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


Native Bee and Skipper 6/3/17

This morning was beautiful.  It got hot, though not bad, later in the afternoon.  I was able to get the little native bee that protects the milkweed.  These are a megachiles (leafcutting) type of bee and chase other insects away as well as grapple with honeybees to try and drive them off of their beloved milkweed.  The skipper is a different type than yesterday’s.
hi, little skipper
do you love scabiosa,
the purple flower?
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee and Butterfly Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Skipper, Milkweed Bug, and Native Bee 6/2/17

Today has been sunny and pleasant.  Today I have a native bee (with an ant looking on), a milkweed bug, and a skipper.  I still await the appearance of my beloved milkweed beetles.
little insect friends
I’m curious about you
where you come and go
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
look who’s visiting
bees, beetles, and butterflies
it’s a sunny day
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Butterfly and Bee Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ 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).
3:17:15 d sig 3:17:15 b 1 v sig
3:17:15 butterfly and ladybug sig 3:17:15 d 1 sig 3:17:15 red tulips 1 sig3:17:15 js w:b sig
“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

Today’s Skipper 10/4/14

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
~ Apple, Inc.
10:4:14 front skipper sigFlashback Thursday, October 4, 2012 – This is my pick photo and it stars this sparkly pink begonia. I love how the late afternoon light shining through the petals have this lovely sparkling effect.
October 4, 2012 sigFlashback Friday, October 4, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a cute little bird in Russian Olive 🙂
October 4, 2013 sigSaturday, October 4, 2014 – Today was lovely and sunny and I was blessed to see a little skipper.  There have been very few butterflies or moths this year and I’m happy that I have a few stalks of lavender that re-bloomed late after a trim that seemed to draw the attention of this lone skipper.  Today is day 4 of the month long poetry challenge.
10:4:14 skipper sig10:4:14 close skipper 1 sig 10:4:14 rainbow sig“pretty blue sky day
almost like gentle summer…
soon there will be snow”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:4:14 skipper 1 sig 10:4:14 back sig 10:4:14 a skipper 1 sig“sunbeams and skippers…
on this lovely day it seems
this one steers the world”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:4:14 hello sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Beautiful Butterfly Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Going To Seed 9/1/14

Flashback Saturday, September 1, 2012 – This dramatic thunderhead with the lonely looking tree on a mountain is my pick photo for today.
September 1, 2012 sig
Flashback Sunday, September 1, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a native lasioglossum bee of  on my goldenrod.
September 1, 2013 sigMonday, September 1, 2014 – Happy Labor Day and thank you to all the organic farmers!  Also a big thank you to pollinators, soil organisms and other creatures that work so hard providing eco services for the planet!
9:1:14 incoming sig The milkweed is fully going to seed and they are flying all around in the wind and sticking to other plants.  I have also been moving seed where I want more milkweed to grow.  A little butterfly came to visit, too!  I hope you have all had an enjoyable day 🙂
9:1:14 fright wig 1 sig 9:1:14 double pods v sig 9:1:14 side sunflower milkweed seed sig
9:1:14 side butterfly sigCome forth into the light of things;
let Nature be your teacher.”
~ William Wordsworth

9:1:14 butterfly sig 9:1:14 pearly seeds sig 9:1:14 close butterfly sig 9:1:14 going to seed sig 9:1:14 sunflower bee sig“Every breath we draw is a gift . . .
every moment of existence is a grace.”
~ Thomas Merton
9:1:14 milkweed, bee, sunflower sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings  and Namaste ~ Raven

Monarch Butterfly 8/31/14

Flashback Friday, August 31, 2012 – Thunderstorms on the Blue Moon of Hazel 🙂 Very magical considering we’ve had so little rain and few thunderstorms this season. This is my pick photo for the Blue Moon and I love how you can see the wind whipping the rain around. This pod is of trumpet vine.
August 31, 2012 sig
Flashback Saturday, August 31, 2013 – This is my pick photo of the day and it stars a little native bee resting in a sunflower 🙂
August 31, 2013 sigSunday, August 31, 2014 – Today we had a visit from a Monarch butterfly. This wayfarer probably came from afar rather than from the milkweed I grow in my yard.  Her wings were tattered like she’d been flying for a long way.
8:31:14 nice background sig 8:31:14 side sig 8:31:14 interesting monarch sig 8:31:14 open wings sig “Illuminated
butterfly is magical.
I am enchanted”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
8:31:14 spread 1 sig 8:31:14 light sig 8:31:14 milkweed seeds sig8:31:14 milkweed explosion sig

Monarch Watch8:31:14 best side sig8:31:14 interesting 1 sig

“Nature’s poetry
lit by light like stained glass wings,
Monarch butterfly“.
~ Raven Ariana Simons
8:31:14 blurry pretty sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Butterfly Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven