Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, old Time is still a-flying. And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying.
Robert Herrick

for Life in Colour: white and Cee’s Flower of the Day

As promised, here’s another set of the tiny doors displayed in the yard of a house in Redondo Beach, California. There was a regular little village all along the yard next to the sidewalk.

“Be an opener of doors”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bonus! Two doors in one shot.

“Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the doors! You can meet extraordinary beauties behind a shabby door and a wonderful door can be opened to a dump!”
~Mehmet Murat ildan

“Are all these books doors?’
‘A book is always a door.”
― Melissa Albert, The Night Country

for Thursday Doors 6.17.21

Last year on my way home from Wyoming, I came to a halt just before heading down the mountain. I was at about 7,000′ altitude with a view from this spot that normally seems to encompass the entire eastern side of the state. However, this morning it looked as if cotton had filled everything as far as I could see with an astonishing beauty.

for Life in Colour: white

for Life in Colour: white

To those of you who know we moved to Arizona over a year ago, it will be obvious that this shot was NOT since that move but taken back in Illinois a few years ago. This might be the entire number of drops in one rain here…and I’m not really joking. Sometimes our “rain” is just a smattering of drops so scant that I could almost count them. But no matter, just enjoy the plethora of drops that makes this bit of plant and spiderweb appear to be wearing a shawl of diamonds.

for Life in Colour: white

Ok, color me confused. I’m quite sure when I looked up the theme it was “move” but I see that today it’s “mobile.” Fortunately this duck does or is both so just enjoy.

for One Word Sunday: mobile

Shade and shadows, both things I enjoy capturing in my photos. So many choices, but I’ll start with the shadow of a shade (or blind if you prefer), just so I can use both terms in one shot, even if the “shade” part is different from what Ann-Christine is talking about.

Shadow owes its birth to light. ~John Gay

In the desert, there’s a serious side to shade. Here the shadow of a rock formation in Boyce Thompson Arboretum provides much needed and appreciated shade. The temperature difference, even in the early morning, can be quite a contrast and in some situations could even be a life-saving one. Walking along the shaded path was infinitely cooler than when that path wound its way into the full sun. Trust me. When temperatures start soaring over 100F, you’ll learn to love the shade!

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. ~Jane Austen

I’ll finish with perhaps my favorite shot of shade and shadow ,from the Visitor’s Center in Saguaro National Park. I shared it once before, but it’s so perfect for this challenge that I hope you’ll enjoy it again in this different context.

What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse. ~Edward Abbey


for Six Word Saturday and Life in Colour: white

Sometimes company just shows up.

for Life in Colour: white

Although not my garden thing (and how silly would they look among cactus spread many feet apart), these tiny buildings nestled into the very front of a yard in Redondo Beach caught my attention because a) they were unusual and b) they had doors. Feel free to stop by door number 2 for a cooling gelato. If your weather’s anything like ours, you’ll need one!

for Thursday Doors 6.10.21