Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. Author Unknown
What a difference a year makes… take a look back to 2011. Does it make you happy?
Duck Cove Photography has a post titled, Do What You Love. Brian mentioned GWGT in the post and I am very honored. But that is not why I am linking back to the very well written and illustrated blog. I believe you will like his photography work and the almost spiritual way he looks at life and nature.
The way he looks at life can be found in his reply to my comment where Brian said, “To me happy is momentary and dependent on a feeling. I believe Joy is a lifestyle.” I never thought of this before and thought it a very interesting and profound perspective. I think you might too.
Mums from 2011 – I have these lime green mums budding right now in the November garden and if November holds with 60° weather (very unlikely), maybe will see them this year too.
Looking into the past is oft a mournful thing, seeing what is gone and not always to return. Return is based on many factors, but not one of wishing and desire.
The magenta Sweet Alyssum did not self-seed, yet the white and lilac did this year. The Japanese Maple did not attain the vibrant red of last year.
One thing guaranteed is that the future holds change. Looking back a year makes one think a lot about what was and plan for what is to come. These scenes are long past, but to look ahead into November for this year, there is anticipation of what is to become. Anticipation brings a bit of seasonal cheer. A little bit of Joy to brighten the days. I believe there is joy in both past and future and here is what science has to say…
“The past and future may seem like different worlds, yet the two are intimately intertwined in our minds. In recent studies on mental time travel, neuroscientists found that we use many of the same regions of the brain to remember the past as we do to envision our future lives. In fact, our need for foresight may explain why we can form memories in the first place. They are indeed “a base to build the future.” Discover Magazine April 2011
The Trollius ‘Golden Queen’ rebloomed earlier this year than last. I already know it will not be in the November garden because so many plants were ahead of schedule in 2012.
There was a lot of blooming joy to be had early in the passing seasons. But there will still be much to see I am guessing as the beds lay to rest.
Just looking up. The air is clear at this time of year and skyward images can delight or amuse.
On a blog that I read daily, Photofocus, the author talked about the camera being a time machine and he said, “The point of all this is that what we do as photographers is very important work. We are in the memory protection business – which is just another way of saying we’re in the time travel business. We can help people remember their favorite moments in life.” Scott Bourne
And looking down, we see a lot that is sure to be the same.
How true, do you believe it so in gardening? How often do we look at the past unless we photograph it. Do the images take you back to the moment where you not only see, but hear the sounds of the garden, taste the fresh sweet vegetables and smell the floral fragrances? Can you remember the feel of the soft Spring earth? Or do you just look forward and dream of what is ahead?
The vibrant golds have appeared for 2012 and you will see them next post. The garden is planned for color year round, but varies from year to year based on weather. The pear tree has not yet been clothed in gold as in the 2011 image below, but looks to have some red and orange.
Gardening is more about the now and about the future. What is notable from the past is garden activities, those special moments with family, the times we had in activity.
So how do you look at the past in your garden? Do you fondly see the small and simple things of interest whether they are important or not? My next post on the November 2012 garden looks at the small and simple things in a similar fashion as here.
On Saturday, you will see images of what is in the garden from November 2012. I will be taking those images with my small Coolpix camera, as I need real practice before my trip to the Caribbean. Another great quote leads off the post.
This post will occur monthly as a look back into the garden past. It will be a series to welcome in each new month of the current year. It follows in the footsteps of a very popular post of mine from earlier this year, My Garden Year in Photos, which will still occur in January. That post had an unexpected clicking component, and was a photo packed visual montage of images. It was one of my favorite posts to make too.