Once again, day and night stand in perfect balance. #springequinox
"March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes and a laugh in her voice." - Hal Borland The weather has been a bit mischievous lately - snowy one day, warm & sunny the next. It's the annual tug-of-war between winter and spring. Spring always wins.... the question is, when?... Continue Reading →
Nana always said the rain was Nature's way of adding sparkle to the outdoors. -Evangeline Duran Fuentes
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you wherever you go. - Irish Blessing
A rose is a rose... except when it isn’t... Well it turns out I only took one photo today, and this is it. When I showed the picture to my husband tonight he said ‘What is it? Oh... it’s a rose.’ Except it isn’t. It’s a crocus. Can I consider that a compliment on my... Continue Reading →
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” - John Muir
The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand. -Fredrick L. Knowles #superbluebloodmoon2018
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. - Georgia O'Keefe
“...the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle.” ― Orhan Pamuk, Snow An icy cold front moved into Denver today, bringing with it the tiniest crystal snowflakes you can imagine. The flakes were so soft and light that the slightest puff of breath would send them scattering about. These aren't snowman-making snowflakes for sure. But they are the makings... Continue Reading →
"Gray day. Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today." - Dr. Seuss Nope. Nothing moves today. Including me. Thank you, low back sprain. 😦
What a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel. ~John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers"
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ernest Hemingway FOCUS: Life Unscripted The sun is setting on my Project 365. Only one day left in this yearlong journey...
Seasons are changing, and waves are crashing, all for us. - "Guardian Angel", The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks After a warm and sunny start to the week, we awoke to snow and cold this morning. How amazing it is to fall asleep with the world looking a certain way, only... Continue Reading →
November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring. -Clyde Watson FOCUS: 30 Days of... Continue Reading →
Around and around the house the leaves fall thick—but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow. Let the gardener sweep and sweep the turf as he will, and press the leaves into full barrows, and wheel them off, still they lie ankle-deep. ~Charles Dickens FOCUS: ... Continue Reading →
I step outside and the chilly air tightens the skin on my bare arms…. Fall colors.... so bright and intense and beautiful. It's like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary. ~Siobhan Vivian FOCUS: Nature Today's weather... Continue Reading →
The leaves are all falling, and they're falling like they're falling in love with the ground. - Andrea Gibson FOCUS: Nature Swirling in the streets, piling up in yards and crunching under our feet. Leaves, leaves are everywhere!
The perfect weather of Indian Summer lengthened and lingered, warm sunny days were followed by brisk nights with Halloween a presentiment in the air. - Wallace Stegner FOCUS: Nature Oh how fortunate we have been with the weather this fall - warm sunny days, crisp nights and color bursting from every leaf. As one... Continue Reading →
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. - John Muir FOCUS: Travel There is nothing like a weekend in the mountains to clear the mind and rejuvenate the soul... especially when that weekend... Continue Reading →
Autumn is the hush before winter. ~French Proverb FOCUS: Nature I am truly in love with the autumn we are having here in Colorado. The weather has been spectacular, and the colors beyond compare. This morning, we woke up to a beautiful dusting of snow. The bright, white blanket made the fall colors all... Continue Reading →
Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. ~Chad Sugg FOCUS: Nature The heart-shaped leaves our Eastern Redbud tree turn a brilliant yellow each fall, as if each leaf is bursting with love for the season.
October baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy And nurse me with spilt pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets And carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. - Rainbow Rowell FOCUS: Still Life Today I found the perfect pumpkins to decorate my front porch. Plump, round and oh so... Continue Reading →
The time of the falling leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept. How beautifully the leaves grow old! How full of light and color are... Continue Reading →
October inherits summer's hand-me-downs: the last of the ironweed, its purple silken tatters turning brown, and the tiny starry white asters tumbling untidily on the ground like children rolling with laughter; stiff, drying Black-Eyed Susans whose dark eyes gleamed from July's roadsides; coneflowers with deep yellow petals surrounding brown pincushion centers from which bumblebees still... Continue Reading →
Fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; ...The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white and silence of winter. Fall is begging for us to dance... Continue Reading →
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus FOCUS: Nature Today I focused on the subtler touches of autumn... a delicate vine, a fallen leaf, the trappings of a spider web. Tiny, unassuming, beautiful.
The tints of autumn...a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost. - John Greenleaf Whittier FOCUS: Nature A little tribute to the humble garden mum, which is the somewhat unappreciated supporting cast to the season's showstopping fall leaves...
In October what a feast to the eye our woods and groves present! The whole body of the air seems enriched by their calm, slow radiance. They are giving back the light they have been absorbing from the sun all summer. ~John Burrough FOCUS: Nature Dear Autumn, you are truly magnificent! Please stay awhile.... Continue Reading →
Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the... Continue Reading →
It was one of those perfect autumnal days, which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colors of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring... ~P.D. James FOCUS: Nature Yet another beautiful fall day...
There ought to be a way to combine "autumn" and "morning" into one word, the combination of the two is special enough to be its own entity. ~Terri Guillemets FOCUS: Nature This morning was beautiful. The air was cool and there was the slightest hint of frost on the ground. Lakes and streams were... Continue Reading →
Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year. - Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer FOCUS: Still Life I just love pumpkins. Even saying the word 'pumpkin' makes me smile. Their cute, misshapen visages give each one... Continue Reading →
September morn We danced until the night Became a brand new day Two lovers playing scenes From some romantic play September morning Still can make me feel that way... - Neil Diamond FOCUS: Sunrise Thirty days hath September... With mornings like this, I wonder why September can't have just a few more days. ... Continue Reading →
Above me, wind does its best to blow leaves off the aspen tree... No use wind. All you succeed in doing is making music... - Bill Holm FOCUS: Nature The Colorado gold rush is on. The Aspen trees, bursting with color, are singing their autumnal song. ... Continue Reading →
I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.” - Wendy Delsol FOCUS: Nature Oh, autumn is truly in the air today... the temperatures are crisp, the sky is overcast, and a... Continue Reading →
"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer." - Helen Hunt Jackson FOCUS: Nature Today brought the first real hint that autumn is just around the corner. The weather was cool, and the setting sun cast a warm glow over everything. Tonight the... Continue Reading →
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. - J.G. Holland FOCUS: Wildlife This morning, as I was returning home from taking my son to school, I happened upon a scene that would make any birdwatcher envious - a hawk feasting on his freshly caught breakfast. While... Continue Reading →
I can see clearly now the rain has gone... - Johnny Nash FOCUS: Nature The weather today was beautiful, and the sky was so impossibly clear and blue that it almost seemed surreal. Perhaps that is what days and days of grey skies and rain will do to one's outlook on the weather. When... Continue Reading →
The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many. - Oliver Wendell Holmes FOCUS: Nature The first signs of fall always seem to show up... Continue Reading →
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. - Robert Louis Stevenson FOCUS: Life Unscripted Spending a little time in the wilderness. One... Continue Reading →
It's a jungle out there... FOCUS: Nature Every year about this time I think to myself, "Wow, we sure have planted a lot of vines in our garden..." That's because every year about this time, those vines start to enthusiastically take over everything in their path. They hang from the fence, creep up the sides... Continue Reading →
Deep in the sun-searched growths, the dragonfly hangs like a blue thread loosed from the sky. - Dante Gabriel Rossetti FOCUS: Nature I went to photograph the beautiful gardens at Washington Park today, and much to my delight a little dragonfly just happened to perch itself on top of a nearby flower. It sat... Continue Reading →
Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. -Mother Goose FOCUS: Flowers (Digital Art) There is a street right near my house that is bordered on one side with a long row of tall backyard fences. The fences are set back about... Continue Reading →
The mountains are calling, and I must go. - John Muir FOCUS: Landscape We took the Jeep out today for a 4WD trek up the east side of Rollins Pass. In the early 1900's, railroad advertising called this route the "Top O' the World" as it crossed over the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains,... Continue Reading →
To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. - Henri Cartier-Bresson FOCUS: Landscape Late this afternoon I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, which is located several miles south of... Continue Reading →
Rainbows apologize for angry skies. -Sylvia VoilorFOCUS: LandscapeAhhh... the illusive rainbow picture. So many things have to go right to capture a rainbow that it is almost ridiculous...1. First, you need to find a rainbow. Sounds silly, but it's true. Rainbows really aren't that common.2. Then, you need to have your camera ready. Carrying your... Continue Reading →
The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall. - Helen Garner FOCUS: Nature A cool, cloudy, rainy day in July is a rare thing in Colorado. Sure, we expect afternoon thunderstorms to occur, but only after a... Continue Reading →
I like to think a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness. That it yearns to be carried away. ~Author Unknown FOCUS: Nature The daylilies in my garden are blooming with flamboyant peach flowers atop long graceful stems. It is such a shame that each bloom only lasts for a day, but I suppose... Continue Reading →