It makes my heart sing to watch Avery and Maddox interact with each other.
Every time Maddox sees Avery, he smiles ... and she loves him dearly, and is constantly kissing him and talking "baby talk" to him.
I love the way she purses her mouth as she concentrates. Sometimes, you can still get a glimpse of "babyness" in her little face. I know it's fleeting, and I don't want to miss one of those little glimpses.
In the next picture, she looks even older than her six years ...
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
O give me not red roses,
O bring me not white roses,
But bring me purple pansies ...
If so you wish to please ...
For them I have affection ...
For pansies are "heart's ease."
— Louisa Cooke Don-Carlos
Monday, December 26, 2011
One of my favorite flowers, Narcissus blooms always brighten my winter days when I see clusters of them scattered amongst flower beds or, even better, at old home sites along country roads. I can't help but wonder who planted them, and wish I could let them know that the flowers they so lovingly planted make me smile when I see them.
I have always loved this time of year following the holidays (after all the Christmas decorations are packed away and taken to the attic), and even though the winter landscapes are bleak, seeing the first Narcissus blooms of the season rekindles a sense of renewal and hope for the new year, much like the Dogwoods do in the Spring.
I love the way the centers of the flowers in the next picture look as if they're glowing. They remind me of the song, "This Little Light of Mine" ...
Best wishes to you for a New Year blessed with an abundance of bright and beautiful lagniappe, like these lovely little flowers that remind us of God's glory and presence in our lives, even on the bleakest days of winter.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Remembering 2011, by taking a nostalgic look at some of the pictures I captured during the year. If you would like to read the stories behind the pictures (and see more pictures), you can click on the links.
February Hyacinths A Promise of Spring
March Tiptoeing through the Tulips
April a visit to Mynelle Gardens in Jackson
May A Tribute to the Big Red Barn, Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Gone with the Wind
June Tour of Vicksburg Flower Gardens
July Trip to Shreveport, Louisiana
August the most joyful month of our year
when we welcomed this little guy to our family!
September The story of the Olive Tree
October Visit to a Sorghum Field
November Fall Foliage Tallow Trees on the Natchez Trace
And that brings us to December ...
I invite you to visit me again soon for a photo tour of my Christmas decorations this year. Until then ...
Monday, December 12, 2011
From last December ...
Now that winter has finally made an appearance here in Mississippi, the cold temperatures have taken a toll on the landscape, replacing the glorious fall foliage of a few weeks ago with bare limbs and the muted colors of winter. But Nature has a way of compensating for the bleakness — in the form of vines with bright red berries growing wild in the woods and on fence rows along our roadsides. In the spring and summer, some of those vines were probably covered in a profusion of wildflowers, but now their colorful fruit is all that remains.
That reminds me of these lines from one of my favorite poems, William Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality, which were recited by Natalie Wood in one of my all-time favorite movies, Splendour in the Grass ...
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be ...
Isn't that a beautiful way to describe the passage of the Seasons!
Last week, I noticed a tree in some woods not too far from our house that was almost completely covered with tangled vines and bright red berries — and I knew there were pictures there just waiting to be taken.
And sure enough, a couple of days later, under a brilliant blue sky for background, I went back and captured those pictures.
If you are a regular visitor to Southern Lagniappe, you know that if I'm not familiar with a flower or plant I photograph, I try to learn a little about it. I have seen vines like these, but never this close, and, after diligently browsing through several Google images and web sites featuring "wild vines with red berries," I discovered that they are Carolina Moonseed (Cocculus carolinus). They get their name from their seeds, which resemble a crescent moon.
Of course, I had to find out if my berries had "moonseeds," and upon dissecting one of the berries, I was delighted to see the little crescent shape in the center of the seed.
I love the graceful way the tendrils curl and twine around the vines ...
I encourage you to take time to notice the December lagniappe where you live ... it's there all you have to do is slow down a little and look for it.