Avens and Bumblebee

Variable weather allowed me to take these photos of geum aka avens at my neighbors’.  I happened to see a bumblebee visiting, too.
little bumblebee
taking a sip from avens
gathering pollen
~ Raven Ariana Simon ©2017
Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, Bright Bee Blessings
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!~Raven

Small and Smaller 5/25/17

After yesterday’s photos of canyon trees, reservoir, and cloudscapes, this morning’s captures of little friends in my yard and my neighbors’ are a contrast in size.  Also we see the first opening milkweed blossoms.  The above little leafhopper on milkweed is the tiniest of today’s friends.  The grasshopper is tiny, too.
milkweed leafhopper
grasshopper at the neighbors’
tiny little friends
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

A little shower then sunshine then overcast again brought some refreshment to milkweed and other plants and friends.
Here’s the first blossoms!
a monarch’s breakfast
and promise for new sweet meals
blossoming milkweed
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
wee-est grasshopper
on purple little daisy
what are you seeing?
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
The hummingbird is the largest of today’s friends and is happily partaking at the feeder.  There was a downy young hummer, too, though I didn’t get a photo.  I didn’t think the male helped with raising babies, yet I’ve noticed that the male hangs out by the nesting area.  They nest in a little juniper and Oregon grape thicket, so I can’t actually see or observe the nest.

sipping the nectar
o hummingbird hummingbird
do you have babies?
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
little leafhopper
are you refreshed by the rain?
will you be drinking?
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

Namaste, Bright Late Spring Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Little Mountain Pass 5-24-17

I was graced to be able to have a quick visit to a canyon close to home, Emigration  Canyon.  Here is Little Dell Reservoir from Little Mountain Pass (all of today’s photos are in Little Mountain Pass).
The wind was blowing fiercely and I only had 2 good photos of these grasses with Little Dell in the background.
Clouds were moving across the sky leading to stormy clouds, brief rain, and high wind.  When I got back into the valley I heard from some folks about their misadventures in gusty winds that were blowing up to 75 mph.  I have shots from blue sky and clouds to stormy skies.  The ant on the spent blossom of an unfamiliar mountain shrub is pretty awesome (as I didn’t think I had a good ant photo).
up in the canyon
a little ant forages
no staring at clouds
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
less than an hour
winds whip up and chase the trees
blow off fluffy clouds
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Nighty Night Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Sun and Shade 5-23-17

A pretty day today with the sun out.  These are elderberry and rose. They are neighbors.  This rose has beautiful rose hips in the fall.
o rambling rose
and pretty elderberry
say “hi” to the bees
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Sunset Study 5-22-17

This lovely evergreen lives in my neighborhood.  Today was nice with times of sun and partly cloudy.
neighborhood walking
journey flowers to sunset
with colours flowing
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

the light is shifting
I love watching colours change
seeing the sunset
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
studying sunset
I see nothing stays the same
change is happening
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Blessing, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!

Sunrise Sunset 5/21/17

I was greeted by a double rainbow at dawn this morning 🙂  Here we look west.
here’s all the colours
pouring right down from the clouds
blessing all creatures
~ Raven Ariana SImons ©2017
o double rainbow
what do you see from the sky?
all the Earth’s children
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Evening brought a lovely sunset.  Here we look east.
It was interesting to find the rainbows in the west at dawn and the sunset clouds in the east reflecting light as the sun set.
billowing sunset
clouds moving across mountain
peek out between leaves
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

This cloud looked a lot like an alpaca 😉
Cheers, Namaste, Nama Amida Butsu, Bright Lovely Sky Blessings
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Raven

Purple Perspective 5-20-17

A beautiful sunny today. The pollinators were out and a I had lovely chance to photograph the flowers.  The above photo shows us a little perspective.  I hope you like the pretty purple iris.

buds are prominent
then recede to deep purple
a nice May iris
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
the sage and the bee
come together sweet blossoms
May pollination
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
a rolly polly
pillbug tours the leaves and ground
sometime called sowbug
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
beefriending iris
buzzing around and looking
bee has adventure
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven