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Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Tale of Determination

Here's a small tale of determination. A little Wallflower tried to bloom late last June but our drought stunted its growth. I ride by this plant regularly, and I saw a few blossoms shrivel up from lack of moisture in late June.

Then, we had an entire year's worth of precipitation in one week, leading to a huge disaster for much of our world. But the little flower had been biding its time, waiting for another chance to shine. On the day before it snowed recently, I noticed the flower trying to bloom, and I felt terrible thinking that it would be killed in the snow.

I was wrong! Today, the snow had melted from it, and it was still blooming!
To make the moment more magical, as I silently knelt on the ground looking at the beautiful little flower, a small herd of elk thundered past me, about 25 yards away. A few minutes later, the bull elk from the group bugled - the most glorious sound in the forest! It was my lucky day to get to hear that elk music.

To make our day even better, not all of our autumn leaves fell down in the snow so Shyla and I enjoyed autumn's beauty this morning.
Shyla reminds me a bit of that beautiful little flower, slowly blossoming into an amazing grown-up dog.
Stop, look, and listen - there is beauty everywhere!
Happy Sunday.


  1. We can all learn a lesson from that flower and that sweet Shyla.

  2. I agree with NCmountain woman - nature often has a lot to teach us.

  3. What a beautiful lesson!

  4. What a wonderful Sunday you had with the flowers and the elk! We love seeing how Shyla is growing and changing.

  5. Shyla and that flower are beautiful examples of how to approach and get through life beautifully.

  6. Yet it was YOU who stopped to notice all those wonderful things. Thank you so much for the Autumn photos. I just love all the colors - they are my favorites.

  7. Unexpected Beauty. Golden LOVE it. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  8. I love that little story- and that brave little flower that did not give up-- and showed us all how strong it was.
    Thank you for again taking us into your world!

  9. Those days need to be stored in your memory bank!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  10. What a beautiful post and pictures, KB!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. is amazing the things we see when we stop to look and notice...

  12. Very pretty!

    Monty and Harlow

  13. Awesome. How cool the elk came so close to you, that would have been a great thing to see.

  14. Plants are AMAZING! I draw a lot of inspiration from the plants.

  15. Oh, Shyla! You look so beautiful in all those golden leaves!
    We can learn a lot from being out in the "quiet", can't we?

  16. Shyla looks gorgeous against those fall leaves!

    Yay - for that plant blooming! Isn't it funny how we notice things like that? Although my photography skills are nothing like yours and I only use my phone - I still notice little details and imagine myself with a great camera capturing the scene. :)

  17. Beautiful, and such brilliant colors!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  18. Oh Beautifuls!! That little flower is just amazin'! Nature (and doggies) will surprise you every time...
    Lovely pic Shyla!
    Ruby ♥

  19. I love the story about the wall flower -- actually, both of them! And I can never get enough of the brilliant gold in your corner of the world. Absolutely gorgeous shots today!

  20. Howdy mates, your photos always make us see beautiful. Loved them all! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  21. Shyla is Lovely with that all colour.


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