seeds of change

artichoke_seed-9139It’s that time of year when the artichoke goes to seed…

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. 
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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34 thoughts on “seeds of change

    • Thanks so much, Jane. I saw those fluffy seeds backlit by the sun and just had to work at capturing them. It took quite a few attempts as the wind kept blowing them away! Thoreau is always good for words of wisdom.

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    • Thanks, Randall. Just one of many reasons to love the end of summer. Hard to decide which is better… spring or fall. I think it’s the change that pleases me most. Dry, occasionally too warm summer always seems to linger too long so it’s exciting when I start seeing signs of the approaching transformation.

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      • The autumn does it for me, it seems a perfect mix of all the season (a bit of summer, a feel of spring in contrast and then the ending always hold a bite of winter). It is the perfect time to get out and enjoy before hibernation 🙂

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    • Thank you. The artichoke is more closely related to a thistle. When in bloom they have the same shade of purple as the thistle. They’re just much bigger and tastier. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Sylvia. I ‘cheated’ a bit for this one. The seeds were all crammed together in the flower, so I pulled out a single one and rested it on the flower. The wind kept blowing them away, but I finally caught one before it flew away!

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  1. We are in the midst of the tomato flood….it will continue now until the rains come and cause them to split with increased moisture. So it is, each year…..the artichokes going to seed is part of it. I’ve enjoyed the flowers

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