I can't believe what a whirlwind the last few days have been. On Saturday I found out my dearest neighbors husband had passed away. He was 85 years old and lived an incredible life but it still seems like it was too soon. When I think about the cycle of life, I think about how much my own garden has taught me ~ watching the birth/death/rebirth sequence occur over and over again right before my eyes. It's comforting and yet harsh at the same time. A tangible reality check that nothing lasts forever yet life always goes on. Still, when someone you know passes, it gives you pause. Makes you think about their life, your life, what's important, what's missing, what's left to do, etc. I was doing that last night ~ yes, I know, deep, huh? But reflection is good and necessary and often the kick needed to get in gear and do something (before it's too late) that's on our own lists. The trick is to act on it before complacency lulls us in again... I hope I can do that.
I also thought about how photography, like life, is often a "one shot" deal ~ maybe you only get one chance to capture a Monarch on Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway' (Joe Pye):
or maybe you notice how quickly time passes because only "yesterday" you were planting pumpkin seeds and today they have reached maturation ~ how did that happen?
Summer, the season of "life," is winding down. I dread it as many of you know all too well. The signs are irrefutable tho ~ the birds have started harvesting gorging themselves on berry-laden Viburnums:
and today ~ the start of another school year. *sigh*
No way to stop it.
Any of it.
Must learn to move gracefully with it....