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Beauty in a Vacant Lot

June 15, 2011

Yesterday I decided to look out my window. The one in my absurdly dark bedroom. This is how a photo turns out in the middle of the day with the light on.

My kitty cat Milo was curious too.

No, my cat is not magically floating in the second photo above. You can’t see it too well but I am holding his hind side up. And this is what we saw…

Okay that’s not so great, you probably can’t see it.

THAT’s what we saw. Some purple. Way out there.

Here is what all that lovely purple looked like up close. Wild flowers growing in a vacant lot behind my home. (Click the photo for a better look.) A large building burned down in this spot several years ago. These flowers have grown up from the ashes. A wonderful reminder to always look for beauty even when you’re not expecting it. I wanted bunches and bunches of the stuff.

But as you can see, there was a fence preventing too much bunching and bunching. I managed to gather a bit.

And here’s how they look in my home. The stems are quite weak, as you can see they don’t really stand up straight. But I love them just the way they are. They really have the personality of a wild flower with their untamed twists and turns. You do not need to be some kind of amazing floral arranger to enjoy plants in your home. These aren’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen, but I love having a touch of my authentic natural surroundings making an appearance indoors.

And Milo approves. He sat and posed like a handsome little man for several minutes, so they must be some real good flowers.

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  • Reply Brian June 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Way to srike a pose Mr. Milo – Awesome!

  • Reply Liz June 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I love how Milo pervades this post. I saw that last picture on your facebook and commented on it there as well. Definitely adorable.

    Also: I’m happy to see my old camera is getting some good use. I neglected it so much; I’m glad it’s gone to a better home.

  • Reply Mama June 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I don’t always take the time to read your posts, and I almost skipped this one, but I’m so glad I didn’t!! I almost got teary seeing you find beauty in the most unlikely places! Beauty from Ashes, awesome song by the way. And the pics of your home and your flower arrangement and your MILO, priceless!! You are a priceless treasure hunny and I love you so much!!
    The Mama

  • Reply C J June 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Milo is gorgeous! Flowers are soo pretty too. We’re a bit limited with which flowers are safe to have here because our beautiful feline is a curious little critter and has determined there’s no better way to check things out then by giving them a little taste test…which, of course, can be very dangerous for her. I find the ASPCA site best for checking whether a plant is toxic to cats or not

  • Reply Jackie Paulson Author August 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    wow this is amazing, the real photo’s with purple flowers and the cat MILO….I love it.

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