” Wildflowers, Wildflowers….My Kingdom for Wildflowers…”

This poor zinnia fell from the rest of the bunch so I thought I would crown her ” Princess for the Day.” ( And no I don’t have anything against horses King Richard III -just would rather see my kingdom filled with all kinds of flowers! )

Dear Reader:

It wasn’t until Anne and I attended the International Creativity Workshop in Provence ( almost two decades ago-yikes!) that I understood the quote ” To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower-William Blake

Most of the exercises in creativity focused on changing our perspectives on how we see the world.

Arles Square -our favorite hang out place in Aix-in Provence!

One photography trick is to lower yourself to the level of the subject (of your shot) and then play around with colors or form… since I love wildflowers-these are shots taken from my front yard.

Another trick is to include flowers and other natural beauties in two subject photos.

When I think wildflowers I immediately think of one particular person-Lady Bird Johnson!!!

Today we remember her in connection for the Highway Beautification Act ( or the Lady Bird Bill) She spearheaded her mantra ” masses of flowers where the masses pass.” She rewarded highway department engineers for integrating sustainable landscaping on their road designs. Winning designers were invited to the Lady Bird Johnson LBJ ranch for a barbecue.

On her 70th birthday she and actress Helen Hayes created the National Wildflower Center. ( today part of the University of Texas at Austin) After her death a state paper took up her cause and raised $150,OOO to buy seed packets for school children to plant along roads in communities.

So until tomorrow… ” Where flowers bloom… so does Hope.” Lady Bird Johnson

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to ” Wildflowers, Wildflowers….My Kingdom for Wildflowers…”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I kept thinking of my Mother while I read your article today. Her favorite flower was Queen Anne’s Lace which grows well in NC . She wanted me to have some so we went to a local nursery and she was appalled when they told us they didn’t sell the plant because it was a weed. So often times when I went so often to help take care of her I would stop on the side of the road to pick some for us. As for Lady Bird Johnson ..well, she told me that everytime we were on any Interstate Hwy with her…

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