Friday, July 30, 2010

Pitch Reflections - Weekend Reflections

Sissie and I were walking near the road, when we both saw the sparkles ...
A tree had been injured, and the bark was covered in pitch and fresh sap ...

So much color! Red, amber and clear ...

Most of all, we saw reflections of our world in a single drop.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wild Ginger's Jealous Heart

Wild Ginger, Asarum canadense

I walked down into the woods to the lip of the canyon ... where the patch of Wild Ginger thrives.
I was followed by the darling cat Jae Jae.
I love the way the wild ginger leaves are shaped like delicate hearts.

This is where the 'jealous' part comes in.
Every time I stopped to take a picture, Jae Jae sat down - directly in the center of the shot!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace, Daucus carota

It hasn't fully bloomed yet, but I was caught by the contrast this interesting flower made against the peeling bark of the dead branch behind it.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dewey Reflections - Weekend Reflections

I was walking in the woods when I came across dew-covered Himalayan blackberry leaves.
I love how they sparkle and reflect Nature's Jewels!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Still More Critters - No Snakes This Time, Carmelina!

A raggedy swallowtail butterfly ...
Still beautiful.

This little bird found a unique niche to look for dinner.

This tiny little hummingbird was barely bigger than my thumb. He sat still for me to get this one shot, then flitted away.

Sissie and I found this brilliant green tree frog near the stream ...
He posed so nicely!

As promised, Creative Carmelina, a snake-free post today -

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

More Critters!

The tansy caterpillar is doing it's job - eating the dreaded noxious weed.
I came back the next day and the whole plant was down to the stalk.
My hero!

As I walked up the road, I saw this snake stretched across the pavement. At first I was afraid he had been hit by a car - he was so still. Turns out he was just warming himself on the still-warm surface.
I shooed him back into the safety of the bushes.

I moved a box and felt something staring at me.

And finally, this gorgeous ladybug obligingly posed on a cardboard box long enough for me to get some close-up photos.

He almost doesn't look real!
But he is!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dragonfly Magic

I was walking up the grassy path when I noticed a dragonfly flitting nearby.
I stopped in my tracks as he settled gracefully onto a small twig in front of a thistle bush.

I slowly crept forward ... so as not to startle him away.
And took his picture.

Suddenly he darted away. Around my head - then he touched my shoulder.
And returned to his branch.
I took a few more pictures - and off he took.
Around my head - then again a light touching of my shoulder.

And once more to his branch.

He did this 4 times before I gently bid him farewell
and went about my way.

He followed me a while, then left.

I'm not sure what kind of connection we had ...

Or maybe he was just a 'poser'.

I don't know - but it was a mysterious and magical moment for me.

I purposely left these images large - if you click to see them full size you will see how beautiful this dragonfly is.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Canning Jar Reflections - Weekend Reflections

The early morning sun shining through
glass, casts reflections to the
Thimbleberry leaves behind.

To see reflections from around the world, visit James at Newtown Area Photo - and join us for Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Visit From a Butterfly ... that fly and all but sing.
Robert Frost

Happiness is a butterfly,
which when pursued is just beyond your grasp,
but if you will sit down quietly,
may light upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment it's glory and beauty
belong to our world,
but then it flies on again.;
And though we wish it could have stayed,
We feel so lucky to have seen it.
Author unknown

When we have done all the work we were sent to do,
we are allowed to shed our bodies,
which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the butterfly
and when the time is right we can let go of it.
Then we will be free of pain, free of fears and free of worries--
free as a beautiful butterfly returning home to God....
Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Gazing Ball Reflections - Weekend Reflections

The gazing ball in my garden reflects many things.
Can you tell which is which?

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Why I Don't Pick Roses ...

Because they might bite my finger off!!!