After I took yesterday’s photos and came inside with Charlie it began to rain in earnest. It wasn’t a pounding violent rain. But a steady pattering rain.
It rained all day long.
But today the sun is out. I noticed very early this morning, before the sun even lightened the sky, that the morning glories were already open to greet the day.
The sun did not even have to kiss the blooms to wake them up.
Charlie and I watched all day yesterday as the rain kept coming down. There were puddles in front behind the bushes. The sparrows were nowhere to be seen.
I don’t recall taking a photo of the actual rain coming down, but yesterday I captured this.
Can you see the rain? It is the vertical lines you see in the photo above. Then they gather on the leaves of the tree and hover there for a time.
It slowly seeps down the leaves, pausing there before it falls. Like beads gathered for a necklace.
I love the rain. The sound of it. The sight of it. The scent of it. It is sometimes the lullaby that rocks me to sleep.
It is the nourishment that feeds my plants.
The plants like it so much better than the water from my hose on the patio.
You can watch the plants after a rain has been pressed upon them and see that they stand taller and layer more beautifully.
Rain is their music and they softly dance to the melody until it is over. Then they glisten in the light that comes after the rain stops.
Yesterday I showed you the stages of the sedum autumn joy plant. Today I will show you the passion vine as it blooms. It starts like this, below.
Then it begins to open at the top. The petals fall in layers.
The center is like a jack in the box that springs up as the layers open.
This is the flower as the petals spread apart.
It is one of the most intricate flowers I have had the pleasure of seeing or photographing.
What I write about here is possibly mundane for some. Pedestrian.
But to me, every time I see the ways of nature, the opening of a flower, it is a miracle to behold. A delightful experience.
You could call the way I live my life slow living.
Slow living is a lifestyle emphasizing slower approaches to aspects of everyday life.
People every day are constantly living at a fast pace which is making them feel like their lives are chaotic – but with slow living they end up taking a step back and start enjoying life being conscious of sensory profusion.
You can read about the Slow Movement here.
You can read even more from the Collective Hub here.
And this is a great blog post about how to start living a slow life at That Sunday Feeling blog.
Slow living is being mindful of our movements and activity. It is enjoying the small things through sight, sound, and smell. Slowing down. Stepping away from the rat race.
I encourage you to begin the practice of slow living today and enjoy the benefits it will bring to your life. In the same vein you can also read about the slow food movement.