Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks.
~Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is a strange Fourth of July this year for me. I have mixed emotions about the things I see happening in our country (and our world). And, while I have enjoyed watching the big firework displays offered in many communities, I am not a huge fan of the many noisy backyard fireworks sounds we hear for several nights each year around the holiday. I worry about pets, wildlife, and people with PTSD or other conditions that might suffer when hearing all this noise (and the potential for accidental fires near homes). So, this year, we opted to hang here in the woods (plus, one of us is under the weather). As I walked around the yard this morning, I realized that our flowers offer a hint of a fireworks display of their own in their varied shapes and colors. Here are a few of those blooming in our yard today (along with a couple of critters found lurking in the plants)…perhaps best viewed with the sounds of the 1812 Overture in the background…
Hope you can see some of your favorite firework shapes in these beauties. And I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. May we all work to make our country a more inclusive home for all of us and the wild places we share it with in the coming year.
So beautiful. Thank you for sharing these beauties. And I took your suggestion and played Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and it was a nice addition. You are living in a beautiful world!
Thanks, Mary. Happy Fourth to you!
Much more enjoyable than fireworks, thanks
Thank you, Jacqueline.
My feelings about our country on this Independence Day are not fit for publication here, to be honest. Each day is more heartbreaking than the last.
Your photos are lovely, thanks for a bright spot on this sad day.
Thanks, Kim. I agree, these are difficult times, but I think we all need to strive to be positive and act toward making it better.
Absolutely, so beautiful!
Much gratitude for your seeing, photographing and sharing these beauties.
Stunning! And so much calmer and quieter than those booming fireworks!
Agreed…they were very loud (and long-lasting) last night somewhere near here.
Loved your photos especially the Tiger Lily and the Plymouth Gentian!! Thank you Mike and Happy 4th of July!
Thank you, Mary.
What a fantastic list of plants; they’re spectacular!
Beautiful, thank you for brightening my day.
Thanks, as always.
Your emails bring so much joy to me (and my mother who lives in NC–I’m far away in Japan; we often discuss what you’ve written).
Thank you so much for sharing that, Daniel. Hope your mother and you continue to enjoy these posts.
fabulously floriferous but the bottlebrush grass stole the show for me
Thanks, Laura. That grass is definitely one of my favorites here in our woods, and it doesn’t seem to be bothered much by the deer.
Love the flower fireworks!! I definitely plan to adopt that concept in the future in lieu of the traditional loud fireworks displays!
Thanks, Tedi. Hope all is well.
This was wonderful! Thank you.
Thanks, Nancy, glad you enjoyed it.