Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The winds of change . . .

"You can avoid having ulcers adapting to the situation;
If you fall in a mud puddle, check your pockets for fish."
-Unknown Author

It's hard to believe that its been three weeks since I've been in this space.
sigh . . .

I've spent the last few days on my front porch, from sun up to sun down...being still
and thinking, and observing.

and you know the one thing, that one reoccurring theme I see in nature more than
anything else is . . . change.

Flower buds open to reveal their inside beauty.
Wind, water and sand erode rocks to reveal colors 
and interesting patterns within those rocks.

Our Seasons change, the clouds are ever-changing.
Rivers, streams and shorelines are constantly carving
new boundaries, new paths.

And so is life.

{newly born polydamas swallowtail caterpillars}

Change can be hard, but it's also inevitable.
Nothing. Stays. The. Same.
Sometimes the changes are subtle, 

{the same caterpillar, nearly three weeks later}

and sometimes they are big,
and swift,
and sometimes they are just difficult.

"It is not necessary to change.
Survival is not mandatory."
- W. Edwards Deming

{KK Oh My}

But change can give us new eyes, new perspective.
Change can put us in circumstances that makes us more compassionate
and can give us the ability to have more empathy towards others.

...if we allow it

Change, just like the light,
is the reality that nothing stays the same,
but is always evolving. 

{KK 1101}

I'm thankful I'm not a spider . . . his reality? He has to change his residence daily.

Change is to become something different, to become something else.
We embrace change through our lens, we even welcome it. 

In nature things are constantly changing, proving 
 that change is growth, and growth . . . is evidence of life.

For me change can be an awakening to what "now" looks like
when I'm not fighting it. To try to embrace where I'm at because it
won't happen the same exact way again.

 The hardest change though is perhaps that which we do not choose for ourselves,
but just maybe it's the place of biggest growth . . . when we learn to accept it. 

Right about now, I'm double checking my pockets for fish!!

{I did get back last week but my son ended up in the hospital with a staff infection.
He had to have an abscess drained by a plastic surgeon and was on IV antibiotics.
We fell into a bit of a mud puddle.}

So, If I'm not back at the end of the week it's because we have follow up doctor visits
and his infusion.

Until next time,
Love, Kim


Andy said...

These photos are your fish.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Gorgeous photos. Being quiet in your front porch sounds like what you need. Stay strong my friend.

Barbara said...

Ahhh and so it begins, so lovely and nice to see.

Tamar SB said...

Those webs!!

Sherri B. said...

Kim, I'm so sorry your son is having a rough time right now...I hope he's feeling better very soon! Oh, how your words and images touch my heart. I'm sending you {{{Mom hugs}}} and many prayers.

Dina Lettre said...

Such a beautiful post, Kim. Your son is in my prayers. XO!

Caz Sultz said...

I really enjoyed all of your photos and your words, so thought provoking.
I'm sorry to read about your son, sending healing thoughts and hope he recovers soon.

Linda R said...

So many wonderful photos my friend.I am so sorry to hear about your son. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and you..

Great Big Hugs coming your way.

Barb said...

Glorious photography as usual and I love your message today - so true. I do hope your son recovers quickly...

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful images .... fabulous quotes....and I hope your son is better soon!!

Linda/patchwork said...

Beautiful photos.

Hope your son is much better, very soon.

Janet Bocciardi said...

You seem to be handling everything well! Love the photos as usual and the quotes. :-) Hang in there and sending strength and healing thoughts to your son.

Barbara said...

Oh my, stunning captures of Nature... love them all!

Brenda said...

The spider web images are completely amazing! Thinking of you and your son - hope he is doing well.

Melinda said...

Love your work, Kim- stunning! And the message, so powerful! I'm sorry to hear about your son- sending healing thoughts your way!

Mina fotostunder said...


Lisa Gordon said...

I am sorry to hear about your son, Kim, and I hope he recovers quickly.

Your photographs are just beautiful.

The Wandering Shutter Fly said...

Beautiful post and pics :-)

Gail Dixon said...

Your write so beautifully. So much truth. Very sorry about your son. Hope his recovery is speedy.

Donna said...

Beautiful photos and words! Have a great week :o)

Donna said...

Beautiful photos and words! Have a great week :o)

Kelly Kardos said...

What a gorgeous gorgeous and thoughtful post today Kim. Co

Donna Hopkins said...

Hope your son fights the infection quickly and thoroughly. So glad you had time for quiet reflection - we all need this! And your photo essay for today is simply stunning!

Dotti said...

Wonderful flow in the prose and photos! Still pulling for Sam!!


Silvina Soave said...

Mucha suerte con tu hijo, Kim, ojal√° las cosas marchen bien.
Tus fotos son espectaculares, y esta es una serie digna de admirar.Y es hermoso como te refieres al tema del cambio, tus palabras son muy inspiradoras.
Un fuerte abrazo y la mejor de las suertes.

lorik said...

Beautiful! Especially the cobwebs!

Sharon said...

Those webs -- stunning! And poignant, gentle writing. I do hope your son feels better. I've missed your writing and I'm glad to read your post. I know when someone in the family is ill, that can take most of your focus and energy. Praying for you . . .

My Garden Diaries said...

Such stunning photos and beautiful words! Your shots of all of your caterpillars are amazing....I love that you appreciate these creatures so much! Wishing you a good week and a clean bill of health for your son! Nicole xo

molly said...

The small world, made to look oh so very big. Brilliant photos


June Caedmon said...

I love what Andy said. "These photos are your fish" - not such a great welcome home. I'm sorry for your boy - praying for healing. Welcome back, you were missed :)

Ida said...

I tend to "fight" change but like you said it's inevitable so it's best to just go with the flow as best one can. It's good to see you back and I hope your son is well soon.

Comfypjs said...

Beautiful photos and post Kim! I don't to my favorite blogs as much as I would like these days but praying for your son that this infection will pass quickly.

Cathy H. said...

Those webs are breathtaking...such gorgeous colors! I'll be praying for you and your son this week!

Saun said...

Great Series! and words in my thoughts and prayers.

Liz said...

Lovely images Kim! I particularly like the spider web shots.
I'm not much of a fan of change but unfortunately, life is full of it!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

I need to find a spider web. We are finally having some dew in the mornings. :) Sweet shots!

Cathy said...

Those spiderweb shots are stunning and your words are so true and through provoking. Such a great post.

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