Thursday, April 19, 2012

Small Things Hardly Noticeable

"If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable."  Rainer Maria Rilke 


Have you ever had one of those days when you experienced true, heartfelt joy? Today is one of those days for me. The sun is shining, there's a warm breeze on my face, the birds in my backyard are chattering back and forth, and the contentment I feel brings me such a sense of peace. I'm always so grateful for these moments.


As I wandered through my front yard, I noticed that the lily of the valley are finally blooming. To me there is no more beautiful, delicate, and fragrant flower on earth. They're easy to miss if you don't look closely. So of course I grabbed my camera, fought off the bombarding bumblebees, and captured their delicate beauty to the best of my ability.


I pay attention to these moments. These are the times when I know all is well with my soul. For this day. And that is enough.


"For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come." Song of Solomon 2:11-12


26 comments:

Kim K. said...

Such a beautiful post to match a beautiful delicate flower. Gorgeous pictures.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Do you remember when these were always in the bridal bouquets? So delicate and lovely.

My Vintage Mending said...

A tiny flower that smells like heaven. These easily make you stop and remember the magic moments...smiles...Renee

vintage grey said...

These are stunning!! I have never seen them before, and oh they are just sweet!! Thanks for sharing such beautiful flowers!! xo Heather

Amy Jo said...

Wow, what pretty flowers! I love them too. A beautiful post.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Lily of the valley. Reminds me of my mothers garden. Her delicate flower patch of these white and green beauties are so sweet to smell! Lovely post and what wonderful photography! My garden is still pretty bare!
Blessings to you,
Susie

Scrappy Grams said...

I love these; and...they bring back warm memories of my mama's bed of them!

magie said...

Such pretty flowers. There is always something so enjoyable and peaceful about spending time in ones garden, on a nice sunny day :)
I hope you have a lovely weekend..
Magie x

Perfectly Printed said...

The flowers are lovely!! You are right to cherish those special moments! And in your own yard is even better!

chris

retrorevival.biz said...

Such a beautiful post! And your pictures are so sharp and crisp, I do believe I can smell the Lilly of the Valley blooms:)

~Cindy

Crafted by Carly said...

Oh, what a beautiful post!!! Thank you for sharing your spring joys with us all. I Love to feel the warmth of the sun, mixed with a little breeze, on my skin. What an amazing feeling it is!!! :-)
Hope you have a sunshiney weekend!
Carly
x

Vero nickyschannel said...

remind me of my mother, she always give me these
i love to reading the blog
greetz from Belgium,
vero

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Dear Betsy,
Your blog ( and these flowers ) are beautiful! So nice to meet you... I'm your newest follower! Off to take a look around! Happy Sunday!
Deb

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Ps. The Little Red Hen was my favorite book as a very young child!

patchworkandlace said...

Thankyou for lovely comments over on my blog ,i love those days too when you feel at peace ,when life is good and everything looks rosy ,it would be blissfull to feel like this every day xx

camp and cottage living said...

Betsy
The are so sweet and delicate. I used to have these in my yard. They
sure spread, don't they.
BTW, what kind of camera do you use? It's great!
He's the Lily of the Valley
He's the Bright & Morning Star.
He's the Fairest of Ten Thousand,
Everybody ought to know.
So true!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful flowers and a lovely post. These are such an old fashioned flower that takes us back in time. We were plunged back into winter weather today but I was thankful to have a day to stay inside...warm and snug!

Cathy said...

Very good start to your simple life! Looking at things that God has made is simple! Just open our eyes and see what is there!~ ♥♥♥

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

The are truly beautiful. Mine have sprouted but the delicate white bells have not appeared yet. I did a post on Lily of the Valley last year.It was the first year I had so many that I could cut several little bouquets. Wonderful photos.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such beautiful photos! Lily of the Valley are my daughter's favorite flowers. She wanted them to be in her wedding bouquet this May but the florist told her they would be out of season by then. I'm going to try to find a few her wedding weekend..wish me luck!

Cottage and Broome said...

Nothing is more enjoyable to me than sitting out in my garden enjoying the day. I love lily of the valley too but they can take over a whole garden. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

GardenofDaisies said...

Betsy, your photos of the lily of the valley are beautiful!!! I love those itty bitty flowers. And they smell so sweet! I used to have them growing by the back door in the first little house we lived in. I miss them.

magie said...

Just me again..I just wanted to let you know I nominated your blog for a blogging award..not sure if you accept them or not ..but I just wanted to let you know I think your blog is great :)
Magie x

Barb said...

Lilies of the Valley is such a sweet and welcome flower in my garden. I remember my mom and I singing every May, "White coral bells, upon a slender stalk; Lilies of the Valley deck my garden walk. Oh, don't you wish that you could could hear them ring; that will happen only when the fairies sing!" Mom is gone and now I sing it with my own 20 year old daughter. Mine are just starting to bud.... Thanks for the sweet springtime memories!

Angela said...

beautiful flowers - we used to have these in our back yard where I grew up.

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