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World of Flowers

Updated on November 1, 2011
All the photos are from my daily walk.
All the photos are from my daily walk. | Source

If only we could stop to look, the world is filled with flowers. I've often thought our generation, the baby-boomer generation, has a certain acide, a certain discontentment with the way things are rather than the way we think they should be.

While I was employed in various offices in the function of an accountant, accounting manager, or bookkeeper, I found myself listening to a lot of griping about unimportant stuff amongst the women on my staff. I'm not really sure why. Maybe these same women had to keep their chins up and be upbeat and strong around their husbands and children, and in those moments of office confidences, it gave them a chance for a woman-gripe session that they never got at home!

Whatever. One thing I noticed that could cheer up my women friends in the office, instantly! --FLOWERS!

Whenever one lady got flowers, the whole office took on a much more cheerful outlook. All the ladies, myself included, were wreathed in smiles, even if the flowers weren't for me! And the whole office was just beautified by one boquet in a vase.

What a lovely thing, a very lovely thing, flowers are.

And that beauty is a gift of nature. God, if you will, or your higher power, or Allah, or the Master of the Universe, gave us flowers. They're all around us! And it is a pure gift. No strings attached.

All the photos in this hub are taken by me on my daily walk.  This is a little island of beauty outside the gas station adjacent to my apartment building.
All the photos in this hub are taken by me on my daily walk. This is a little island of beauty outside the gas station adjacent to my apartment building. | Source

If we stop and look, we'll find the world is filled with flowers. It really is true. And there we have something given us that's jaw-dropping in color and form, a natural work of art, just waiting for us to notice it and appreciate it. Just waiting for us to really, really SEE!

It's too easy to walk by all the flowers, mind-numbed by the daily grind, preoccupied with whatever the latest pesky upset that fills our minds. It's too easy to carry our work around with us, worrying at whatever work problems remained unresolved like a dog with a bone; just worrying at it pointlessly while we pass by all the flowers...

It's too easy for us to worry over our children, our health problems, our school, and just forget all about the beauty of God's creation which surrounds us.



All the photos in this hub were taken by me on my daily walk.  Had to check out my new digital camera!  I finally got it to work!
All the photos in this hub were taken by me on my daily walk. Had to check out my new digital camera! I finally got it to work! | Source
All the pictures in this hub were taken by me on my daily walk.  It's a mostly urban area.  Goes to show you can find flowers ANYWHERE!
All the pictures in this hub were taken by me on my daily walk. It's a mostly urban area. Goes to show you can find flowers ANYWHERE! | Source

It's so different, to be an adult baby-boomer, than it was to be a teenage baby-boomer. We went from being really rather irresponsible to being worry warts. How many people my age to I know with those pronounced worry-lines between their brows???

Too many. What happened to "flower power", anyway? What happened to being carefree and happy and full of spirit? What happened to being so filled with the joy of life that we could unabashedly dance naked in the rain? What happened to loving the flowers?

We, also, are a part of God's creation. We, also, have that potential to bloom with the full beauty of our given natures.

Yet we often hide our flowers. We hide our flowers under the weight of the burdens of being an adult. We forget the best sides of our natures; our free, giving, wholesome spirits; we hide our flowers in the weeds of adult cares and woes.

How hard is it to change this?

Maybe not that hard at all. Take a walk, and enjoy the flowers.



All photos in this hub are from my daily walk, along Allen's Creek, in Rochester, NY.
All photos in this hub are from my daily walk, along Allen's Creek, in Rochester, NY. | Source

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    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      ...back to post this absolutely stunning hub presentation to my Facebook page with a direct link back here ....... lake erie time ontario canada 2:02pm

    • Ivona Poyntz profile image

      Ivona Poyntz 

      6 years ago from UK

      Lovely piece on flowers: I love hiking and nature in general, so very inspired by your fantastic photos. But, I must admit to a small faux paux: in winter, when its just so difficult to see or buy them, I put up lavish arrangements of ...gulp...fake flowers in my home. From a distance of say two feet, they look like the real deal, and add such a splash of colour and dare I say it happiness to the room. I wonder if this is acceptable to purists?....

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      Enlydia Listener 

      6 years ago from trailer in the country

      Thankyou for sharing the beautiful flowers and pictures, Paradise...I agree with the question...what happened to the flower power? And why has the world become such a chore, and life become so full of worry.

      You would think by now we would have mastered all of that. Blessings and thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for the comments, Frank and Eiddwen. I really appreciate the support. This was such a pleasure to pull together, I'm very happy to share it with you.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful hub and the flowers ...fantastic.. this Hub was a treat

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      What an absolutley beautiful hub.

      I have to vote up up and away here!!

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Steven Escareno 

      6 years ago

      I have to say that I really like the pictures that you've taken for this hub, and you're right the flowers are very beautiful. I also think you make a very valid point that we sometimes get so caught up with things that we tend to forget to enjoy the simpler things in life. Thanks for publishing this, as I really enjoyed reading this hub.

    • CarltheCritic1291 profile image

      Carl 

      6 years ago

      Very beautiful, keep up the great work. Voted Up, Awesome and Beautiful.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, Epi and Kitty, for the comments.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Voted up and beautiful. I have a pot of begonias on my front porch that have just grown and grown and are blossoming like crazy right now. Have to stop and smell the begonias sometimes...just lovely hub.

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      ...what else can I say - this is one beautiful hub!

      lake erie time ontario canada 1:40pm

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Gypsy Rose, and you're welcome for the flowers!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the hub. Those pics of flowers made it sunny again for awhile. All the flowers here have died already and yes it's always a pleasure to recieve a lovey bouquet of flowers especially when there are none around.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comments, REd Elf and Green Lotus. My new camera made it really easy to get pretty good pics. I'm really proud of the way these turned out, considering I'm such an amateur.

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      Hillary 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      You're quite a photographer paradise and it seems you live and work in a paradise of you own. Beautiful.

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      RedElf 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Those marigold close-ups are breathtaking. I, for one, am so glad you got your camera working!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, K9.

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      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      What a beautiful collection of pictures. I enjoyed your water ways along Allen's Creek photos best. I have a dear friend in Lions, NY (about 50 miles upstate from Rochester, NY) that I have been wanting to visit lately... maybe a good reason to take that walk for myself!

      Cheers~

      K9

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Flora. I can tell by your name, this one's for you! It's wonderful how long the flowers lasted this year. I took these photos in late September.

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      I have always loved flowers. we have Minyer Gardens not far from where I live and it is gorgeous. I live in a condo, so there are only a few pots on my balconies, but there are some beautiful flowers near my home and I walk by them often. These are gorgeous.

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