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Peony moments

Peony moment
Peony moment


All gathering towards this one.

~ Jenny Downham

Dewy morning
Dewy morning

They don’t last long, do they?
The peonies? No, they don’t. That’s why we need to get out there and appreciate them while they’re here.

~ Conversational snippets from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch

The peonies were amazing this year.  We had a pummeling rain yesterday that smashed them to the ground.  A few might make a comeback.  I hope so.  I’m not finished enjoying them just yet because it seems like they just arrived.  The storm was harsh to the peonies, but we needed it.  The gardens are sighing in relief.  All of the vegetable plants have perked up in a way that watering them with the hose just doesn’t accomplish.

Waiting for the right moment.
Waiting for the right moment.  (Before the storms arrived.)

Even if they do bounce back, the peonies and irises are almost finished with their moments for this year.  Other flowers are already getting ready to take their places, but we’ll have time for them later.

Yesterday's rain
Yesterday’s gully-washing rain going into the lagoon.
When flowers turn into butterflies.  (After the rain.)
When flowers turn into butterflies. (After the rain.)

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.

~ Harry Hepner

Petals gone to ground
Petals gone to ground

Time for me to move along, and get back to work.  We’ve made a lot of progress here, but there’s still so much more to do.  Thank you so much for dropping in to have another look at the peonies.  I may have a few more to show you before their season is finished.  I am often surprised by how fast flowers and other plants bounce back after a storm.

Some of the flowers survived the storm.
Some of the flowers survived the storm.

Let’s meet out by the lagoon this evening, and watch for the Great Blue Heron.  He usually flies in for supper just before sunset.  Sunset is at 8:12 PM today.  It’s hot and humid here so no jacket required.

A little droopy
A little droopy, but still hanging in there.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂






Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

12 thoughts on “Peony moments

  1. Hi Robin, our peonies are deep red, but otherwise look like yours. And each spring it seems that we finally get a good rainstorm right when the peonies are at their finest (i.e. right now) – pummeling them to bits, too soon. But you’re right, the next flowers come, and all is well. It’s always interesting to me how, even the width of this huge continent apart, how alike our outdoor worlds seem to be.


  2. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. Sorry I haven’t been keeping up lately. Lots going on here at the ranch and in life. I do read your comments, and try to respond when I can. 🙂


  3. I commented on this post before, but I am revisiting some of them. These photographs of the peonies are my kind of flower interpretation. They are not just snapshots of flowers. You present the essence of them. Such sensitive and delicate photography. The deluge is somehow lovely too. You’ve got the third eye, I think. 🙂


Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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