Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Everglades

I recently returned from a trip to southern Florida.  I have always wanted to visit this part of the world but I didn't realize how interesting and scenic it really is!
My friend and I took a tour of Everglades National Park.  Once we were out in it, I was surprised at how remote and peaceful it felt.  There was life everywhere and the presence of Mother Nature was like a big, warm, powerful embrace.

We saw insects, birds, fish and a couple alligators but this place is so alive with flora and fauna that there is energy everywhere!  I am a big proponent of National Parks and this visit did nothing but strengthen this bond.  It is definitely worth a trip to this 1.5 million acre wild place.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


I am in love with rivers.  Water that obeys only the laws of gravity as it makes its way home.  Carving trenches into the earth, maneuvering around landforms, resting in ponds, lakes, and puddles.  I love the songs they sing and the stories of the ancients that they whisper when we're close.  As a child, I played on riverbanks with my sister and brother while my dad fly-fished upstream.  We moved rocks and dipped our hands and feet into the barely melted snow.  Now I go out of my way to visit rivers, wandering down embankments to be near their dynamic presence.  It comforts me to know that their waters have been here since time began and will continue after I leave this life.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


*photo credit:  my dad in the Centennial Mountains of Montana
There is wild(er)ness in you - snowy mountain peaks, howling wolves, blooming flowers, deer that peacefully graze at night, migrating birds, unencumbered rivers. - you need not venture anywhere to know this truth.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Advice for New Grads

*This is available as a greeting card or in several sizes as a frame-able print
 in my Etsy Shop.  Thanks for asking!!!
I know several young people who are graduating from high school this spring, including my own step-daughter, so I made a card for them with some "good" advice on it.  Advice is always subjective and each person learns their most important lessons from experience, not someone else's summary of what to do.  But I couldn't help myself, so here it is.  I printed off several cards and sent them off with something practical - money.  Currency, advice, and much love help to build a substantial launching pad at such an important stage in life.
Best wishes for those beginning any new chapter in their life.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June's Full Moon

Last night we drove north of our house about ten minutes and pulled off the road to get a view of the moon rising.  I packed a simple picnic dinner of cheese, crackers and strawberries (the full moon in June is also known as the Strawberry Moon.). My iPhone photos do not do this sight justice but that's kind of the whole point - you have to BE there.  Whether it's in your backyard or the supermarket parking lot or the patio of a local restaurant, this is a five-star show that comes to town once a month and it never gets old or boring.  The next performance is on July 1.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Flower Moon

The full moon in May (which will rise on Sunday) is called the Flower Moon.  This is the season of blooming and the colorful evidence is everywhere you look this month.  As we are intricately connected to the seasons, there are beautiful blossoms growing and opening inside of us at the height of spring right now.  Take a moment to appreciate the view in both directions.  Happy May Day! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bird Nest

A mourning dove decided to build a nest on top of our fence a few months ago.  The surface looks flat but had a shallow indentation with enough room to hold a few pine needles and dried stems.  She laid two eggs and these fuzzy little chicks (?) hatched a couple of weeks later.  We tried to leave her alone as much as possible, avoiding the area around the nest.  Two weeks after the eggs hatched, the babies took flight (I assume) and the nest was abandoned.

I often marvel at how nature is present even in a busy suburb of a big city.  Animals have done a better job of learning how to live with us than we have with them.  Hopefully, their presence will remind us of how important it is to leave space and advocate for wildlife, wherever they choose to "nest."