Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Home to the garden

I have been in Las Vegas, exhibiting at Licensing Show with my dear friend Barb.

To put it plainly, I am not the Las Vegas type.
Not for me the fake glitz and glamor. I was a fish out of water and could hardly wait to get home.

Back to where everything is real and nothing put on.
Back to where spectacular is the real deal, not a thin veneer.

Fields of raspberries getting fatter by the day.
Back to our own sweet garden, where the peonies are as big as a dinner plate.

Back to the kind of glamor I can relate to. 
The first day of summer brought spectacular beauty as the sun sank slowly.
I was out in the garden pulling weeds. 
Thank goodness I had the camera slung around my neck.

Have you ever heard a hummingbird call?
First you hear the buzz he makes as he passes by your head, then if you are very lucky, you may hear him calling, softly, with a sound something like a kiss.

Oh, what a sight!
Hummingbirds hover and drink from the honeysuckle, dipping and bobbing.

To me, this is true glitz, a show better than anything Las Vegas could even dream of.

We savored every moment, enjoyed the warmth of summer's first evening... 
I am learning more and more to treasure the priceless little things that make life deep and full.

Like hummingbirds at sunset. 

This promises to be the most wonderful summer of them all.

They can keep Las Vegas. 
I prefer an ordinary backyard garden stuffed with quiet miracles.


Anonymous said...

I'm with you, girlfriend! I wondered what you were up to! Alan told me he had some time with you gals! :-) Good company!

Lovely, lovely photos! And the feather photos and script too!

Love ya!

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Sharyn,

I hope it was a successful trip, at any rate! Las Vegas was never my cup of tea, either. Hummingbirds and honeysuckle at sunset, though, I'll drink to that!

Have a blessed day,


Sharyn Sowell said...

Ellen says:

Love it all.

Debbie said...

Well, you certainly must have felt out of place, because the dessert wasn't far away and you have no photos of dessert beauty or even architectural detail of the fountains or decorations in Vegas. I would think some details would have caught your detail-oriented eye, but the big splashy picture must have overwhelmed you ;- )
Hope you were successful from a business point of view. Have a glorious week!

Sharyn Sowell said...

Debbie, I think I'd probably have liked it better if we'd had a car and opportunity to drive around. As it was, you're right, no dessert and little opportunity to look at details because we could only stay within a little area on the strip and there was a lot of cigarette smoke, which gave me severe asthma and I ended up miserable, passing out because of it. I think I'm sticking to smoke free areas from now on!(Mmmmm for details and dessert!!!)

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Sharyn,

I am a first time visitor of your Blog...and have to say I am so glad I came by. I saw your comment on Michelle Palmer's Blog and something told me to come visit you.
I am entranced with your photos of the Hummingbird. Such beautiful colors of the flowers and the tiny Hummingbird is breathtaking.

My husband and I visited Las Vegas several years ago. We had fun but
after awhile you long for the real world...such as your backyard!!

Peace and Smiles to you,


Jeri Landers said...

I'm with you Sharon, give me the countryside any day of the week. I haven't a care for the glitz and flash of Vegas. In fact, the first time I visited New York, I couldn't wait to leave...that NIGHT! Your photos are beautiful!