Purple Perspective 5-20-17

A beautiful sunny today. The pollinators were out and a I had lovely chance to photograph the flowers.  The above photo shows us a little perspective.  I hope you like the pretty purple iris.

buds are prominent
then recede to deep purple
a nice May iris
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
the sage and the bee
come together sweet blossoms
May pollination
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
a rolly polly
pillbug tours the leaves and ground
sometime called sowbug
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
beefriending iris
buzzing around and looking
bee has adventure
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
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

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
Namaste
Namu Amida Butsu
Our Hearts Give Thanks For the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Moss Roses and Honeybees (10/7/15)

10:7:15 mossrose4 sig“Even if, at the moment, you can’t sit down and do the gruntwork of stringing verbs and nouns together, you are writing. It is a way of seeing, a way of being. The world is not only the world, but your personal filing cabinet. You lodge details of the world in your sparkling nerve-library that spirals through your brain and coils down your arms and legs, collects in your belly and your sex. You write, even if you can’t always “write.”
However, writers write. Active, not passive.”
Luis Alberto Urrea, Six Kinds of Sky: A Collection of Short Fiction  via Goodreads
10:7:15 mossrose3 sig
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Today was sunny and I am happy to share these photos of moss roses and a couple of honeybees taking a drink at the little feature I have to share water with the wildlife (and some of the neighbors’ wandering pets) that visit my place.  Day 7 of OcPoWriMo’s prompt is here and it asks us to consider a decision that we have made that we are happy with as we travel this road of life and come to a fork in the road.  One of my happy decisions was to extend the daily photo project that I began in January of 2012 longer than a year.  This has lead me to writing more words and exploring poetry when I found October Poetry Writing Month last year.  Yay!
10:7:15 mossrose1 sig 10:7:15 hb sig “pollen paths for bees
beauty and color in fall
for all to enjoy”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:7:15 mossrose sig “One of the curanderas in Cuernavaca told me, “If you do not want to join us in Teresita’s work, then you must heal in the power of your own medicine.  You must heal them with words.  Literature is medicine too.”
~ Luis Alberto Urrea from a reading group guide about writing (in the book) “A Hummingbird’s Daughter”
10:7:15 mossrose2 sig“honeybees drinking
moss roses soaking up sun
a bright autumn day”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:7:15 hb1 sigNamaste, Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

The Magic of Change (10/4/15)

“If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.”
author unknown ~ From Butterfly Quotes
10:4:2015 L. M sigSunday, October 4, 2015 – Today is day four of OcPoWriMo and our prompt for today is Do you believe in magic? When I look around at all the beauty that shares our planet with us I have to admit that this totally inspires the belief of magic in my heart.  Sometimes even the hard parts of natural cycles, like death, can be  beautiful.  Artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, painted many bones in the desert that demonstrate this beauty and feel very magical.  Today I had a monarch and other creatures in the garden. During the photographing of the butterfly I witnessed and documented its end.  At first I thought it was caught on something in the buddleia and when I went to try and free it found that I could not and that it was being changed into another form of life.  A very pregnant praying mantis had caught the monarch and there was no escape, even with my help.  So I bore witness and felt sad. Though I know that the mantis has to eat to live, there have been few monarch sightings this year in my yard.  When I went to visit the asters I found another praying mantis which was magical because I haven’t seen two in my yard at the same time (though I know it happens when I find their egg cases) and I wondered if this was the male that impregnated the female without loosing his head .  Mantis has beauty and magic, as does the Monarch.  There were also many other creatures out and about.  I will share only one photo of the mantis and the monarch, as I did find it sad and had to search my soul for the magic because I was looking forward to writing with today’s prompt.  I deeply considered only sharing the photos I took of living creatures and omitting the story of how the monarch’s life ended, but I felt that this would take away from the true magic that is part of the magic of the transformation in the circle of life and also something that was a rare sight to see.
10:4:2015 L. M 4JPG sig 10:4:2015 L. M 2 sig“an icon for change,
mystery, and beauty
the magic monarch”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

10:4:2015 L. M 1 sig 10:4:2015 L. M 3 sig“magic taking flight
on sun burnished wings so bright
you will be transformed”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:4:15 L mantis m sig“sadly I witness
the circle of life and change
the fall of Monarch”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:4:2015 hb sig 10:4:2015 native bee sig“pretty little bees
in aster blossoms so white
beware of mantis”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

10:4:15 L mantis asters sigNamaste, Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

First Day of October (after a long hiatus)

10:1:15 monarch sig“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ William Morris
10:1:15 milkweed seeds sigThursday, October 1, 2015 – I’m happy to be back after many moons and hope that now that I have a fiber-optic internet connection (my provider just wired the neighborhood) I’ll be able to get back on track.  I’m still having some technical issues with my aging computer and photo interfaces, so we’ll see how it goes.  I’ve been sad not to be able to capture a little nature each day to share with you and hope I can keep this little project, documenting the small beauties in (mostly) my yard and neighborhood, going.  It is also the first day of OctPoWriMo 2015.  Yay!

image by Morgan Dragonwillow

image by Morgan Dragonwillow

“happy feet take me
outside in my own sweet yard
breathing in I smile”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:1:15 hb sig“We are only the trustees for those who come after us.”
~ William Morris
10:1:15 grasshopper sig“grasshopper and friends
enjoy some sun for today
first of October”
~Raven Ariana Simons

10:1:15 monarch farther sigKind Regards, Namaste, Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Budtsu,
~ Raven

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