Sunday, May 1, 2011

Springtime Wonders

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”  
- Bill Bryson

I would have to agree.  It is an amazing thing to become like a child again in your excitement over the world; when things are new, even the small things like the weeds and the dirt become noteworthy.  Every tiny element enhances your absorption of the world in which you are experiencing life.  This reality is true whether at home or abroad, but somehow in our busy familiarity of our worlds at home the beauty of the details become lost, or even abhorred.  I am reveling in the freshness I currently feel as a result of everything's newness!

Here are some of the small springtime wonders--some unique to Jordan, some not--that have brightened my world these past 2 months:
I love how it continues to grow through the tiles!

Isn't this a beautiful thorn?

This viney plant smells just like lilac, such beautiful trellises!

grape vines budding

baby olive buds

more pretty weeds

LOVE the little "eyes" outlining the center

nothing spells "hope" like new buds on a barren branch!

it's like a fuzzy gumdrop tree

green almonds


flowering rosemary (love the scent most of all)

lilies, my absolute serene, so elegant, so unassuming

can't get enough of these--fields of little red delights

a flower amongst the thorns

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