The fleetingness of iris has made this scene now just a memory.
The pictures happily save the memory for savoring over and over again until next spring comes.
(Taken in my son's front yard...he who has cleverly planted his garden so as to be beautiful year around.)
Beauty by seasons...
Houses often will hold on to delights from seasons (or years) past.
This light fixture was just inside our front door entry area.
Cute isn't it?
Originally it had a brassy colored collar which we painted oil rubbed bronze to match up with our hardware.
On a trip to Home Depot we spotted another fixture that had us re-thinking the original bubble dome style.
Gave way to this.
The drum shade design has been added to our house in several places over the past five years.
And the original too small drum that was over the dining table is now in our library/wine room.
Drum shades are so simple.
Clean, no fuss.
I've taken to using simple, clean, no fuss decorating as much as possible in my home lately.
For summer the mantle is bare.
The room is decorated only with living plants and a photograph that I took in Colorado a few years ago.
It isn't hung upside down.
The cloudy sky is being reflected in water.
It almost becomes an abstract piece of art until one figures out what one is seeing.
My simple by design bathroom (white tiles, smooth sink) makes a serene showcase for a vase of flowers.
Am I the only one who finds that having fresh cut flowers in the bathroom makes one feel special and prettier somehow?
Bernie and I both commented over and over again how much we enjoyed having iris in the bathroom.
After all...the flowers last just a day or two, so why not cut the stalk and bring it inside to be viewed up close?
The fragrance filled the room too.
Eventually I had to drag out my camera and start clicking away.
It pained me to think that such beauty would never be seen again after the petals had withered and shrunk away.
And as long as I was in the mood to shoot, I went out side to photograph other one day beauties as well.
I am considering blowing some of these slightly out of focus shots and framing them for our bedroom.
Sometimes I feel quite gluttonous; I stare and stare at the colors and textures, trying to drink all the beauty in at once.
The flower...is no more, save for the image that was gathered.
I have arrived at a season of simplified life.
Little is being demanded of me right now.
My efforts to simplify has paid off: I have a mostly blank calendar and a house that tidies up in a minute.
I am open to new ideas and new adventures.
Let's see what summer will bring.