Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Comfort of Beautiful Things

Like many people working for the federal government in Ottawa, I have been under a lot of stress lately. But I have found comfort in some of the beautiful things I see every day. For example, a friend of mine gave me this Gerbera to thank me for letting her stay at my apartment recently. I love Gerberas and have been enjoying looking at the bright and cheerful flowers on this plant.

Appropriately, not only do I have a Gerbera at my apartment in the city - I also have some Gerberas at my home in the country. Here is a pic of one of my Country Gerberas, which I planted in my garden about 2 weeks ago. Aren't they happy-looking flowers?

This butterfly was basking in the sun on a rock recently and I managed to get a picture before he (or she?) fluttered away. I think this is called a Red Admiral. All butterflies are beautiful and seeing one is always a delight.

Sometimes the best part of my day is my walk across the bridge - from Ottawa to Gatineau in the morning and back from Gatineau to Ottawa in the late afternoon. It is such a pleasure when there are big puffy cumulus clouds in a glorious blue sky, like there were the day I took this photo. My troubles melt away when I see a beautiful landscape like this. 


Elaine said...

I really like the depth in that final photograph. The sky and clouds, the water, all draw me in towards the fairytale turrets - then I seem to go up some steps and yet further. Magical.

Ronna said...

Nice post. Love seeing things thru your eyes. Hang in there, baby!

Jenny said...

Oh, so true. I don't know how I would survive if I didn't have beautiful skies, flowers, birds, etc., in my life. They transport me to a better space when life is messy. Lovely view across the river.

Grumpy Penguin said...

That last photo could have been a still from a movie, such as The Princess Bride!

Knatolee said...

I had gerberas in my wedding bouquet and they are among my favs. I know it's a stressful time for you. Have a hug!