A Different Look

My neighbors’ garden is starting to fade, but it doesn’t make for any less interesting and beautiful blooms. Here are a few of my favorites through the lens of the Hipstamatic. I kept thinking that this last bloom looked like Chihuly glass. Then I did a google image search and found this image (source of…

This Moment

“Inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation – whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom.” – Chadwick Boseman

Abundance

“If you begin and finish your days with thoughts of gratitude, you’ll find yourself living from a place of abundance rather than lack. Those first and final moments set the tone for the many minutes that fall in between.” – Erica Layne, author

More than enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – anonymous The universal challenge to cultivate happiness is to list three things from each day for which we are grateful. Heck, I don’t even need a full day to generate that list; I just need a run in the park.

Ever So Slowly

“You don’t just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” – Rupi Kaur, poet (But wouldn’t it be nice to grow to be as beautiful as this little creature?)

Sorry, little guy

This funny little fella was enjoying a snack atop our fence until I showed up at the door with my camera. And if that wasn’t interruption enough, this bird swooped in and photobombed the scene. Poor little chipmunk just wanted to eat in peace.

Just Humming Right Along

Earlier this summer, our neighbors gave me a hummingbird feeder for my “birthday.” And it has been one of my greatest sources of joy this summer. It hangs right outside our glass patio door, just a few feet away from where I’ve set up my home “office.” I have loved watching every single tiny whirring…

Jewel Box

You’d never guess by looking around at the beauty in our world that anything is remotely amiss right now. Sunsets still glow. Flowers still bloom. And Forest Park is still perfect. One of my favorite places in the park is the Jewel Box — and one of my favorite times to visit is when her…

Surprise!

It’s Resurrection Lily or Surprise Lily season! My heart. I learned something new about this flower this week, thanks to the Botanical Garden’s Instagram feed: “Surprise lilies’ foliage sprouts in the springtime, only to die back around June. Then, later in the summer, their flowers spring suddenly from the ground.” I love them even more.

Saying hello to the neighbor

Not long ago, I learned that we now have a pair of great horned owls living in our neighborhood. And lucky me, I got to take a good look at one of them! (I also got a good listen — goodness, what a talker!) It was getting dark, so I was a little worried about…

Weekend According to the iPhone

Just a few scenes from the weekend: the Botanical Garden yesterday, Forest Park on Friday (and today), and Rockwoods Reservation today.

Gratefully

“If you must look back, …do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, …do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present… …Gratefully.” – Maya Angelou Today I’m grateful for my first trip to the Botanical Garden in months.

Life Lately

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien I’ve been on an extended trip away from home to help my older son recover from surgery and, while it’s not a vacation, I’ve decided to use some of my time take photos on my daily…

Miracle Spaces

“The best part of life is that we all wonder differently, discovering things no one else can.”

Sometimes

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

Got it

While imperfect, I finally got a photo of the male Cardinal feeding the female. How sweet is this? Humans should take note.

Pretty Simple

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.  – Mary Oliver (And take LOTS of flower photos.)

Love – Part II

For almost a week now, I’ve watched a pair of downy woodpeckers perform a little feeding ritual. Every day, the little male takes pieces from the suet feeder and feeds it to the female. It happens so regularly that I have even been able to take photos. Also for quite some time, I’ve watched a…

Scenes from the office

Or scenes  from my view at the dining room table that currently serves as my home “office,” that is. I cannot get over the amount of wildlife traffic in our little back patio area. Granted, I’ve been putting out birdseed, so I’ve stacked the deck a bit in my favor, but still. One of the…

Love

“Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa For two days from our back door, I’ve watched this male downy woodpecker take chunks of seed from the suet feeder and go feed the little female. Such a tiny thing, but such an act of love. And a total joy to watch.

Iris Season

Spring has so many seasons all of its own. And this Iris season has been a doozy.

Learn something new every day

Throughout this week I learned a few things about the rodents out back as I continued to work from home. 1.) Squirrels come in a variety of colors.  I have better photos of this strange whitish/light grey, seemingly pastel little guy, but this was my favorite because he looked like he was protesting the paparazzi….

Mother’s Day

Just in time for Mother’s Day, I finally got to see one of my kids for the first time in quite some time. It’s difficult enough to get together now that they’re grown and on their own, but it’s been impossible with a pandemic thrown into the mix. But lucky for me, I got to…