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…

No Filter

Our local park is currently candy-colored…

There it is.

“Jesus wept.” “Not just the shortest verse in the Bible, but a powerful reminder that we don’t have to find the silver lining in everything: to express pain is valid and necessary. Even holy. If you needed permission today to fall apart for a bit and just have a good old fashioned cry, there it…

All Day, Every Day

…is Earth Day. Since I began working from home, I’ve been able to get a good look at the wildlife that shares our backyard. These are just a few samples that I took last week.

Hey, hey, heyyyy…

I took a drive early this morning and noticed these two fellas strutting and puffing up on a side road. Lemme tell ya, they were feeling themselves and all their glory. Why the feathered parade, you might ask? They were trying to impress a very disinterested female across the way. I have no idea how…

And…

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. “And the people healed. And, in the…