Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October Lunar Eclipse

Photo by Me

I went out to see the lunar eclipse early this morning. It was foggy and misty, and the moon was low on the horizon, but I still managed to capture an image of it, albeit not a very good one. I enjoyed being out in the chilly October morning. It's not often you get to see a lunar eclipse, and the fact that it was at this time of year made it extra enchanting.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Oak

Photo by Matthew Jamieson, source:

Live thy Life,
Young and old,
Like yon oak,
Bright in spring,
Living gold;

Then; and then
Gold again.

All his leaves
Fall'n at length,
Look, he stands,
Trunk and bough
Naked strength.

-Alfred Tennyson

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Equinox

by Kirsty Mitchell, source

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of Fall!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Time to Make Beautiful Things

"Wish" by Christian Schloe,

I've been too busy being busy lately. Mostly my life has consisted of driving to work, working, driving home, working in the garden, and cooking. All things that need to be done. But there is something else that has not been done for a long time, too long in fact, and must be done tonight. And that something is to make a Beautiful Thing.

Friday, March 14, 2014


Flora and the Zephyrs by John William Waterhouse, via saveflowers1

Standing by the lake a few days ago, I felt a strong, warm wind rush across my face and blow my hair about. It was Zephyrus, the warm west wind, herald of spring.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl by Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes, source Wikimedia Commons
I saw this gorgeous photo of a Burrowing Owl and couldn't help posting it here. It has one foot tucked away under its feathers so completely, you'd almost think it only has one leg!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Winter Weather At Last: A Fairytale World

All photos by me.

After spending most of my childhood in Texas, where there is very little in the way of a discernible change in the seasons aside from hot and hotter, I have an utter and complete fascination with snow. For a child who loved reading the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson and the various Red, Blue, and Violet Fairy Books, all of which have tales of Snow Queens and winter lands, the rarity of snow or even sleet was extremely disappointing.

Thus, when my family moved to an area where there was at least one good snowfall every winter, I developed the habit of wandering for hours in our woods every time it snowed, reveling in the enchanting sound of falling snow and the way the ordinary world could be transformed in a matter of minutes into the world of the fae, dangerous and beautiful, silent and yet full of music.

To an artist's eyes as well there is endless fascination and inspiration. Ice and snow exhibit some of the most exquisite, detailed patterns one will ever find. If you bother to slow down and look closely, new worlds reveal themselves to the naked eye. I invite you to try it next time you're outside in the snow.