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The First Purple

The mercurial Midwest Spring has been hard on the beautiful flowers that come up in the neighbors’ gardens.  

They come into the beautiful, shapes colors and scents and sometimes into extended days of rain and chill that blast and freeze them.  

The lilac season came in the midst of rain and bone chilling temperatures.  


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In a week, they had bloomed and then were gone.  

I picked a wild branch, that true to all wild things, did not open, but found a blooming garden and stood there (as long as my son let me)

breathing in the air of my childhood

being again as the little curious, exploring, growing child 

And with this brief meeting this season, I ‘got’ how flowers are used as examples to teaching the here and nowness of life: so beautifully and sensually and completely HERE in their season and time on Earth  

an inspiration, a gift and appreciation.


Dorothy Perry is a Chicago portrait photographer specializing in custom family portraits, modern headshots, & personal branding for women and executives.

 Contact her studio for commissioned work here.

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