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Seasons

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


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Exuberance

Exuberance = Elixir

Quotes to consider:

“Exuberance is beauty.” – William Blake

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.” – Anne Sexton

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Innocence

Innocence illuminates.

YOUNG MALE LION - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana
YOUNG MALE LION – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

Its beauty transcends illusion.

Quotes to consider:

“The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.” – William Shakespeare

“The greater our innocence, the greater our strength and the swifter our victory.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Innocence dwells with wisdom, but never with ignorance.” – William Blake
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Achievement

Stripes are earned – unless you’re a Zebra.

ZEBRA - Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana
ZEBRA – Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana

There are no short-cuts to success.

Quotes to consider:

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” – William Blake

“Never mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden

“The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.” – Napoleon Hill
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