Flowery Photos Of Agapanthus

Instead of flowery prose, we shall indulge in flowery photos of our tantalizing Agapanthus flowers.

It's a chance to enjoy photos from bud to blossom to seed pod without the interjection of chatty words.

Let's allow the flowers to speak for themselves.

 

As The Party Winds Down

Beginning With Flower Buds

In a previous post, I wrote about the Agapanthus flowers in my backyard and their riotous party. 

It all started innocently enough. Here, tight buds whisper among themselves about the explosion of color that will come from their blooms. 

Long stems stretch up and up into the sky, eager to show off their displays of blue-purple flowers.

Agapanthus buds make preparations for a blooming party.

Flowers Bloom

Flowers bloom with hearts wide open, tossing their colors across the yard.

The Sweet Calm Of Ripening

But, like all good times, the party has to wind down. After the wild blooming, the calm of ripening unfolds as blossoms give way to seed pods.

Here, a ripening pod plays peek-a-boo as it pushes its way out from flower petals.

Seed Pods

Agapanthus seed pods are no less rich and satisfying to behold in their fullness than the flowers themselves. Their long, green pods gleam in the sun, humming with the renewal of life. They tantalize with their shiny fruit.

Late Bloomers

They say there's always a late bloomer, and it proved no less true amongst these flowers. Below, a blossoming flower proudly sings its song even while the rest of the flowers have already turned into seed pods. 

Flowers Fill Our Hearts

Such abundance and love these flowers share, easily and freely. A grateful smile that I could witness their beauty. 

I was able to bring The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) to the full process of buds, flowers, pods and then quiescence. With TRT® hands-on, I touched the flowers with radiant energy (mindful of the bees!).

With The Second Degree of TRT®, I directed loving energy to the flowers, even as I watched them from my kitchen window. 

As we say goodbye to this season's blossoms, it's a bittersweet farewell since I won't get to see them next year. I'll have to be "in touch" with them from the inner light that we shared.

A new family lives there now. I hope they'll appreciate these glorious flowers known as Agapanthus and won't mind their wild and crazy parties!

 

A Riotous Party Of Flowers

A Wild Celebration Of Purple

A cacophony of color has exploded in my backyard as Agapanthus flowers throw a party of riotous purple.

I'm usually not one for loud parties, but in this case, I have to smile every time I look out my window and behold the blaze of life-affirming color filling the yard. I never pick them. I let them live in all their beauty, anchored in the earth's thick clay.

Agapanthus Flowers Celebrate Life

Agapanthus flowers celebrate life with wild abandon as they stretch their purple colors up to a sky of blue. They welcome buzzing pollinators with joy. 

These flowers are nature's fireworks – bursts of purple streaks held in sunbeams, suspended in time for us to behold. 

Flowery Fireworks

No fear of fires started or damaged property, Agapanthus spreads loving blooms of color with everyone. 

No loud and scary explosions, the flowers erupt into gentle petals and delicious nectar that honey bees can't resist.

Yes, this is my favorite sort of celebration and fireworks. A riotous party of pure nature.

Communing With Nature

Students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) can dance with all the parties of nature. With TRT® hands-on, you can commune with flowers. You can place your hands on the flowers themselves, getting in touch with the fire of life in their petals. 

You can also spend time in the garden with the flowers and apply TRT® hands-on for yourself in various positions. Expand your awareness of the wholeness within nature and our deep inner-connection with the life force of our planet.

Front Position #1, in the heart, is wonderful to expand your loving connection with nature.

You Deserve The Gift Of Flowers

There's no unwritten rule that someone else should bring you flowers. You can treat yourself to flowers whenever you desire.

Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers.
Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.
 

Perhaps there are certain flowers that touch your heart. You can find them in a backyard, a park, or in a local flower shop.

You don't even have to pick them, just let them bloom in your heart.

 

 

 

Sometimes It's In Your Backyard

 

Photography Near Your Home

Sometimes you don't have to go any further than your own backyard to enjoy little moments with nature. Even if you don't have a backyard, there is usually a park nearby where you can take a peek inside your local greenery.

Observe the details around you. Especially in winter, the weather is often inclement and longer trips may not be possible, so the greenery of nature that is right next to you becomes a source of inspiration.

Macro Photography

Taking macro photos with an iPhone is tricky. There is a tiny place where it is in focus.

In fact, we think nature holds rather still, that is, until you're trying to get a macro photo. Things must be absolutely still for a perfect focus. Suddenly you notice just how much plants are swaying in the wind.

I have to smile as I wait for a breeze to pass. "Patience, little one," I say to myself.

One day, I struggled with a photo of a mushroom. The ground was soaking wet from the recent rains for which we were grateful, by the way, in our parched California. I needed to maneuver closer to it.

I had recycled the metal frame from a broken umbrella and saved the waterproof material shell, thinking it might come in handy to sit on. 

Sure enough, here was the moment. I pulled it out to sit on the grass so as better to see a mushroom that proudly displayed its brown cap.

The neighbor kitty popped over the fence and dropped into my backyard. 

"Whatcha doing down here?" she asked, my own backyard feline wildlife.

"Sitting on a tarp on wet grass, trying to get a photo of a mushroom," I replied.

Create Like No One Is Watching

We're staying with the theme of creating like no one is watching, without being self-conscious and without immediate judgment. Let your creativity stretch. Be willing to look at things in a different light. For some that is painting, art journaling, and yes, photography. Our smartphones put a camera in all our hands.

For students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®), let your heart guide you to experiment with your creativity. When you step outside, take a moment to place a hand in your heart with your TRT® hands-on.

You can become more in touch with your creativity and what nature is sharing with you. Is the air crisp? What's the wind doing? Listen to all the invisible parts of nature speaking to you.

Use of your TRT® hands-on is a great way to expand your awareness of the invisible, of the little ones and the often over-looked.

My Raggedy Mushroom

The mushroom picture I tried to get was quite a challenge. The depth of focus in macro photography is very short, meaning only a portion of my complex mushroom would come into focus. 

I had watched this mushroom when it first appeared in my backyard, smooth and round initially. Then, it opened its lower gills and all the edges frayed and split creating mystical dimensions of undulating mushroom flesh.

I never really got the photo I wanted of this mushroom... but that, too, is part of the process. Knowing that your interaction with nature is deeper and more whole than any image you capture is part of the joy and reward of being there, present, in person.

Happy creating!



 

Delightfully Bonding With Nature

Animals, Critters, And Plants – That's Nature

We live on a planet filled with nature in its myriad forms – animals, plants and creatures of all shapes and sizes. As human beings, we are expanded not only in our thinking, but in our hearts, when we connect more deeply with them.

Many worlds thrive and evolve just beyond our human awareness; everything from the microscopic and macro-photographic levels to the far cosmic reaches of our galaxies. Fortunately, others are willing to share their photos and knowledge with us.

Benefits To Connecting With Nature

Connecting more deeply with the wholeness of the planet, and thus, with your own wholeness, has many benefits. It isn't just about "hugging a tree," although there is nothing wrong with that either!

Becoming more connected to nature helps you to slow down to a more natural rhythm as you listen to the "heartbeat" of the earth.

Connecting With Nature With The Radiance Technique®

For students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®), you can expand and deepen your bond with the living energies of the planet that include animals, plants and cycles of life. As we learn more about nature, we also increase our awareness of what is natural from within... and that knowledge expands with the use of TRT®.

TRT® is great to use out in nature, for example, swinging in a hammock, walking on a hike, sitting on a blanket in a nearby park, or relaxing in your own backyard.

Wherever you are, TRT® is there with you. With your Radiant hands-on, you breathe with the rhythm of nature and you begin to sense, from within, what is real and what is not.

 

 Using TRT® With Pets And With Animals In Nature

The Radiance Technique® and The Animal Kingdom, by Marvelle Lightfields, is a book about using The Radiance Technique® with animals. The excerpts are from those who have already studied TRT®, but even if you have not had a class, it gives you an idea of how this technique can be used with the animal kingdom.

 

Beginning with The First Degree of The Radiance Technique® you are able to use your TRT® hands-on with your pets whenever you touch them, caring for them and loving them.

For wild animals, you can direct universal energy as you are taught in The Second Degree of The Radiance Technique®. This is particularly important to not feel "helpless" when others need our support – when it is not possible to be there in person, or to physically apply our hands-on.

Newly hatched chicks, Northern Harriers, which, unlike many raptors, nest on the ground. 

Newly hatched chicks, Northern Harriers, which, unlike many raptors, nest on the ground. 

These newly hatched chicks are in the wild, and should not be physically touched by us. Sometimes, keeping a physical distance apart is important for their well-being. With TRT®, we can still be near in our hearts.

As we become more aware of nature, we are able to deepen our connections – with nature and with each other.