The power of memory

I was out photographing early this morning at a nearby garden.  It was still and peaceful with the sun slowing dawning an a clear day with the promise of summer.  As I wandered through the garden my eyes were stopping on different flowers and shrubs.  But when I turned around and glimpsed a rhododendron in bloom I stopped in my tracks.   In Minnesota we do not have many rhododendrons that can survive our cold winter climate.  So when I saw this beautiful white rhodie I was quickly taken back to the time I lived in the Pacific Northwest.  There, with the temperate marine air rhododendrons grow to be the size of trees, their blooms the size of large bowls.  All this was going through my mind as I photographed this lovely white rhododendron that was blooming its heart out, but was only three feet tall.  I realized how easily we associate things and how powerful our memory can be.  In our home garden we have three peony plants with buds that will be bursting into bloom in the next week.  One of these plants was purchased in Minnesota, the other two I brought from my parents’ home in Kansas.  It is a wonderful memory I have of growing up and having the peonies blooming on the side of the house.  How lucky I am to be able to surround myself with items that bring back delightful memories, or to happen upon something as simple as a small rhododendron that holds fond remembrances.

3 thoughts on “The power of memory

  1. Beth June 6, 2011 / 6:49 am


  2. Margaret Welshons June 6, 2011 / 11:14 am

    This rhododendron knows in its soul that it is truly a rhododendron – in much the same fashion that a very little dog never loses sight of its essential dogness . . .

  3. joani June 6, 2011 / 11:14 am

    Memories. We head to NM next week to a Ghost Ranch visit. Following that I head to MN for a family reunion. Memories of iris, peony,glads,veggi garden–yes, do become memories. Will have many a chatter with family of which is betueen 50 and 75 relatives. The rhodies are out, my iris are starting and the peonies (of which I have more than 3 becuse they are special) will open when the ants get busy. Nice highlight on the peony. Need to say something of the image and you adventure,,,,,,,

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