Golden Y-ears

Last week was Oscar’s birthday

(He’s the dog)

And a gloriously frosty day.

The delicate inner ear of a rose

offered up its secret beauty.

Sunlight sparkled on the pink ears

Of a brave flower still in bloom.

We visited a thousand-year-old rune stone

Rising out of the ground like a tooth,

To remind us that these are the golden years,

The moments to seize, to bathe in,

To remember while they last.

For more golden moments, please visit: Our World.

83 responses

  1. Happy birthday Oscar. How old are you today? My rat terrier is 14 now and still energetic. I love the way you captured the frost on the rose. The details are amazing.

    November 21, 2011 at 15:54

    • Oscar is a young 9!

      November 21, 2011 at 16:33

  2. what a GORGEOUS dog!!! happy birthday, sweet boy!

    November 21, 2011 at 15:55

  3. Jim

    Thank you for that reminder. Now out to the garden I go.

    November 21, 2011 at 15:58

  4. A big Happy Birthday to Oscar! Such a beautiful fellow he is!! The rose is exquisite and all your captures are delightful as always! And what a wonderful reminder! Thank you! Have a beautiful evening and a wonderful tomorrow!


    November 21, 2011 at 16:14

  5. nice…i am all about bathing in the moment…happy birthday oscar!! that rose is amazing!!! enjoy every moment…

    November 21, 2011 at 16:29

  6. I love the beautiful spring flower with the winter frost.

    November 21, 2011 at 17:01

  7. So lovely,difficult to describe the beauty!

    November 21, 2011 at 17:07

  8. So true!! That first shot is so beautiful and how cool to live where you can walk among those rune stones!

    November 21, 2011 at 17:21

  9. Oscar is a beauty. I love the way the rose looks covered in frost.

    November 21, 2011 at 18:07

  10. What a beautiful dog, and the rose is something to behold. No wonder you have such a popular blog!

    November 21, 2011 at 18:25

  11. These are exquisite moments you have preserved Fi…It seems you never miss a golden second.

    November 21, 2011 at 18:47

  12. Happy Birthday Oscar…:)

    The flower is looking so pretty, the pink one.

    Love the last close up shot of Oscar:)

    November 21, 2011 at 19:13

  13. Wonderful macro shots of the flowers…and Oscar is delightful!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 19:13

  14. AS

    sooo sweet!

    November 21, 2011 at 19:34

  15. ds

    Beautiful post. Love the “delicate inner ear of the rose” Happy Birthday, Oscar. And thank you.

    November 21, 2011 at 19:34

  16. beautiful pictures.. i love the post, and happy birthday Oscar..😀

    November 21, 2011 at 19:57

  17. Your photos are marvelous. I wish I were that good.

    November 21, 2011 at 20:21

  18. I love Oscar, walks in the woods, and roses, too. ♥

    November 21, 2011 at 20:41

  19. This is poetry. Also love the pictures–they are simply beautiful

    November 21, 2011 at 20:48

  20. Looking and appreciating the beauty of each season. There is gold to be had and you found some. Beautiful.

    November 21, 2011 at 20:52

  21. Absolutely perfect juxtaposition of rune stone and tail…!

    November 21, 2011 at 21:49

  22. What a lovable face the dog has. I suppose the ancient stone shape is but a baby in contrast to the earth from which it sprung. :)

    November 21, 2011 at 21:57

  23. A very sweet and poignant post, gorgeous photography and Oscar, I love him already.

    November 21, 2011 at 22:42

  24. Lovely photos!! The first one is spectacular ~ such a sweet, frosted pink rosebud! The last one of Oscar ~ priceless!

    November 22, 2011 at 00:33

  25. That rose is gorgeous … as is Oscar.

    November 22, 2011 at 02:40

  26. Lovely picture of the rose and Oscar is always picture perfect!

    November 22, 2011 at 02:50

  27. That frosty rose was very special indeed. And Oscar is the dog who puts the p in photogenic.

    November 22, 2011 at 04:45

  28. Great shots. Birthday boy is looking happy.

    November 22, 2011 at 05:39

  29. each one is more lovely than the last, but Oscar is a remarkable dog and that photo is my fave. happy week to you Fiona.

    November 22, 2011 at 05:58

  30. —I LOooooVE Oscar.

    I just adore that gorgeous, kind, lovely, red dog. :))))

    Happy Birthday, Dear Oscar.
    –Would you kiss him for me, LF?

    November 22, 2011 at 06:04

    • Done! He kissed back…

      November 22, 2011 at 08:20

  31. Happy birthday to beautiful Oscar! I love your photos Lady Fi! It’s always a pleasure to come here : both photos and text are brilliant. Have a great week.

    November 22, 2011 at 10:22

  32. Happy happy and many happy years more to Oscar and you together!
    Our Golden Kiki came ten years last August.

    November 22, 2011 at 10:35

  33. Nature’s way of frosting is much more beautiful than I imagined it would be! What a perfect find in that pink bloom!

    November 22, 2011 at 10:46

  34. What a beuatiful way nature has to preserve the beauty of spring and summer long into late fall. You are lucky to have frost, here we have only fog and mist, and all the bloom has perished.
    Lovely images as always.;)
    Thank you for your very endearing comment today.;)

    November 22, 2011 at 10:58

  35. I love that pink frosted, very poetic picture. Congratulates Oscar in my hand, through the photos he is seen as a great dog.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:37

  36. Francisca

    It does indeed look like a tooth…! I’ve seen interesting ancient stones (not rune) in Mongolia. Your frosted pink rose is a marvelous shot, and of course Oscar is always the star… happy belated boy! (I’ll be posting my Our World post shortly… late, I know…)

    [I was not very clear in my post: feng shui principles are like laws of nature. If you break them, they can bring bad luck. All the officials were guilty of corruption, but it is the placement of the footbridge that prevented them from getting away with their crimes. Communism, of course, does not admit to any feng shui rules, as they are metaphysical. Therein the irony.]

    November 22, 2011 at 11:42

  37. belated birthday wishes to Oscar!

    gorgeously golden pics!!

    November 22, 2011 at 11:42

  38. Oscar is handsome…

    November 22, 2011 at 12:15

  39. Happy belated Birthday to a gorgeous boy. And congratulations to a fabulous photographer!

    November 22, 2011 at 12:22

  40. So gorgeous… I really love your pic and Oscar!
    Greetings from Holland,

    November 22, 2011 at 12:53

  41. Happy Birthday! He must be really happy thanks to you.
    The flowers also celebrated him.:)

    November 22, 2011 at 13:54

  42. Terrific captures!
    Oscar looks great!

    November 22, 2011 at 13:56

  43. Jeanie

    It looks like Oscar celebrated his birthday in a beautiful way. Happy birthday to your happy, golden boy.

    November 22, 2011 at 14:05

  44. happy birthday oscar! you’re so handsome!

    gorgeous shots!

    November 22, 2011 at 14:05

  45. Oscar’s portrait is ready to be used as a postcard !!

    November 22, 2011 at 14:34

  46. wat a gorgeous shot of the frosted rose. loved it!

    My Third Eye

    November 22, 2011 at 14:39

  47. Oh that frosted rose is just beautiful.. and then there was Oscar. What a gorgeous boy.

    November 22, 2011 at 15:36

  48. Love yr rose shot:)

    November 22, 2011 at 15:44

  49. Such a BEAUTIFUL post!! love your words…and your images!

    November 22, 2011 at 15:48

  50. Love how you find the beauty in the ordinary. xoxo:)

    November 22, 2011 at 16:10

  51. i love the frosty rose, love it. wonder what the rose thinks of it though😉
    happy birthday~

    November 22, 2011 at 16:18

  52. Jenn

    Such a handsome dog… happy birthday Oscar. He seemed to be enjoying the walk. Great shots especially of the frosty rose.

    November 22, 2011 at 16:29

  53. Belated happy ninth birthday Oscar, you are looking incredibly handsome and not a day over eight!! He’s gorgeous Lady Fi, as are all of your images that I’ve just enjoyed looking through immensely!

    November 22, 2011 at 16:32

  54. Your words are as beautiful as your gorgeous photographs. I like your portrait of Oscar on his special day.

    November 22, 2011 at 16:44

  55. Al

    Happy belated birthday to Oscar – these dogs become a part of our families! And I love the photos, especially the rose, which has such a delicate beauty with the frost.

    November 22, 2011 at 16:54

  56. Vakre blomster på hell.
    Hunden din ser bare så søt og snill ut:)

    November 22, 2011 at 19:16

  57. The runestone and the lights made really beautiful backgrounds for all life out there. Thanks for a wonderful walk in your woods.

    November 22, 2011 at 20:10

  58. A frosty rose and Oscar the dog…a perfect post. Lovely photos…as always.

    November 22, 2011 at 21:05

  59. thank you and Oscar for sharing the gold!

    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral




    November 22, 2011 at 21:11

  60. LadyFi, that brought tears to my eyes.

    November 22, 2011 at 22:50

  61. The last photo of your dog made me smile.

    November 22, 2011 at 23:49

  62. That last shot warms my heart dearly.

    November 23, 2011 at 05:09

  63. Happy Birthday Oscar! He is a gem..and absolute gem..may he live a good long time! I have been noticing he look a bit more happens to the best of us:)

    November 23, 2011 at 06:01

  64. Happy birthday! Oscar, you are cute, I like the frosty rose, and Oscar.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:01

  65. Hi Lady Fi. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I am delighted to come here and swoon away, I wish I could take pics of my dog like yours. Oscar looks beautiful and I love his colouring…what a face…enjoy every moment of him!


    November 23, 2011 at 11:38

  66. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

    November 23, 2011 at 18:38

  67. Buon Compleanno Oscar, what a lovely tribute to him.

    November 23, 2011 at 18:47

  68. Bob

    I had a dog, but, she died, I’m afraid. She was brilliant, never bad. I dream of her every day, that was about 3 years. Your dog Oscar, is brilliant, happy birthday Oscar.

    November 23, 2011 at 22:27

  69. Happy birthday Oscar.

    That rose looks like a frozen treat.

    November 23, 2011 at 23:46

  70. Happy Birthday Oscar!

    We loved that last photo of you so much and the icy rose was beautiful too!

    November 24, 2011 at 00:33

  71. Lovely! I love the flowers that make the effort to hang on! (Probably at my age, I just have a lot of empathy)>

    November 24, 2011 at 01:18

  72. Beautiful photos, Lady Fi!

    November 24, 2011 at 08:24

  73. That icy rose looks amazing Fi – Dave

    November 24, 2011 at 10:14

  74. Awesome! Happy Birthday To Oscar:)

    Love the flower shots as always!

    My Yatra Diary…

    November 24, 2011 at 11:41

  75. Hope you had a lovely birthday, Oscar. You are just one year older than Lucy. She was eight on 7th Nov. That’s a lovely photo of you – and the one in the previous post too.

    November 24, 2011 at 18:50

  76. Great pictures…I too have a labrador…and I make sure that I too spend a lot of time with him on his birthday…

    November 25, 2011 at 10:56

  77. Happy Birthday, Oscar!!!

    Albert says he cannot wait to meet you someday!

    November 26, 2011 at 16:28

  78. wonderful these frosty flowers, very nice photos and beautiful colors

    November 26, 2011 at 17:57

  79. just when I think you can’t possibly post something more gorgeous…
    this. this.

    and Happy Birthday to your Oscar.

    November 27, 2011 at 00:57

  80. Oscar has the most soulful eyes. Probably because he himself is an old soul wise in the ways of living. We can all learn a lot from this fine fella.

    November 28, 2011 at 19:17

  81. I just want to hug Oscar!

    November 30, 2011 at 04:06

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