How blest to sit in the fragrant shade, In the hush of a summer noon, To watch the bees at their happy task, And listen their drowsy tune... ~Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers Allen bee·line ˈbēlīn/ noun a straight line between two places. Apparently Mr. Webster never actually watched a bee fly... or tried to... Continue Reading →
Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers. -Lady Bird Johnson Don't you just love it when you plant something and it actually grows? I'm loving my tiny little wildflower garden right now. At 10'x10' she's is small, but she is mighty!
Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe... Continue Reading →
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! #Colorado #home
I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. - Louis Armstrong
Wild thing, you make my heart sing, You make everything groovy, Wild thing, I think I love you. - The Troggs
Here, in the garden at night, it is another world, strange and yet friendly and familiar, never frightening. There is such quietness, such sweetness, such refreshment. Close your eyes. Breathe in again, smell everything mingled together, flowers and earth and leaves and grass. Smell the night. Listen. Nothing at all. Silence, rushing like the sea... Continue Reading →
What is heaven? A globe of dew Filling in the morning new, Some eyed flower whose young leaves waken On an unimagined world; Constellated suns unshaken, Orbits measureless, are furled In that frail and fading sphere, With ten million gathered there To tremble, gleam and disappear. -Percy Bysshe Shelley
Drip, drip, drop Little April shower Beating a tune As you fall all around Drip, drip, drop Little April shower What can compare To your beautiful sound - Bambi
To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. -- William Blake #EarthDay2018
Suddenly she was seeing the buds on the cherry trees around her; she could feel the energy packed within them, a bouquet of fireworks whose fuse had already been lit. She could smell them, too, a subtle essence of pink and lollipops, the sweetness deepened by the scent of the slowly warming earth below them.... Continue Reading →
Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches. - Federico Garcia Lorca Thar she blows!! Wowza, it is windy today with huge powerful gusts that twist the trees and threaten to turn small dogs into kites. Such thunderous power is hard to ignore, so I knew the wind just had to be the... Continue Reading →
And into the forest I go. To lose my mind and feed my soul. - John Muir (Photo montage of grass, watercolor paper & street art by Shantell Martin)
In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. - Mark Twain So far this week: Sunny and 70's Rain Snow Sunny and 50's Sleet Thundersnow (it’s a thing…) Snow Sunny and 60's Rain Graupel (it’s a thing too…) Snow It must be spring!
Flowers really do intoxicate me. ~Vita Sackville-West Can't get enough of these tulips... especially in black & white.
Winter is not going down without a fight. Yesterday it was 'summer in light and winter in the shade'. Today we woke up to winter everywhere... and despite my giddy anticipation of spring, I cannot help but be held breathless by its beauty.
She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.” - A.A. Milne Well it's only March 22nd... and this is Colorado... so, no, winter probably isn't really dead. But today's sunny skies & 70 degree weather sure made it fun to pretend!
"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 →