by Naomi on September 10, 2010

in Inspiration

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Seasons take their own sweet time.

It’s taboo to turn your head while doing a shoulder stand. Not because of bad form, but you could injure your neck. So I do it slowly, persuaded by persistent puppy whimpers outside our sliding door. Quilla’s furry little face looks perplexed. My morning yoga sequence is clearly strange. Easily reassured, she bounces off to join her brother’s assault on the sprinklers. Crystal droplets spray over two tumbling bodies, glistening against the sky. That’s when I notice it. The brilliant lime green of our most seasonal tree. It’s the one I photographed three months ago, in its autumn splendour. Winter has passed, the young leaves whisper. Spring is here, in her own sweet time.

Quotes to consider:

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana

“And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.” – Kahlil Gibran

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven” – The Seekers (from the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!”)

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus

To illustrate that last quote, here’s the Autumn image of this same tree:

AUTUMN LEAVES - Johannesburg, South Africa

. . . and two pics of the puppies, to show you how quickly they’re growing!

QUILLA about to bound off following her brother's lead

QUEST plotting his assault on anything that moves, or doesn't

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

RiikaInfinityy 마왕 September 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

QUEST is listening hard on this!:O~ they are beautiful puppies =P though I am not a dog lover :3~ Pictures and words, wow I am so on a roll on your posts Naomi~ Great work as always, love them so much ^^~


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Thank you, Riika! You’re too right about Quest, and he needs no encouragement…think I should keep quiet! Will post more pics to work on your love for dogs 🙂


cindy September 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

Oh dear, Quest and my Diski seem to have the same ear-thing going, too beautiful!
Isn’t today glorious? I’m in short sleeves 🙂
Have a great weekend.


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm

It’s too cute, though, Cindy! How old is your Diski? I took this pic about a week ago and Quest’s ear has since stood up. So high and large that a friend said yesterday that it looks like he’s got Wild Dog in him. Not entirely flattering 🙂

Been loving the weather so far…I’m in a vest now, but concerned that it’s turning 🙁 Dave’s gone to race in KZN, where rain is reported for tomorrow. Really hope not – for his sake, as well as your family’s camping trip! Enjoy your weekend too 🙂


Emmanuel Ibok September 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Beautiful blog and very insightful. I enjoyed my visit…More support to your work.



Naomi September 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Thanks a ton, Emmanuel! Appreciate it very much…and more support to yours too!


Ewan Walker September 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Do you know the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” is actually based on a Bible Passage?

Ecclesiastes 3:

1.There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Absolutely beautiful, thank you so much for sharing that, Ewan 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend!


the WORST mother September 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I loooooooooove the quotes, Naomi… Gibran is an old favorite but the Camus quote is so—lovely! I used to dread the end of summer but not any more. I’ve learned that Fall is a actually a beautiful time.. of year, of life.
BTW: love YOUR pictures! lol


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Thanks, Lin! Agreed on Kahlil Gibran, and I was delighted to discover the Camus quote this morning 🙂 How do you create such brilliant illustrations on your blog?


nrhatch September 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Quilla and Quest are adorable.

Tigger used to wonder when I stood on my head as well. ; )


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Thx, Nance, also for LOL!!

You and Tigger will no doubt understand this then: Jina pounced on my head one morning – claws, fangs and all, while I was doing a cat stretch (head enticingly close to hers). Seems it was quite a realistic one 😀


nrhatch September 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

When I do cat pose, Tigger joins in by showing me how “real cats” stretch . . .

“No. No. No. Here’s how it’s done!”


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm

😀 !


Amy MacLeod September 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I’m doing a cat wallow as I read comments from Nancy and you. I’m listening to some Abraham tapes about ‘being’ with our animals so topping that with this verbal immersion was delightful. When Duc graces me with an inside visit, we lie on the carpet together and I imitate him. He is fascinated at first, but occasionally comes over to give me a non-claw bat with his paw. Then he’ll lie down with that paw still in contact. Bonding confirmed.

Your gorgeously healthy dogs are transforming faster than the season, Naomi. Thanks for including the two shots of the tree. That did something very sweet for me this morning. Must be something about the miracle.


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Thank you for such a lovely comment, Amy 🙂

That ‘paw in contact bonding’ is my absolute best. Oh, in addition to Jina curling up against us under the duvet. She does that most mornigs around 5am. No more beautiful way to wake up!

You’re so right about the dogs…screaming through puppyhood into adolescence! The tree is quite an interesting measure, and ‘miracle’ as you say 🙂


kateshrewsday September 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I’ve copied and pasted your Blake comment, Cindy, thankyou so much. He is a favourite of mine, I love his illustrations and writings. A real visionary. And you have given me a little more strength to face the Autumn and Winter which are drawing in over here. I shall be teaching in Harvest, and I shall make sure I enjoy the Winter this year.

The dogs are absolutely gorgeous. They will love this Summer.


Naomi September 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Thank you, Kate, and warmest wishes for your colder seasons 🙂

I believe you’re right about the dogs. Lots of long walks are on the cards!


Morganna September 10, 2010 at 11:57 pm

I love the pictures paired with such inspiring words.


Naomi Estment September 11, 2010 at 10:59 am

Thank you, Morganna, sincerely appreciated 🙂


buttercup600 September 11, 2010 at 12:29 am

They are so gorgeous, nothing like the love of a dog…all they know is love!! Loved the quotes Naomi, thanks for sharing. Much love xx


Naomi Estment September 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

Thank you, Amanda, and too true about dogs. It’s wonderful to have two more at home 🙂


Jamie Dedes September 11, 2010 at 7:17 am

Love the prose poem, the pix, the pups … and the quotable quotes … Gibran and Blake are favs.

Nicely done, Naomi!


Jamie Dedes September 11, 2010 at 7:26 am

By the by, really like German sheps. Our’s is long gone – a long-haired – but you can see his photo here if you care to:


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

Ah, he’s gorgeous! Thank you for that link, which led me to your (or rather Gypsy’s) fabulous animal lovers blog! I’ll be visiting often 🙂


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

Thank you, Jamie – much appreciated from one as talented as you!


kateshrewsday September 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Erk! Just read my bleary late night comment Naomi, and realised I thanked you as Cindy! I always call in on you both at the same time! Must be the similarity in your dog’s ears…..


Naomi Estment September 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

Must be, Kate, LOL!!! In any case, I take being confused with Cindy as a compliment 🙂


Jingle September 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm

super impressive,
stunning images, fresh and sweet.


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Thank you, Jingle! You’re a honey 🙂


Tokeloshe September 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Beautiful photos as always, they are both adorable.

It always amazes me how suddenly fall appears.


Naomi September 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Thank you, Tok 🙂

It sure does…will think of you there with it getting chillier. Great that you have snow to look forward to in winter!


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