Peeling Back the Layers

This is one of those posts where I have no idea whatsoever what direction it will take – if it even decides to take a direction. I have nothing really planned, no ideas good or otherwise. I do have a few pictures, maybe they’ll prompt some words.

20130309-073927.jpg Peeling bark of the river birch reminds me of life and people. Each year of life new layers unfold; the better we get to know our friends, the more layers we find. We peel back the public facades, the protective layers, and we find the true person. Or at least what is the true person then, because with the new layers time brings, new layers of being develop. We cannot remain untouched by time or experiences.

20130309-074426.jpg The prickly seed head of one of last summer’s flowers; as time passes appearance changes. In youth, in the prime of life, beauty is softer, more colorful. Time passes and experiences change appearances. Time etches into beings and facades the lines of character, of living life.

20130309-075029.jpg The birth of a new pine cone, regeneration, the old is replaced by the new. Life is lived out, new life begins. Seeds are spread, experience is shared, everything starts over.

20130309-075338.jpgThrough time, some things remain the same. Lily will continue to believe that if she spends time in the birdfeeder, a bird will magically present itself for her pleasure. Eventually she may realize this isn’t the answer, but I suspect it will take a very long time. She is, if nothing else, very persistent and very determined.

Life is full of discovery, of learning, isn’t it? Some things we’d probably prefer not to learn, but each discovery brings growth and growth cannot be denied.

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About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 2 dogs, 1 cat, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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8 Responses to Peeling Back the Layers

  1. Carol – Your photographs are exquisite, and the one of Lily is just plain fun! You’ve gotta hand it to her, her actions support her belief.

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  2. Colleen says:

    Carol, I am appreciating your reflections this morning. And enjoying these wonderful photos. Your Lily always makes me smile, every moment seems to be a discovery for her.

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  3. I love the peeling bark of the river birch, and the analogy about peeling off layers to get to the true person. 🙂

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  4. Dawn says:

    Looks like things are peaceful there. I too have nothing much to say today. Toyed with a couple of ideas for blogs but didn’t have the energy to finish either of them.

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  5. I loved the analogy of the “facades the lines of character” in the prickly seed pod- kind of a way of accepting our wrinkles. ha ha…thanks for making me smile. I hope things are going smoother for you these days.

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  6. Karma says:

    Carol, how interesting that we started our posts so similarly! They aren’t completely different if you consider the part at the end of mine where I consider Kathy of LSS’s question about what we are alive to discover.
    I love that photo of curious Lily at the end – persistance and curiosity are not bad qualities to have!

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  7. Kathy says:

    Coming back again to re-read this post (and it looks like I didn’t comment last time–oh, remember now–something happened, phone rang or something). I really enjoyed this post! Love thinking about peeling back the layers and finding out what’s beneath the surface of things…

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