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APRIL 24, 2011 8:40AM

Hope and Faith and Photographs

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.  ~Martin Luther King Jr.


 If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole world would change~ Buddha


 If you pass by the color purple in a field and don't notice it, God gets real pissed off~ Alice Walker



 Where flowers bloom, so does hope~ Lady Bird Johnson



There came a time when to remain in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.~ Anais Nin 



 Earth laughs in flowers~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


 So take the photographs and still frames in your mind. Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time...



It's something unpredictable but in the end it's right~ I hope you had the time of your life. 

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Just in case this gets lost in spam, Happy Easter/Happy Passover/Happy Spring!
I love this, Joan! Must share...
A perfect Easter show of wisdom and glorious visuals.
Ah, to take a walk with Joanie ...
Stayce, Matt and Cranky~ thank you for coming by!
What breathtaking, beautiful photos & words, Joanie H!

Thank you so much, & happy Easter~Passover~Spring to you, too!
Thank you, Joan, and the same to you. Beautiful photos, beautiful thoughts!
It s so beautiful, I don't want to mare it with words!!
These are really gorgeous. r.
I think I said spectacular before. I'm sticking with that.
Lovely, as usual. Made me smile, over and over. Happy living!
Happy spring! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful thoughts and images.
loved this Joan, thank you so much for this gift, perfectly presented, perfectly given. The photos are exquisite, the meaning more so.
this is just wonderful. Every quote wanted to make me shout, but my husband is still sleeping so I smiled big instead.
Lovely quotes. Loved some of the photos too! Thanks for this!
Yooo... nothing like Green Day to make the whole thing blessed..:)
I love the stairs photos.
Rated with hugs
Sigh. That was lovely. I'd love to know more about the photos, especially the church doors and the staircase in the forest (my cursor refuses to show captions.)
This is the best thing you've ever done. Amazing. How thoughtful and what a vision you have with your camera. RRRRRR
Yay!!!! What a nice way to start my Easter!
Wonderful photos, thanks for the "quiet" moment of beauty.
Very cool tie in with Green Day. Love that song, and the photography double delicious!

...and the same happys to you.
wonderful ... happy happy!
Beautiful, Joanie. thanks for this. you've inspired me to put together photos and quotes. I love the Alice Walker
one!. happy spring. Next we will see pictures of your famous garden.
Joanie knows all the special places in DC.
Fantastic. Thanks.
Beautiful, Joan!
I love especially that first photo...I just want to follow those steps.

Happy Easter/Happy Passover/Happy Spring to you too!
Oh man, you had to go and make me cry. S'okay, tears spilled for beauty are healthy and cleansing. Same Happy's to you and yours. xoxo
Ahhhhhhhhh. A feast for my eyes and my soul. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this.
Happy pictures I loved these. The church, the colors, those steps, just perfect.
Beauteous! No hope and faith just today, that's all I got.
Thank you, Joan. Beautiful!
lovely photos, joanie! happy whatevertodayis easter, i think!!
thanks, joan, for such a lovely day outdoors.
Joan, You might enjoy knowing that the bearded iris, also known as 'German' iris in your photo, the white one (looks tinged every so slightly blue) is a variety named "Immortality." It's a repeat bloomer. I have a bed of them with Bridal Veil spirea behind them which blooms at the same time, white on white.
Thank you everyone so much for coming by today. To the real photographers who came by, thank you for your kind words and encouragement.
@Snippy, the captions I used for the pictures are quotes from people like Lady Bird Johnson, Green Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. I'm so glad you like the doors. They are both from churches in Georgetown. I have a thing about doors...
Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Happy Spring, to everyone!
“What keeps us alive, what allows us to endure?
I think it is the hope of loving,
or being loved.” – Meister Eckhart

Thank you for this lovely post. Happy Easter.
Perfect -- Lady Bird really made Texas bloom in the early spring with wildflowers -- it can be spectacular.
love the Alice Walker quote...r
love this
thank you
Alice Walker's quote made me laugh out loud
and He should get mad at us, were we so self-appointedly blind
Nice pics Joan. Where is that staircase please? It looks familiar.
@Abrawang, it is part of Glover Archbold Trail which is a trail that runs through about 5 miles of DC. The staircase just seemed to appear out of nowhere...:)
All the elements work together perfectly. You couldn't have picked a better day for this; it's just wonderful.
love the the quotes
Lovely... beyond anything I experienced this good day....
I used the down-arrow key, to try to see the staircase. And it kept going, and going, and going.

These are great shots. Thanks for the flowers (and purple is my favorite).
Happy all of everything to you...and the love and truth of every faith tradition abound...and unite us all and the whole wide weary world. Lovely post, Joanie! ;}
Joan, I was busy with family and my daughter so I missed this. It is a fabulous post and your best photos so far mixed so well with the quotes. Always loved Nin's. Happy belated Passover/Easter to you and yours.
Love these, especially the doors...
Simply perfect, Joanie!

Happy Spring Holidays to you as well!
I don't know which are more beautiful -- your photos or the quotes.
Lovely photos. I can't wait until the flowers bloom here. R
These are beautiful, Joan.
A beautiful post tying in flowers and the recent holidays!!
This drips with life, bursts with it. My heart was a different shape by the end of it. The color! How can we possibly feel anything but wonder?
I love your post so much. Thanks for those beautiful and inspiring quotations.

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This is absolutely lovely, inspirational, so creative. Thank you so much.
Great pictures! And great quotes.
Just getting to the staircase... a good thing, indeed!
Great pics and quotes. Thanks.
Beautiful, uplifting photos and words!
Gorgeous . . . simply gorgeous . . .
What a wonderful and unique basket of visuals. So colorful and fitting. Great eye.
You have quite the eye! So can I put in an order for a print of the orange flower? the second one, four up from the bottom? Or maybe I'll just print t his page.
Love your photos, especially the flowers, especially the iris. Taking photos is meditation, education, and yes love. Here's some of my remarks on photography:
Sweet and lovely! You're quite the photographer.
This is so inspiring! Thanks for posting.. Gave me a lift on my Birthday!
This is so beautiful! I am truly sorry I missed it before now!