Saturday

Renewal


spring......the season of renewal when the earth sheds its winter cloak, flowers bloom, and the heart feels as though everything is once again imaginable.
~ Galen Watson 

this is a lilac bloom  

Available - HERE 

Friday

Spread Some Sunshine



Wishing you a Wonderful Day!

Seeing The World With Wonder



May you see the world with wonder. 
And may you imagine only good things.

On His Crown
Snowflakes gathered 
a mix of
Rosy and White

Wednesday

Spring Sings


No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. 
~Hal Borland

Singing Song Sparrow

Tuesday

Never Stop Trying


Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
~  Babe Ruth

After MANY Strike Outs - I got very very close to the "in flight" shot that I've been trying to capture.
This may not be my "home run" - but I think I at least got to 2nd base :)

 

Red on the Wing


Happiness comes through doors 
you didn't even know you left open. 
~ Unknown

Monday

Snow Birds and Snow Blossoms

Downy and Red-bellied Woodpecker Sharing Nicely
Mrs Red looking pretty as the snow falls 

 
Snow on the Maple Blossoms

All of these were taken during one of our Spring Snows  

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
 ~ Doug Larson 

Sunday

Bee Fly on a Blossom


 Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let's party'!
-Robin Williams

This is a bee fly drinking from a blossom (not sure what kind of blossom)When I first saw this little bee fly I thought it was a baby hummingbird moth.  It is actually a bee mimic
More info on the bee fly - HERE  

Rough-fruited Cinquefoil



~ Rough-fruited Cinquefoil ~ 
June Wildflower 
The petals remind me of little hearts.

Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. 
Leave people better than you found them.
― Marvin J. Ashton 

Saturday

With Wings


"You were born with wings, 
why prefer to crawl through life?” 
― Rumi

Finding Joy

 Joy is found in the simple and ordinary things of life: the smile of a newborn baby, the kiss from a sweet new puppy, and the warm sunshine on a spring day.
~  Marie Cornelio

And I would add to that - Joy is found in the Birds!

Friday

Standing Where I Am


~ Male Red-bellied Woodpecker Wing Flutter ~

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am 
to be blessed.
~ Mary Oliver

Flying High


And I learned to wander. I learned what every dreaming child needs to know -- that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it. 
~ Beryl Markham

Thursday

Time To Be


We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite.
Time to be.
~ Gladys Taber



Tuesday

A Dream Come True


Surrender to your dreams and let them launch your tomorrow.
~ Lisa Fantino


This little Wood Duck is A LIFER for me - seen 03-16-13.
I was VERY far away so I had to crop the image closely - not as sharp as I would have liked.  Still - a dream come true!  

Tread Softly


Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
― W.B. Yeats


Monday

Nourishment Of The Soul


Everybody is worthy of love, just as everybody is worthy of living. 
Love is the nourishment of your soul.
~ Osho

Carolina Wren and his nourishment - dried meal worm.
I wasn't sure if they would like the "freeze dried" kind - but they do!! 

Paint Bliss


Life in itself is an empty canvas; it becomes whatsoever you paint on it. You can paint misery, you can paint bliss. This freedom is your glory.
~ Osho

This image pretty much sums up BLISS to me
This is a Black Vulture in flight.  

Sunday

Unfold Your Own Myth

Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others.  Unfold your own myth.
~ Rumi

The Original Image of this Red-spotted Purple Butterfly is - HERE

Linking with Macro Monday

Riches in Nature

To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs 

Saturday

Refreshing


May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you, 
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul 
With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming. 
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, 
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean 
Sparkling after in the sunlight. 
May the blessing of God's earth be on you, 
And as you walk the roads, 
May you always have a kind word for those you meet. 
An Irish Blessing

A Version of this image Available - HERE 






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Join The Dance


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
~ Alan Watts

Butterfly "dances" in the Ground Ivy Wildflowers.

The Artistic Print Available
Here  

 

Friday

Unfold and Expand

When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
 ~ Brenda Ueland

Serenity


Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance. 
~ Unknown
 

Thursday

Coming Into Yellow

 It is a happiness to wonder; 
-- it is a happiness to dream.
~ Edgar Allan Poe

~ Goldfinch in the pines - starting to get her summer feathers ~




All Will Be Well


Everything that has a beginning has an ending. 
Make your peace with that and all will be well.
~Buddha

From emptiness, new life begins
  seeds are scattered
blown onto fertile ground
to rise up again
the home of
A Monarch

~ Empty Milkweed Pods whose seeds will become new Milkweed -
which is the host plant of a the Monarch caterpillar/Butterfly ~
     

Wednesday

Bluebird of Happiness


Indeed, this bird seems incapable of uttering a harsh note, or of doing a spiteful, ill-tempered thing. 
John Burroughs, The Bluebird, 1867

~  Heritage Park - Blacksburg, Virginia ~ 

Tuesday

Birds Play Keep Away


Tufted Titmouse plays Keep Away 
with a White-breasted Nuthatch

We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.
~ Charles Schaefer 

Inspired

Large or small, our actions forge our futures, hopefully inspiring others along the way.
~ Howard Schultz

Reena at Missing Moments inspired me by posting some awesome images made with DistressedFX. (iphone/ipad ap)  That is what I used on the Vulture above.
Hope you have a wonderful and INSPIRED day!   

inspirational art

Monday

View Along the Huckleberry Trail

View from Bridge along the Huckleberry Trai
More info on this Trail found - HERE 


 When people first discover beauty, they tend to linger. Even if they don’t at first recognize it for what it is.
~ Sherwood Smith

Spring Blooms


Common Field Speedwell

A weed is but an unloved flower.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

This one was a hard one to ID - and I am not positive I have it right.
It grows close to the ground and is a TINY bloom.  

Sunday

Harmony

  
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world. 
~Marcus Aurelius

 

Viper's Bugloss: Blueweed


There is so much beauty in the world, but you must allow yourself to see it.
― Tom Giaquinto

My trusty Field Guide to Wildflowers tells me this flowers from June to October.
This image was taken in June.  This is a Tall plant and grows from 1 to 2 1/2 feet tall. 



wildflower digital art

Saturday

Immeasurable

The unknown is not measurable by the known. Time cannot measure the timeless, the eternal, that immensity which has no beginning and no end... when we try to measure something which is not measurable, we only get caught in words. 
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Friday

Nightshade




Before the beginning of years 
There came to the making of man 
Time, with a gift of tears; 
Grief, with a glass that ran; 
Pleasure, with pain for leaven; 
Summer, with flowers that fell; 
Remembrance, fallen from heaven, 
And madness risen from hell; 
Strength without hands to smite; 
Love that endures for a breath; 
Night, the shadow of light, 
 And Life, the shadow of death.
~Algernon Charles Swinburne

This is my first time reading anything by this author and I think I could probably read this poem for years and find something "revealing" in it each time I read it.  Sometimes it's like that .... sometimes things just speak to me... is it ever that way with you?

The image is that of the Nightshade family of wildflowers.  My Field Guide to Wildflowers tells me it's called by several names:
Climbing Nightshade, Bittersweet Nightshade and Deadly Nightshade. 

 

Thursday

Awakenings

Awake, thou wintry earth - 
Fling off thy sadness! 
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth 
Your ancient gladness! 
~Thomas Blackburn
Linking with PhotoArt Friday

Southern Gaura Wildflower - Bee Blossom


The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.
~ B.B. King

I'm learning a lot pouring over my Field Guide to Wildflowers 
 I believe I've got this one figured out as Southern Gaura 
also known as Southern Bee Blossom.
If I'm wrong - please let me know!

Wednesday

Poetry Within

 ~Red-spotted Butterfly~

There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it
~ Gustave Flaubert

I like to hope that my images depict just a small part of the poetry of nature. 


A slightly different version - HERE 



Journey with Friends

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. 
~ Tim Cahill

Tuesday

Bird Behavior


White-breasted Nuthatch letting the White-throated sparrow know that he is not very keen on sharing.  

Brown-headed Cowbird


Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.
 ― Thomas Merton 

Brown-headed Cowbird shows off his iridescent feathers.
You can learn more about this bird from Wikipedia 
- HERE -

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday

Red-bellied NOT Red-headed

 Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
― Thich Nhat Hanh 

Even though he DOES have a Red head - this shot shows why he's called a Red-bellied Woodpecker.


Dream and Make It So


Sunday

Sky Bound


Love calls - everywhere and always. 
We're sky bound. 
Are you coming?
~ Rumi
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