Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cherish Each Moment

I love to meet new people. Everyone we meet offers us the opportunity to share and receive a little nugget of wisdom, a simple kindness, a thoughtful word.

 I’d like to introduce you to two friends I have met in different ways and who regularly make my day a little brighter with their thought provoking words and skillful photography. As you savor their eloquent, descriptive narrative you will breathe a little deeper, your shoulders will relax and like a square of silky smooth chocolate you will want to savor each post slowly, allowing it to nourish your soul.

Photo credit; Michelle Potter
Michelle Potter reflects on the beauty and wisdom of Nature in her blog ‘Sage Butterfly’.  Her recent post ‘Stillness’ talks about a gardener’s winter hibernation after three seasons of activity. In days gone by, like many of us who live in colder climates, Michelle found herself on the brink of depression each winter as short grey days merged into long dark nights with little to break the monotony. The earth seemed stripped bare of color and life and once the holidays were over, there was nothing to look forward to until bright yellow daffodils brought the promise of a new season. Yet Michelle has decided that ‘stillness’ will be one of her guiding words and principles to live by in 2012. “I have eventually found the magic in settling in stillness”. Have you?

Photo credit; David Perry
I first met David Perry in Dallas – which is pretty amusing since we both live in Seattle. It was a screamingly hot day in 2010 and we were sitting together at a veritable feast hosted by the Dallas Arboretum as part of the Garden Writer’s Association symposium. Looking back I am nothing short of mortified that I casually asked what he did, later discovering that he is a renowned photographer with an impressive list of world class publications to his name.  Rather like asking Prince William if he was single…. Yet that introduction gave me a glimpse into David’s humility as he told me a little bit about his work – never once bragging or giving any indication as to who he ‘really’ was. Instead of laughing at my modest Canon G10 camera (let’s face it most photographers lug around a   suitcase of lenses, spare cameras, memory cards and an unwieldy tripod or two) he began to tell me how to make the most of it, even reassuring me that it was one of the best cameras of its type on the market at that time. Since then David has generously shared his knowledge and ideas with me via email and in a local workshop yet perhaps his greatest gift has been his blog ‘A photographer’s garden blog’. Every post is a poem. Every picture a story. No more words on my part could possibly do it – or its author justice. You’ll have to read it yourself.

Take time to just ‘be’. Share a moment with others.  


  1. Thank you for introducing us to these great blogs.

  2. Karen, Thanks for sharing these great photographers with us. Really inspires me to get out there with my camera and record our latest snowfall_so beautiful. I will return to these sites over and over.

  3. I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I do!

  4. Karen, I am honored and touched you found such value and inspiration in my words and photos that you would share The Sage Butterfly with your friends. It is times like these that make me glad that I have decided to open up and share. Thank you for your kind words, your sincere introduction, and your support. And I appreciate the introduction to David Perry.

  5. Nitty Gritty Dirt ManJanuary 26, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Lovely post -- It's one of the reasons I nominated you.


    1. kevin, that has been a lovely end to a tough day. Thank you SO much. I am truly honored and feel very humbled to know that you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy sharing ideas and discoveries.

  6. Karen you picked 2 wonderful blogs...I love both

  7. Hi Karen, I am familiar with the Sage Butterfly blog and visit often, but don't know the other blog. I will definitely have to check it out.

  8. Karen, I never truly understood the beauty of nature in winter until I attended a lecture by Rick Darke, plantsman and photographer. Since then the winter landscape has come alive for me. Not only the remaining grasses, but the Eupatorium, the coneflowers, viburnums and crabapples. Their colors and shapes, leftover berries. The Panicum and Miscanthus struggling to stay upright against the wind, and yes the stillness of a frost laden winter morning. I love each and every season.

    I speak every fall to Garden Center customers, and at the end of my presentation I always have a line "Add flower bulbs to your garden and nourish your soul" I look forward to reading and seeing these blogs. Thank you for pointing them out.

  9. You'll really enjoy these blogs Richard. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Karen thank you for letting me stroll along with you in your garden, its so nice to share good dreams with people that that have the same dreams. Feel free to visit me in the orchard.


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