Lavender Lovers 6/14/17

My lavender is in full bloom with lots of pollinators.  This bumblebee and skipper are super cute 🙂
in seeking sweetness
you find each little blossom
lavender lovers
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee and Butterfly blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
~ Raven


Avens and Bumblebee 5/26/17

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

Happy Mother’s Day 5-14-17

DSC08018 5:14:17 honeybee 8x6 text shadow jpgI hope you are having or had a most beautiful Mother’s Day.  Mine was lovely.  The sun, flowers, bees, and other creatures came out to play in the yard.
DSC07985 5:14:17 snowball small sig 2017 jpgI think that this fuzzy fly is a member of Genus Lordotus.  I have been teasingly calling it a teddy bear fly but it looks like it might actually be a type of bee-fly.
DSC07927 5:14:17 fuz fly farther small sig jpgDSC07926 5:14:17 fuz fly close small 2017 jpgHere’s another look at a snowball bush blossom.  I’m grateful to get photos before they
done blooming.
DSC07941 5:14:17 snowball small sig jpgThis is crane’s bill geranium.
DSC08034 5:14:17 geranium sig 2017 jpgsuch sweet mystery
who is visiting flowers?
tiny bumblebee
~ ©Raven Ariana Simons 5/14/17
DSC08048 5:14:17 bumble small sig jpgBright Bee Blessings
Namu Amida Butsu
Our Hearts Give Thanks For the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Datura and Bees 8/29/14

Flashback Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars the early fall color coming on in the Wasatch Mountains up East Canyon. Some maples are starting to turn red as well as other plants.
August 29, 2012 sig
Flashback Thursday, August 29, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a skipper butterfly and one of my ladies (maybe) on the butterfly bush that grows right outside my back door. Everyone is very hungry right now because we need more plants that bloom at this time of the year and caretakers making sure they have enough water.
August 29, 2013 sigFriday, August 29, 2014 – Today was mostly sunny and there were quite a few datura blossoms waiting to bloom this evening.  I also have a bumblebee in a neighbor’s ground cover as well as a honeybee in my garlic chives.
8:29:14 datura apples v 8:29:14 datura apples sig
8:29:14 datura w:apple sig8:29:14 datura sig 8:29:14 honeybee sig“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe
8:29:14 bumble farther sig 8:29:14 bumble wings sig  8:29:14 datura spiral sig 8:29:14 datura v sig
8:29:14 side datura sig“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe
8:29:14 bumble sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

At the Sunflower B & B 8/13/14

Flashback Monday, August 13, 2012 – I love the soft colors and focus in this picture of Greek oregano blossoms and volunteer cosmos. This is my pick photo for today 🙂
August 13, 2012 sigFlashback Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a young robin taking an adult posture as it gets ready to go for some Oregon grape.

August 13, 2013 sigWednesday, August 13, 2014 – It is so cute to see the little bees bedding down in the sunflowers right before the sun sets.  We have a beetle, too 🙂
8:13:14 scoobing sig 8:13:14 close up sig 8:13:14 b and b 1 sig“Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.”
~ Anne Lamott
8:13:14 native bees sig 8:13:14 cute sig 8:13:14 buddy pollen sig “I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We’re here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don’t have time to carry grudges; you don’t have time to cling to the need to be right.”
~ Anne Lamott
8:13:14 double sunflower sig 8:13:14 native bees 1 sig 8:13:14 b and b sig “I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”
~ Anne Lamott
8:13:14 pollen buddy sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Wasps, Bees, and a Flower Fly 8/12/14

Flashback Sunday, August 12, 2012 – This is this morning’s datura bloom after its debut last night. It is still beautiful and my pick photo for today.
August 12, 2012 sig
Flashback Monday, August 12, 2013 – This is today’s pick photo of the day and it stars the pair of baby/young doves that are being raised in my yard. It’s really cute the way they chase their parents around. Yesterday’s pick also starred one of them and today I got them both on the same fence. They seem to really like this fence and I could get quite close while they gave me dubious looks 🙂
August 12, 2013 sigTuesday, August 12, 2014 – Today I have a couple types of wasp, bees and a little flower fly.
8:12:14  side farther sig 8:12:14  little wasp sig 8:12:14  little wasp 1 sig 8:12:14 honeybee sigFor behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal, or a window opening on something other than itself.”
~ Antoine de St. Exupery

8:12:14  bumble side sig 8:12:14  paper wasp 1 sig 8:12:14  nice side paper wasp sig 8:12:14  flower fly sigSimply let experience take place very freely, so that our open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.”
~ Tsokniy Rinpoche II

8:12:14  good little wasp close sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Magical Creatures of the Super Moon 8/10/14

Flashback Friday, August 10, 2012 – Details of my first datura blossom star in today’s pick photo.

August 10, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, August 10, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of the group of hummingbirds that are sharing my yard 🙂
August 10, 2013 sigSunday, August 10, 2014 – Today is the second Supermoon in a series of three this year. Good times!  Here are some magical creatures and a few shots of today’s super moon as it rose to go along with any magic you may have brewing in your cauldron this evening!  Blessing to you all and extra special supermoon energy to all of those on my prayer list!  You know who you are 🙂
8:10:14 painterly bumble 2 sig 8:10:14 nice bumble 1 sig 8:10:14 painterly bumble 1 sig 8:10:14 double bumble sig 8:10:14 nice bumble sig “You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”
~ Terence McKenna
8:10:14 goldfinch sig 8:10:14 hummy 1 sig 8:10:14 side by side 2 sig 8:10:14 hummy flare 1 sig 8:10:14 looking up sig

“This is why the shaman is the remote ancestor of the poet and artist. Our need to feel part of the world seems to demand that we express ourselves through creative activity. The ultimate wellsprings of this creativity are hidden in the mystery of language. Shamanic ecstasy is an act of surrender that authenticates both the individual self and that which is surrendered to, the mystery of being. Because our maps of reality are determined by our present circumstances, we tend to lose awareness of the larger patterns of time and space. Only by gaining access to the Transcendent Other can those patterns of time and space and our role in them be glimpsed.”
~ Terence McKenn
8:10:14 hummy trumpet sig 8:10:14 silhouette sig 8:10:14 peaking sig 8:10:14 sm trees 1 sig 8:10:14 sm 5 sig “It is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World’s Soul into all of us.”
~ Terence McKenna
8:10:14 moon sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven