Between earth and sky lies the ribbon of green which supports life, and brings beauty and joy to all who walk there. The dark earth nourishes the roots, and the bright sky brings light to nourish the green leaves. This is the domain of the plants, and all of the life on the planet who feed within its green space.
At its zenith, in the full light of midsummer, this green space is bursting with fresh leaves and flowers. The bees and other insects are at their busiest, the mammalian life is grazing as though there might be nothing left tomorrow, and the baby birds are fledging and filling the sky with song. Here at midsummer, the point between the light and dark halves of the year, life is at its most vibrant. Nature calls us out to merge with her wild green force, and the suns power is at his strongest.
Flowers throw themselves open, and the insects oblige. The air is heavy with the sweet scent of roses, pinks and lavender, and flowers crowd and bustle for their spot in the sun. Everything seems possible at midsummer, and the green space of life demands our presence. In our gardens, in the hills, and in the ripening fields, natures green cloak is filled with glowing colours designed to attract.
Flowers are natures most entrancing design, and they live suspended between earth and sky, at their best over the solstice. I hope you place your bare toes on the soft green earth as the sun reaches his height, before beginning his descent towards winter. Breath in the vibrant energy of this slim green ribbon which supports us all, for without the plants, the earth would be bare of all life. Merry Midsummer to one and all from breath of green air!
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Amazing display of nature
I’ve been poppy crazy over the last week or so! 🙂 Another, very lovely piece of work.
well I’ve smiled from a previous post of your Seonaid … and am still … I’ve already been out this morning along and across the fields nearby … but you make me want to rush out once more .. with bare toes and all on the green earth as you say .. perhaps my garden will suffice ..
Lovely photos …I like peeping through buttercups too !
I’m sure the garden will satisfy your toes cravings Poppy.
There is so much beauty everywhere at this abundant time of year, and how lovely to hear I made you smile twice in one day 🙂
Hope you had a lovely Midsummer – just as lovely as your post. And, I have used my bare toes…
Wonderful, delighted to hear your bare toes were used 🙂
Such a serene beauty… Somehow reminded me of a quote I stumbled onto recently…that nature has music in it but only for the ones who know how to listen…
Oh I love that quote Ese…..do you remember who wrote it?
Me, too 🙂 I believe that’s why it stayed on the back of my mind. Unfortunately I don’t remember the author and even not sure there was one mentioned – was on some website…sorry!
No worries, it’s just so lovely that I think I might start using it myself 🙂
Delightful. Loved the breath of green air and the openness.
So beautiful, Seonaid. Happy midsummer to you. It certainly seems that you make the most of every season as it comes along. 🙂
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Huddling here in winter with the fire going I loved seeing these
Yes, this part of the year is so fresh, so full of life. Joanna and I spent most of the day in maintenance mode … doing what needed to be done to keep this crazy place afloat. When one does stop however, to appreciate the warm breeze, the beautiful colors, or the sites and sounds of animals going about their business in comfort and at ease … it is easy to be thankful for this life we get to experience. Happy Solstice to you and your as well. D
You were thinking outside the box and all your readers got to enjoy it. Photos and words are all beautiful but I especially love the first photo because I’m very partial to ferns and poppies. 🙂
I was just looking through my book, CELTIC INSPIRATIONS, so I might find something equally inspirational as your fabulous and colorful photographs… but I give up! Your pictures are magical… the gift of the fairies! I LOVE THEM!! Our move into summer isn’t as colorful as yours… only the protective green trees screening us from the blue of the sky.
Gwynn what a lovely comment….the gift of the fairies sounds like a great way to describe my photos, thank you. Im delighted that you find me as inspiring as the Celtic Inspirations book:-)
I am deeply moved by all of your posts, your words are so poetic and the photography just lovely. Thank you so much for uplifting me often!
Jill what a lovely comment, it’s wonderful to hear that my posts have such a positive and uplifting effect on you. It brings me joy too…. taking the images and weaving the words is soothing yet exhilarating 🙂
I spent quite a lot of time on Skye to prepare to write a trilogy that takes place there. I miss the isle now that I haven’t been back in years. So, I love having the place I adore so much brought back to life in your posts as well. many blessings always
Dear Seonaid, have a very happy midsummer with lots of blessings 🙂
And you Gilly, enjoy the lush flowered earth. I’m sure it’s stunning in your part of the country at the moment 🙂
Your photos make me think of lazy days in summer. Lovely pics.
Oh bring on those lazy summer days…..I’m just recovering from a chest infection and being ill with a temperature in the summer is very strange….so I’m looking forward to some summer fun as I start to feel better 🙂
stunningly beautiful as always.
And what a delightful comment as always 🙂
Glorious light and such delicately beautiful flowers 🙂 May all your midsummer night’s dreams come true!
Midsummer dreams, they are surely the best, sweeping us off into natures beautiful spell. May all yours come true too Sarah 🙂
Shimmering with a little pixie dust!
Wonderful Seonaid,wonderful! These days are so powerful yet…somehow seem easy! My wish is that all people can find the strength and peace they need.
Beautiful nature, beautiful photos. 🙂
She is truly at her most beautiful right now 🙂
A delight. 😀
Thank you….Mother Nature at her best….midsummer delight 🙂
midsummer greetings to you Seonaid, I am in France for a few more days so will enjoy Fete de Music tomorrow, and next week be home in Australia and back to winter 🙂
Well then, you certainly must get out into those lush green spaces and wriggle your bare toes in the French midsummer light, before heading back into midwinter!
Such delicate beings, wonderful post!
They are delicately beautiful, and so eye catching….this green ribbon of life is a miracle of earths beautiful power 🙂
Oh, my! These bring a rare combination of energy and peace. Thanks, John
Energy and peace is a wonderful sounding combination John….and a great place to reach…midsummer at her best 🙂
Scenes of considerable beauty!
Glad you enjoyed the lush summer flowers 🙂
Any news on your son-in-law?
Better after an emergency op to remove three dangerous clots, thanks.
Well that’s wonderful news 🙂