Love Is Like A Buttercup

No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t find my photography mojo last week. Kim Klassen’s assignment for our Be Still – Fifty Two class came to me mid-week and I dabbled with this and that over the next couple of days taking many photographs but nothing that really spoke to me. Frustrated, and in vain, I continued to seek my elusive photography muse. 

On Saturday Gerry headed out for a hike and I hunkered down in my woman cave to try again. He arrived home a few hours later with a gift for me–a single yellow buttercup. It was, he told me, the first one he’s seen this season. As I looked at the pretty little flower he held out to me I felt the stress fall from my shoulders and a smile come to my lips.

Seventeen years ago, at about this time of year, Gerry and I were just getting to know each other better. On one of our many afternoon walks he plucked a single buttercup for me and ever since then that simple early springtime flower has been special to us. Inspired? Oh yes I was!

I was also reminded about the name of the class–Be Still–and the advice Kim gave when the class first began to be still and find that place of quiet and peace before attempting to capture the kind of still life images I love with my camera.

Focus and blur was the topic of the week. For me, it also turned into a simple reminder of springtime love. 


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. Hi Linda, I saw your post on Facebook and followed it here…I felt an immediate sense of peace and welcome as I looked through your pages. I am beginning to see Gods hand as we get to know each other. I love following Women who are honest and open about their life journeys. I believe God wants us to share our hopes, dreams, pains, failures and our redemption that only happens through surrendering to Christ. God bless you.

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Isn’t it wonderful how God plans our journeys and those who come into our lives? I look forward to getting to know you better and sharing–as you say–our hopes, dreams, pains, and even our failures. {{Hugs}}

  2. this is such a lovely image…..and message…. i love how your subject presented itself… so heart warming.

    beautiful. xo

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! Your words mean so much.

  3. What a perfectly lovely story and photo! Your title really drew me in as well.

    Someone once told me that it is the small, seemingly insignificant moments that bring us joy. Your story reminded me to listen to my heart and “notice”. Thank you!

  4. Beautiful image. It’s the small buttercup moments that give us the most joy!

  5. What an amazing husband to be so thoughtful . The photo is dreamy and romantic
    I would like to print it and put it on my new freshly painted bedroom wall .
    A sunny day like today requires a sunny blog and yours ticks all the boxes .

  6. Nice. In so many ways. Did you blur through the use of depth of field, or post processing?

    1. Thank you, Christine. The blur comes from depth of field–I shot the image using my 60mm macro lense at f/7.1. I did a bit of post processing by applying a preset in Lightroom and a light texture I got from the photography class I’m taking.

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