Perhaps the most comforting shape, circles are, to me, a symbol of perfection, sohprosyne, and even patience. I have never been able to draw a perfect circle, but, as this article argues, it is impossible; instead, it is just the idea of the circle that drives us forward.
Taken at Schloss Rosenstein, the below photo of spiraling branches is not a perfect circle. However, it shows nature conforming to laws it itself is unaware of, like mathematics and science. As the branches frame the valley of houses and farms below, as they curl into and over one another, the idea of the circle is captured.
Maybe one day these trees will curl into a circle. Maybe they won’t. Either way, this moment of spiraling beauty is one that I wouldn’t trade.
Heute ist dein Geburtstag. Ich bin leider nicht da, und ich vermisse dich sehr. Aber heute erinnere mich an unseren schönen Sommer zusammen! Obwohl wir können nicht mit einander diesen Geburtstag feiern, ich freue mich auf Weihnachten! Ich hoffe, dass heute wunderschön ist! Ich liebe dich!
-Deine Tochter, die sehr stolz von dir ist!
Today is your birthday. Unfortunately I am not there, and I miss you a lot. But today I remember our beautiful summer together! Although we can’t celebrate this birthday together, I look forward to Christmas! I hope your day is great! I love you!
-Your daughter, who is very proud of you!)
(And if I made a mistake in my German, I apologize!)
The second weekend of August, my dad and I were fortunate enough to visit some friends in Waldstetten, Deutschland. Samstag, August 8, we went to the weekend market, where we were tantalized with the bright colors of flowers and fruits:
Although this is technically last week’s photo challenge, I loved this photo too much not to share:
The ground beneath my feet less than a week ago was that of the Rosenstein Castle Ruins in Germany. It was a beautiful hike and the view of the town Heubach (near Schwäbisch Gmünd) was magnificent; the fact that these ruins have been here since the Middle Ages just makes it that much more impressive and memorable.