Reverie is not a mind vacuum.  It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

~ Gaston Bachelard

The dogwood tree near the woods caught my attention on my walk today.  The early morning sunlight on the graceful curves of the branches and the petals of the blossoms (which are not blossoms at all but bracts; however, blossom sounds much prettier and I noticed it’s the word most people use) was so lovely that I spent a long time feeding my eyes and soul by just being there with the tree, marveling at its beauteousness.

I have no words for my time spent daydreaming with the dogwood tree.  I was reminded of this Mary Oliver poem (and she uses words so much better than I can):

I lounge on the grass, that’s all. So
simple. Then I lie back until I am
inside the cloud that is just above me
but very high, and shaped like a fish.
Or, perhaps not. Then I enter the place
of not-thinking, not-remembering, not-
wanting. When the blue jay cries out his
riddle, in his carping voice, I return.
But I go back, the threshold is always
near. Over and back, over and back. Then
I rise. Maybe I rub my face as though I
have been asleep. But I have not been
asleep. I have been, as I say, inside
the cloud, or perhaps, the lily floating
on the water. Then I go back to town,
to my own house, my own life, which has
now become brighter and simpler, some-
where I have never been before.

~ Mary Oliver

I have sat here for the longest time trying to come up with something more to say, but I am wordless.

Thank you for stopping by today and joining me in some dogwood daydreams.  Perhaps I’ll find my words tomorrow.


28 Comments on “Daydreaming”

  1. Hi Robin, So beautiful…photos and words, prose and poetry. Ellen

  2. Dounia says:

    Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing the beauty and the daydreaming.

  3. tedgriffith says:

    That first shot says it all! Sometimes words are just inadequate to express the language of the heart and soul. Thanks for the dogwood daydream. 🙂

  4. I’m a big dogwood fan and even bigger fan of Mary Oliver, so this has been a perfect post for me. So lovely.

    Sorry to have been away from your blog all weekend. I was out of town for the wedding of a “blogmate.”


  5. paul davis says:

    Yay for Mary Oliver and yay for those bracts!

  6. Thanks for sharing the beauty of this daydreaming experience!

  7. Beautiful….I just got home from work and am so tired…but saw a post titled “daydreaming” and just had to peek in….ohhhhhh, I love day dreaming…so nourishing and wonderful! Now…off to napping with me…and maybe even a few daydreams just before I drift off…. : )

  8. Our dogwoods bloomed weeks ago – they are just so delicate.
    That first yellow bloom is elegant and luminous – a meditation of light glowing amid the darkness. Beautiful

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Good choice of poems for the images!

  10. I’m a big fan of daydreaming.. it’s where I find my creativity:) So those are called Bracts? Now I’ve learned something new today as well! Your dogwoods are stunning!!

  11. Love the lighting on the first shot!! Looks like you have a strobe light inside the bulb!

  12. So lovely. Dogwoods are my very favorite flower to photograph in my home town, and they will be long gone when I go through in a couple of weeks. So thank you for sharing these lovely photos — what soft colors.

  13. ladyfi says:

    Wow – just glorious! The lighting in that first shot is magical.

  14. Becky says:

    This is so pretty!

  15. as exquisite as are Mary Oliver’s words is the first picture of today’s post!

  16. Sallyann says:

    Lovely relaxing pictures and colours .. I can see why it set you daydreaming. 🙂

  17. Kel says:

    first photo is a stunner

  18. So lovely…thanks for sharing your reverie. That’s a perfect poem; one I’d never heard before.

  19. David Hall says:

    Beautiful post Robin. I agree with Kel, that first photo is stunning.

  20. Robin–love all the striations of faint colors in dogwood bracts. Thanks for sharing that poem too!

  21. Anna says:

    Wow! What gorgeous images all and I especailly like the first one with the glow on the flower. Beautiful post!

  22. dragonfae says:

    I love dogwood! Thanks for sharing some gorgeous photos Robin! 🙂

  23. Joanne says:

    The photos tell the story, Robin. Words are not neccessary right now. Just feel…… 🙂

  24. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I love the grace in the curves of that last photo. Jane

  25. Robin says:

    Thank you so much everyone. I’m glad you enjoyed the dogwood tree and the bit of daydreaming. 🙂

  26. Love these photos, Robin. They’re gorgeous!

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