Thursday, May 13, 2010

theme thursday - mystery

It is a mystery to me how, with the first drops of rain, the barren desert flowers

how the velvet on a butterfly's wing will withstand buffeting on the air and yet fragment at a finger's touch

how the barn owl hunts - seeing with her ears

how the tide knows to come in

and go out

how clouds are so beautiful

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Pied Beauty - Gerard Manley Hopkins


Betty C. said...

How poetic. I want to do my first Theme Thursday today but am looking for my angle...hmmm...

Roy said...

Nice one, Betty! Good work.

Brian Miller said...

oh what beautiful mystery you sin...these are great shots!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

stunning photos!!

the barn owl shot really knocks my socks off! you were in the right place at the right time!!!

happy theme thursday.

Jingle said...

lovely images,
you make interesting points there...

Betsy said...


Betty said...

Thank you all!

Kimy, the barn owl's name is Crystal. The glove she is perched on had my left hand in it. She was so comfortable with me I was able to hold my camera in the other hand!

Leslie said...

God's creation really is a mystery that we just get glimpse into. Lovely post and pictures.

Happy TT

my mystery is at

Ronda Laveen said...

Yes, how can the wings handle all that buffeting and fall apart with our touch? Lovely post.

Cheryl said...

Love these photos.

lettuce said...

lovely words and pictures