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Monday, August 25, 2008

the sun is always shining, somewhere



















41 comments:

Anet said...

Beautiful photos, my favorite is the 4th one with the sunflower reaching for the sun's rays. It's fabulous! Oh and the one that looks like it's peek around the corner of the barn at you, is so cute!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Everyone a mystery of creation...

Ruth, I absolutely love this!!!!!! The way you got the light... awesome!!!

...and I have been known to listen to Elvis Costello for long periods of time...

Sandy said...

oh these are gorgeous but that one, with the side of the building...ahhhhh and that huge head on pic of the sunflower
....

and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY. What a doll you were (are)...

looking good and aging very well you old lady.

auntie sandy

Bob Johnson said...

Wow, love that shot of the Sun and sunflower, 4th one down, I mean they are all great, but the Sunbeams,nice,love the way the beams work.

Rauf said...
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Rauf said...

i don't know the history of flowers Ruth, i think the sun flower has been around for millions of years.
The most common worship is the sun worship.
where does the sun go in the night ?
what if the sun doesn't come back tomorrow ?
So they Greeks used to make offerings every evening for the sun to return the next day.
Hindus have 'sooriya namaskaaram' (Welcoming the sun) at Dawn
saying thank you for coming back

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Rauf said...

had problem posting it Ruth, please delete the the others

Country Girl said...

Great photos Ruth, happy belated birthday!

Loring Wirbel said...

You have an intuitive sense of how light influences every little thing, it really shows up in the sunflower series.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Beautiful photos! Love the one where it's peeking around the corner, they all seem so animated!

Sharon said...

Just gorgeous! The first photo is my favorite....looks like it is just reaching out in an embrace.

Sandy said...

how did I miss that black and white one..Striking.

Astrid said...

Yes...the sun is shining always somewhere, even if one is having sad times......the sun will make it look less sad, the sunflowers are just so great, you were able to capture them in all their glory...it does make me feel 'happy' again...
Thanks Ruth.

Ruth said...

Anet, I was happy the sun's rays appeared in the photo as I saw them in that one, thank you! And the one peeking was taken yesterday before work. The morning sun was rising at the back of the property so softly.

Ruth said...

Ah, Gwen, before coming to the farm, I never knew how many sunflower varieties there are. Like the top one so orange. There are red ones too, but we don't have any.

We both got the morning light in our last posts, yours inspired mine yesterday.

When I first listened to Elvis Costello my kids and Don thought I was nuts. I don't know what they think now . . .

Ruth said...

Auntie Sandy, I wonder how many different sunflowers there are. Don planted these from seeds last fall, and they came up all over. They bring such happiness, you can't help but feel better looking at them.

Thank you for the birthday wishes!! I had a great week, with lots of love. And thank you, old lady! I say the same to you.

Ruth said...

Bob, thank you, and I'm not surprised you like the one showing a heavenly body, hehe. I can never begin to photograph what you do. Oh, I had one of a moon in the blue sky, and I wanted to post it for you, but there was a bad smudge also in the blue sky (something on the lens maybe?), so I declined.

Ruth said...

rauf, seeds are just so incredible. With just the right elements, they are broken and all those inner workings come alive, year after year, century after century. Have you heard about the big seed bank in Sweden I think?

I love the Mark Twain story of a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, when he uses the solar eclipse to 'work magic.'

Friends are like the sun and sunflowers, I'm always thankful they come back.

Ruth said...

Loring, that's a great thing to say, thank you. You know you're with a person who loves to take pictures when they suddenly jump up, grab the camera, and run outside, because the light is inviting. I hope you have a great day 3 in Denver! I watched all the way through Michelle Obama's speech last night, and that's two hours past my bedtime! Please don't get arrested, but if you do, think WWJD (Joni, not Jesus). (I know, that's pretty random.)

Ruth said...

Drowsey, thank you! That must be one reason sunflowers speak to us, they seem like little human heads, looking for the sun. Do you get sunflowers way up there? (teehee) Is it winter yet?

Ruth said...

Oh Sharon, that orange one was from last year. I think I took about a million shots of it. In fact people thought it was oversaturated because they didn't know there were orange sunflowers. The whorls at the center of sunflowers astonish me!

Ruth said...

Oh, thank you, Sandy!

Ruth said...

Good, Astrid, I'm glad. Sometimes it's hard to put a smile on. And sometimes something grabs us and makes us smile in spite of our circumstances. We just have to step back, see it differently, and then things brighten again.

André Lemay said...

What a great presentation, I love every one of them and the sun is certainly shinning on your blog.

Loring Wirbel said...

Why would Don or your kids bug you about Elvis Costello? I was listening to him constantly from about 1976 on, and most everyone turned into a fan. He never seemed to invoke harsh reactions in anyone...

Ruth said...

Thank you, André, I'm glad you felt the sun here.

Ruth said...

I don't know, Loring, I don't know. It surprised me at the time, because Lesley was into punk, and I was certain she would think I was the bomb, er um, that he was the bomb. I don't think their reactions were as harsh as I made it sound, they just seemed surprised and uninterested.

And do you know, I just found out yesterday looking up some of his lyrics that he is married to Diana Krall, I never knew!!! You are dealing with a complete musical ignoramous here.

Carolyn said...

What great Photos. I have pics of my blooming sunflower on my blog too!

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

I love sunflowers. I don't think I've ever seen a sad one. I have some planted in front of the chicken coop and the finches come and clean out any seeds that are ripe. She chooks prefer to tear them apart on the ground instead.

Rauf said...

i call myself a frank person Ruth, actually i am not. i hesitated to say that i did not like your previous header picture. There was a problem with the text also. The current picture is terrific. But it does not match with the colour of the page. This will look good with the previous colour. Please don't ask me what colour it was. i know only four or five primary colours.

i forgot Ruth, sunflower and the sun is a masterpiece. i saw that in FLYING too.

Ruth said...

Hi Carolyn, thanks for coming to synch and commenting! I looked at your blog and didn't see sunflowers, but you have a very nice blog! I will look further . . .

You can't look at a sunflower and be sad.

Ruth said...

Amy, you are right, even when they droop, there is something so wonderful about the birds coming to them for seeds.

And yay again for your eggs!!!!! And Don's eggs!!!!!

Ruth said...

oh rauf, thank you so much! I should have asked you actually, because I wondered what you thought when I changed to different headers. You are the graphics person, and I don't know why I didn't just ask. So THANK YOU for speaking up. Please please do speak up whenver something doesn't please your eye. I value your opinion very much.

I don't think I would like the photo I had that you referred to in that blue/green color. I tried it, but I agree that the sienna of the last one sort of died on the page. I do like brown and blue togethet very much, but the shades were wrong. I actually like a lighter dusty blue with brown. Wish I could get that shade on this blog! I love that slate blue, mmmm.

Anyway, what do you think of this header image?? Please be honest. I am not very good at photoshop, I don't even know how to do layers. I have a new version, CS2, and I need to dig the book out. You are a master designer, and sometimes I wish you could just sit and show me things. I'm not good with written directions.

So, tell me what you think!!

Ruth said...

Oh, and rauf, I'm not saying I'll change it depending on what you say, but do you dislike the brown fonts elsewhere, and the brown clock? I sort of like the brown and blue together. But don't ask me why they work for me and the header didn't.

Rauf said...

you have to like it first Ruth, its your blog. You have to work with your favourite colours. Your blog should make you happy. You should add things you like, its like interior decoration of your house and we are your guests.

but my blog doesn't make me happy Ruth. its like i am talking or discussing things with my friends, everything is not pleasant always.

This tone matches with the page colour. Picture is beautiful.

Ruth said...

Good, I'm glad you like this one. I respect your artistic opinion.

You're right of course about me having to like it first, but I sure wouldn't want my guests to be nauseated, hehe.

If I had been in love with the previous brown image, I wouldn't have changed it. But I wasn't, so again, thank you for your frankness.

Tootie said...

All the photos are great. But, I especially love the blue bird.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Tootie! It was nice to have a visit from a Sanibel Islander. I left the URL for the bluebird story, it was remarkable!

Ginnie said...

I was just thinking, Ruth...is the sun always shining somewhere inside of us, even when we're sad??

I think if I had a sunflower, I would want to pull up a chair and watch it throughout the day!

Ruth said...

Ohh, Boots, I love that, maybe we just need to find it inside.