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Something Beautiful

When you do something beautiful and nobody notices, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle, and yet most of the audience still sleeps. ~~ John Lennon

When the early morning sun put on a beautiful specticle today, someone noticed. Luckily for me, I was awake to see the gentle, muted colours caught in interesting cloud patterns across the sky over Mount Warning.

Once, rising at 6:00 am seemed horrendous, yet now I look forward to seeing the changes in the sky, clouds and light as the earth awakens.

Lately, with all the rain and blustery weather we have had, there have been several mornings when the mountain hasn’t been visible at all, so I really appreciate the fine-weather mornings. The current La Niรฑa weather pattern has sent parts of my garden into a tizz, with all the small green mango fruit blowing off the tree before it had a chance to mature, and we hardly have any frangipani flowers left. Only those flowers hidden among the leaves on the safer, northern side of the tree have survived.

Surprisingly, our hibiscus hedge is doing very well this year. We only bought one plant back in the days when we were establishing our new garden, and from that one plant, a creamy-peach colour, we grew more from cuttings. When a neighbour pruned their pink hibiscus, they were happy for us to take a few cuttings to strike for our garden, so our colour scheme was decided upon.

Some years, the excessive humidity and lack of rain bothers the hibiscus and we see few flowers. This year, the plants seem to be flourishing with the extra rain and we have a beautiful array of flowers.

Seeing the changes in the weather, which affects everything – the sky, the view, and especially the plants in the garden is what I enjoy most about spending time outdoors. In the garden, from season to season, you just never know which flowers and plants will be the star performers. And during summer, in the early morning, while much of the world still sleeps, it is the best time of day to spend time with nature. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 thoughts on “Something Beautiful

    1. For me, wiriting and photographing nature opens my eyes more to beautiful things. You’d understand what I mean, as you open my eyes to the beauty of the beach constantly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Beautiful flowers! There is something special about the early part of the day. I’m not usually up and about, but today I was and saw the sky turn orange through the tracery of trees to our east. A lovely thing to behold.

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    1. Has your early morning experience encouraged you to rise earlier now? It took me a while to be convinced, but now I feel like I’ve overslept if I sleep past 6:30. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Your hibiscus is lovely Joanne. Is it green all year? The only sort that are hardy here take ages to sprout leaves in late spring and then flower briefly and drop their leaves really quickly again! LOL! Loved the quote. I like to be up early in summer, but at the moment it is still dark at 7.30am!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. ๐Ÿ™‚
      The hibiscus hedge is evergreen, but every winter we give it a harsh pruning. It’s covered in leaves again by spring, and by mid-summer we have flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Beautiful!! I love mornings! I just need to see the sunrise every day so I get up at 4.30 am every morning and I love it! But then I do go to bed at 9 pm. Haha! But I love dawn and I am not so fond of, or rather energetic, in the evenings.

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  4. Apparently it was the La Niรฑa weather pattern that gave us a record number of hurricanes and tropical storms here. It’s amazing how it effects the weather across the globe. Everything in nature is connected… I love your hibiscuses! I can only imagine a hedge full of them! Definitely something beautiful.

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