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


Spiders and Flies 9/18/14

“Don’t worry if you feel you can only do one tiny good thing in one small corner of the cosmos. Just be a Buddha body in that one place.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
9:18:14 datura sigFlashback Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – This was my high point for today, capturing this black bee (carpenter bee) in a picture! I’ve tried to get one all season and they are quick and elusive. For some reason this one kept going to the base of my petunias for nectar and I got my chance 🙂
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Flashback Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a little native bee on an aster.
September 18, 2013 sigThursday, September 18, 2014 – I looked out my back door this morning and saw a couple of wolf spiders had made webs and were getting ready to mate.  I was able to get the male through the glass, then went outside.  I also found one back in the grass (a female).  I think it must be mating season for these spiders.  I also saw a couple of flower (aka hover) flies.
9:18:14 a door spider closer 1 sig
9:18:14 flower fly shadow sig 9:18:14 perching sig 9:18:14 flying sig 9:18:14 nice door spider sig“Like delicate lace,
So the threads intertwine,
Oh, gossamer web
Of wond’rous design!
Such beauty and grace
Wild nature produces…
Ughh, look at the spider
Suck out that bug’s juices!”
~ Bill Watterson
9:18:14 incoming sig 9:18:14 close grass sig 9:18:14 flower fly sun sig 9:18:14 closest grass sig“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
9:18:14 illuminated door spider 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Seed Eaters and Nectar Sippers 9/14/14

“Risk may cause failure, but success cannot come without it.”
fortune cookie
9:14:14 chickadee sigFlashback Friday, September 14, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars a squirrel that lives in an old cemetery which was established in 1848.
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Flashback Saturday, September 14, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of my young ladies peaking from cleome with some raindrops.
September 14, 2013 sigSunday, September 14, 2014 – Seeds have been ripening and the birds come to feast at the same time that the bees and other creatures continue their task of pollination with those flowers still unfolding.  Occasional a bird grabs a pollinator for a snack.
9:14:14 calendula flower sig 9:14:14 lit bee sig 9:14:14 calendula flower close up sig 9:14:14 calendula seeds new sig 9:14:14 goldfinch silhouette 1 sig 9:14:14 fly sig“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
9:14:14 hanging bee sig 9:14:14 russian sage flying bee sig 9:14:14 best rs blossom sig 9:14:14 action bee sig 9:14:14 rs finches sig“Seed eaters sit on
trembling branches while the
sippers make more seeds.”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
9:14:14 goldfinch silhouette sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Very First Monarch Caterpillar Ever Seen (and Other Milkweed Community Members)6/25/14

Flashback Monday, June 25, 2012 – This is a little leafhopper on a sunflower leaf and it was incredibly tiny and I feel very grateful to have gotten this clear photo with all the wind. The bright colors are amazing and this is my pick photo for today.
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Flashback Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a young grasshopper on some spearmint.
June 25, 2013 sigWednesday, June 25, 2014 – Today was a red letter day and we saw the very first Monarch butterfly caterpillar ever in our milkweed.  We believe we’ve had others we’ve just never seen them.  So we are doing a happy dance 🙂  The other photos also feature milkweed community members.  You’ll have to look carefully at one of the photos to see the white spider.
6:25:14 caterpillar sig 6:25:14 bug 1 sig 6:25:14 tiny sig 6:25:14 mating flies sig  6:25:14 business end sig“Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
6:25:14 daddy longlegs sig 6:25:14 caterpillar 2 sig 6:25:14 rmb sig 6:25:14 teeny tiny sig 6:25:14 white spider sig“Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases where it goes.”
~ Sri Chinmoy
6:25:14 side view sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Look Who’s In the Coreopsis 6/19/14

Flashback Tuesday, June 19, 2012  – This is my pick photo for June 19th and stars the bright blue damselfly that I think is a male. I love how I was able to get close enough for these shots of the damselflies and think that this damselfly is stunning!

June 19, 2012 sigFlashback Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a native bee visiting my backyard larkspur 🙂

June 19, 2013 sigThursday, June 19, 2014 – Lots of pollinators in my neighbor’s coreopsis and a grasshopper, too 🙂
6:19:14 c meadow sig  6:19:14 grasshopper sig  6:19:14 c yellow belly 2 sig 6:19:14 good digger sig 6:19:14 nice digger sig“My mind was once the true survey
Of all these meadows fresh and gay;
And in the greenness of the grass
Did see its hopes as in a glass.”
~ Andrew Marvell
6:19:14 c fly sig 6:19:14 c yellow belly 2 sig 6:19:14 honey sig 6:19:14 pollen bearer sig 6:19:14 fuzzy bee sig“Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear, both what they half create
And what perceive.”
~ William Wordsworth
6:19:14 grasshopper best sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste and Bright Bee Blessings ~ Raven