Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pink Porcupine

I think I know why porcupines
Surround themselves with prickly spines
It is to stop some silly clown
From squashing them by sitting down
Don't copy me, don't be a twit,
Be sure to look before you sit!

From:  The Porcupine
By:  Roald Dahl

Friday, June 22, 2012

Feed Me!

There are times when parenthood seems nothing
but feeding the mouth that bites you.
~ Peter de Vries ~

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Children make us into better people.

Their innocence prevents our hearts from hardening.

Their vulnerability ensures we never lose our drive
to make the world a better place.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hydrangea Bouquet

During Roman times, the bride and groom wore floral garlands
signifying new life and fertility.

The bouquet symbolized a woman in bloom.

Nature's Vandals

Sometimes, instead of a new flower in bloom, this is what I'll find on my morning garden stroll:

A squirrel searching for buried treasure :(

A raccoon doing a little redecorating for me :(

Someone's taken a stroll through my plant :(

The Frog Prince, left broken and crown-less :(
A mystery insect that chomps at the stems of my sunflower seedlings :(

A reminder to me that my garden and I are only a small part of a much larger ecosystem.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Labyrinth of Green

Unfurling in the Spring air
ferns trace the curve
of ocean waves

And crash together
drawn into the vortex
of the dark forest floor

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dragonfly Magic

Dragonflies were the inspiration for my children's book titled:

"Iris and the Dragonflies"

Light touches you and it shifts to iridescence.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Angel Wings

Have I found a pair of soft white angel wings in my garden?

That's what the rose-blushed petals of this clematis look like to me :)
Heaven in a Flower

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tickled Pink

My clematis are having a wonderful year

as they race each other to the top of the trellis.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pink Chiffon

This salmon-pink poppy reminds me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting.
She painted flowers the same way that I see (and photograph) them.

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment.
I want to give that world to someone else.
Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower.
I want them to see it whether they want to or not."

~Georgia O'Keefe~

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Guess who?

I guess Mr. Cardinal is feeling shy today.

Or, maybe he's playing Peek-A-Boo!

Peony Passion

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eargerness,
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

From the poem:  Peonies
By:  Mary Oliver

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Starling Dream

Female Starling

A starry sky in the light of day;
A beam of midnight sent my way.
A painter's palette, blue and green;
You're my daytime Starling dream.

Starling Dream By: Rosemary Danielis

Monday, June 11, 2012

Building a Mystery

Is it because they are so small
that we know so little
about the ants living under our feet?

I know they're in there busy as can be,
building their city
working diligently.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Purple Forest

I love how this
makes my 24-inch tall Columbine look like it belongs
in Jack and the Beanstalk

The Purple Master himself would be proud
of these magical five-point purple shrouds.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One Squirrel Too Many

I say there are definitely too many squirrels underneath my feeders today!

Even if one has an awesome-coloured tail, or stands up real cute...

Allright...maybe this one can stay.

Big Mouth!

I'm pretty sure he's telling everyone that I just filled up the bird feeders!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It's a big world out there!

This baby Bluejay contemplates his next move from the top of our lawn chair.

The world must seem like such a big, scary place...

He courageously takes a jump into the unknown and ends up on the pathway next, a small, cloaked figure standing in the rain.

Mom keeps her eye on the two villains lurking at the patio-door window.

Just one of the many reasons I'm happy I keep my cats in the house!


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