A Daisy is a Daisy is a Beautiful Thing


I love the Gerbera daisy. A co-worker gave me a few stems and I’ve enjoyed them all week. “Smile,” they’d say with petals that filled the room with sunshine.

Usually I focus on its vivid colors (these are yellow-orange), but I put a black and white filter on this photo to highlight the incredible structure of the flower.

Flowers. Scientists marvel over these creations. They take them apart and give the parts names: capitulum, floret, calyx, stamen, and other fine words.

We’re fortunate to have such thorough and committed people, many who devote their lives to the study of God’s creation. He has given them job security as every day more of His wonders are revealed.

Nehemiah 9:6 (ESV): You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

This flower will make its way into one of my stories, you can count on that. Or maybe I’ll have a character named Gerbera Daisy. Her friends will call her GeeDee. Yes. I like that.

Want to see a scientist’s fantastic color photos of the lovely Gerbera, including photomicrographs? Visit this page from the Microscopy-UK website.

Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. I love all forms of daisies, and this is an especially pretty flower! What a name for a fictional character, too!

    You don’t post often, Darla, but I always take away something of beauty and a meditation from them. They are always a treat!


    • You just took my “happy writer” level up a few notches with your kind words. Having my posts called “a treat” is such a compliment. You made my day — thank you!


  2. A simple daisy: a beautiful gift from our loving God; a source of joy…and hope: a smile, a nudging memory of a wedding, a funeral, or a moment of joy: a meditation and a prayer.


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