897. A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. ~Luis Barragan

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. ~Albert Einstein

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By Einstein’s definition above, I’m not dead yet, for my eyes still open and I frequently stand wrapped in awe when I find amazing things like what you see in these photos. What caught my eye at first was the marker identifying the vine as a Dutchman’s Pipe whose flowers, it said, have an interesting and specialized pollination mechanism. Intrigued by that I read on to find that because they are quite aromatic, their strong scent attracts insects, and that the inner part of their perianth tube (or pipe stem) is covered with hairs that act as a fly trap. Once caught these hairs wither to release the fly who has been covered with pollen. That in and of itself was more than enough to wow me. But now after also having seen the strangely beautiful and mysterious flower and its seed pods, I can, with complete confidence, attest to the fact that my emotions are not yet strangers either. Once again the Lord’s amazing creativity and imagination have stopped me in my tracks and taken my breath away. Chronic pain may have long been my lot in life to bear, but I can do nothing less than continually praise the Lord and express my gratitude for unlike me there are so many people in the world who have little to nothing but misery, grief, suffering, and grievous iniquities dumped over and over again upon their plates. Such is why tears so often flood these eyes that yet allow me to see and emotions erupt that yet allow me to feel.

Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? ~Job 11:7  ✝

**Sadly with the recent debacle on computer that I shared with my readers, I’ve discovered that some of my photos are missing or in a black hole somewhere. So I had to use these that I found on Pinterest.

24 thoughts on “897. A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. ~Luis Barragan

  1. no truer words have been ever spoken by any sage or saint as this most raw and real revelation–His wonders never cease and it is a wizened soul who speaks such truth despite pain and sorrow, reality and revelation…
    we are blessed to read of the wonders or your revelations—computer glitches or not 🙂
    Thank you for blessing us….

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  2. So sorry to hear of the computer problems, Natalie. Thank you for scripture and for your loving and abiding faith. Einstein shows us a different side in this lovely quote. Peace be with you, my dear. ♡

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  3. You so beautifully related your own struggles with that of the nature, your strenght and faith is admirable Natalie. I hope your computer struggles get fixed soon, I can understand how annoying and frustrating it can be.

    I hope you have a relaxing weekend, Love ❤

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