Wildflower Maiden


In “Walking,” Thoreau writes that his health depends on spending at least four hours a day “sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”
The saunterer goes wherever her feet take her, and near sundown mine take me to an open place I call the Meadow, where in late summer yellow wildflowers spread like butter among the thin grasses. Now, however, only bedraggled heads of spent sunflowers remain, glowing orange with the last lights of day.
I move toward the dry sunflowers, but seeing a spot of purple or pink at my feet, I kneel for a closer look. It is the first tiny spring wildflower, whose name I do not know. I snap off a dozen shots, just as the sun slips below the horizon. My sauntering has brought me to holy ground.

eager seductress
flaunting herself in pastels
Wildflower Maiden

Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: Northern Arizona
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Posted on April 1, 2012, in Arizona, haibun, haiku, Haiku Heights, I Heart Macro, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday, Northern California, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, The April Heights 2012, wildflowers. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. What a beautiful little flower! And a surprise, since you didn’t expect to find it! Very nice shot!

  2. What a lovely, frilly, memory of a flower! It looks like something left over from a bridal bouquet with a ribbon strung on top. The faded pinks and the muted sage background make it all so lovely and special! Wonderful photograph!

  3. Very nice!

  4. So soft and beautiful, love that palest of pinks!

  5. Resembles bouganvilla, may be because of that curly petals. Beautiful shades of pink and earthen colors!

  6. The ruffled edge on this flower is so unique and so beautiful! Despite its pastels, it does have an earthy feel to it.

  7. Great shadow post and a life style we could all benefit from.

  8. Amazing image – that Wildflower Maiden!!! I love that!!!

  9. Hello.
    Love the color of this flower…pink & purple are among some of my many favorite colors. Poem & photo go well together.
    Thanks for sharing.

    The Attraction…

  10. Oh I was with you all the way until you picked the flowers. For shame!

  11. it’s always a special moment to find the first spring flower!


  12. What a beautiful picture & wow!! Wild flower seducing..
    Amazing …I loved it!!

  13. How wonderful it would be to have that four hours to spend wandering through nature each day. I love this haiku. I think it is my favorite of yours so far.

  14. Love the words & the pic so much!

  15. Nature’s art which you captured beautifully!

  16. Strange flower. At first I thought it was a mushroom of sort. Reminded me of one I photographed last sumemr. Great shot.

  17. First off, love the Thoreaux quote…secondly, love that you traipse around in search of beautiful things…walking…thirdly, love that you found this unique blossom…and LASTLY…your haiku is outstanding!!!

    HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU is my Monday post. Hope you can find time to pay a visit.

  18. What a lovely post capped off with that wonderful picture of the wildflower in muted, dusty colours. It looks just like rumpled silk.

    Thank you for your participation in Floral Friday Fotos!

  19. Very beautiful macro shot ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

  20. What a beautiful capture, MMT! Splendid one! 🙂

  21. What a beautiful wildflower! Love the colours. Great haiku too!

  22. What an unusual and beautiful wildflower!

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