Foto Friday #52

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These are the rooftops of Cesky Krumlov, a captivating little medieval village in the Czech Republic. You enter through the arches of an ancient city wall to discover a maze of cobblestone streets, a meandering river, and one of the finest castle complexes in the world. The castle is uniquely surrounded by a moat filled with bears instead of water! Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is easily loved by all who visit.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs

Foto Friday #50

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“When roots are deep, there’s no reason to fear the wind” … an African Proverb

“Solitary tress, if they grow at all, grow strong.” … Winston Churchill

“I am both imperfect yet perfect.

My branches may bend or break,

but I am beautiful still.” … a Tree

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Trees

Photo taken in Queenstown, New Zealand

Mother’s Garden

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Last night steady rain fell here in the garden,

flooded now with memories of my mother.

The morning sky

still hangs low with heavy clouds

but leaks pale yellow light here and there.

“Sunshine is good for the Cannas,”

I hear her say.

I wonder if she ever knew how little I cared;

how unimpressed I was at the time

with her gardening wisdom?

Nurturing her garden was my mother’s gratification

… a diversion from the unfair hand

she was dealt.

I pull weeds from a patch of Begonias

and remember her happy.

I watch ants parade through the Peonies

and remember her healthy.

I prune the Roses, deadhead the Daisies,

and tie the Clematis a little bit higher for dramatic effect;

but my efforts don’t match the beauty

of Mother’s garden.

Sunlight fades; the air is still.

I realize I’ve tended the garden all day long.

I imitate the Lilies

which have folded themselves in prayer.

“God, grant me another day,” I ask

“filled with memories of Mother’s garden.”

Foto Friday #49

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The scene promised nothing – gray skies, dark, murky water – yet there was peace and tranquility! I’d love to return here. It would be gorgeous under blue skies with clear, still water… and the swans, of course!

For RTD prompt: Return

Photo taken in Strasbourg, France