Friday, April 11, 2014

Purple Passion

Double D is coming home tomorrow after spending the week in Dallas. The dogs and I are more than ready for his return. Well, that might be a bit of an overstatement. I promised him a Spic and Span house, and so far, I haven't even gotten to Spic, much less, Span. Might be a late night.

I worked part of this week for my former boss. My next free day was dedicated to getting out with my camera because the weather has been absolutely glorious. So I made a beeline to Bluebonnet Swamp (my favorite place at the moment) and when I got to the parking lot it was filled with school buses. There were 150 1st graders disturbing my peace! The teachers and aides broke them up into several small groups; however, that didn't really help. Their cacophony filled the swamp until every limb was practically vibrating. I'm being kind when I use the word 'cacophony'.

This photo is all I have to show for my 3 hours there--an iris as I was leaving. But that's okay! I am learning to be content in every situation.
I do hope all of you are experiencing the same wonderful weather! Enjoy the weekend, be safe, and I'll see y'all on Monday!

47 comments:

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Well, I'd say you compensated beautifully with the photo of the iris. It's wonderful! Happy cleaning today! :)

Roan said...

Not all was lost, the iris is amazing

Tina said...

You made me smile...

Karen said...

One perfect shot. It's gorgeous!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Oh yes our weather is warm but wonderful great for traipsing around with camera in hand. LOVE the Iris, you captured it so perfectly. Happy Weekending Gail

Mitzi said...

Love the Iris photo! The children disturbing your calm...sounds like something I would say! I am learning that it is good to learn to be content in whatever situation we may find ourselves in at the moment. Happy Weekend...xoxo

Anvilcloud said...

Well, the one photo is a very fine photo.

Happy housework.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You did get a perfect photo. This is field-trip time isn't it -- kids are OK a few at a time, but a horde of them are hard on us!

Ela said...

It's beautiful !!
Greetings

June Caedmon said...

You've made me fall in love with irises all over again, Gail! Breathtaking! I know what you mean about the kids taking over. We experienced that at the Dallas Aquarium once. I'm planning to take my mom to the Sunken Gardens in San Antonio for Mother's Day - I think I'll give them a call and see if they have any "groups" planned for the day we have in mind :) And, thank you, I just noticed a familiar sight on your side bar! Have a blessed weekend!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous!

Ida said...

Stunning shot of the Iris. Sorry that the kids made it hard to enjoy being there but I bet they enjoyed their outing.

TexWisGirl said...

love the shot! spic and span house - what's that? :)

R. Mac Wheeler said...

oh yeah...spring is grand

best to you

Indrani said...

Beautifully taken. I like the lighting in the pic.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous bloom. i love iris. ( :

Petra said...

Gail, the iris is beautiful, great capture. And a nice example of the exception when centre position is perfectly all right and welcome! :)

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Our peace and quiet have gone by the wayside with the advent of the cherry blossoms. Every high school senior on the east coast is in town.

Shug said...

Contentment is truly a thing that I need to practice a bit more...This Iris was there..just waiting for you to walk by with your Bertha! It was longing to show it's beauty to the world and because of you, we all get to enjoy it! Absolutely stunning! Hope you have a weekend that is full of great weather...
shug

Melissa said...

It's a beauty! Looks like the light was terrific. Hope you get back there at a quieter time in the near future.

eileeninmd said...

The iris is beautiful! Sorry, you didn't have a peaceful outing.. Have a happy weekend!

bailey-road.com said...

The iris is beautiful. Good luck with the late night cleaning.

Debbie said...

It's gorgeous and my very most favorite color in the whole wide world!! Glad I did not miss this!!!

Linda said...

Gail, this is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing.

DeniseinVA said...

Your story about the school buses made me smile Gail. Love it that they get to experience nature BUT all the wildlife take for the hills, so to speak ;) Such a splendid photo of this GORGEOUS iris.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Sorry to hear that you were joined by so many children. I totally understand why it didn't go so well.You may have gotten only one picture,but it is gorgeous.

Michelle said...

That iris is a beauty.

Stewart M said...

Ah, school trips are not that relaxing from the other end of the experience either!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Irma said...

One perfect shot.
It's gorgeous.
Greetings Irma

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I know all about a cacophony of first graders. Quite overstimulating. Nice iris!

EG CameraGirl said...

First graders are cute in ones and twos. 150? WOW! The iris is lovely.

Linda R said...

Oh my.. That sounds a bit crazy. But your flower is Gorgeous. It has been so pretty hear in Colorado. But we are suppose to get some rain. We shall see.

Hugs~

LC said...

Sounds like you are practicing the Biblical admonition "In everything give thanks." I should have been doing that on my recent fair weather outings. Do gnats attack you in the swamp? If so do you have a successful repellant strategy?

Haddock said...

The solitary picture that you have is really worth all the waiting.
(Hope you caught up with the SPAN)

Starla said...

While I don't get to visit as often as I'd like, I soooo look forward to looking at so many wonderful photos of nature each weekend!! They just put a smile on my face and make my heart calm.

Betty Manousos said...

one GORGEOUS shot!

happy weekend!

big hugs~

Deanna said...

Well, maybe not what you expected but it sure is a beauty!!

Amy Burzese said...

Gail, that is a perfect shot. Just beautiful. The light is spot on. Putting up with those kiddos antics was worth getting that one shot, IMHO. lol

Mama Zen said...

Stunning photo!

rainfield61 said...

That is a great colour!

Be it flowers or birds, you always get them so pretty.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a spoiled outing. I know, I know just how you felt! They do tend to spoil your day...those field trips. One time I was just about ready to snap a fantastic pose of a Spotted Towhee, and some little boy came running up to me to ask about my camera...scared the bird away. And to this day I have not seen another towhee. LOL

Glorious iris image!!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely Iris!!

Madge Bloom said...

Gorgeous Iris... spic and span never seem to arrive at the same time at my house either!

Hilary said...

Well it sure beats housework by a long shot. Lovely bloom.

I think I might have had fun with a long lens.. taking sneaky shots of the kidlets enjoying (hopefully) nature. That would be after I got over my annoyance of having my Zen disturbed though. ;)

Jen said...

Oh, a field trip is worse than finding Scout troops. Bummer. You did get a beautiful shot of that Iris, though.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Lovely light, Gail. Perfection!