Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring Blossoms

You are the truth from foot to brow. 
Now what else would you like to know?  

No doubt, all the blossoming flowers of spring enchants anyone who beholds this visual feast. This is at our church, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the north valley of Albuquerque. It is more than 100 years old and was built by hand by the families in this area. Many of the parishioners there are descendants of these families. It is a beautiful building inside and out as is the community that calls this their church.

We will dearly miss this parish community more than words can express as we are deeply connected to it. It has been our church home for most of the 23 years that we have lived here. Scenes like this, these spring blossoms flanking the south side of the church, will be amongst the many memories we will have. When our pastor came to this church about 18 years ago, he planted about 100 trees on the property. Some of them are fruit bearing trees and over the course of the summer, he invites the community to pick the fruits and enjoy them (the apricots are the first crop that we all enjoy). This year should prove to be a bumper crop judging by the blossom laden trees this spring.

And, as some of you know, I do like to present more than one version of the same image. In this case, I like both. I think one of the things I love about southwest architecture is that it relates to the geography and landscape very readily-especially if you've travelled about the southwest to enjoy the sculpted beauty of the landscape. Unparalleled, in my eyes.

Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

We are in the midst of preparing to move back to my island home of Molokai in May. Exciting, terrifying, happy, sad all at the same time as I love New Mexico as much as I love Molokai. But, my husband and I and family are ready for this move and excited. There is so much to do in a very short amount of time, so I hope my fellow bloggers forgive me if I don't leave comments at your site or am sporadic about it. The next few months will be pretty crazy for us.


Ralph said...

The church is beautiful - the new growth of Spring is an everlasting promise from God that there is brighter skies and fresh growth every year. Change is hard and by moving it will be tough to leave the present in NM. Yet, you are returning to your roots which can be exhilarating and sad at the same time. We hope to see views of paradise after your return!

colleen said...

The shadows look carved out and the ones on the end look like giant bottles. I like the first shot best.

Jeannie Marie said...

I love both versions as well. Very lovely!

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Beautiful photo and a great quote by Rumi!
Have a Happy Day, Paula!
Peace :)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Holy and mysterious shadows!


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