Seasons take their own sweet time.

SPRING LEAVES - Johannesburg, South Africa

It’s taboo to turn your head while doing a shoulder stand. Not because of bad form, but you could injure your neck. So I do it slowly, persuaded by persistent puppy whimpers outside our sliding door. Quilla’s furry little face looks perplexed. My morning yoga sequence is clearly strange. Easily reassured, she bounces off to join her brother’s assault on the sprinklers. Crystal droplets spray over two tumbling bodies, glistening against the sky. That’s when I notice it. The brilliant lime green of our most seasonal tree. It’s the one I photographed three months ago, in its autumn splendour. Winter has passed, the young leaves whisper. Spring is here, in her own sweet time.

Quotes to consider:

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana

“And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.” – Kahlil Gibran

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven” – The Seekers (from the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!”)

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus

To illustrate that last quote, here’s the Autumn image of this same tree:

AUTUMN LEAVES - Johannesburg, South Africa

. . . and two pics of the puppies, to show you how quickly they’re growing!

QUILLA about to bound off following her brother's lead

QUEST plotting his assault on anything that moves, or doesn't

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32 Responses to Seasons

  1. QUEST is listening hard on this!:O~ they are beautiful puppies =P though I am not a dog lover :3~ Pictures and words, wow I am so on a roll on your posts Naomi~ Great work as always, love them so much ^^~

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you, Riika! You’re too right about Quest, and he needs no encouragement…think I should keep quiet! Will post more pics to work on your love for dogs 🙂

  2. cindy says:

    Oh dear, Quest and my Diski seem to have the same ear-thing going, too beautiful!
    Isn’t today glorious? I’m in short sleeves 🙂
    Have a great weekend.

    • Naomi says:

      It’s too cute, though, Cindy! How old is your Diski? I took this pic about a week ago and Quest’s ear has since stood up. So high and large that a friend said yesterday that it looks like he’s got Wild Dog in him. Not entirely flattering 🙂

      Been loving the weather so far…I’m in a vest now, but concerned that it’s turning 😦 Dave’s gone to race in KZN, where rain is reported for tomorrow. Really hope not – for his sake, as well as your family’s camping trip! Enjoy your weekend too 🙂

  3. Beautiful blog and very insightful. I enjoyed my visit…More support to your work.


  4. Naomi says:

    Thanks a ton, Emmanuel! Appreciate it very much…and more support to yours too!

  5. Ewan Walker says:

    Do you know the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” is actually based on a Bible Passage?

    Ecclesiastes 3:

    1.There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under heaven:
    2 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,

    3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

    5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

    6 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,

    7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    8 a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

  6. I loooooooooove the quotes, Naomi… Gibran is an old favorite but the Camus quote is so—lovely! I used to dread the end of summer but not any more. I’ve learned that Fall is a actually a beautiful time.. of year, of life.
    BTW: love YOUR pictures! lol

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Lin! Agreed on Kahlil Gibran, and I was delighted to discover the Camus quote this morning 🙂 How do you create such brilliant illustrations on your blog?

  7. nrhatch says:

    Quilla and Quest are adorable.

    Tigger used to wonder when I stood on my head as well. ; )

  8. Naomi says:

    Thx, Nance, also for LOL!!

    You and Tigger will no doubt understand this then: Jina pounced on my head one morning – claws, fangs and all, while I was doing a cat stretch (head enticingly close to hers). Seems it was quite a realistic one 😀

  9. Amy MacLeod says:

    I’m doing a cat wallow as I read comments from Nancy and you. I’m listening to some Abraham tapes about ‘being’ with our animals so topping that with this verbal immersion was delightful. When Duc graces me with an inside visit, we lie on the carpet together and I imitate him. He is fascinated at first, but occasionally comes over to give me a non-claw bat with his paw. Then he’ll lie down with that paw still in contact. Bonding confirmed.

    Your gorgeously healthy dogs are transforming faster than the season, Naomi. Thanks for including the two shots of the tree. That did something very sweet for me this morning. Must be something about the miracle.

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you for such a lovely comment, Amy 🙂

      That ‘paw in contact bonding’ is my absolute best. Oh, in addition to Jina curling up against us under the duvet. She does that most mornigs around 5am. No more beautiful way to wake up!

      You’re so right about the dogs…screaming through puppyhood into adolescence! The tree is quite an interesting measure, and ‘miracle’ as you say 🙂

  10. I’ve copied and pasted your Blake comment, Cindy, thankyou so much. He is a favourite of mine, I love his illustrations and writings. A real visionary. And you have given me a little more strength to face the Autumn and Winter which are drawing in over here. I shall be teaching in Harvest, and I shall make sure I enjoy the Winter this year.

    The dogs are absolutely gorgeous. They will love this Summer.

  11. Naomi says:

    Thank you, Kate, and warmest wishes for your colder seasons 🙂

    I believe you’re right about the dogs. Lots of long walks are on the cards!

  12. Morganna says:

    I love the pictures paired with such inspiring words.

  13. buttercup600 says:

    They are so gorgeous, nothing like the love of a dog…all they know is love!! Loved the quotes Naomi, thanks for sharing. Much love xx

  14. Jamie Dedes says:

    Love the prose poem, the pix, the pups … and the quotable quotes … Gibran and Blake are favs.

    Nicely done, Naomi!

  15. Erk! Just read my bleary late night comment Naomi, and realised I thanked you as Cindy! I always call in on you both at the same time! Must be the similarity in your dog’s ears…..

  16. Must be, Kate, LOL!!! In any case, I take being confused with Cindy as a compliment 🙂

  17. Jingle says:

    super impressive,
    stunning images, fresh and sweet.

  18. Tokeloshe says:

    Beautiful photos as always, they are both adorable.

    It always amazes me how suddenly fall appears.

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