the change of seasons in the Midwest...
when coming from a hot, dry,
The vegetation we saw in Illinois these past weeks
was so dense and lush and vibrant
it actually hurt my eyes!
(Go figure...I think I must be color deprived!)
The corn...which traditionally they say is to be
"knee high by the 4th of July"...
rose in thick, proud, untassled rows
stood shoulder to head high
gravel country roads into canyons rimmed
with nature's emerald bounty.
Actually, the fields
were so incredibly deep, deep green
my brother-in-law claimed they were almost blue!!!
Wildflowers were blooming almost everywhere
they could take root.
Queen Anne's Lace held royal court
over clusters of sky blue chickory and thistles....
painting weedy roadside ditches
in colorful soft washes of floral beauty.
inspired by all this bountiful blossoming
I have started
a series of summery floral heart ATCs.
My first one here is
inspired by the sturdy and joyful coneflower.
I post it today
in celebration of two birthdays
in my family...
my brother Mark in Illinois...
and my sister Susan here in Arizona...
both were born this very day
two years apart!
(They still claim to this day that they are twins.)
HAPPIEST of BIRTHDAYS
TO YOU BOTH!!!
May your day bloom with love and joy
and your hearts be
filled with sweet and special