Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Full of Grace

‘I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.’ - Alice Walker, The Color Purple

I found this little flower all alone among some water grasses when I went kayaking.  Stunning.

Gay feathers.  I had asked my former therapist’s daughter if I could have something from her flower garden when she died.  These gay feathers were Lauren’s and they bloom every year right around the anniversary of her death.

Purple beans.  A friend gifted me a packet of these purple beans.   The plants have delicate purple flowers and the beans are much easier to pick since they are more visible than green beans.   They do turn green when cooked, but I think they look amazing, raw, in salads.

I saw this clump of flowers (which look pink in the picture but really were purple) in a little wetland area on my walk to work.

I have no idea what these tiny flowers are.  They were in a field of scrubby grass where we went tenting this weekend.  They gave the whole field a purpley appearance.

The world is filled with such amazing colors!  I hope you get to enjoy some too.


  1. AnonymousJuly 15, 2014

    That last I think is some type of, believe it or not, Self Heal or Heal-All. Prunella Vulgaris. :)

    Love your photos and wildflowers.

    1. Self heal? How cool is that?

      I am adverse to knowing all the botanical names of trees and flowers. I much prefer "that beautiful yellow flower" or that "really tall tree with the weird bark". Still, when something has the name "self heal" that does make me smile.

  2. I love this post! Purple and blue must be the holiest of flowers.
    I love seeing what you see. Beautiful land we live in :-)


    1. I never thought about purple and blue being the holiest of flowers but I do agree. I have some double bearded irises in my memory garden that make my spirit soar.

      Even with all the ugliness that people create, this is still a beautiful world if you just take a moment to look. I wish more people would.

  3. I have never seen purple green beans before. Live long enough . . .

  4. Color. YaY!! and flowers. Double Yay

  5. Purple is one of my favorites in a landscape, along with pinks and blues.

    The beans remind me of the purple hull peas I grew up with.

  6. Beautiful. You are right, 8, it's all there if we take a moment to look.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty...