There will be times

A few months after I photographed these bare trees, they were covered with beautiful blooms.

A few months after I photographed these bare trees, they were covered with beautiful blooms.

“Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.”Anton Chekhov

Even when the trees appear to be bare, there is a lot happening underground.  A gardener once explained to me that fall is the best time to transplant most shrubs and trees, because the root system will develop most during the winter, before the demands of blooms and fruit take over.  Growth is not always visible to us.

I think there’s a life lesson for people here, too.  It’s easy to get impatient during times when progress is not apparent.  But unseen changes are always happening.  Our task is to nourish and cultivate our minds, hearts and bodies so that the inevitable changes are taking us in the right direction.  If we can manage to stay focused on what is good, just, positive and hopeful, we will grow stronger even if we don’t feel or see that growth for a very long time.


  1. This is probably the most needful lesson of all in this present time! Thank you for encouraging us all in the right direction! Love you!

    • Carla, thanks for being here! I’m so happy you like it.

  2. victoria k. copp

    My impatience did not allow me to see this great truth. Now in the “fall” of my life, by the grace of God, I am slowly appreciating it, learning, and abiding in it. Thank you.

    • Thank you Victoria, I think many of us feel the same. As we get older we can look back and realize how much was happening without our being aware of it. I appreciate your visits here!

  3. Sherrie Cannon

    I love all your pictures and thoughts–and I read them all because they are short :). I’d like to receive the email you mentioned about the update on Jeff.

  4. Mike Bertoglio

    Are these Crape Myrtles? Probably not. Beautiful shot. I love the Crape Myrtles around Atlanta. My son has two in his front yard. He lives in Canton now and works in Marietta.
    Per yesterday: What is Atlanta pink pig?

    • Hi Mike, I think those particular trees are Crape Myrtles, though to be honest, I don’t remember for sure. I’ll find out in a few weeks! 🙂 We have so mnay flowering trees in our neighborhood that it could be another kind, but we have more Crape Myrtles than anything else. They are beautiful and some of them have foliage that turns a very vivid red in the fall. The Pink Pig is an Atlanta Christmas tradition. It was started by Rich’s Department Store, where I worked for 5 years while a student. But my memoriesof riding it are from when I was a very young child. Read more here –

  5. Very insightful Julia. You’re right, life can’t be fireworks 7/24, they wouldn’t be half as spectacular when we do see them. Half the joy of late spring in the north is finally seeing everything green up again. I imagine seasons are different for everyone around the world but probably ‘a peak season’ occurs in most climates. It’s those ‘peaks’ that carry you through the less spectacular seasons, just like everyday life.

    • That’s so true, and also the quiet times are when we get some much-needed rest. Whenever someone tells me things have been boring in their life, I say “Treasure the boring times. Boring is good!” Seriously, we would wear ourselves out if we didn’t have the dormant times to recharge.

  6. Sheila

    Julia,” positive and hopeful”….. I like that! My husband,Bill, and I find ourselves in a somewhat similar situation to Jeff and you. Bill had his first chemotherapy treatment
    yesterday for an autoimmune disorder. He had been in remission for a year and a half after his last session of chemotherapy in 2011, so we know the drill! We hope and pray for good results again. Thank you for letting me share a tiny bit of our story. Together in this, Sheila

    • Sheila, thanks so much for letting me know about your situation. I will pray for you and Bill, and let’s keep hope in our hearts! “Together is the best place to be” and that is never more true than in such situations as ours. Thanks for visiting here!

  7. Sheila

    Julia, every visit here has been a blessing for me. I know others share my pleasure in your photographs,your words and at the same time pray for strength and blessings for you and your family! Sheila

    • Thanks so much for your encouragement, Sheila. It means so much and really does make a difference in our lives.

  8. Julia, I needed your message this morning, what a lift for my spirit! As my life changes with illness, I am always up an at it everyday, and even sometimes I who was the most patient one in my household feel depleted! A wonderful reminder my sister…God bless!

    • Thank you Wendell, I like the way you emphasize that life changes with illness, but it doesn’t stop. I appreciate your encouragement! I’m so happy to have you here!


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