During my US road trip I had a quick stopover in Prescott to see my folks and old friends. One of the highlights of the house in Prescott is the incredible yardwork my folks have done which has transformed the back yard from a rock strewn chunk of hillside, into a wonderful oasis full of life, vegetables, and gorgeous blooms. Of the many flowers in the garden, my favorite are always the lilies which, as luck had it, were in the midst of blooming. The mixture of whites, pinks, and yellows combined with the sound of the water and the sight of the fish lazily making their way from lily pad to lily pad always soothes and centers me in a way few other things can. Here are a few photos of the back yard garden and lilies with a brief non-lily cameo. You can see the rest of the photos in the flickr album, including black and white versions not included here.
We often venture far from home in the pursuit of discovering gorgeous destinations. Yet, there are times when we have to pause and smell the roses. Or in this case, the sweet scent of fresh rain-kissed air shortly after a mild summer thunderstorm.
While back in Arizona at my folks’ place I had the pleasure of catching the lilies on our small goldfish pond in bloom just after a brief rain. This photo is the result. There’s something about the look of raindrops on lily pads that always brings a smile to my face. Perhaps its just the love of water that is hardwired into my body and mind. Then, of course, there is the enchanting sight of perfect lily blooms to go with it. Regardless, I’m always impressed by the incredible garden my parents have cultivated. A wonderful reminder to not only enjoy the wonderful things we discover on the road, but to pause and enjoy magical moments as they occur closer to home.
Make sure to head over to flickr to see the rest of the album.