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Irises in bloom

Iris and twirls.

This flower is sacred to all who worship and reverence the virgin goddess in any of her forms.  As a flower, it is associated with creativity and self-expression.  It is a flower which draws to us higher inspiration and psychic purity.  Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow who led souls to the Elysian Fields.  Alignment with the flower named for her awakens within the auric field a strong sense of peace and the hope for new birth, and thus as a messenger, it reminds us to maintain hope for a new birth and new peace will soon be at hand.

~ Ted Andrews, Nature Speak

The original. Just as pretty without the twirl.

In the Language of Flowers, purple irises are said to symbolize royalty and wisdom.  The three upright petals symbolize faith, valor, and wisdom.  While reading Ted Andrews’ description, something kept niggling at the back of my mind and I finally figured out what it was.  The iris, or Iris, is represented on the Temperance card in the Mythic Tarot deck which was my first deck of tarot cards.  It’s long been my favorite because I enjoy myths and stories so very much.  The first myths I remember learning about as a child were the Greek myths.  The Mythic Tarot is the Fool’s journey told through the stories of Greek mythology.

Leaning a little.

Iris as Temperance represents a balanced heart.  She is connected with the function and flow of feeling.  Not emotion, which is more visceral in nature (a reaction), but feeling as a choice, a sensing of needs for a particular time or situation.  Perhaps something along the lines of mercy, sympathy, and kindness.  She can go the other way when needed, allowing the flow of feeling to adjust for changing circumstances.  She can offer care or she can offer vengeance when appropriate. Her goal — the goal of the function and flow of this kind of feeling — is cooperation, harmony, and better relationship.  Balance.

I almost envy the way these three irises are able to snuggle in together.

No soapbox to stand on today.  I’m a little too tired to step up onto it.  The energy swings, within myself, seem more erratic.  More extreme, perhaps, too.  I suppose that’s true of many of us.  Lots of ups and downs and in-betweens.

Here’s a brief look at the numbers for Maryland, just for the record:  29,374 confirmed cases, 1,503 deaths.  The county I live in continues its slow but steady rise.  We currently have 39 confirmed cases, no deaths.  The numbers are higher in the county just north of us (517 confirmed, 11 deaths).  Ohio, where my sons and their families live, has 20,474 confirmed cases, with 1,056 deaths.

I like to look at the numbers for those who have recovered but they’re not often given on a local level.  It’s possible I’m not looking in the right place.  They probably exist somewhere.

Meanwhile, over by the peonies, the grasses collect dew.

We have been gifted with a beautiful day before the next round of rain comes through.  I was hoping to mow the grass.  However, we had quite a bit of rain over the past day or two, in the form of a gentle mist that stuck around for a while, and it’s too wet to do the mowing.  The grass is having a field day, literally.


My daughter-in-law sent me the picture of the Wookie and Peanut out on a hike with her the other day.  When I look at that picture my heart swells and I think, “I really miss those guys.”  I wonder about their changing relationship, what the pandemic means for them.  I’ve noticed that the Wookie has taken on the older brother role, or so it seems when I see them in the pictures and videos we receive.  I am so glad they have each other.  I know they miss their friends/playmates.

They used to argue with each other when we were on Zoom during normal times, usually wrestling for the one chair their father tries to sit them in.  They argued and wrestled in the way that siblings argue and wrestle.  That was one reason I switched our Zoom meetings.  We used to do them on Sunday evenings (and had been doing that for at least a year before the pandemic kept us home).  Now we have a breakfast meeting either on Saturday or Sunday morning.  That’s much better, and a lot like sitting down with them at the table and sharing a meal.  Wookie and Peanut are morning people, and much more gregarious at breakfast than they are after their evening bath and when they’re winding down for bed.

Before the last round of rain. Before the opening.

That’s about it from me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Let’s go out to the dock to watch the sunset.  Or maybe we can go to the Point.  Rumor has it that state parks have been reopened in Maryland today.  Some will take as long as three weeks to reopen (they have to staff them again, open up public restrooms, and whatever else is involved in reopening).  Maybe I’ll take a drive out there this evening and check on it.  I’ll let you know and we can meet there next time.  Sunset is scheduled for 8:00 PM.  The full moon will rise at 7:29 PM, but we might not see it until around the same time as sunset since there are trees blocking our view.  (For an excellent view of the moonrise, you have to go to the beaches to the east of us.)

Please be safe, be well, and be kind.  ♥♥♥

Sunlight in the sage.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,411)  Raindrops on irises.  1,412)  Sunlight on sage.  1,413)  Toilet paper!  I ordered it online.  It’s the industrial sized, giant rolls usually used in public restrooms.  I don’t care.  It’s just good to have some.  1,414)  Sunrise walks.  1,415)  Community, or at least a sense of it.  We might not be meeting in person but I always appreciate your company.


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.

17 thoughts on “Irises in bloom

  1. Lovely, so peaceful. I love iris, have only 1 real one I think, and some smaller ones that I don’t remember where I got. Is that a sentence? The one I have is blue and gold, I call it my University of Michigan iris. It is such a beautiful day today (and yesterday) I can’t believe we’re going to get down into the 20s by the weekend…which I guess means tomorrow since it’s already Thursday. I’m glad you can zoom with your grandchildren. At least that way you can see them growing. Breakfast with your family that way sounds pretty good.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I love irises, too. They have so much personality. It’s been chilly here, too, but we’ll be near 90 by Sunday. Ugh.


  2. I didn’t know any mythology about irises, but they are lovely–sort of elegant.
    I love the photo of your grandsons–the holding hands–so sweet and natural in the way of children/siblings.
    Yay for toilet paper! 😀

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  3. Your little people are so cute – it must be very hard not being able to meet in person and have a hug! I guess we must just be grateful that nowadays we have video meetups – imagine if this were the 90’s when international phone calls were the only thing on offer and they cost an arm and a leg for half an hour- Ah the good old days 🙂 Your photos of the iris are stunning – I love what you have done with the first photo.

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 I thought the first iris with the magic swirls might appeal to you. It IS hard not to meet and hug the little ones, mostly because they don’t understand. Wookie is old enough now to know something is amiss, but all he knows for sure is that we haven’t been out to see him. You’re right about being grateful for video meetups. It would be so much harder without some way to see them at all. I remind myself, often, that this must be what it’s like for people who have to leave their families behind when they seek safety or a better life. I feel as if so much of what we’re experiencing now is just a small taste of what others go through all the time. Imagine a refugee from a war torn country who cannot go back to visit with their parents or other family members who were unable or unwilling to leave. I know of one couple who came here from Syria who have not seen or heard from family members for years. So… there’s that to be considered when I look at the big picture.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. 🙂 Irises make my top ten list, but my absolute favorite doesn’t grown down here. I fell in love with lupines when we took a trip up to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes.

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  4. I love all forms of iris– tall, short, early, late, fluffy bearded, regal Siberian, all! They are so pretty. It was interesting to learn the symbolism and mythology around them. Lots to reflect the current situation. I’m so grateful for the distraction of growing things.
    It is good news that the parks may be opening up. People need to get out and we would really like to see those sunset pix again! 😉

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  5. Irises are so beautiful and your pictures are exquisite! I love those shades of burgundy and eggplant this iris has. And I loved the picture of your grandsons. It always warms my heart when I see (from a distance of six feet or more) parents with their little ones in the woods. I’ve been keeping an eye on our local COVID-19 numbers, too. Don’t think we will be coming out of our bubble any time soon.

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  6. Hi Robin! My favorite iris is the one that’s leaning a little. 🙂 How wonderful that you figured out a better time to Zoom with your grandchildren. Hope you get to see them soon. We just don’t know…

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  7. Beautiful iris photos. One of my favorite flowers, they smell wonderful andceach different color smells different. My only “complaint” – can’t cut them and bring them in, they don’t last at all!

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