Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within…

“Love is always within. When you try to dramatize your love, you lose the depth of the love.” Charan Singh Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... unfurling with a dragon fly in tow.. Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... Love Is A Flowering Bloom Within… This thing we call love, we give it many names; definitions, declarations, demonstrations. We try to box it in and plant it squarely at out feet. We adore it and abhor ...

Humor: Ten Signs To Quit The Silly Jokes…

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’” Charles M. Schulz Humor: Ten Signs To Quit The Silly Jokes... The joke blows up in your face... We’ve all been to one of those parties where the jokes crossed the line for some of the attendees as Uncle Joe, drunk out of his mind, is busy making jokes about everything and everyone. Yeah, ...

8 Eco-Friendly Container Ideas for Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a fun, low-cost and rewarding activity that you can do with kids. All you need is some soil, seeds and containers. You can purchase all of those materials at your local garden centre, but you can also save money and help the environment by transforming everyday household items into potting containers. If you look around, the possibilities are endless. Just about anything can be made into a container, but make sure it’s clean and poked with some ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter… And Happy New Year!

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! greetings from our neighborhood deer Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter... And Happy New Year! “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s ...

Inspiration: What Inspires You…?

“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” Bo Bennett Inspiration: What Inspires You...? Beauty in nature & enthusiasm for life... Aaradhna – Down Time What inspires you? Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration is a word we often toss around casually, and maybe take for granted when it comes easily to us. There are days when we wake up and feel like the fountain has dried up or that our ideas are foggy. Then, there are those days when everything falls into place like clockwork, ...

5 Common Houseplants That are Toxic to Pets

Houseplants are great! Everyone should have at least one or two live plants in their home! Not only do plants add beauty and colour to your home decor, they can clean the air, and make you feel healthier and happier. And best of all, many of them are easy to grow. That being said, pet owners need to be aware of the houseplants that are toxic to cats and dogs. Ingesting poisonous plants can make pets very sick! It’s best to ...

Reflections: Take Two For Peace…

“He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.” Benjamin Franklin Reflections: Take Two For Peace… Small Stones We watched it land, red and proud Perched on a branch, nary a sound The phone rang… Peace wasn’t calling Red Cardinal knew it and went flying Which was more unsettling? The interruption or the sudden departure… In my reorganization mode, I’ve been writing Small Stones which the originators describe as:”a short piece of writing (prose or poetry) that precisely captures ...

Guest Post: Innovative Birthday Floral Arrangements

Flowers are an excellent gift to make a certain someone feel special. Are you interested in offering your friends or folks flowers on their birthday? The type of flower or arrangement you should choose can be based on various criteria such as individuality, sex, or age. Beautiful arrangement of diligent flowers for the lady: Traditionally, floral bouquets have always been presented to females. Whilst choosing flowers yourselves, you should focus on her choices and try implementing different styles using the flowers she ...

I Feel Like I'm Cheating....

I've been a lifelong Steelers fan - except for today.... I've had a lifelong love affair. Every year, my fondness and love toward the object of my affection as grown stronger - not weaker. But I'm not going to lie, as with any relationship that endures and stands the test of time there are ups and downs, but I've always been unwavering loyalty. Until today. For as long as I can remember, I've been a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. If family folklore is to be believed, ...

My Interview on News Radio 770 KKOB

50,000 Watt Radio Powerhouse Since my book A Question of Faith launched last November, I’ve been invited to talk about it, and the importance of faith in general, on several radio stations and networks across the country. Tomorrow, I have the privilege of talking with radio host Eric Strauss on News Radio 770 KKOB-AM based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As background KKOB is one of the most powerful radio stations in the country (50,000 watt) whose signal covers nine states. It also happens ...

Let’s Talk Gray, I Mean Grey, and NPR Too

Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat. The color gray, with an a, is the American spelling. Grey, with an e, is the British spelling. A person’s name may be either, of course. I have known for years that it’s a losing battle to fight for the gray. There’s simply too much confusion over it, and who really cares anyway, except for editing-diehards (we really are impossible to kill). The huge ballyhoo around the erotic Shades of Grey ...

7 Questions With an Author: Shane Michael Taylor

Author, songwriter, speaker - Shane Michael Taylor This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Shane Michael Taylor. He’s a friend of mine,  a motivational speaker and the author of Living This Rodeo: A Journey From Fantasy to Reality, an audio book that details the journey that led to his career as a country music artist. His debut album, ...

12 Marathons in 12 Months for Wounded Soliders

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Spotlight on Gifts

I want to congratulate Brooke Meservy, a dear friend and fellow blogger at Bloomtopia for her recent contribution to the Wild Sister magazine. Brooke’s writing cuts through the thick skin of fear and rejection exposing the tender places within. Her words are bold and honest, escorting you to divine destinations where magical discoveries take place: discoveries about who you are, what you love, and where you’re going. This article on "finding one heart" is breathtaking. Brooke says: “I am honored to ...

Angry Birds: 10 Games That Didn't Make the Cut

Blockbuster game "Angry Birds" I don't understand the game Angry Birds. I've never played it but virtually everybody I know does - I don't get it. At its core, the game pelts suicidal birds at shoddily constructed buildings in the hopes that the structures will collapse on and kill green pigs that are inside. Could you imagine the public outcry if any part of that scenario was actually true? As inhumanly cruel as it sounds, that's the premise that was approved, designed and ...

Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within ...

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November 10, 2012, 9:15 am

Flowers in Art: Beautiful “Decaying Flowers” by Billy Kid

There’s no doubt about it. Roses are breathtakingly beautiful and have inspired amazing works of art from playwrights, poets, painters and photographers for centuries. But once they start to wilt and brown, they are thrown away without a second thought.

But Billy Kid, an American photographer, saw a beauty that other people often dismiss. Through his set of images titled “Decaying Flowers,” he showed us that even in their decaying state, roses can be just as beautiful and captivating. In some ways, he has breathed new life into these decaying flowers.

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photographs

The rose portraits were shot simply against a black background with a single light source. Billy did such an amazing job capturing every bit of detail and colour on these roses, we almost forget that these flowers are decaying.

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

*All images taken from his website

Billy Kidd also specializes in portraiture. You can see more of his work through his website.

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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