Recently I bought a new camera.
Just a simple point and shoot that hopefully will give better color to the pictures I share.
I’ve noticed something since I got it.
I see differently
Can’t wait for the sun to come up to go into my garden and take pictures.
Pictures of the same flowers and bugs that I’ve known for years.
But I’m seeing them differently through this new lens.
Veronica spicata, for instance.
It’s not a terribly showy flower.
I’ve called it a “filler flower” for years.
Probably not politically correct to cast it in such a subservient role.
I’ve even threatened to dig it all up from time to time.
But…the truth is it’s a great flower
now that I see it through a new lens.
Sure, I’ve marveled over the big “brainy” blooms
Now I’m fascinated by the clusters of feathery blossoms as they rustle in the breeze.
I’m suddenly drawn to the things that have been right in front of me.
Things I walk past each day
Yet don’t truly see.
Like this short but mighty Gloriosa Daisy that just begged me to take its picture.
It’s so important.
Critical really in much of life.
Perhaps seeing is the thing that ties the varied parts of my life together.
Because I garden
My mind keeps going to another of my passions.
How to solve it.
It, like veronica spicata, is right in front of us.
We may not see it.
We likely don’t realize it’s even there.
But it is
Close at home
And far away
If we look – choose to see.
Recently we opened a food pantry at the high school.
It will provide food for kids who have none on weekends.
It has refrigeration so kids can have access to fresh food
A staple for so many of us.
A luxury for so many more.
Kelly is planning to plant another “field” of lettuce this fall.
I’ll have a row or two.
We’ve made arrangements to have volunteers come and cut and take it to the high school.
Seeing a need right in front of us.
Planting a way to meet that need.
Seeing the world connected.
Is it any wonder I love to garden!!!
P.S. If you have extra fruit and vegetables you’d like to share, just let me know.