Monday, September 13, 2010

the gift from the manor (in summer)


not long before christmas of 2009
a gift arrived


an oleg cassini crystal paperweight!

in my letter of thanks to her
i included a commitment -
to photograph the crystal through the seasons.

here then
is summer.


cradled in the arms of the extravagantly scented and abundant russian sage.



my blessings and gratitude willow!!

to see the crystal in winter go here.
to see the crystal in spring go here.

26 comments:

Elisabeth said...

To me the crystal shines brightest in the summer, but it is very beautiful in all seasons. What a wonderful gift and how well you honour it.

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a really lovely idea Steven. Shall I see you at Willow's forthcoming ball - I do hope so.

TechnoBabe said...

A treasure for sure and sent from a dear friend.

Pauline said...

looks like a little glowing lantern amid the sage blossoms.

Valerianna said...

Oh yes, I remember this crystal from spring... its amazing in summer! Magical.

Linda Sue said...

So pretty it makes my eyes cry!

elizabeth said...

What stunning reflections
Gosh, I had forgotten the ball must make preparations RIGHT AWAY!!
Isn't it fun that we all know one another though BLOGWORLD
and I'm friends with Weaver too

How is school coming?
Have you gone back yet?

Bee said...

It's like a magical gem, or crystal ball, there in the Russian sage. Isn't wonderful to have tangible reminders of friendships? I like the way you have taken it through the year, too.

Titus said...

Beautiful, and great use of light.

steven said...

elisabeth, thankyou. it certainly caught the summer light out in the back of golden fish world headquarters!!! steven

steven said...

weaver i think i'll be there. i'm still trying to decide what to wear and who to be seen with! steven

steven said...

yes technobabe - willow's been very good to me over the years! steven

steven said...

pauline that gets me to thinking about a little light down in that neck of the garden. steven

steven said...

valerianna thankyou. i also linked to the winter pic which i really like. steven

steven said...

oh linda sue you big suck! steven

steven said...

hi elizabeth - school is back and i'm part way through the second week. it's huge fun, huge work, very worthy!!! see you at the ball. steven

steven said...

bee thankyou. there's nothing quite like in this house i assure you!!! it's going to be fun setting it up for the autumn pic. steven

steven said...

titus thankyou. the light was free - the beauty was whatever's inside that crystal. all i had to do was catch it and share it!!!! steven

Reya Mellicker said...

Your new banner is exquisite. Beautiful thoughts and images as always. I love seeing the crystal over and over.

Linda Sue said...

Uh oh what happened to your comment thingie- tried to leave on - Broken sky post but it told me to go away and do the dishes like I am supposed to...

steven said...

reya thankyou very much! it was pure chance that i saw this river pebble down by the pool with a tiny plant shadow cast over it. i ran back inside and took a handful of pictures - this is the only one that was what i saw. steven

steven said...

oh linda sue - sorry. i disabled comments on today's post. they'll be back!!! steven p.s. thanks for being a dish doer. that's part of my work in this household - i actually enjoy it.

willow said...

Ah, Russian sage is an exquisite backdrop for the crystal in summer photo!!! Wonderful, Steven. Thank you! The pleasure is all mine. xx

steven said...

hey willow - the third season - the sage has been the most exquisite and gracious of all the backyard oplants this summer. i knew it would be the right place for the crystal. steven

splendid said...

this is the most beautiful yet!

steven said...

splendid! how splendid! thankyou very much. steven