Sunday, February 22, 2009

In Search of Inspiration

DSC00058In search of inspiration...

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DSC00058I needed to visit my favorite winter spot filled with the promise of Spring,

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DSC00058filled with lemons trees,

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DSC00058orange trees,

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DSC00058and foliage of every kind.

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DSC00058I looked towards the piper,

towerhill statue of piper

DSC00058and the statue wearing a hat of baby dafs.

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DSC00058I didn’t find it in the flowers wearing ribbons of special mention,
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DSC00058Even though red ribbons adorned beautiful flowers,

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DSC00058and the fountains did sing.

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DSC00058But it was when I walked in the gardens a bit further,

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DSC00058passed all the beautiful flowers, the grand celebration of foliage, and the garden statues escorting in Beloved Spring.

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DSC00058And then all of a sudden I found what I was searching for, my little creative muse...

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towerhill surrendinger to creativity

DSC00058There amongst the flowers and the wonder of nature was a little girl with her sketch book and pencil. She knelt beneath the flowers that she captured on her little sketch pad. She snuggled so closely to the flower that it cascaded onto her book, letting her trace it's very shadow, She had already learned the way to embrace inspiration was to simply surrender to creativity.

DSC00058Sometimes seeing a child embracing what I struggle with, reminds me to just be.

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DSC00058 I think that God led me to this little dove to remind me to stop searching for spirit outside, but to embrace the child within.

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DSC00058The song for this post is To Tree or Not To Tree.

25 comments:

Thomas said...

Where is this?

LiLi M. said...

I love the combination art and nature. I love those statues. And I have never seen a glass fountain before. You are right to search for inspiration and beauty inside of you and near and not outside and far away. Have a great Sunday!

Beverly said...

Karen, what a wonderful post. That sweet child reminds me so much of how I always loved to be alone in nature to sketch. It has been so many years, but I have hope that I will at some point have time to enjoy that again.

I am glad you found inspiration, because you use your inspiration to inspire all of us.

God bless you.

Vee said...

Ahhh, the serenity of this post...

Beautiful photograph of the child drawing.

Deborah@ The Painted Nest said...

Karen, All I can say is ""BEAUTIFUL""!!!!! Everything is just BEAUTIFUL ~~~~you draw us all in to that place of PEACE so easy,soft,restful,warm,right into~~~FATHER'S LOVING ARMS~~~~I'm so glad you came by for a visit today or I may have missed a beautiful moment!!!Thank-You for the sweet rose you left behind!!!!Blessings Always,Deborah

TattingChic said...

What a beautiful post! So many lovely pictures! The garden fountain is beautiful! :)

Ruth Welter said...

This is a beautiful and happy post Karen...it really makes me hopeful that spring is on the way.

Ruth

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments. Happily, they led me here! Such a pretty place. I know I shall return. And both Edward and I welcome you over at our place anytime!

Happy Sunday to you!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a beautiful inspiring piece! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and the darling girl in the park!

MARIA said...

Thank you Karen for your kind visit. I am so happy that you like my last post.
Thank you for beauty of Spring. As always very beautiful and inspiring.
Have a happy and bless Sunday!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon dear Karen! What great photos! Where is this haven of peace? Lemon and orange trees...reminds me of my childhood home in Los Angeles where my mother would pick fresh citrus fruits to make lemon meringue pie or orange cake...I too and waiting for spring but I am convinced that one of the many reasons we have winter is to have the time to stop, think, create, hope and become that child again! Your words said it all. Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting! Anita

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen what fabulous photos.
Such a peaceful setting.
Alison

Annie said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful, peaceful, place.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful garden, Karen! I lobed the photo of the little girl sketching.

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Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

This is such an awesome post!


~ Gabriela ~

Duni said...

Gorgeous shots. I especially love the flower in the cup and the little girl reading...
I can't wait for spring to arrive over here. Your beautiful photography will have to tide me over until then!

have a great week!

Duni

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh what a lovely entry, on so many levels. Finding where to seek your muse... Searching for Spring... Finding memories of warmer times...

-sigh- Yes, some of us are very tired of Winter, about now, are we not? :-)

Thank you for visiting with me.

Aunt Amelia
A late Winter fantasy... Please come join me

xashee's corner said...

:) Thank you for sharing your BEAUTIFUL writing and LOVELY photos!! :) Have a FANTASTIC day!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Beautiful post Karen. I sent you an e-mail at your aol.com address. I don't know if you got i. I am interester in the Breeze washline blank note cards...m,

Judy said...

Hey Karen, I'm missing my inspiration right now too. Haven't beaded much lately, but you always inspire me. I'll try to give you a call tonight.
Love ya,
Jude

a fanciful twist said...

Oh my goodnessss!! I am taken away, to another planet.. to another place in time... To the garden of all gardens... Where dreams come true... so beautiful!! What incredible photos!!

I must go sleep in the garden for a few minutes... It is 81' here and warm... xoxo

Lisa "Oceandreamer" Swifka said...

NO wonder you were inspired....how could you not be in such a wondrous place as that? These photos are amazing and they made me long for a perfect crisp, cool blue sky day of Spring.
Yes it is definitely the child within us that when unleashed will give us true pleasure.
Some day my friend we will meet and we will twirl and dip our hands in a fountain and we'll giggle and we won't remember we are grown women. Then we'll do some amazing art together. Yes, oh yes!
XOXOXOXOXO

Lori said...

what a beautiful post...you are lucky to have such a wonderful place to draw inspiration from...the picture of the darling girl drawing on her pad is SO very sweet!!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, This is simply beautiful and so inspiring. What a good reminder of just having joy in expression. It also took me back to my own childhood of hours at my desk creating.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Donna said...

What a beautiful post, Karen. Gorgeous photos!

Hugs,
Donna