Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Bouquet for Michele

Today is Epilepsy Awareness Day,

and the color for Epilepsy Awareness is purple.

Bog Gentian

This bouquet of purple flowers is especially dedicated to Michele, Rocky Mountain Girl, who does so much to try to educate us about epilepsy through her own experiences with the disease.

Elegant Jacob's Ladder

These particular flowers all remind me in some way of Michele. First of all, some of the names--the gentian reminds me of how gentle a spirit she shows us, and I also see a special kind of elegance in her--not a snotty la-di-da elegance--but a true specialness.

Alpine Lupine

Now in this case, it is not the name but the plant. The Alpine Lupine finds its own way to sustain itself in adverse conditions.

...and look at the tenacity with which these Harebells cling to the cliff--that reminds me of Michele's determination.

Cascade Aster
Okay, so I've run out of analogies, though I know Michele would love hiking and fishing in our Cascades as she does in her Rockies. So here is where I am going to start adding some links you can follow to find out more about epilepsy.

Subalpine Lupine and Magenta Paintbrush

We love you, Michele. I hope you've enjoyed your bouquet of purple flowers.


PERBS said...

What a colorful tribute to Michele. I used to visit her site when I belonged to one of the memes but haven't been there lately. Maybe I should give it another try.

TSannie said...

Lovely tribute to Michele! I also picked purple flowers to honor her and hopefully spread the word about epilepsy to a few other folks.

Liz said...

Lovely flowers and a lovely post.

Janie said...

What a lovely tribute to Michele. Great flower photos and analogies to the strength it takes to deal with adversity.

Cath said...

That is a fabulous idea for a brilliant blogger. Well done Katney!

Doreen said...

A very nice tribute to Michele. Beautiful photos and beautiful post.

Annie said...

Ah, what a lovely idea!

I was just thinking that I didn't put any links on my purple post yesterday to any information about epilepsy.

That was so lovely to link all your flowers back to Michele!

Daryl said...


Michele said...

Your post surely made me tear up.. your flowers are beautiful and I just don't know what to say except thank you. You made me feel very special.
It's been a tough time lately and this post really touched me deeply... if only I could hug you and tell you in person how much I appreciate this.