Ordinary Beautiful

October 6,2015

There is always more than one way to see.

Some see ordinary. . .

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while others see beautiful.

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Close your eyes and imagine a blade of grass . . .

Did you see ordinary?

Or, like this quote from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass, did you see beautiful?

Hold out your hands and let me lay upon them a sheaf of freshly picked sweetgrass, loose and flowing like newly washed hair. Golden green and glossy above, the stems are banded with purple and white where they meet the ground. Hold the bundle up to your nose. Find the fragrance of honeyed vanilla over the scent of river water and black earth and you understand its scientific name: Hierochloe Odorata, meaning the fragrant holy grass. In our language it is called wiingaashk, the sweet smelling hair of Mother Earth. Breathe it in and you start to remember things you didn’t know you’d forgotten.

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Reading her poetic words about grass causes my vision to change . . .

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from ordinary to beautiful.

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Now, suspended between the seasons, watching summer dwindle, I am fooled into thinking all is ordinary.

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But when I take the time to go outside with my camera,

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always

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I am amazed

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by the beauty

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amongst

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the ordinary.

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Of course, it helps to have a bed of zinnias and visits from neighboring peacocks!

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You

and

that

blade

of

grass

are

made

by

the

same

creator.

Can you see it?

Latest Comments

  1. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Beauty for the eye, words for the soul. I always love to see your posts scroll across my reader. I feel like I’m opening a gift. Another smile.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Breath-takingly beautiful! The one with the Queen Anne’s lace and pink grass especially!

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  3. Julie@frogpondfarm says:

    Isn’t nature beautiful? Breathe it in and you will remember things you didn’t know you had forgotten .. Oh my. You see and feel so much says I with moist eyes. I adore zinnias ..

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  4. Lynne Hall says:

    I can see it! Thank you for the reminder to look!

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  5. oakcoveresort says:

    Beautiful. thank you.

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  6. Jane says:

    Simply perfect, Julie! Thanks for sharing such beauty in words and stunning shots. You put a smile on my face. 🙂

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  7. Everydaycheerblog says:

    Some see ordinary…while others see beautiful. That is profound in itself.

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  8. Marla aka Crazy Mom says:

    I, too, love letting my camera point out beauty that I otherwise might have missed!! Thank you for your beautiful post!

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  9. Everydaycheerblog says:

    Reblogged this on Everyday Cheer and commented:
    “Some see ordinary, while others see beautiful.” I had to reblog this post of Julie’s. I love this statement!
    The world would be a better place if more people saw the beautiful in people and things.

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