Splendour In The Grass



Splendour In The Grass



though nothing can bring back the hour
of splendour in the grass
or glory in the flower
- William Wordsworth -



Beauty Is Everywhere
[even in the Burbs]


I could say I took these photos on my past travels through France.. But alas no..
I found these beauties outside a rundown apartment block on my way to visit my tax agent..
Yes .. Even a trip to a tax agent can procure a little beauty if you keep a watchful eye ..
I've been a little fascinated with this strange sea grass sort of plant. There is a huge glorious frond of these lovelies growing outside of a very expensive home near where I live.. Everytime I drive past I have an urge to stop and take some photos.. but so far haven't had the gumption for fear of being hounded like the paparazzi for invading one's privacy.. maybe if I see the residents I will just ask... So when I saw this bush again walking to my appointment.. out came the camera and a few quick snaps...
The fact is..
Beauty can be found anywhere if you think to look for it...
This post is dedicated to my lovely friend Ange..

Who's beauty stands bold and clear
to all who cross her path
I thank you dear Ange for my surprise birthday post and generously kind words
.. you sure know how to make a girl feel special ..
I also Thank Everyone for your lovely birthday messages
You guys are the best!


Julie b


IMAGE SOURCE: ALL Photography, text and photo editing by me - [Being Ruby]



Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

Simple things, can be so beautiful!
Wonderful photos!
Hugs, Yvonne

Sammy Thorley said...

Hay you have a really lovely blog so I have just followed you but do follow any of my blogs if you like,
I send you a hug from Wem & Good Morning.

desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie,
I like the contrast of color in these photos of today, I agree totally with you there is beauty always to ours around....

Hugs to you my friend


Thanks for yours lovely comments I estimate them very much.

Mise said...

'Splendour' is such a good word there - there's so much that's splendid to which we've become too accustomed. The tax agent's carpet for your next post...?

Lise said...

Again making the ordinary extraordinary!! Just Beautiful..lisa x

Unknown said...

Beautiful. As a tax accountant I can vouch that we too can see beauty in everyday places. Bah, I'd rather describe myself as writer, my dream profession, but the other thing brings in the cash for food, shoes and handbags....

Helena xx

M said...

Julie -- Thank you for the lovely "stop-and-smell-the-flowers" post; how right you are about finding beauty in the most unlikely places.
And your birthday post was gorgeous. Indeed: Happy Birthday".
I haven't had as much time the past 6-8 weeks to visit my favorite blogs (e.g. this one) as I'd have liked, and can see that I've been missing out here at BeingRuby.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Julie!
Interesting colors and fabulous photos!
... and you are so right, of course...beauty is in the tiniest of details!
Ange is indeed a special person!
She is brilliant and witty and has a beautiful spirit!....not unlike you!
Have a good night Julie!

Unknown said...

Hello sweet Julie! I tried leaving you birthday wishes yesterday, but blogger was not being my friend and I was having trouble leaving a comment...so I wanted to come back today and try again incase you didn't get my wishes that you have a fabulous birthday!!! Happy, happy, happy {now belated} birthday!!! I hope it was a wonderful day for you :) :)

Hugs ~

:) T

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Julie...I totally agree...Beauty is everywhere if you look for it...Splendid pics as always...they just conjure up so many lovely images...Your photos are great...Dzintra♥x

C.J. said...

Julie, your blog is absolutely beautiful! How are you and did you have a great birthday? :)

C.J. said...

regarding your blog, did you do this??? it looks like glass, could you email me so we could talk?

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous photos - you have elevated the simple to the sublime. You really do have a talented and creative eye! (glad to see my "focus" birthday "gift" is being put to good use ;) and yes, beauty IS where you find it ... loved this post ...

Princesa Nadie said...

The grass always is beautiful...I love it.. it's smell,it's color in very differents shades of green...Your photographs are really works of art

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I'd love to have (and plant) tons of decorative grasses around my house, but huhh are they expensive! Love your shots!!

Ange said...

Dearest Julie, I am definitely blushing again ;-) Wish I had've seen this this morning!!

Thank you! My post was meant to be a thank YOU! And even more so now as you've just made me love green as much as blue!! Your sea grass is simply exquisite.

MIse is right - splendour is really the right word. Funny how there's always a little ray of sunshine if we just take the time to look. One of the things I appreciate most of all about you is your knack of always being able to spot the joy and beauty in the ordinary.

Here's to many many years of sharing beauty together!

Giulia said...

xoxo from S & the lovely GG....more soon.

Beatnheart said...

Beauty is special from your lens...poetic and sublime....Loved the movie Splendor in the Grass...just thinking about Natalie Wood screaming in that bathtub...wow.

Anonymous said...

I remember last summer working hard to come up with an ideal grass shot. In the end they were what most people would expect to see so I didn't use them. I prefer to expect the unexpected in most of my shots. Not always possible though.

the old boathouse said...

Hi Julie, I love how nature takes over run down neglected areas, like the apartment block where you pictured these wonderful grasses. It is like it is reclaiming the ugliness left by people. The light in these pictures is wonderful. It really could be some exotic location.cheers Katherine

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Hi Julie, These pictures are beautiful the grass heads look like torches. I particularly like the composition in the second picture. You're so right, no mater how dull the day, it's always worth while looking for a little beauty.

Dash said...

I want to run my fingers through those grasses, just beautiful. It is amazing what beauty you can find when you have your eyes open.

simon said...

I think they are called cats tails... :o) great shots BTW

Pooch Purple Reign said...

i LOVE that shade of green... awesome.

Carole said...

Oh Julie you have done that weed justice and some. How ever did you get them to glow like that? Its brilliant. Are you sure you need an slr? you seem to have mastered your camera just fine.
I agree wholeheartedly beauty can be found in the most common things around us. I often find the weeds around me to be more interesting then the most saute after plants we sell. Gee don't tell my customers...haha
hope this little trip to the tax man was made sweeter by this distraction....I'm sure it helped.

alice said...

You are an amazing artist! I always enjoy your post. Another home run.
smiles, alice

nerines said...

That's so cool you actually found so much beauty on you way to your tax agent...mmm, maybe I should give that a go rather than searching for an escape route :-) xo

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Julie,
A lovely diversion for your trip to the tax agent.
I love grasses and used to have some in our garden but, got rid of them, as they were seeding themselves all over the place. I much prefer to look at them in the wild or in your great photographs.
Enjoy the weekend, Julie. XXXX

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos Julie, all I saw on the way to the tax man was storm clouds brewing... that could have just been my mood though!
:) Flick

rjerdee said...

Truer words were never spoken or acted upon. There's a mystery unfolding wherever we tread...if only we take time to LOOK. It's too easy to focus on some task that must be completed...I'd be thinking about that tax man and hoping for a good result instead of looking down at the cobblestones...
Have a lovely weekend seeing your world...I'll be over at the hospital admiring a gorgeous newborn that entered our world yesterday...awesome days ahead!!!
Hugs, dear friend,

Unknown said...

First and foremost let me send belated birthday wishes to you, Julie. I tried to do so yesterday but kept crashing every time I'd try to scroll down to the comment area. You are a special person, as we all know, but to see beauty where others see none makes you exceptional. I will also add that one of my favorite films is Splendor in the Grass, starring the young Natalie Wood.


Elaine said...

Pretty post. You make it all look beautiful.

nursemyra said...

I particularly like that first image. And the reminder of one of my favourite old movies *sigh* Natalie and Warren were so good together

myletterstoemily said...

hi julie!

sorry i missed your birthday! i hope it was
special in every way.

i love that you discovered this beauty on the
way to the tax man. wonders never cease.

ps. i only have five kids, but we always had
additional friends, etc. , in regards to my
story about cussing. :)