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barrelblossom©lisahudson

A neighbor recently invited me down to shoot some pictures of the blossoms on a barrel cactus he’s had since it was a seedling.  These were the first blossoms on this particular cactus.  It’s 35 years old.  Desert gardens take patience!

stonesculptures©lisahudson

Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone — Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own. ~ Adam L. Gordon

noplacelikehome©lisahudson

Michigan, with its delicious American name. How lucky one must be to live there. ~ Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure

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The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

raincatcher©lisahudson

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~ George Washington Carver

daddylonglegs©lisahudson

The world is full of happiness, and plenty to go round, if you are only willing to take the kind that comes your way. ~ Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs (Hodder & Stoughton, 1912)

duneclimb©lisahudson

Dune climb, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI

It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand. ~ Madeleine L’Engle

jasmine©lisahudson

In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home.  It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard.  I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume. ~ Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

landing©lisahudson

I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms… ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

lilacs©lisahudson

I am thinking of the lilac-trees, That shook their purple plumes, And when the sash was open, Shed fragrance through the room. ~ Ann S. Stephens

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