goes both ways

Love, it goes both ways

When I took this photo on our backpacking trip this past weekend,
I didn't realize that its message would pack such a punch.
I'm taking it from all sides today, figuratively getting hit with a left and a right.
Secretly, I have been reminding myself of this thought in an effort to subdue others.

There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox~

Tonight, I need to get some much needed rest......

Interested in learning:
How to put text on a path
(like in the above photo)


  1. That is a beautiful photograph!

    Your interpretation of the photo was right on.

  2. that is such a slick, slick photo... :O

  3. Great photo. What kind of plant is that. I remember seeing a begonia with leaves shaped like that but they were dark green.

  4. Thank you so much for that poem. I've been ruminating on (you know chewing, chewing and partially digesting) the mortality of my loved ones and how I treat them while they are alive and well.

    This poem really speaks to me this week - thanks.

  5. Thanks so much for the poem, and the beautiful photo. You have a great eye.

  6. very beautiful, especially in b&w. great catch!

  7. How appropriate is that photo for that saying! Beautiful.

    Hope you got rest!

  8. came this way from shutter sisters - the photo is great, but it's the poem that captured me this particular day. i do believe i'm going to have to "steal" it :)

  9. as always you have captured 'the heart of the matter' with your amazing photo and the accompanying poem. i hope you find rest this night and wake with a peaceful heart. although what i really hope is that by noon today someone makes you smile and feel cared about. like me: count to three when you read

    whisking a hug off to you across the wires!

    did you catch it?

  10. Lovely photo and quote! And one of these days I will sit down and try your photoshop tutorials!

  11. OMG that poem... it nearly made me cry, it hit home so much :-/

    what's happening, sweetie? who dares to punch my girl!!

  12. This is a beautiful image.

    Happy Love Thursday!

  13. well I am right there in line with you ~ the poem ...just spot on and the photo quite stirring. I hope rest comes to you

  14. love this picture. hope you feel better soon!! hugs.

  15. What a neat shot. Happy Love Thursday!

  16. oh man .. I think that all the time. Poor Atlas is the one that suffers; he lives with me so on the rare occasions that I am cross, he's usually the one there.

    great photo!

  17. YES!
    I have been going through this full moon nuttiness.
    This speaks to me. One person who remains constant for the most part is Julian. He is so cognizant of the fact that now may be the only moments he has, so he treats us all royally. I need reminding though.

  18. beautiful shot and treatment, seen on SS HLT

  19. What a find...and yet, of course, the leaves didn't form hearts pointing different ways until you saw them that way and photographed them that way...the intial photoshop is always in the mind...or maybe my mind is just drifting in weird ways and I need sleep....

  20. uh huh, that poem is one to ponder. It makes me face the difficult sibling stuff going on with both me and with Mike. Thanks for it and the perfect photo.

  21. beautiful! yes it does.....

  22. Wow! What powerful words for an excellent capture in nature!

  23. I LOVE THAT POEM!!! Can I borrow that? I feel a post coming on...

    love your pics. talent......raw talent.

  24. There is so much truth in the beautiful words that you have written here Jess. So true, that my heart hurts as I read it, as I am going through something very similar right now......

    The image you have captured is so precious. Nature holds so many hidden treasures, and only people with eyes like yours are able to notice them. Thank you for sharing this image with us, and thank you for sharing your writings too.

    Take care my friend xx