Out standing in her field

Blossom’s beauty
gently lies with not
being caught
in notions
such as beauty.

Blooms burst out, aware of their
emptiness of separate selves.
And yet naturally awake of being
completely filled with non-flower ingredients,
namely, stars, universe & miracles.

Not too long ago,
or that far into the future
visual signs of blooms appear absent
except to those exhibiting  wisdom
of looking deeply, seeing
our ancestral interbeing nature.

This is where it is at,
dwelling happily in the present.

Distress & grief concerning these most
dangerous of times gently thrown-out.
Fires of ignorance, greed & delusion extinguished,
transformed into exquisite colors & forms.
Blossoms bestow marvelous example
for all beings, including humans,
of returning to what’s possible right now.

“To be empty is always to be empty of something. When we contemplate a flower like this, we see the flower is full of everything: the cloud, the sunshine, the Earth, time, space, the gardener—everything has come together to help the flower to manifest. Why do we say it is empty? It is empty of only one thing: a separate existence. A flower cannot be by herself alone. A flower is full of non-flower elements. It is clear that the flower has to inter-be with everything in the cosmos. She cannot be by herself alone. To be by oneself alone is impossible. So we begin to see the interdependence of everything..” ~Thich Nhat Hanh


93 thoughts on “Out standing in her field

    1. smilecalm Post author

      smile & bow to the blossoms you offer, dear Linda!
      i’m impressed with the cute little pictures.
      i’m wondering where to find little pictures like that 🙂

  1. AmyRose🌹

    Powerful quote by Thich Nhat Hanh, David! No one and no-thing is separate from the All. That is really something to deeply think upon! And your words PLUS these pictures are just what I so sorely need! Spring here has been so beaten up by cold winter’s winds and ice and snow. THANK YOU for this glimpse of what is to come for me!! Gorgeous post!! 💝💝💝

    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m grateful for your understanding, dear Amy!
      imaging a world where we all live as one, harmoniously!
      other than a little cold and a few rainstorms
      it’s been spring all winter where I live in California.
      thank you for enduring the lingering winter
      and patiently awaiting blossoms blooming
      with your skillful photography 🙂

      1. AmyRose🌹

        LOL@David! I have little choice but to be patient awaiting blossoms. This year has been very challenging … just SO cold and just too windy! I have a post coming that will show what I found in my gardens yesterday! I took my chance while I could before the nasty cold again settled so I could crawl around in my gardens. I was astonished by what I did see. Peace and Much Love to you! 😎

  2. Brook Gamble

    So beautiful, I needed that this morning. Thank you! Here’s a butterfly for you! Boisduval’s Blue Butterfly. Brook

  3. Sarah

    Exquisite collection of photos, David. 🙂 All things are indeed interrelated and interdependent. This is because they were created by Love and reflect the fundamental relationship of love between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ❤

    1. smilecalm Post author

      makes me happy to hear your kind words, Sarah!
      also, appreciate the view of interconnection you offer
      from the Catholic faith. wishing you another
      happy moment 🙂

  4. JC

    After reading your post, I now look at flowers and see them in a whole new light… or maybe I see them with a lack of light to there true nature which is the same nature as me for we are family. Beautiful photography, a feast for the eyes.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      experiencing your flowery
      self in the field makes me smile, Ka!
      i’m happy we can be part
      of this colorful bouquet
      at this magical moment 🙂

  5. Sunny

    So beautiful, both in word and in images! Memories of the spring wildflowers in California that we saw on day trips to the high desert in my childhood were stirred by your photographs. Lupines, California poppies, wild iris, all friends from my youth.

  6. Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café

    Stunning macro-photography, David and very inspiring words by Thich Nhat Hanh – and it inspired a few humble thoughts:

    We are all part of The One, but separate at the same time. We are all equally unique, yet uniquely different and separate from each other. Within us all is the same universe and we are all of and in the same universe.We are all unique extensions of the universe, blossoming in our genuine diversity, as it should be 🙂

    Thank you for sharing.


    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kindness, J.J.
      and offering a concise expression of our nature
      of sameness & differentness.
      this post started as a response
      of the collective danger we’re facing
      with new military missions on top
      of political turmoil, but settled
      for nurturing the garden of unity instead 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m appreciative of this kind gift
      of supportive words, dear Betty!
      while “dangerous times”
      inspired this post,
      i’m happy that you received
      it’s intention of being uplifting 🙂

  7. Cate

    Such vibrant, gorgeous images, David! And such a gentle sentiment. Thank you for creating this post — and I’m glad to see you’ve got bees, too! 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for offering your flower to this post, dear Cate.
      yes, i was as busy as a bee
      getting pictures of the bees
      buzzing around the blossoms
      in front of my house 🙂

  8. JoAnna

    And still the flowers bloom. They seem to pop up in the hardest, dark places. But they don’t pop up. They dig down deep and reach for the light. teaching us to soak up the present and save our energy for the stars, universe & miracles. Such good teachers!

  9. Alison and Don

    The spring coming is such a revelation. Every time. Your beautiful photos tell the story of the reawakening. Bright flowers arrive to remind us that all is well.
    with peace

  10. Sue Dreamwalker

    Its been a long long winter.. But when Spring blooms, she puts on a magnificent show.. Loved your photos and your profound words.. They may all of them appear separate, but they all have one thing in common.. They grow and reach for the LIGHT..
    May we Humans learn to do the same..
    A beautiful refreshing post David.. Thank you my friend 🙂

  11. Jet Eliot

    Your post filled me with the beauty of spring and life on earth, David, and the miracles that unfurl in mindfulness. I went on the most lovely walk yesterday morning and saw many of the delights you have captured here. Stopping and stooping and welcoming there, and here, is what life is all about. Your photos here, your words here, and the Thich Nhat Hanh quote were a gift, thank you.

  12. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Your reflections return me to the source of my oneness with Nature and remind me that “Blossoms bestow marvelous example / for all beings, including humans, / of returning to what’s possible right now.”

    As always, the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh fills the void.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for kindly practicing
      being like the flowers with me, Rosaliene!
      a powerfully natural way to resist
      what would take away our freedom 🙂

  13. buddhistwriting

    Thank you for the moments to stop and breathe in the beauty with you. And that bee–crazy great shot of the rightness of bee life, just doing the bee thing. Thank you for the spring joy while here we may get snow showers! Looking with the wise eyes that know the flowers are here, even in the cold.
    Gratitude and delight to you,

  14. Annika Perry

    David, the photos are a delight, full of the vibrancy of life! Your words are full of quiet wisdom, and I was struck with your ‘completely filled with non-flower ingredients,
    namely, stars, universe & miracles.’
    Sometimes we just glance at the flowers around us, failing to take in their majestic and far-reaching miracle. A timely reminder this Spring morning!

  15. delphini510

    Thank you David for this wonderful post. Your pictures and writing compliment each other so. You see the whole universe in a flower and
    how that delights me. You say so true: ” And yet naturally awake of being
    completely filled with non-flower ingredients,
    namely, stars, universe & miracles. ”

    Matching your words with the beautiful quote by Naht Thich Hahn is perfect.
    Very uplifting posting.

  16. Michael

    Your words cause my heart to open, David, inviting the emptiness to flow. I am emptied of being separate. Thank you for this beautiful gift.

    With Love

  17. Mike McDonald, Marty Eckrem

    Nice picture and thoughts, David!
    We appreciate your positive attitude, but at this altitude (7000’, Flagstaff) it’s still trying to snow today, April 20! We’ll let you know when Spring has sprung here. Much love to you and yores!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thanks for your kind review, my friends!
      i recall things warming up slowly
      there in the high country.
      perhaps we’ll have a chance to visit
      either here or there 🙂


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