A Wildflower Woman

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A Wildflower Woman

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She didn’t fit in with the regular crowd

ones that painted their nails and faces

Her hands were busy creating natural beauty

 A wildflower blooming in a private oasis

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Though not often seen by the populace

She secretly flourished under creation’s care

not showered with worldly waters on cue

 A wildflower dependent on heavenly fare

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While the others rushed about around her

living the daily grind of grab and gain

She delighted in an alpine simplicity

A wildflower at peace without a ball and chain.

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Wendy/2013

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One of my goals for this summer was to climb Mt Becher. These wildflowers are from that climb.

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I am posting them in the order that I photographed them. They were the carrots that helped me keep going when I felt exhausted…

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It was a delightful surprise to find such a variety. Ian was patient as I stopped, and he even pointed out some for me to capture on camera.

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This is a wild lily with an old retired chairlift in the sky above it. (I felt like retiring after climbing up the steep ski hill part.)

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The views behind us were incredible. But I am saving those pictures for the next post. Today we’ll focus on the flowers.

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As we got closer to the top I was a bit nervous to look back. Then I started to daydream about a helicopter meeting us at the summit to take us home.

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Ian had let me know that we could turn back anytime I wanted. I wanted to reach the top. One group of people did turn back within 30 minutes of the peak. I felt sad for them that they had not completed the journey.

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I had trained all winter on my step machine with this mountain in mind. Quitting was not an option unless absolutely necessary.

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As we got closer to our goal, the air was cooler and there were patches of snow on the ground. I put some under my hat to cool off even more.

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The flowers in this picture were growing in a marshy spot that we had to cross over by a rickety “bridge.”

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These pink lovelies were on the summit.  They are by my feet in the final picture…

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Over the top Blessings ~ Wendy

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What was your goal for the summer?

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104 thoughts on “A Wildflower Woman

  1. Hi There
    Thank you so much for following my blog. It is an honor for me. I can’t say much about your blog. only one word : Beautiful!! I really love your photos 🙂 Once again thank you so much for following me. Blessing.

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. Much appreciated. You are really blessed with your creative poetry and photography. I do enjoy God’s beautiful creation and you have shared very generously and succinctly through your writing!

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  3. Spend time writing…but that is always…
    greet a new grand baby, spend some quality time with my hubby, and work on cleaning up the tree that fell in our back yard.

    I have actually started walking, just around the block…I’d like to get up to a couple of miles a day. But with the rain this morning that was put on hold.

    I really enjoyed your photos. And I am happy for you that you made it to the top.

    Hugs, Jules

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  4. Congratulations on your victories, you’re such an inspiration! My goals this summer is to have lots of fun with my family, holidays, fun day out and work on my books and live life to the full! Great post with excellent shots, I love it!. Much love Wendy!
    🙂

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  5. Love the photos ..and inspiring story and most of all the poem.
    🙂
    My goal was to keep a peaceful house above all and send my daughter off to kindergarten with that peace…letting some other less important goals wait. She started A couple days ago. And she is having a great time. ..
    Blessings –
    Laurie

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  6. Beautiful photos! Congratulations for making it to the top…and taking pictures along the way…impressive!

    My goal for the summer is to get back to dancing Monday – Friday, beginning this week.

    \o/

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    1. Hi Paulama! Thank you for your visit. 🙂 My oldest son and I found a lovely and safe swimming spot in one of our local rivers today. It was glorious since it has been warm lately. It still doesn’t get as hot as Australia or inland Canada. xo

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  7. Wendy, this wildflower lady is the kind of friend I like to be with. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and wild flowers abound when the conditions are right. And spending time in the SoCal desert (sadly, where the wild fires have been devastating this year) there is nothing quite like a year when the rains coax out the blooms of desert species. Your photos and words are refreshing.

    As for goals, mine has been to get a volume of poetry up on Kindle. I’m finishing that. My daily walks with the dogs along the river keep me in touch with nature, my main source of inspiration.

    Beautiful post.

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    1. Victoria, what a great idea to have a Kindle volume published! Good on you. 🙂 I agree that nature is inspiring. Even when I am just taking my dog outside I tuck my little camera in my pocket – just in case… Thank you for your visit.

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  8. Your post reminded me that I started re-reading Pilgrim’s Progress a few months ago and never finished…I am glad you reached the summit of that beautiful mountain. The journey was challenging, but you had prepared, you had an encourager at your side, there were wonderful blessings along the way, and you knew it would be worth the effort. How true this is of life, especially of the Christian life. Just tonight, V told our son that those who aren’t following God may appear to have an easier life…but even L piped up, “it may be easier, but there is no joy!”.

    You asked about goals for the summer…my goal has been to help our family adjust to this move. We are just over an hour from our old home, but it has been very challenging for L. He misses his school friends dearly, and has been more emotional and even down…he starts school next week, so I’m praying for new friends and a great experience.

    One goal that I had, that seems to have come to pass, was getting Little A out of diapers. Something finally clicked last week and suddenly she only wears diapers at night.

    I am still itching to see mountains again–it has been far too long! Keep posting pictures so I can remember the terrain of my youth and dream of trips yet to come!

    Blessings–Alison

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    1. Thank you, Alison! I am posting mountain pictures next Friday as I share pictures from this hike. You would not believe how many clicks of the camera I can get in on a hike… now I need to sort through them.

      How awesome that your daughter has made the big step. My experience with my children was so different with each one. We were living out in the country and had no pressure from anyone…so it was pretty laid back. I could never offer advice to anyone on this topic, except to say that it will happen before they move out. I was lousy at toilet training kids; however, I taught the two youngest to read before they were four. 🙂

      My heart goes out to your son. I had to switch schools in my elementary years. It was hard at first. But I became close friends with the girl who would pray me into faith and who is still one of my closest friends. My kids call her an aunt as she has been so kind to them since birth. God has your son’s heart in mind – I am sure of this.

      Blessings, dear friend

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      1. Thanks for the encouraging words for the kids–I am very excited for Little A, because I can see her growing and changing so quickly these days. As for L, I know God has his heart in mind…and I am eager to see what’s in store!!

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  9. Dearest Wendy, what a marvelously encouraging post. You kept my attention on your words and pictures. While reading, I was hoping you would show us a picture of the summit. What an incredible reward. Thank you for sharing that with us.

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  10. Lovely post Wendy. What an incredible view in the background behind you. So good that you didn’t turn back. Congratulations and thank you for sharing photos of the beautiful wildflowers that many of us would otherwise never have had the opportunity to see.

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  11. Always a fan of wildflowers. I don’t think I ever climbed anything that high, even in Peru, but it amazes me what beauty grows in such windswept and wild places! Thanks.
    Peace

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    1. Your comment reminds me of authors such as Hannah Whitall Smith whose writing is rich with grace and depth which I suspect came from her experience with a “windswept” life. Trials can carve beauty.

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  12. So many beautiful flowers! I can see how they helped to keep you going 🙂 What a view in the last photo. Making it to the top feels always so amazing and so worth it. You are tough, so well done!

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  13. It is obvious that your trek was inspired afresh with each new wildflower. However, I think “They are by my feet in the final picture…” is misleading, as these ‘pictures’ will continue to unfold in fond memories.

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  14. Great series of pictures, especially like the last with the rocks rising beyond the flowers. Congrats on he climb–the view from he summit is breathtaking. Enjoy the rest of our summer.
    David

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