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100 Days Of Observing Divine Beauty

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At the end of 2015 my wife Wendy and I embarked on a mid-life adventure - moving to Europe from NZ. For my 100 days project I plan to post pictures, captions and quotes, reflecting the beauty I have discovered here in my new home. Sometimes the photos will be new. Other days I may curate a moment, a day, or a theme from pictures taken over the past 18 months. My project is inspired by John O'Donoghue's "Divine Beauty", a book which speaks of the secret wisdom of creation expressed in the ever present beauty that surrounds us. - Alastair Thompson 22nd May 2017


Day 1 - The Beauty Of New Life - Springtime in Glasgow

Today's pictures ( See album here >> ) were taken early this morning in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens on the banks of the river Kelvin. This year we have been blessed to experience spring twice, first in Dinan, France, (594 miles to the south - I shall post pictures of this later) and then again over the past three weeks here. I suspect I have always been moving to fast too notice, or perhaps it's because Spring is so much less dramatic in New Zealand, but it is astonishing how beautiful and intricate the buds and flowers are in their first few days of bursting forth. Here you will find pictures of some very common plants including hemlock, nettles and elderflower.