Fallen Blossoms – 5-16-17

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Today has been overcast with a little rain.  The sun peeped out for a few moments this morning and, given the nature of the weather where I live, may make more appearances before setting this evening.  The snowball bushes are dropping their blossoms and my neighbor’s ornamental flowering fruit tree (cherry?) lost the last few pink flowers that it had been holding on to.DSC08205 nice white sm sig
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The following little snowball bush blossom has been captured in a spiderweb.
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cool spring rains fall and
shake loose blossoms that linger
small fallen flowers
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
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Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, and Bright Blossom Blessings,
Our Hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

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In and Out Like a Lamb – The Last Days of March – 3.26.15 through 3.31.15

3:29:15 buddha 1 sig“We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open.”
~ Jack Kornfield
March came and then left like a lamb this year with unseasonably warm temperatures that averaged around 20 degrees F above normal, little precipitation, and setting at least one record breaking day for heat.  February was also well above normal average temperatures.

Sparrows eating aspen catkins on 3/26/14.

Sparrows eating aspen catkins on 3/26/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 26, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Today’s photos on this warmer than average March day feature some lovely plantings in a condo complex behind my doctors’ offices.  The mountains in the back of one of the photos are the Oquirrhs.  I like the lovely spring blooms with the evergreens.
3:26:15 O and b a sig 3:26:15 c and b 1 sig“today we have spring
these evergreens and blossoms
remind me of snow”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:26:15 bright blossoms sig 3:26:15 twisty branch blossoms sig“sculpted by nature
blossoms twine with living twigs
fruit tree poetry”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

Drops captured on forsythia on 3/27/14.

Drops captured on forsythia on 3/27/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 27, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Friday, March 27, 2015 – Today we have a hover fly (aka flower fly) of some type, a native shrub in bloom (I don’t know the name of this one) and a paper wasp.
3:27:15 hf 2 sig 3:27:15 hf 6 sig“jeweled wasp on bee hive
light dancing on spider webs
all life is sacred”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:27:15 ns sig 3:27:15 wasp sig“Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.”
~ Jack Kornfield

Scrub jay on aspen on 3/28/14.

Scrub jay on aspen on 3/28/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 28, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – Today was a sunny day with the honeybees enjoying the Oregon Grape in full bloom.
3:28:15 hb 4 sig 3:28:15 clear hb sig“are you my honey
scents the blossom to the bee
sweet love we will make”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:28:15 a hb cute sig 3:28:15 good fuzzy hb sig“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
~ Gerard de Nerval

Grape hyacinths on 3/27/14.

Grape hyacinths on 3/27/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 29, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 – Here is the beautiful waxing gibbous moon with blossoms and blooms nodding in a breeze by one of the local county library branches.  The last photo is my neighbors’ Buddha looking serene in the tulips.  The photo at the top of the post is a closer look of him from today.
3:29:15 m bl m sig 3:29:15 m sig“spring blossoms dancing
moon rising in a blue sky
March is almost gone”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:29:15 blossoms close sig 3:29:15 Buddha sig“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”
~ Jack Kornfield

Plum blossoms on a very old tree on 3/30/14.

Plum blossoms on a very old tree on 3/30/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 30, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Monday, March 30, 2015 – Today was another very sunny day and lots of pretty bulbs are up.  Here are tulips, a daffodil, and some anemones.
3:30:15 tulip buddha sig 3:30:15 rt sig“glowing in the sun
petals spread like butterflies
alight in the spring”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:30:15 daf sig 3:30:15 r a sig“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ”
~ Jean Giraudoux

Honeybee enjoying the early spring nectar and pollen of dandelion on 3/31/14.

Honeybee enjoying the early spring nectar and pollen of dandelion on 3/31/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 31, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Cooling slightly with some clouds and wind today.  The first photo is Oregon grape in full bloom with an orchard bee heading in.  I also have a tulip, apple blooms and a male house finch here in my little urban wildlife oasis.
3:31:15 flight nb sig 3:31:15 tulip sig“birds, bees, and blossoms
life awakening again
from this winter’s sleep”
~Raven Ariana Simons

3:31:15 red background ab sig 3:31:15 finch sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste, Bright Spring Blessings, and Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

Five Days in March – 3/21/15 through 3/25/15

3:23:15 blooming tree and w sig “Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Bee's eye view of a primrose on 3/21/14.

Bee’s eye view of a primrose on 3/21/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 21, 2012, 2013 and more 2014.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Today I saw the ground dwelling leaf cutter bees and also a house finch that didn’t seem able to fly far, though he was able to hop up into the miniature grove of aspen, Oregon grape and juniper that is part of my front yard.
3:21:15 nb sig 3:21:15 nb 1 sig“is this bird standing
because it is still too young
to properly fly?”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:21:15 finch 2 sig 3:21:15 nice finch sig“The journey itself is my home.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Pink hyacinth on 3/22/2014.

Pink hyacinth on 3/22/2014.

Click here to go to the past post for March 22, 2012, 2013 and more 2014.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – Today my neighbors’ Buddha is dressed up in a little sombrero and a box elder bug seemed to be whispering in his ear.
3:22:15 w sig 3:22:15 the divide sig“bright are the tulips
as they spring from the sweet earth
so swift the seasons”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:22:15 a tulip 1 v sig 3:22:15 front b sig3:22:15 b bug sig“Come, see the true
flowers
of this pained world.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Goldfinch on 3/23/14.

Goldfinch on 3/23/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 23, 2012, 2013 and more 2014.

Monday, March 23, 2015 – Today I journeyed forth to visit a new friend.  We shared ancestor stories, green tea in an iron pot, fun company of a little Buddha named Aidan, and the play of light off of trees, clouds and pine needles from her balcony.  Then I ventured home and stopped to see birds and clouds over the Wasatch.  The photo at the top of this post is from this day.
3:23:15 tree and sky sig 3:23:15 triple cone sig 3:23:15 cone aa sig“sun plays hide and seek
we share about ancestors
while sipping our tea”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:23:15 pine tree and sky sig 3:23:15 w a sig 3:23:15 crow sig“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Anemone on 3/34/14.

Anemone on 3/24/14.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – Today was mostly cool and cloudy, though we didn’t get any rain.  I was able to get a few photos of the orchard bees (osmia) in the Oregon grape.

3:24:15 osmia 4 a sig3:24:15 osmia eye sig“darting here and there
around bright yellow blossoms
little orchard bees”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:24:15 osmia 3a cl sig 3:24:15 nice osmia 1 cl sig“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Mini daffodils on 3/25/14.

Mini daffodils on 3/25/14.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Today was mostly sunny and cool and the plum blossoms are quickly falling.
3:25:15 up sig 3:25:15 cluster sig“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.”
~ Matsuo Basho
3:25:15 pb leaves 1 sig“so swiftly they bud
open and quickly let go
then drift to the ground”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:25:15 one sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Spring Blessings, Namaste, and Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

Happy Vernal Equinox – 3/20/15

3:20:15 pb branches 1 sig happy jpg“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Owl at the aviary on 3/30/14.

Owl at the aviary on 3/30/14.

Click here to go to the past photos for March 20, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Friday, March 20, 2015 – Did you know that today is The International Day of Happiness?  I found out about it today and it also happens to be the vernal (spring) equinox, where we are poised in the northern hemisphere of our planet of equal hours between day and night.  Spring equinox is often referred to as the “first day of spring” though where I live we have been having above average temperatures  for a while now.  Other parts of the US are having snow and colder temperatures than average.  It is so very critical that humans begin to understand how important nature is to us and that we are part of it.  What we do on our planet effects all.  Today’s spring ambassadors are blossoms and pollinators … a love story.
3:20:15 g h cl sig 3:20:15 hb front 1 a sig‘In Beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk
Beautifully will I possess again
Beautifully birds,
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk
With dew about my feet may I walk
With beauty may I walk
With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.”
~ Navajo Prayer3:20:15 osmia sig 3:20:15 pb a sig “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
~ John Lennon
3:20:15 g h 4 sig 3:20:15 osmia 1 sig 3:20:15 o g cl 1 b sig 3:20:15 g h cl sig“each and every day
I wait for my wee free friends
together we share”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:20:15 pb 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Spring and Bee Blessings, Namaste, and Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

Blossoms and an Absence of Pollinators 3/18/15 and 3/19/15

3:18:15 clouds sig“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
~ Sir Terry Pratchett

A neighbors' violets on 3/18/14.

A neighbors’ violets on 3/18/14.

Click here to go to the post with past photos of March 18, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – We are getting close to the spring equinox and the mild days are bringing lots of blossoms.  Today it was partly cloudy and breezy.  You can see a fluffy cloud at the top of today’s post and the wind was blowing blossoms from the trees.
3:18:15 o t sig 3:18:15 inside o sig 3:18:15 d 1 sig“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”
~ Sir Terry Pratchett
3:18:15 s orange 1 sig 3:18:15 d 2 a sig 3:18:15 d seeds sig“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
~ Sir Terry Pratchett
3:18:15 fallen sig“flying here and there
blossoms dance upon the breeze
March wind is playful”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

Chickadee on 3/19/14.

Chickadee on 3/19/14.

Click here to go to the post with past photos for March 19, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – Today was very sunny with blue skies.  I went and took some photos of an ornamental quince in full bloom.  This one does not live in my neighborhood and I didn’t see a single pollinator of any type.
3:19:15 blossom shadow sig 3:19:15 side blossom sig 3:19:15 q b 4 sig 3:19:15 two q sig“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.”
~ Sir Terry Pratchett
3:19:15 q b sig 3:19:15 q b 2 sig 3:19:15 q  sig“blue skies and pollen
open beautiful blossoms
where are all the bees?”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:19:15 blossom shaddow 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste, Bright Spring Blessings, and Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

A Bit ‘O Spring – 3/16/15, 3/17/15

3:17:15 bee bottom sig“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)

lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there’s nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly
tiny winging darting floating
merry in the blossoming
always joyful selves are singing)

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
~ e. e. cummings

Forsythia on 3/16/14.

Forsythia on 3/16/14.

Click here for the post to photos for March 16, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2015 – A warm day with partly cloudy skies.  The neighbor’s ornamental plum is blooming and growing leaves so fast that they blossoms are already falling.  Yesterday they were mostly buds with a few blossoms open.  The early tulips are directly beneath the tree and the box elder bug is on my Oregon grape.

3:16:15 pbs sig 3:16:15 tulips sig 3:16:15 pb sky sig 3:16:15 beetle sig“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”
~ Emily Dickinson
3:16:15 blossoms clouds sig 3:16:15 tulip a sig 3:16:15 p b sig“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
3:16:15 pollen sig“blossom unfolding
coaxed by warm weather and sun
gilded with pollen”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

Thai chili pepper blossom on 3/16/14.

Thai chili pepper blossom on 3/16/14.

Click here for the post to photos for March 17, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2015 – Today was another unseasonably warm day that started off clear and sunny and developed into clouds.  I saw my first butterflies, a checkered white (no photo of that one) and an orange one that I think is a silver bordered frittilary.  If you click on the photos you can see that one has a ladybug at the bottom of the dandelion where the orange butterfly is sipping nectar.  I also have my neighbors’ Buddha dressed up for St. Paddy’s Day and if you look closely at the horizontal photo you can see a jumping spider photo bombing his hat.  A dove and a robin grace the day, along with tulips, plum blossoms, and a honeybee bum (at the top of the page).
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“Describe plum-blossoms?
Better than my verses…white
Wordless Butterflies”
~ Reikan
3:17:15 blossoms sig 3:17:15 robin at the oasis sig 3:17:15 side blossom sig“butterflies dancing
dear dandelions blooming
sip nectar my love”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:17:15 butterfly close 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, and Bright Spring Blessings ~ Raven

Garden Friends, Blossoms, and Variable Weather – 3/10/15, 3/11/15, 3/12/15

3:12:15 w big camera sig“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams

One of the ladies out enjoying the urban oasis on 3/10/14.

One of the ladies out enjoying the urban oasis on 3/10/14.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – Today it was mostly sunny and I was able to get some photos of a few of the garden natives out and about.  We have a young garden spider (probably a wolf spider), a tiny native bee, and a wee jumping spider.
3:10:15 garden spider sig 3:10:15 nb 1 sig 3:10:15 js 3 sig“sitting in the sun
baby jumping spider waits
please don’t be afraid”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:10:15 js 4 sig “My voice is born repeatedly in the fields of uncertainty.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams

3:10:15 nb 2 sig 3:10:15 js 2 sig“here comes tiny bee
seeking pollen and nectar …
dandelion friend”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:10:15 nb sig“The middle path makes me wary. . . . But in the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right and left worlds, the stories are largely set. . . . We become missionaries for a position . . . practitioners of the missionary position. Variety is lost. Diversity is lost. Creativity is lost in our inability to make love with the world.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams

Aspen catkins on 3/11/14.

Aspen catkins on 3/11/14.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – Today was totally overcast but I saw the very first opening hyacinths on the block, tiny chickweed blossoms, daffodil, as well as a few plum blossoms on a neighbor’s ornamental plum tree.  The blossoms open were right next to the trunk while the rest wait to unfold.
3:11:15 pink h 1 sig 3:11:15 daff sig“Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams
3:11:15 p h sig 3:11:15 bl sig“blossoms opening
flowers springing from the ground
light up a grey day”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:11:15 c 1 sig“The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams

Daffodils on 3/12/14.

Daffodils on 3/12/14.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 – Some rain today allowed me to get a few portraits of drops on flowers and the leaves of flowers.  Here are periwinkle leaf and blossom, daffodils and tulip leaves.  The photo at the top of  today’s post is looking east close to sunset at the Wasatch range.  I also wish “Happy Birthday” to my mother who crossed the Rainbow Years quite a few years ago now.
3:12:15 peri leaf sig 3:12:15 daffs sig 3:12:15 peri a sig“though the rain is light
thirsty ground soaks up what is
beautiful raindrops”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:12:15 tulip sig 3:12:15 daffs 1 a sig“The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams
3:12:15 tulip 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven