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“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” Henry Miller

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tentacles of a budding Japanese Peony

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony budding.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony growing.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony fully formed buds

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony flower

Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature — by Emily Dickinson
Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature —
Gravitates within —
Atmosphere, and Sun endorse it —
Bit it stir — alone —

Everywhere we look, every time we turn, there is growth going on, in some fashion and form. Growth is a constant in our lives and when we, nature, man, including all flora and fauna stop growing, we begin the process of dying. Frankly, some will argue that the process is simultaneous; we grow and die in complex ways daily. Growth occurs seamlessly, following the natural rhythms and patterns of life. Everything that grows eventually dies… Why not treat each other nicely while we still have time? For this photo challenge on growth, I found my interpretations in my surroundings; I added shots from a Japanese peony, baby deer with mom and older deer, thriving tomatoes plants and more… I also added a Dickinson poem written in four stanzas and split it up accordingly. Feedback is always appreciated.

“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.” Pearl S. Buck

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Deer – a baby (fawn) with its mom (doe)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Deer – a baby (fawn) with its mom (doe) being nurtured

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Deer – Two baby (fawn) with mom (doe)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Deer – maturing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Deer – full grown male (buck) at Nara Park, Japan

Each — its difficult Ideal
Must achieve — Itself —
Through the solitary prowess
Of a Silent Life —

We have plenty of deer in our area, and they are probably no longer afraid of humans. We occupied their land, slowly built more homes on their terrain, and as foraging areas for food became scarce, they included our gardens and yards in their grazing zone…  Such is the nature of growth and change.  (The last picture was taken in Japan, the first three from my kitchen window, and the fourth across the street from my home).

“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” Herbert A. Otto

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Early flower of a tomato plant

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… The tomato plant

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tomatoes on the plant/vine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… More tomatoes on plant

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tomatoes off the vine, ready to eat?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tomatoes to share with the birds

Effort — is the sole condition —
Patience of Itself —
Patience of opposing forces —
And intact Belief —

We planted some tomatoes, in huge containers, on our balcony/terrace last year. We weren’t sure they’d do well because the sun isn’t always strong there. But the tomato plants thrived and grew and grew; producing generous servings of the most succulent tomatoes. Even the birds got some… More below.

“Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us; there have been many circulations of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.” George Eliot

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese garden in Kyoto… all life forms welcomed

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Bleeding hearts growing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Bleeding hearts blooming

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Baby monkey growing today

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Adult monkey tomorrow.

Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature — by Emily Dickinson
Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature —
Gravitates within —
Atmosphere, and Sun endorse it —
Bit it stir — alone —

Each — its difficult Ideal
Must achieve — Itself —
Through the solitary prowess
Of a Silent Life —

Effort — is the sole condition —
Patience of Itself —
Patience of opposing forces —
And intact Belief —

Looking on — is the Department
Of its Audience —
But Transaction — is assisted
By no Countenance — via

Growth is all around us; both seen and unseen. We can go with the flow or stagnate by refusing to shift our ways…. Nevertheless, the cycle continues at its own magical pace. Thank you for stopping by and wishing you a great weekend and opportunities for positive growth! For more flowers from my garden and visits, do check out my submission and click “Collect Me” to help my entry in the One Life Photography Competition via eliz obih-frank.  You can submit your photos too. Thank you! :-)   Have a blessed day! I will be stopping by yours and other posts to cheer all on. After all, isn’t that what blogging is supposed to be about? I know… some have forgotten. Have an awesome weekend! I’ll  see you later. 😉
Thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Growth to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – GROWTH – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Growth. These small (believe me, they were small) grapes in Napa Valley are getting ready for the harvest later this fall, when they will be turned into wine. Plants, animals, people, grow…but so can buildings, shadows, and waves. What can you share that makes the viewer think of growth? Share a picture that means GROWTH to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Growth is a constant in our lives and around us. It occurs seamlessly, following the natural rhythms and patterns of life. Engage it!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

88 Comments leave one →
  1. 04/08/2012 5:49 am

    Spring is my favourite time of year when all the young shoots appear and everything comes to life! Great pics

    • 04/08/2012 5:52 am

      I love spring too… I thought of you when I read the challenge. This one should be right up your alley with all your gardening and wonderful plantings this season! TY! 🙂

  2. 04/08/2012 5:57 am

    George Eliot, Emily Dickinson and you = perfect

    • 04/08/2012 6:24 am

      Oh Julie, you are too kind! I’ll add you to the mix too. TY! 🙂

  3. 04/08/2012 6:00 am

    Lovely pictures and words! Thanks for the pingback 🙂

    • 04/08/2012 6:03 am

      Loved yours too. Thank you for your feedback! 🙂

  4. 04/08/2012 6:17 am

    What fabulous post and great collection of varied pictures. perfect take on topic. 😉

    • 04/08/2012 6:23 am

      Thank you Gerry! Hope you’d add one this week. 🙂

  5. 04/08/2012 6:46 am

    My fave growth images here: the tomatoes!! I love the share with the bird one the best…so cute! 🙂

    • 04/08/2012 6:52 am

      Thank you and he was quite selfish and chased other birds away… 😆

  6. 04/08/2012 7:11 am

    Such a great selection of growth examples – wonderful post! 🙂

    • 05/08/2012 3:11 am

      TY for checking in… I enjoyed your photos too. 😉

  7. 04/08/2012 7:28 am

    Love all your takes on grow, Elizabeth. It’s a beautiful and fascinating topic. We must grow and change or else we die.

    • 05/08/2012 3:12 am

      Righto Marcia! TY for stopping by… Change is inevitable! 🙂

  8. 04/08/2012 8:05 am

    Have you ever seen this video? It’s amazing, like your photos.

    • 05/08/2012 3:13 am

      Thank you Barb. Love the video and haven’t seen it before. 😉

  9. 04/08/2012 8:35 am

    Oh My God, Are they taken @ Nara Park?
    I live in south part of Kyoto, where Nara Park is about 10 minutes away.
    BTW, I love the 2nd shot of Shika, they are very cute.

    • 04/08/2012 7:41 pm

      The last one was taken at Nara Park. The others at my home.
      I love the park and all that Kyoto has to offer. Thank you for your feedback. 🙂

  10. 04/08/2012 9:16 am

    Such a wonderful abundance of growth you share with us here, Thank you!

    • 05/08/2012 3:14 am

      TY Granbee… It was a challenge finding what fit so I added a few more that made sense to me… 😉

    • 05/08/2012 3:17 am

      You know, your name is still showing as linked to Do you need to mention it to WP Support? TY! for the feedback. 🙂

  11. Bree permalink
    04/08/2012 9:27 am

    Great collection of photos. The deer are so cute! 😉

    • 05/08/2012 3:14 am

      TY! They love hanging out in my backyard too. 🙂

  12. Amar Naik permalink
    04/08/2012 10:50 am

    nice collection for the theme growth

    • 05/08/2012 3:15 am

      TY Amar! Did you do one? Also, I’d love to reciprocate if you have a blog. I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

  13. 04/08/2012 11:33 am

    Super subject!

    • 05/08/2012 3:19 am

      TY Kemi! I’ll definitely check out your spot. 🙂

  14. 04/08/2012 12:03 pm

    I especially love the tomato plant photos!

    • 05/08/2012 3:22 am

      Thank you! They were fun to grow and the tomatoes were tasty.

  15. 04/08/2012 1:40 pm

    Awesome photos of growth. Thanks for sharing

  16. 04/08/2012 5:16 pm

    beautiful photos!!!!

  17. 04/08/2012 8:22 pm

    beautiful pics Eliz

  18. 04/08/2012 9:02 pm

    Lovely pics! ESP the deer and monkeys! Thanks for sharing the poem ans for stopping by my blog too!

    • 04/08/2012 9:08 pm

      TY too for doing same… I appreciate it too! 🙂

  19. 04/08/2012 10:10 pm

    The doe and dappled fawn do it for me.

    • 05/08/2012 3:23 am

      TY and for me too… Maybe it should have been the lead photo. Next time! 🙂

  20. 04/08/2012 10:16 pm

    Stunning,awesome and very creative post for this week theme
    I expected those beautiful shots from you……..
    Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

    • 05/08/2012 3:24 am

      Oh TY Jake! Your kind words are always appreciated. Enjoyed your post too! 🙂

  21. 04/08/2012 11:48 pm

    Love that baby monkey! Lovely shots all Eliz!

    • 05/08/2012 3:25 am

      Isn’t it cute? TY and welcome back. Glad you are feeling better. 🙂

  22. 05/08/2012 1:21 am

    Love your images. Beautiful spectacle of growth with words that inspires the reader. Have a great weekend my friend.

    • 05/08/2012 3:26 am

      TY IT! Love your positive vibes and words. Your post was beautiful too. Have a great weekend as well! 🙂

  23. 05/08/2012 6:05 am

    The tomatoes are very nice There is also tomatos in my garden.

    • 05/08/2012 11:41 am

      TY and you must have a blast with this prompt… You have tons of gardening photos. 🙂

  24. 05/08/2012 6:58 am

    When I was scrolling down this post and saw the red tomatoes after seeing the green tomatoe plants I could feel my heart leap with excitment. :+) I supose I like the first stages of growth, but I am also excited to see the plant bare fruit. Seems like a lot of my pain over the last few months has been baring some new fruit of it’s own. :+)

    • 05/08/2012 11:44 am

      Glad to read this Star and i can relate too… Much of what we experience we don’t really share on the internet. I write my positive posts because they help me too, not because my life is perfect. It isn’t. Some bloggers don’t seem to get that point. Thankfully many others do. TY!
      Blessings to you! 🙂

  25. 05/08/2012 6:59 am

    By the way the doe and fawns very sweet photos.

    • 05/08/2012 7:25 am

      Thanks Stalaschat! Their papa came around too but they were moving quickly that my shots of four of them weren’t so great. 🙂

      • 05/08/2012 7:31 am

        It’s such a Joy to see wildlife. It is one of my favorite things I feel so honored when wild animals show up and I get to take a photo. Blurry or sharp to me isn’t as important as having the moment to appreciate them.

      • 05/08/2012 7:43 am

        True… I watched them from my kitchen window and felt so grateful that they felt safe enough to hang out in my backyard. Some families have dogs so the deer stay away from those homes. Yes, it was a special moment. TY! 🙂

  26. 05/08/2012 8:20 am

    beautiful sequence with the Japanese peony. and those speckled fawns. the deer hide out in the tall grass in summer so I rarely see them here. and we have 5 tomatoes ripening in the south window – a bumper crop! 🙂 great post!

    • 05/08/2012 11:45 am

      Good for you. I felt the same way when my first three ripened! 😆

  27. 05/08/2012 9:43 am

    What a wonderful post, so full of life.

    • 05/08/2012 9:59 am

      TY Marion for your comment. I love your post too. 🙂

  28. 05/08/2012 11:26 am

    That tomatoe plant looks just like mine…;-) the fawn and the variety!!!

  29. 05/08/2012 11:59 am

    Love the Herbert A. Otto quote! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • 05/08/2012 12:05 pm

      Ooops! It looked like a pingback… hence my comment. 😆 Thank you for your comment… 🙂

      • 05/08/2012 12:08 pm

        haha. I was confused for a moment. I’m still new to the whole pingback thing, so I wasn’t sure if I had created one without realizing it. In any case, you’re welcome. 🙂

      • 05/08/2012 12:10 pm

        It’s all good! 😆

  30. 05/08/2012 12:29 pm

    This is a great post. Nice series of photos.

  31. 05/08/2012 1:14 pm

    Oh that last picture…

  32. 05/08/2012 3:14 pm

    Lovely interpretation Eliz! Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Madelaine permalink
    05/08/2012 5:38 pm

    So many beautiful variations of growth. You were lucky have been able to photograph the catbird….they are very skittish. Glad to see he/she’s enjoying a snack! 🙂

  34. 05/08/2012 7:11 pm

    Wow, I think this must be one of your best blog posts ever, and that’s saying something! Such a multitude of things to think about, and really wonderful photos. It’s very profound. I love the George Eliot quote. Congrats on an awesome post Elizabeth!

    • 05/08/2012 8:36 pm

      TY Petchary! Will stop by to catch up on your posts soon too. 🙂

  35. 05/08/2012 8:28 pm

    My wise old grandmother always said that planting a seed is faith in tomorrow and an opportunity for growth.

    • 05/08/2012 8:39 pm

      Beautiful words of wisdom from your Grandma… TY for sharing it. 🙂

  36. 06/08/2012 1:36 am

    Fabulous pics. and good quote.

  37. 06/08/2012 12:25 pm

    Wonderful, beautiful photos.

  38. 06/08/2012 4:30 pm

    Great examples! We also have deer that frequent our yard daily – the fawns are so cute.

    • 06/08/2012 8:17 pm

      Yes the fawns always make me smile… then like a typical mom, I worry about them. TY! 🙂

  39. 08/08/2012 2:54 am

    nicely portrayed 🙂

  40. 08/08/2012 6:55 am

    Love your photos here – the deer are gorgeous!

    • 08/08/2012 9:59 am

      They are quite fascinating to watch too. I never tire of it. TY! 🙂

  41. 09/08/2012 12:02 am

    The photo Bird with tomatoes very inspired me 😛 beautifulshot

  42. 10/08/2012 12:58 pm

    What a great collection of pictures and quotes. You made me think on so many different aspects. Great post Elizabeth.


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