Beauty in the Aging

Today a lone monarch visited my flowers, sucking out the last drops of nectar. I was excited to see it, since I didn’t see any all summer. The Yellow and Black Swallowtails were here, but no Monarchs. I got my camera and snapped away, as it enjoyed what is left of my Zinnias.

Summer has finally come to an end, and a lot of my flowers grew fungus and mildew on their leaves. The leaves deteriorated and dried up starting at the bottom and going up. But, with a couple of late summer rains, and a little watering from my rain barrels, my Zinnias continue to grow. I also have been cutting off seed heads as the flowers petals fall off. This stimulates them to keep putting out new buds. Although the bottom half of the stem looks dead the top continues to bloom. Some have now reached a height of almost eight feet! I see beauty in the flowers and also in the drying stems and leaves. It reminded me of the stages of life we all go through and that beauty can always be found even as we age and come to the end of life.

In the Fall of Life

beauty is found in aging

Blooms shine above pain

Photos taken today – Dwight L. Roth

37 thoughts on “Beauty in the Aging

  1. So many nice photos and really cool about your zinnias. The flowers/plants in my yard would go longer, but it’s my failure in not watering them anymore. The poor pepper and tomato plants were going strong but now are wilting 😦

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  2. Dwight, I enjoyed your photos and poem. ❤ There are many "fall flowers" in my life, for which I am grateful. 🙂 There are also some actual flowers that bloom in the fall here, which is also nice. The woods are full of a slender shrub with tiny flowers that look like miniature pink hibiscus with red throats. They open at sunrise and close in late afternoon. I tried to take a picture, but didn't get much. Take care! Cheryl

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  3. Gorgeous photos AND words, Dwight!!! 🙂
    Seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn)!!! 🙂 Seasons (stages of life, ages in life)!!! 🙂
    You are SO right…there is beauty in every season and stage of life…for nature and for us Human-beans, too! We should embrace that more and enjoy finding the joys! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    • I believe we should live a “as hard as we can” while we can. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us! Thank you for your kind words. The flowers of Fall are really beautiful and different from the beginning ones. Have a great weekend!

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    • Where some would see a half dead plant to dispose of I see life on the top that is still budding!! I guess it goes to our perspective of things. I do love beauty in the small things. I don’t have manicured beds of perfect flowers. I have beds of flowers hat are free to bloom, bend, fall over etc and still produce flowers. Butterflies are just icing on the cake so to speak!

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