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The hardest part about winter isn’t the cold, or the snow, or the long darkness.  For me, it is the loss of flowers from late fall until spring.

 

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I buy flowers at the grocery store, I go to the wholesale flower district and spend time standing in the coolers with bucket after bucket of flowers,  just so I can be around flowers.

 

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But the cut flowers aren’t the same as those that are living and breathing on their stems and roots where they reach for the sky and connect with the earth.

 

 

 

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When I stand next to them there is a current of life that flows from that plant into the soil and into my soul.   I can slowly bask in the flower’s beauty and feel that shared life of mother earth.

 

 

 

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I just returned home from a short trip to a warmer place where I could spend some time with the newly blossoming magnolias and camellias.  It was like heaven.

 

 

 

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The colors, the shapes, the beauty.  They all gave me the flower fix I need.

 

 

 

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Now I have the flowers in photos and I spend time in glow of the computer screen taking in the light.

 

 

 

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The light of the flowers in their photos helps me through winter, a similar light perhaps to those who suffer from SAD in the winter.

 

 

 

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May spring and the blossoms arrive soon in St. Louis this year.  I can’t wait.

 

ENJOY & CREATE

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100 Days for Mandalas starts January 26th. Here’s info and an invitation from the first 100 Days for Mandalas.

 

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