Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back to the Fuchsia and Posts of the Week

Oops... time has slipped away, once again. We've had visitors over the course of the past week or so. That's my excuse for my most recent blogging lapse and I'm sticking to it!

My last post illustrated some of the rainy weather we'd been experiencing. It's been lovely and sunny since, though it's raining lightly as I type.

The photos below were taken shortly after bringing home a hanging basket of fuchsia. It rained (and hailed) that very day but when the raindrops ended and the sun came out, my camera was drawn to the droplet-laden blossoms. There's also a short video which I had meant to include with the previous post but forgot about. It shows some of the precipitation which greeted our brand new fuchsia. It wouldn't surprise me at all if next year, that basket yields sunflowers and peanut plants. The squirrels enjoy burying our offerings in it.

I hope you enjoy the blossoms.

fucshia after rain
Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.
~ Tahereh Mafi

fuschia bud
For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

fuschia plant
Remember when we made love in the rain? You asked me to bring protection, and I brought a windshield wiper.
~ Jarod Kintz

I want your sun to reach my raindrops, so your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud.
~ Rumi

fuschia bud2
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.
~ Dr. Seuss

soft fuscia droplets
Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
~ Roger Miller

The Sun after the rain is much beautiful than the Sun before the rain!
~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Watch for the chair tipping over on the dock. I was looking right at it through the viewfinder and still missed it.


And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if your blog post is named as a POTW.



So, About That Stroke...
by Carmi
at Written Inc.



Fury in Motion
by Eddie
at Clouds and Silvery Linings

by Slamdunk
at Slam Dunks

You're One Person Away From A Break
by Michael
at Michael



Faces of India 171
by Indrani
at i Share



Around West Dorset by Electric Bike
by Maddie
at The World From My Window

The Princess and the Toad
by Tabor
at Room Without Walls

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
by Betty
at Cut and Dry



Sock Kitten Cam
by Sharon
at Sharon's Paws Create

Me Too
by Daryl
at Out and About in New York City


Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you


Birdie said...

Your pictures are poetry.

Did someone go and get the chair??

ADRIAN said...

Another excellent set.

Hilary said...

Yes, Birdie. Frank fished it out the next day. It's none the worse for wear. :)

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Storms at the lake - always an adventure. I love fuchsia plants. Can't grow them in Texas as it is too hot. Your photos with the rain on the blossoms - beautiful.

Leave It To Davis said...

You kill me.....a windshield wiper???!!! And Dr. made me laugh. I don't know which is prettier...the fuchsia or the raindrops!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I love the flower pictures but esp. the first, dripping one!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Beautiful series of photos, Hilary, with the raindrops dripping from the subjects . . . and love the quotations, especially the protection one . . . lol.

My that was quite a downpour you had.

And I am very honoured to receive the POTW reward. Thank you Hilary, and congratulations to the others - I will visit them.

Cheers and Hugs ~ Eddie x

Brian Miller said...

nice...i'll do some reading here in a bit....lovely pics...the little drops of water//the rain only add to their beauty...i like the rain...and playing in its after...

Optimistic Existentialist said...

LOVE the raindrops on the flowers and buds...such a magical pairing :)

Out on the prairie said...

Had to swim for a chair that blew off the dock and found the water to be way deeper than I thought.

DJan said...

Those are some beautiful droplet pictures, especially so because of the incredible fuchsia color! Lovely, Hilary. And yes, I saw the chair going over when I watched that video. :-)

Betsy Brock said...

Beautiful of my favorites. The humming birds really love them, too, don't they?

Congrats to your award recipients! I've read Ed's post...very clever!

Anonymous said...

Wow - gorgeous rainy shots!

Mage said...

The color in those fushias is stunning. So is the rain. A drop or two here this week but not enough to stop the dryness. Now I shall go read your reccomendations.

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

Fuchsias are always so beautiful and you captured that so wonderfully in your photos. I love the windshield wiper quote...tee hee.
I'm on my way to read the POTW, Oma Linda

stephen Hayes said...

Love the flowers with their incredible color. Such a cheerful way to start my morning. Thanks.

Lisa Gordon said...

Hilary, these photographs are just gorgeous!

Barb said...

Your weather looks like our weather (except I don't have a lake for my chair to blow into). Your photos of that fresh fuchsia loveliness bring a smile to my face. You've given the blog a new look - I like!

TexWisGirl said...

you have a diving chair! so cool! :)

loved your photos. will have to visit potw later!

Daryl said...

well thank you so very much for including my little nothing post with all these really terrific posts … and what a wonderful storm of photos those are

Rob-bear said...

Amazing colour, composition; creative use of depth of field. Another visual feast.

Did you have to go and get the chair?

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Montanagirl said...

Absolutely stunning photos! Nice done!!

Gail Dixon said...

Those sparkly droplets are oh-so-pretty! That was some pretty hard rain, but at least the bird bath was filled with fresh water. Congrats to all the POTWers...I know some of them!

Ruth Hiebert said...

These pictures are stunning. The Fuchsia looks like it is decorated with jewels.

Anvilcloud said...

What a terrific photographic study of one potted plant.

Slamdunk said...

Yahoo! I appreciate the recognition Hilary.

And I am trying not to attract attention here after reading your wiper quote.

Kat said...

Oh those photos! So beautiful. Each one could be framed and hung in a gallery. Gorgeous!
And that hail! Yikes!

SandyCarlson said...

Goodness! That fuscia is very, very luscious, beautiful.

Linda said...

Delicious photos! You did a masterful job of capturing the wet flowers.

messymimi said...

These remind me of when i used to love the rain. Before we lived here.

Catherine said...

Your photos are sublime and I have thoroughly enjoyed sitting here with my coffee, looking through them and reading the quotes. Bliss!

Kerri Farley said...

WOW! Awesome captures ....that 2nd one ... it just takes my breath away!!

Country Girl said...

Great post title.

Awesome macro shots here.

And Daryl's POTW cracked me up!


Indrani said...

Drenched beauties!
I wish to try growing one.

ellen abbott said...

these are just lovely.

Scott Law said...

Beautiful flowers, but nothing beats beautiful flowers after (or during) a nice rain. Sometimes I cheat though. ;^)

Rita said...

You take the most captivating pictures and find intriguing, thought provoking quotes...and you have some sweet thought yourself. Have a wonderful week! :)

Chicken said...

so beautiful

Jenn Jilks said...

Do not apologise for being out and about. We are grateful for your photos, quotes and blogs, when you are there.
Glorious photos. I was trying for a morning dew drop and blew it! Happy you posted yours.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous photos and perfect title!!

lime said...

these are deliciously drenched. gorgeous captures.

Unknown said...

This blog is amazing and I can only imagine how hard you work on matching these vivid images with just the right words! :)

Mandy said...

Glad to see life has been getting in the way of blogging - I always view that as a good thing.

These photos are really excellent. You are so talented.