Grateful Grasshopper 6/7/17

Little grasshoppers of different sizes hopped away when I tried to take their portraits.They seemed grateful that I didn’t pursue them.  It was early in the morning and the light was dim.  I felt grateful to get a couple of photos that weren’t blurred.

sitting on lemon
balm and mint you flee swiftly
grateful grasshopper
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
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

Red Flowers and Friends 5-19-17

This is geum also known as avens.  A lovely flower in my neighbors’ yard.
A dianthus and tiny baby grasshopper also live at my neighbors’ place close to the geum.
this day is waning
moving closer to midnight
I collect my thoughts
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
dove and grasshopper
red red geum and dianthus
add a honeybee
~ Raven Ariana Simon ©2017
Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, Bright Bee Blessing
Our Hearts Give Thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Thornapples 10/13/14

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
~ Helen Keller
10:13:14 ff dandy close sigFlashback Saturday, October 13, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and shows the setting sun shining on the Wasatch Mountains east of my home. The autumn colors really blaze in the light.
October 13, 2012 sigFlashback Sunday, October 13, 2013 – This is my pick and only photo for today and it stars our state bird stepping out 🙂
October 13, 2013 sigMonday, October 13, 2014 – Today I found one last blossom developing on my datura (aka western jimson weed) and seed pods in various stages of development.  It is day 13 of the month long poetry challenge.
10:13:14 front back sig 10:13:14 bloom 1 v sig
10:13:14 flower fly 1 sig10:13:14 close withered sig“an apple of thorns
pollinated by sphinx moths
and night flying bats”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:13:14 chewed leaves sig 10:13:14 ff side sig 10:13:14 bloom subtle colors sig 10:13:14 side small sig“sacred datura
extremely strong medicine
will you bring the rain?”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:13:14 thorn apple cl 2 sig 10:13:14 grasshopper close 1 sig 10:13:14 bloom closer sig 10:13:14 smallest good close sig“silent grasshopper
holding on datura leaf
a meditation”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:13:14 g peeping 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


Wee Grasshopper 5/27/14

Flashback Sunday, May 27, 2012 – Lion statue in someone’s yard.

May 27, 2012 sigFlashback Monday, May 27, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a cleome. Cleome can be considered a fourth sister in the Native American three sisters (corn, beans, squash) planting guild. Bees love cleome and it is called bee plant as well as spider flower.

May 27, 2013 sigTuesday, May 27, 2014 – Today we have a teeny tiny grasshopper, some flowers at my neighbors, a honeybee in sweet clover in my yard, and a peak at the milkweed in my Monarch Waystation.

5:27:14 flowers sig5:27:14 purple flowers“‘Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!”
~William Wordsworth

5:27:14 tiny grasshopper 1 sig5:27:14 group flowers sig“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.”
~Jean Giraudoux

5:27:14 two flowers sig5:27:14 tiny grasshopper closer sig“The flower offered of itself
And eloquently spoke
Of Gods
In languages of rainbows
And secret silence…”
~Phillip Pulfrey

5:27:14 honeybee 1 sig“A weed is a flower growing in the wrong place.”
~ George Washington Carver

5:27:14 milkweed sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven