Wednesday, June 26, 2019
“Gentle as the sweet magnolia, strong as steel, her faith and pride …”
~ “Eagle When She Flies”
~ Grammy award-winner for best country song by Dolly Parton, one of the stars of the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias”
~ “Steel Magnolias” is the film adaption of Robert Harling’s 1987 play of the same name. The play and film are about the bond a group of women share in a small-town Southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own.
The story is based on Harling’s real life experience of the death of his sister, Susan Harling Robinson, in 1985 due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. He changed his sister’s name in the story from Susan to Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film.
The title suggests the main female characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower, and tough as steel.
A sweet and beautiful pink magnolia tree beckons you to come sit a spell on a gorgeous early May afternoon at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
“A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power.
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell …
But when I looked upon the bank
My wandering glances fell
Upon a little trembling flower,
A single sweet bluebell …
O, that lone flower recalled to me
My happy childhood’s hours
When bluebells seemed like fairy gifts
A prize among the flowers,
Those sunny days of merriment
When heart and soul were free,
And when I dwelt with kindred hearts
That loved and cared for me …”
~ “The Bluebell”
This little girl holds a single sweet bluebell as she runs through the beguiling bluebells blooming in early April near the banks of the Swabia Creek at Lock Ridge Park and Furnace Museum, Alburtis, Pennsylvania in this candid capture.
The blooming of the multitude of Lock Ridge bluebells – also called grape hyacinth – is a clarion call of spring in the Lehigh Valley, drawing many people to photograph and glimpse their beauty in the span of the few weeks they bloom.
Lock Ridge Park is a park built around an historic iron ore blast furnace just outside Alburtis, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley. The park preserves portions of the former Lock Ridge Iron Works, which dates back to 1868. The 59-acre park was opened in August 1976.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
“What a pity flowers can utter no sound! A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle – oh what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!”
~ Henry Ward Beecher
I love the heady perfume of Japanese Honeysuckle in bloom! I captured this shot in the late day sun of May at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
When the day draws to a close, the scent of honeysuckle joins with the natural chorus of spring peepers and the call of the whip-poor-will for spring perfection!
Japanese honeysuckle flowers are edible to humans and appreciated for their sweet-tasting nectar. The flowers can also be a significant source of food for deer, rabbits, hummingbirds, and other wildlife.