The best quote for this theme is “my favorite place is in the arms of a loved one”, but Powell Gardens in the photo above is close. Especially when spring is blooming with azaleas, crocus, daffodils, forsythia, hyacinth, peonies, quince, dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias, tulips, and wisteria.
Later in the season there’s Unity Village's rose garden where there’s an abundance and variety of roses amongst the fountains and Mediterranean architecture. Another favorite.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place
"I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than
in church thinking about the mountains." — John Muir
Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be
"We are, each of us, our own prisoner.
We are locked up in our own story." - Maxine Kumin
"The picture alone, without the written word,
leaves half the story untold." - James Lafferty
Weekly Photo Challenge: Story
“Jade suits were the most important of the jade burial goods used in the Han dynasty. This suit is the earliest and most elaborate one discovered. It is formed of 4,248 pieces of jade knotted together with gold wire. Unlike other jade suits, which typically use inferior jade, this one was created with high-quality jade polished to a glossy sheen. The suit was constructed in parts corresponding to the parts of the body, which were then sewn together using red silk. The suit was found in pieces and has been reconstructed using modern silk and gold.”
Jade burial suit with gold thread. Excavated in 1994- 1995 from the tomb of a king of Chu at Lion Mountain.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of this World
“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” ― Pablo Picasso
Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.”
— William Shakespeare
🍦Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet🍦
I live near Powell Gardens which is a 970-acre (3.9 km2) botanical garden about 30 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri. This is where I enjoy my weekend nature walks amongst the flowers.
Kansas City Union Station is one of the icons of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, having opened in 1914. Once a booming rail station and also noted for the Kansas City Massacre, it still serves public transportation as an Amtrak station while also hosting theaters, museum exhibits, and other attractions. As a small child I unintentionally let go of my helium balloon and watched it float to the top of the 95 foot ceiling. Click on the photo for other views of downtown Kansas City posted previously.
And this is the place I’ll be most evenings working on blog, photos, and mischief.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide
Know that my beloved is hidden from everyone
Know that she is beyond the belief of all beliefs
Know that in my heart she is as clear as the moon
Know that she is the life in my body and in my soul”
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی
Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created. — Rumi
Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved
“There are only a few notes. Just variations on a theme.” ― John Lennon
Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme
! Rumi’s Silence
Rumi wrote much about silence.
Does that seem strange?
Poets live with silence:
the silence before the poem;
the silence whence the poem comes; .
the silence in between the words, as you
drink the words, watch them glide through your mind,
feel them slide down your throat
towards your heart;
the silence which you share with the poet
when the poem ends, sitting side by side,
feeling one another being one heart;
the silence after the poem,
when you are a different person
from the person who started reading the poem,
think differently, move differently,
act differently; know Rumi a little better
as a friend; know yourself a little more
as a friend.
Rumi was asked, why do you
talk, talk, talk, so much
He said, the radiant one inside me
has said nothing.
And that’s the silence which we listen to
and hear in Rumi’s heart,
here, sitting in the cool shade
which the scent of roses seems to love,
while the fountain gently plays like a poet
with sound and silence.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence