Autumn Blaze. You know that wonderful thing that happens when you blur your eyes and look at Christmas lights? Well, the same thing happens when you look at fall leaves. Pure magic.
A brooding calm in all the air, A dreamy quiet everywhere... A golden glow to light the day That fades in purple mists away— This soothing calm, this presence bright, October's sweet and mellow light. ~Phebe A. Holder, "A Song of October"
The softened light, the veiling haze, The calm repose of autumn days. ~Phebe A. Holder (grass frond silhouette created using wax paper and a single light source)
I'm baaaaaaaack! Pudgy little twerp... Just look at that belly from feasting on my sunflowers! For more on this story, please visit the BATTLE OF THE SUNFLOWERS saga: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
BATTLE OF THE SUNFLOWERS (Part 2) Squirrels: 2 Birds: 0 (...and, yes, I'm pretty sure that squirrel is flipping me off.)
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” -John Muir
Life is a circle. The end of one journey is the beginning of the next. And so it goes. And so it goes.
Ring around the rosies, a pocket full of posies... Revisiting the realm of digital art today. Original image below.
"My dear young fellow," the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, "there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet." -Roald Dahl Sometimes the tiniest things in nature fascinate me the most. Take this grasshopper that I happened to find on my front porch today. As it turns out,... Continue Reading →
“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ― Ray Bradbury It amazes me how much joy the bees are deriving from my tiny little 10' x 10' patch of wildflowers. I think next year I shall plant the whole... Continue Reading →
We are all trapped in a jar, and don't realize there is a lid. I found this little fella flying around my house tonight. He's an Underwing Moth, who measured about 4 inches across with two spectacular orange and black bottom wings. It's interesting how his size and beauty made me feel compelled to catch... Continue Reading →
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