You're a wise woman, to acknowledge your grief and to allow yourself that "gentleness" when needed. May the God of all comfort continue to grant comfort and healing during this time of remembrance.

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  9. Yes, please do be gentle with yourself and know that our hearts are with you. These are so pretty, the monarchs are just so special, love the reds of the hibiscus, too. Diane

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  10. Ruth, Thanks for your nice comments-you are so sweet. The monarchs are stunning!!! Such fun to get good shots of them. Lovely pics as always and a thought worth remembering. Take care. Hugs, Mickie :)

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  11. Your photos are stunning and totally of professional quality. Be gentle to yourself at this time.

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  12. What wonderfully professional pictures. The red of the hibiscus and the sharpness and bright colors, it is so hard for me to focus in on red and get a good representation of it that is not blurry. I am praying for you at this hard time of year. Painful memories never leave us, but do get stronger on anniversaries. Many blessings to you, sweet Ruth.

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  13. Lovely, as always, Ruth, and your B&W is stunning. Praying for you as you walk through these anniversary days. (((Ruth))) Much love, Patricia

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  14. you would love our bush in the back yard right now, we have 2 bushes of these red hibiscus. i like the double butterfly but for today i am choosing the Lambs Ear, that is a beautiful photo of a beautiful plant and one that is new to me. like the black and white to, it is like and ink drawing. and we will not forget you whether you post or not

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  15. All are lovely but the monarchs steal my heart! Great post!

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  16. I wish there was an English Garden near us! Your close-ups are spectacular. You're right about the succulent you did in black and white--very striking. Don't worry about not blogging very often. I've been not so good about blogging myself lately. My husband and I both think I spend way too much time on it so I've been doing more stuff around the house (like cleaning it!). I'm not a very good housekeeper and I feel bad for Jerry when things get so untidy and dirty.

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  17. As usually you have posted some fantastic pictures.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  18. What lovely images. And, it's so nice to see you here. :)

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  19. Your photos are beautiful, so life like. I pray you will walk through this difficult anniversary with as much peace as possible.

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  20. Beautiful photo's Ruth I am sue God will guide you through these anniversary times.
    Riet

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  21. Hi Ruth...
    Your pictures are all great, but my favorite is the lamb's ear...Just gorgeous...Y'all sure have some beautiful gardens up there...Would love to see them...
    Everything here is scorched....Maybe soon we will get rain...
    I love the Lord and all of HIS goodness!

    Blessings on this Sunday afternoon..
    shug

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  22. Time heals all. We are here when you need us. Lovely shots. Take care:)

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  23. Ruth, your photos are marvelous... no matter the Season. You take good care of yourself during this Season in your life, as you take time and as the memories come flooding back. I pray God will give you strength, and comfort, and peace beyond understanding.
    Hugs, Dianne :)

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  24. Lovely photos as always, Ruth. Anniversaries of a great loss are always hard. Be very gentle with yourself as you find your way through this difficult time.

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  25. Ruth, these are all great but that first image is nothing short of superb!

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  26. Hi Ruth--It seems there are periods that it is hard to find time to post or to be in the mood to make one and this is one of these times for me also.

    I always enjoy your series of beautiful images and this one reminds me of how fall was always my favorite time of year, but as I get older, I hate to see summer end and even though the leaves are gorgeous now, your photos remind me of the beauty of summer.

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  27. Lovely set of image.. love the butterfly & lamb ears pics... :)

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  28. Everyone needs a blogging break once in awhile...thanks for checking in...I'll be back!

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  29. Great post. stunning photos
    May God in His mercy comfort you Ruth, and may he give you great strength.

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  30. We'll never forget you. :)

    That is a nice assortment of pictures. I can't pick a favorite.

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  31. I've been thinking that Jake's anniversary of passing was getting close. Congratulations for being gentle with yourself. I hope and pray that warm memories fill you, love surrounds you and beauty inspires you. Your images are gorgeous. Love and hugs.

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  32. I hope you know that we could never forget about you. I know what you mean when you say that newer pictures need editing -- I've got so many pictures to work on that it's not funny. The pictures you did post were marvelous as usual.

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  33. I so enjoy your photos and thought for the day. Think of you often.

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  34. In New Zealand, people and schools plant swan plants for the monarch butterflies.

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  35. I will remember you on the 10th, it is not long now, 1st anniversaries are the hardest. Are you planning to do anything

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  36. Your photography is stunning, as always, and I'm sending you my love and prayers, especially at this time of year!

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  37. We are happy to see your posts no matter how far between :-) You have good reason to be a bit "down" right now and not in the mood to post. I hope each day gets easier for you in some way. That black and white image is really stunning! That plant was a perfect choice for it. The other photos are equally beautiful, but that one was so unusual and unexpected.

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  38. Yes, it is hard to be disappointed in a Monarch. I get pretty excited about them, because they are so common here. Still trying for that 'awesome' photo of one.

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  39. ¡¡Very nice!!!..deliciosas..muy bonitos macros con unos colorees excelente
    saludos

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  40. Beautiful shots, Ruth. I know what it's like to be way behind photographically and blog-wise. There's no need to force yourself to do anything. Take the time you need to get through your days. We'll all be here when you're ready to share more photos. And yes, do be gentle to yourself and you would be with another experiencing your depth of grief. Hugs to you.

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  41. I understand Ruth...Don died 2 years ago October the 22nd. I send you (((((hugs))))) and love, Theanne

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  42. What beautiful photography. I love monarch butterflies, but rarely get to take their pics. Hibiscus flowers are so beautiful, I bring mine indoors in winter too. The water drops really makes the lambs ear look spectacular!

    I'm sorry you have a sad anniversary coming up. I don't know if Jake is your husband, but I lost mine 15 months ago. Sending gentle hugs your way.

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  43. You never disappoint with your beautiful photos, Ruth ! Very nicely shot.

    You're doing the right thing by taking time for yourself, and by not relying on your own strength. May God continue to give you strength.

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  44. Beautiful photos as usual Ruth!
    Follow your heart.God loves you.

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  45. All beautiful photos Ruth and I particularly like the B&W!

    Take care,
    Coy

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  46. I'm glad you're still out there, Ruth. :)) Luckily you have all these photos from last summer but I do look forward to your more recent ones too. :)

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  47. I absolutely LOVE butterfly houses, although we don't have any close by. Beautiful shots Ruth. My prayers are with you in the coming days.
    Becky

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  48. Your photos are breathtaking! I need to take the time to learn how to edit. Love Hibiscus and Lamb's Ear. I have both in my garden, but the Lamb's ear thrives in the open areas of our land.
    ~Piper

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  49. This series of photos is so very lovely. A feeling of peace came over me when viewing it. The hibiscus photo is absolutely luscious. You captured its vibrant petal colors so beautifully. The lambs ear, succulent and monarch images are exquisite.

    I too wish I could produce blog posts more often, but it is so very difficult to find the time.

    Thank you for sharing this most lovely post!

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