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Desert sunflower (Geraea canescens), Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona

Desert flowers shine in shadowy places.

No one can tell me
why the stones are smudged with smoke
disguised as shadows.

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on July 5, 2014, in Arizona, Carpe Diem, Masaoka Shiki, Navajo National Monument, Northern Arizona, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Six-Word Saturday and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Beautiful!

    Winds of time and sand
    In redrock shadow to shine
    Beauty takes it’s stand.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank goodness for beauty’s stand in our too often battered and broken world! Thanks for your comment.

      On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 4:20 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. I love your 6 words. You have captured the flower beautifully in that light

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      There it was, so I couldn’t just pass it by, could I? 😉

      On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 5:02 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  3. Flowers in the desert always seem extra special.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Mostly because you have to keep your eyes open, or you drift right by them!

      On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  4. The flower is petite but amazingly strong as she grows through the rocks to obtain that dollop of Sonoran sun. She is small – but mighty!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Isn’t that often the way it is in life? The small things are the mightiest?

      On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. it certainly does shine! Have a sunny day!

  6. One of life’s many great mysteries, I’m sure! Don’t you love how the most humblest of plants can defy all odds and grow in unexpected places?

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      It’s the unexpected that keeps us on our toes and gives us delight!

      On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 8:49 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. Mysterious Nature, indeed…

    Charming shot, MT…

  8. beautiful haiku 🙂

  9. Fiza @ I'll Read Till I Drop

    In one word: beautiful 😀

    My Six 

  10. The smokes and the shadows create a mysterious environment. Well-penned. 🙂

  11. It creates a lovely shot, doesn’t it? 🙂

  12. The yellow flower is lovely, and the haiku is beautiful.

  13. you made my heart smile when i saw this MMT. how lovely!!

  14. rich stories in so few words…love the bright surprise spot of color

  15. Very elegant photo for SS ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  16. A lovely designer patch of sunlight. Mother Nature is our guru of art.

  17. Wonderful capture.

  18. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    Beautiful photo and beautiful refection. Thank you for adding joy to my day.

    • Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)


      • magicalmysticalteacher

        “refection” would work too, don’t you think? 😉

        On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


        • Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

          Well, you’ve just increased my vocabulary! Yes it would – now that I know what it means, and that it is actually a word. 🙂

  19. the desert winds might whisper
    of men who’d passed long ago

  20. A lightning strike that no one saw, like a tree falling in a forest – if no one was around to hear it did it make a sound?
    It is odd sometimes to see just one burned thing in a field. But the magic of a single seed finding the right perch to bloom… just beautiful.

    Glad I could bring humor to your morning 🙂

    I don’t have a ‘smart phone’ but I was talking with a gent who said he had had an app where you could take a picture with your phone and run it through this app and it would tell you what the plant was. Must have been powered by IBM’s Watson to have so much info.

    Cheers, Jules

  21. Lovely shadows 🙂

  22. shadows is great but your little sun is more beaurtiful.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Yes, I kind of like that little sun too! 😉

      On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 1:53 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  23. Wow this is a wonderfully composed response on the haiku by Shiki … very mysterious take … thanks.

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