I love symbolism and contrasts in photographs. In these photos I took along my back fence I was, of course, attracted by the the beauty of the flowers themselves, but I especially enjoyed the many contrasts the scene elicited in my mind: Fleeting beauty vs. aged fence, silken vs. coarse textures, delicate vs. sturdy, vibrant color vs. subdued tones, uniform lines vs. varied wood grain.

Such images remind me how differences in people can enhance life and relationships when I look beyond individual surface attributes to see larger blessings all around me.

With love and gratitude,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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11 Responses to

  1. willowdot21 says:

    What’s the story Morning Glory 💜

  2. utesmile says:

    Great pictures and brilliant analogy. Lovely!

  3. Dennis Madden says:

    Very nice, Russ.

    Dennis Madden

  4. JanBeek says:

    It’s so important to remember to “look beyond individual surface attributes.” We find the otherwise hidden treasures when we do so, don’t we?

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