Thursday, August 26, 2010
flower of hope

This is the Bromiliad I wrote about just when Sweetie went to the Hospital.....And I said I took it as a sign of hope. In the above picture this is the early stage of this great great beauty. It is perfection just as it is in this photo above...... And if it did nothing more than this.....this perfection would be more than enough to take your breath away.....But then, a few days pass, and this is what this flower looks like.....see below. It is almost unbelievable in it's exquisiteness....where did these beautiful colors come from......where, indeed! A closer look, above.....the delicacy of these little cylindrical lavender/purple and shocking pink interior flowers are so very magical.....here below, an even closer look...... And you can see in the picture above that more of these little delicate flowers-within-the-flower, are about to burst forth---well, 'burst' is probably too harsh a way to put it.....but they are definitely peeping their way to the surface...... All this softness with those outer edges looking rather dangerous...but, in reality, there is nothing dangerous about this flower, at all......Then, about fifteen days later....here is what this same flower looks like now...... It is almost overwhelming when you see all of the pink and purple interior flowers that have bloomed and some are already on the wane...... You can see the very dark pink ones---these are almost over.... A closer look, above.....some of these little interior flowers are already withering and drying up...but they look beautiful, too....at least they do to me....... And then below.....so much of the interior of this flower is ready to close up shop, so to speak...though the whole flower will stay and still look beautiful in it's overallness. And guess what? Amazingly enough, there is another flower beginning to bloom in the center of a different shoot..... More hope......More wonderful wonderful hope........I will be watching this little baby's growth as each day passes......

More To Come.......

Update: Sweetie is ever so much better with each passing day....,,The dreaded medicines are doing their work, and he is not only eating really well, but he has perked up considerably, too....And his energy level? Excellent. You should see him racing away from the very sweet young woman who comes to give him his meds each day.....He is 'faster than a speeding bullet'.....truly! I am very very pleased, as you can well imagine.....All of your thoughts and prayers have really been an important component in his recovery...He says....Purrrrrrrr, and so do I!



















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31 Comments:
had this to say:

The changes in the flower are amazing and most-definitely symbolic. Love the purple!

I'm also very happy to hear that Sweetie is speeding around your home and eating well. He's back. :)

Hugs to you and your Sweetie!! xo

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 2:34:00 AM PDT 

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Let's see if I have enough words for this flower: stunning, exquisite, beautiful, gorgeous, delicious and joyful! I would love to have some time with that flower to photograph it but I have very much enjoyed seeing your pics.

I am so happy to hear that Sweetie is doing so well. I know it must be a weight off your mind. I am sure it won't be long before he is completely well again.

Poor Sammy is not faring so well and has become very depressed. It's been a month since his leg problems first started and it still persists. He hates his cone and looks so sad these days and has started to have an upset tummy due to stress. Trouble is, if I take the cone off, he licks the leg and makes it bleed (back to square 1). Poor little chap.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 4:23:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

you know how to put a smile on my face! I am so happy Sweetie is doing so much better!

that Bromiliad is just gorgeous Naomi!! "Exquisite" is the right word for it! and of course the photography of it is nothing less than perfection! :o)

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 4:54:00 AM PDT 

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God Bless Sweetie!! I am so glad to know that he is perking up and getting his energy back.

Those flowers are so beautiful. I remember seeing lots of them in Hilton Head in the past. I don't care much for pink, but in those flowers I celebrate it!

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 5:35:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What wonderful photos, Naomi. There are worlds within blossoms, I think. Thank you so much for posting these. And I am so glad Sweetie continues to improve!

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 5:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Your flower pictures would make beautiful wall hangings. What an amazingly beautiful bloom.
I was so pleased to hear you have someone to give Sweetie his meds. I worked with rescue animals for 15 years and still quake in fear at the thought of pilling a cat.
Sounds like he is pretty much his old self. Amen.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 6:44:00 AM PDT 

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I'm glad he continues to be on the mend. As for the photo, mankind's greatest art cannot complete with the beauty of nature, methinks.

Cheers.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:10:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

As always great pic's Namoi, am glad to read that sweetie is on the mend.
Pat from NY

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:16:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi the nurturer. Of flowers and plants, of beautiful photos, of friendships, and of lovely feline companions. Keep up the good work!

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:54:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Sweetie, I have always enjoyed your comments on my blog. They always give me paws. So glad you are feeling better! You are as pecious and beautiful as the flower in you BM's photo. (Oops) Have a purrrrfect day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 8:50:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

First of all: Puuur - mieoow back to Sweetie. We are really happy he is so quickly recovering.

This flower is nothing but magic, like your photos. It's amazing to see the devellopment of the flower.
Stunning beauty;)

btw. We had a great time during the OsloBG event. And with the Swedes and French in our Winterhome, I felt like a honoured Guest. They prepared all the meals, did the cleaning and washing and dishing. Excellent service: 5-Star hotel. LOL.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 9:13:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That's a beautiful flower! It's my first to see a fine specimen like that. :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 9:46:00 AM PDT 

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What a spectacular flower and great pix too! I've never seen anything like it. Also glad Sweetie's energy levels are up. That's a very good sign.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM PDT 

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A real flower that is stranger than fiction. It was pretty enough and then it bloomed purple. Stunning and stunned me!

Glad to hear the good report on Sweetie!

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:27:00 PM PDT 

Blogger Pat
had this to say:

Well done Sweetie! Good boy:)
Another exquisite bloom seen through the eyes of an artist.
I love how the muted green leaves are the perfect backdrop to the flower.

Friday, August 27, 2010 at 3:37:00 AM PDT 

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Dear Naomi,
First of all I am so glad and so happy to hear the good news about lovely Sweetie! It's great that he speeding around and eating well.

Gorgeous photos! The pink and purple interior flowers are really stunning!

Have a nice day!

Friday, August 27, 2010 at 6:38:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I am so glad to hear about Sweetie. A person worries so about their babies.

The flower is gorgeous in all its stages. Amazing beauty.

Friday, August 27, 2010 at 9:49:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

naomi, this post is simply stunning. from the photography, to your poetic wording, through the powerful symbolism and last (but not least) to your message of good news about sweetie! wow, lady. simply wow.

Friday, August 27, 2010 at 1:03:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Yay for Sweetie and what a beautiful flower. Sweetie is more beautiful though and that's my opinion on that.

Friday, August 27, 2010 at 5:31:00 PM PDT 

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I don't think I've ever seen those colors in a bromilliard flower. They are lovely flowers, aren't they? So glad to read the update on Sweetie.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 6:01:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

So so beautiful! I love how you've given us such an insight into this flower. Wonderful pictures.

I'm so glad to read how well Sweetie is doing. It's great news. :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 10:54:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Naomi-
as always I love your wonderful posts!
I will be adopting another baby (kitty, of course) again soon, and I hope I am able to have the luck I've had in the past to welcome one in with a great personality! Wish me some luck if you will-
Thanks
Danny in Kentucky

Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm so delighted to hear about Sweetie!! I had to laugh at the picture in my mind of him running from the girl who comes to give him his meds!!

The flower is so pretty! I saw one of these in the lobby/garden area of a hotel once, and I took several photos! The colors are truly amazing!!

Hugs & love to you and Sweetie!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 9:10:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful flower! I have never seen anything like that.

So very glad that your Sweetie is feeling better.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 9:16:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

This flower is indeed beautiful -- I've never seen this delicate combination before.

Sorry your Sweetie is ill, but glad recovery is continuing.

Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 2:40:00 AM PDT 

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That is great news.. I hope he stays on recovery going the right direction.. Well i am off to take my afternoon nap before work tonight.I found a full time job and its 3rd shift.. So i am off to take a nap and then feed my family..

Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 1:28:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Best news I've heard for awhile! I'm back in the UK again, I do feel a long way way away from you again now!

I haven't stopped thinking about Sweetie and his recovery.

Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 4:05:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I can't make any other comment than GORGEOUS! What incredible colours in the Bromiliad flower. I'm so glad you posted those pictures.
And I'm very happy to hear that You Know Who is getting his energy back. Pretty soon he'll be so lively that the girl who comes to give the meds won't be able to catch him at all!

Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 7:10:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Blessings to you and your loved one. I sometimes take my own for granted. Like the bromeliad flower- a first for so many - I had forgotten the joy felt when first seen. Thank you for posting

Monday, August 30, 2010 at 8:15:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm so happy to read that Sweetie is doing so well
Iza and Siren send love

the flowers are amazing, the colors are so wonderful
especially the purples

Monday, August 30, 2010 at 2:40:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, have you seen those photo books that you can do yourself online. You choose your photos and upload them online and put it in a book for processing. You get to choose the size of the book, the colour, number of pages etc. I do so think all your exquisite photos of your flowers etc would be stunning. You are so talented and it would wonderful to have all these photos together in a coffee table book. My mother turned 80 late last month and I did one for her from baby photos onwards. Hard to keep it to 45 pages but the photos were ones I loved of her. She was very excited. Anyway, I go on and on....sorry.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 12:14:00 AM PDT 

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