Smell the Flowers

I finished the second draft of my novel today. After such an enormous task, my only advise is to stop and enjoy the beauty of the world around you. Smell a flower, watch a butterfly.

Monarch of the Sasanqua Camellias


When I left my office, I noticed that the sasanqua camellias (it’s a fall-blooming variety) were full of bees and butterflies! This Monarch looks ragged: he’s only halfway to his migration destination in Mexico and still has to face flying over the Gulf of Mexico. I’m glad he stopped at our flowers for some R&R and to brighten my day.

Sunset on October 30

And this sunset was taken on October 30, the first real sunset after about ten days of rain. Because of the prolonged rain, it reminded me of Ray Bradbury’s classic short story, “All in a Summer’s Day.”