“Stranger,
here you will do well to linger; here our highest good is pleasure”
Epicurus

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August 26, 2020

There’s not a joy the world can give like that it takes away
When the glow of early thought declines in feeling's dull decay;
'Tis not on youth's smooth cheek the blush alone, which fades so fast,
But the tender bloom of heart is gone, ere youth itself be past.
~ taken from Youth and Age by Lord Byron

Byron’s poem begrudges the loss of youth to the passing of time and the famous poet was rather well known for being so dramatically gloomy, once stating that ‘I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone’.

He was a curious fellow who thrived on sensation and controversy. While studying at Cambridge university Byron kept a small bear as a pet and walked it around the grounds like a dog.
118199420_756386841850169_1978667378195233961_n.jpg And some of his most passionate work explores the vivid sensibility of mortality and life’s pains, with Byron once stating that ‘heaven gives its favourites early death’.

Unfortunately he needn’t have fretted so much about growing old as heaven promptly claimed him at the modest age of 36 after he caught a fever in Greece.

A solemn tale perhaps but lingering to observe the beauty of the Zinnia one can’t help but feel the ebullient flush of youthful optimism returning.

The centre of this Zinnia flower looks almost like a new flower is blooming within the older one – and that’s precisely why this botanical is also known as ‘youth-and-age’.

And these flowers are a sight to behold throughout the Summer, enduring even the hottest and driest of weather.