A Blog for all Seasons

by Naomi on August 5, 2011

in Daily Life

bare winter branches against blue sky

Just a few metres from our bedroom stands a stately tree, which celebrates the seasons in sensational style. It’s been winter for a while here, so there’s been nothing but a few, puffed-up little birds to decorate the branches. And I must say they’ve done a fine job of that, singing their hearts out in the chilly morning air. On closer inspection a couple of days ago, I was enchanted to see that spring has been waving her fairy wand. A host of tightly clasped buds are waiting to burst open, similarly to last year:

SPRING LEAVES - Johannesburg, South Africa

Reading a feast of a post, Season’s Favourites: Tree, by our fabulous blogger friend Jamie Dedes, I was inspired to post this series of photographs. The Autumn pic further down was the first to make me grab for my camera, so struck by the colours that I felt compelled to share them. Regular readers may remember it, but won’t have seen this one, taken in the heat of last summer:


AUTUMN LEAVES - Johannesburg, South Africa

Posting these pics as if in instant summary of a whole year of living, brings to mind another post, Divine Secrets of the Koeksisterhood, by Cindy Taylor. In the loveliest way, she reminds us not to rush life, but to instead savour each precious moment. Thank you to Jamie and Cindy, as well as the rest of our brilliant band of bloggers, for the insight and delight that you spread about the blogosphere!

This all reinforces one of things that I love about blogging: having a place to celebrate and share the beauty around us.

Even as I write those words, I hear the tree murmuring, “Who needs a blog? Why not just be?”

TouchΓ©, but why not blog anyway, because we can . . . and of course it’s tree-friendly πŸ˜€

β€œThe best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” – Proverb

On that final note, here’s a link out of interest to the Arbor Day Foundation, who “inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees”. Way to go, towards a more magnificent world!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Tammy August 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

ah-oh! Who needs a blog? Why not just be? I might be contemplating that all day.


Naomi August 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

LOL! Don’t say that, Tammy, you’ll get me contemplating it too πŸ˜€


[email protected] August 6, 2011 at 4:21 am

The changing seasons of your trees parallel my feelings about blogging. I’m currently feeling Fallish, quite “old soul”, not pushing the river. I continue to love your photography, Naomi.


Naomi August 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

Thank you, Amy, and I continue to love your gift of expression – “not pushing the river” is such a perfect phrase. Thank you for that beautful, insightful imagery, which I’ll keep close πŸ™‚


Cindy August 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

A lovely post Naomi, thanks for the mention. Hope you have a peaceful weekend. Lots of love and light πŸ™‚


Naomi August 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

Thanks, Cindy & the same to you πŸ™‚ Love your hilarious post today!


nrhatch August 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I love this seasonal “montage” ~ beauty offered in each of the four seasons. πŸ˜€


Naomi August 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Thanks, Nancy πŸ™‚ It’s odd to imagine your summer drawing to a close, as we anticipate spring here…


Kate Shrewsday August 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Beautiful pictures as usual, Naomi, and planting a tree sounds like a fabulous idea πŸ™‚ Time to start saving the pips from our apples, I think.


Naomi August 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Great idea, thank you, Kate!


JamieDedes August 8, 2011 at 6:58 am

What a wonderful feast THIS is, Naomi. I love it … the seasons of a tree … Thanks for the shout-out. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the post and that it resulted in this.

Yes! Indeed we blog because we can and because a joy shared is a joy doubled …

Thanks for enriching our world, Naomi! Checking out Cin’s post. I don’t remember that one…


Naomi August 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Ah, thank you, Jamie – also for adding that “a joy shared is a joy doubled”. So true!


sideview August 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Trees are very special people. This one is quite a flirt


Naomi August 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

LOL…yes, a definite flirt πŸ˜€


Tokeloshe August 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Great idea and photos πŸ˜‰


Naomi August 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

Thanks, Tok…here’s to trees!


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