'the visitor'
"come back believer in shade-believer in silence and elegance-believer in ferns-believer in patience-believer in the rain”… excerpt from “Empty Water”, by W.S. Merwin
 

'the visitor'

"come back believer in shade-believer in silence and elegance-believer in ferns-believer in patience-believer in the rain”… excerpt from “Empty Water”, by W.S. Merwin

 

monarch laying egg

"The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle."  -Anais Nin

American Lady butterfly on coneflower
"Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles."  -George Bernard Shaw 

American Lady butterfly on coneflower

"Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles."  -George Bernard Shaw 

pink coneflower
“I see you standing there, with a mouthful of poems yet a head full of doubt. You are sharp yet softening, while needing to be split open, and poured out. So let go. All the things that you’ve carried, all the ways that you’ve drowned, all the beauty you’d forgotten, every flame burned out. There is strength in being seen.”   -Victoria Erickson 

pink coneflower

“I see you standing there, with a mouthful of poems yet a head full of doubt. You are sharp yet softening, while needing to be split open, and poured out. So let go. All the things that you’ve carried, all the ways that you’ve drowned, all the beauty you’d forgotten, every flame burned out. There is strength in being seen.”   -Victoria Erickson 

gray-headed coneflower (ratibida pinnata)
"Just living is not enough…One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”  -Hans Christian Andersen

gray-headed coneflower (ratibida pinnata)

"Just living is not enough…One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”  -Hans Christian Andersen

  “When my heart is heavy and I feel unsure, I close my eyes and let the sun warm my soul.  I feel the breeze brush aside my worry and hear nature coaxing me to not give up, to not give in.  There within each of us lives unlimited love and unlimited potential.  I am capable, I am worthy, I am deserving, I am grateful.  I trust myself and I forgive myself and others.  I breathe out and know I am blessed.”  -Kevin Hall

  “When my heart is heavy and I feel unsure, I close my eyes and let the sun warm my soul.  I feel the breeze brush aside my worry and hear nature coaxing me to not give up, to not give in.  There within each of us lives unlimited love and unlimited potential.  I am capable, I am worthy, I am deserving, I am grateful.  I trust myself and I forgive myself and others.  I breathe out and know I am blessed.”  -Kevin Hall

    “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”   -Kahil Gibran
Happy Birthday Lavonne!

    “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”   -Kahil Gibran

Happy Birthday Lavonne!

hickory hairstreak butterfly (wingspan 1 inch)…these little beauties are prolific this year!

    “Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it”.     - Rumi

coneflower trio
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.  It just blooms.”

coneflower trio

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.  It just blooms.”

fern spores
“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.”  -Elliott Erwitt  

fern spores

“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.”  -Elliott Erwitt