Life’s Changing Colors and Textures – Purple Lysianthus – Picture to Ponder – v7-issue16

by Sheila Finkelstein on April 19, 2011

In today’s Picture to Ponder, I invite you to take some time and simply breathe in the beauty of the images below.

lavender lysianthus buds

3 lavendar lysianthus buds

lavendar lysianthus

2 silky purple lysianthus

underside of purple lysianthus

Today’s Photos
Purple lysianthus. I was so thrilled with the pink lysianthus featured last month – Pink Lysianthus – that when they died off I purchased a different bunch. I delight in the fact that these flowers last for two to three weeks in my home.  They provide tremendous pleasure.

This lavender grouping was particularly fascinating to me because of the fact that the stalks had several buds, each a slight variation in color. A few of the very light ones turned into the darker purple as they opened fully.

An assortment is featured above for your pleasure.

Self-Reflecting Queries
Today’s flowers seem to invite looking at the subtleties and gentle areas in your life. The fourth one down feels very silky to me.

Thus the following queries emerged:

What are the textures of your life? Where are they smooth? And, when there are rough patches how do THEY feel?
Note – As I reviewed this issue in my own email box, before sending it, I realized I made assumptions throughout. Mainly were those that you, too would find the images quiet and beautiful.
Underneath this also was the assumption that you, too, would enjoy the colors and respond similarly to the flowers.   It did finally occur to me, before mailing, that, in fact, none of the above might fit for you.
Thus, I invite you to look at your life and check:
Are there areas where your actions are based on the assumption that others with whom you are interacting are on the “same page?”
If that’s a possibility, I invite you to “play” with this and check it out.
As always, have fun, and please share in the comments below what comes up for you.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Deborah Lee April 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

Sheila – these are absolutely gorgeous and just what I needed to see right now. They soothe my soul.

We are going into the studio in a couple of weeks to do another recording we are going to call “Gator Jazz”. I would like to purchase one of your photos for the cover, so start sorting through your gator pics and see what we can come up with!


Sheila Finkelstein April 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

Thanks, Debii. I LOVE the “soothe my soul.”
New recording sounds exciting. I’ll contact you directly. Thanks for thinking of me.


Peggy Kemp April 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Sheila, I found these so lovely and peaceful. I remember lysianthus and how soft their petals are. I liked the movement of the center of the 3rd one, and the shading on the last one. Nature is the consummate artist we learn from.

I met a woman last week who said she couldn’t tolerate color in her office, found it too distracting. It was all black and white. Imagine how sad that must be, not to enjoy these beautiful shadings and have them around.


Sheila Finkelstein April 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thanks for sharing this, Peggy. I love your “Nature is the consummate artist!”

Interestingly, in a way, I can understand the woman who couldn’t tolerate color in her office. She is probably very sensitive and may be quite visual, in which case I can understand the distraction of color.

In a way, I think there is a similar thing with me and music. Many people have some form of music going a lot, if not all, of the time. From time to time I wonder why I don’t have favorite music and why I don’t keep it on in the background. Though an artist, my main responsive mode, generally, is auditory, even to the “hearing” of my own thoughts. And, I suspect, music thus becomes a distraction for me.


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