1.3.14

The Un-common in Common

We plant yellow and purple pansies in the fall 
since the winters are so mild.
This year was no different.
But the common place proved to be uncommon.
Snow, ice, sleet pelted the southern states
making us wonder if we had been transplanted to another sphere.
We stared wide-eyed at our world cloaked in shards of ice.

Then I learned that "delicate" pansies are uncommon in tough conditions, they are strong, sturdy, sensuous in their cloaks of ice.
I value their uniqueness.


That which seems everyday-common, becomes beautifully uncommon
when removed from their normal context. 

Joining Kat at Photo-Heart Connection






17 comments:

Susan said...

Oooh, how thought provoking-what happens to the common removed from its common place. I could ruminate on that for quite awhile, especially over red wine.
Beautiful images. Here in Maine it's ice and snow ALL the stinkin' time, but when spring comes, one of the first flowers to make an appearance at the farm stands-pansies. Maybe they're hardier than they look.
Have a great day. Buzzing in from the PHC.

Viv@within the Frame said...

Beautiful, the pansies are at for sale already here, but I'm wary of late frosts but hey maybe I will take the plunge...

Sherri B. said...

Oh wow, those poor pansies...this has been a crazy winter, hasn't it? Stay warm, Sharon - I loved your thoughts on common vs. uncommon.

Funkyrosebud said...

the pansies really are tough little cookies! thought - provoking!

bgottsab said...

Yes a beautiful ode to sturdiness and hardiness in the face of disaster. Your pansies do look lovely with their coat of shiny ice - becoming spring sculptures, wrapped in winter ice.

seabluelens said...

Sharon, what a sight! The pansies are still beautiful, even encased in ice. Even in Maine, this winter has been uncommonly harsh. I think we're all praying for spring...and pansies. Happy Sunday to you!

Zena said...

Your beautiful post has made me think of resilience...
Great photo-heart connection

Sarah Huizenga said...

It must be really interesting for those of you in warmer states to have this weather fickleness. We are use to it and don't see flowers from October until March/April and this year it might be May/June.

Adrienne said...

First, let me say I'd like to move into your 'header' photo - so inviting! Thought provoking insight - catching things out of their common place - great food for thought! This time of year, when gentle, soft new growth seems to emerge from cold, hard earth ... I'm always so moved to see how the delicate showing it's true strength.

Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful images! Lovely thoughts, too.

Cathy H. said...

Being a fellow southern gal, I know how unusual this winter has been. Pansies look so delicate, but as you say, are very tough. Lots to think about here!

Kathryn said...

Pansies always remind me of my grandmother, she used to love them and would always have them in pots on her windowsill.

gina said...

I think this crazy winter has us all turned upside down, and we are forced to deal with the "uncommon". Your pansies are survivors, and remind us that we too can overcome these difficulties. A wonderful selection for your photo-heart connection. p.s. Love your header -- so bright and happy!

Kim Henkel said...

This is why pansies are one of my favourite - they offer an extended flower season, when all others have succumbed.
I enjoyed seeing all your beautiful photographs (especially the grandchildren with the beautiful dog)as well as the steps in your painting process. Your creations are beautiful!!

Deborah Tisch said...

Your words and this image are all beautiful. I had no idea that pansies were that strong.

MaggieGem said...

Wonderful post... Just nature showing how strength is shown when faced with adversity.

Suzette Rothlisberger said...

Wow! I'm a bit tired of the cold frigid temps as well. Wonderful capture and so glad pansies are hardy this time of year. Hoping for warmer weather.