Things Soft and Delicate and Small

lupine photograph in macro,

Another joyful Spring walk!

Perhaps, I headed out with intentions of looking for  “the noteworthy, the majestic, the grand.”

Something with substance, meat and body.  Something, that might command attention. Well, its how it started out.

That….. did not last long.




Small Things Bring Joy

My eyes soon found joy and gratitude in a myriad of small things as I walked along.



The early spring grass stem bursting forth, trying to beat the summer heat.

photograph spring grasses,
Spring Grass, hurries to blossom,




The soft velvet bud of a nearly open fruit blossom.

Its lovely greys and tans feathered out so fine, so delicately  – delight my eye.

photograph spring early fruit tree budding,
Spring Early Bud,




Perhaps its not those Grand and Noteworthy things…. that bring joy and contentedness. Nor that ever elusive ‘happiness’ who always waits. Just around the next corner.  A will-o-wisp.


But, Those other things.

The smaller, finer, more delicate… they seem to reach in, don’t they?



Nature Walks

My walks. They’re never intended for exercise,  you’ve no doubt discovered about me. But they’re  my version of creative, artistic meditation. I find things.


I can be, content taking a walk.

And be content sitting and watching the bees dance.

The grass blow.


Its so amazingly creative.


bee on blue lupine, macro photo,
Bee Dance,


Spring  Lupines 


I discovered a field dotted with gorgeous cobalt blue lupines.  Each blue petal is so tiny. The tips edged with hairs so fine and silken soft, it was amazing.


The spring lupines are now in full bloom.  Acting as bee-magnets.

I sat down in the grass and watched their industrious and ordered dance.   The sun in Perth was peeking out taking the edge of the cool of the day.


It was such a small thing.

But I do believe its one I’m going to remember for quite some time.

I made the moment – mine.


busy bee on lavender blue lupine, photo,
Beautifully Small, Busy Bee


The Moment of Contentedness


I enjoyed the moment.


Surrounded by things soft and delicate and small.  Not grand, not magnificent.

Just the small things and I.



And realized in that moment, yes,  I was perfectly content.



lupine photograph in macro,
Soft, small whispers of contentedness




My Inspirations Today


Tony Smibert,  clean fresh minimalist art works

Toko Shinoda, again…. brilliant well thought out brush strokes

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Walt Disney… the world is a beautiful place

John Lennon,  Imagine






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32 thoughts on “Things Soft and Delicate and Small

  1. I agree, Debi – there is pure contentment in watching nature! Such a beautiful subject that never ceases to amaze me! Your photos are stunning! 🙂

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    1. thanks M! it is. thats with the canon 100mm macro prime lens that i’d finally saved and bought just last year. (after 30 years of ‘Kit’ lenses) PRIME Lens makes huge difference. can’t believe it.

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    1. thank you! it is quite the busy girl there. usually I get so nervous. but, that day, I felt – calm. didnt worry about getting stung or the problems thereof. sat so close too. they did their thing, I did mine. lovely.

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    1. wow! well, thank you very much! that is such a lovely comment, its greatly appreciated 🙂 I’m happy that you’re finding things here that inspire, enthuse you…. that was my intent!!! cheers, Debi 🙂

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    1. Charlie, its my pleasure! it does show us, how transforming nature is. even if it was only 15 minutes, it can still be awesome. I was surprised that day myself 🙂

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  2. These were beautiful pictures. I read your post with that “national geographic” narrator voice in my head. I think youve succeeded in making me feel tranquil. The shower I took helped

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    1. thanks Vinny! glad you enjoyed these… it was such a wonderful little stroll, I sure didn’t get any ‘exercise’ but lots of fun! thanks, cheers, Debi

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    1. hi Acquileana and thank you so much! I am glad you could ‘feel’ the vibe of these… even through the screen. That is a hard thing to do, but, one I always aim for anyway! And, wishing you a lovely rest of the week. Spring is here 🙂


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