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


Watercress and a Lady 1/21/15

1:21:15 hb ref 1 sig“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
~ Lao Tzu
Flashback – Saturday, January 21, 2012 – Sunflower heads in today’s snowstorm weighed down by the prayed for snow.
January 21, 2012 sigFlashback – Monday, January 21,  2013 – Here the rising sun looks a little spooky next to this cottonwood tree.
January 21, 2013 sigFlashback – Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Today there was frost everywhere and I stopped and took some lovely thistles blessed in ice before the sun came up.
January 21, 2014Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – Today the sun came out and I saw one of the ladies come in for water.  I don’t know if she lives in my yard or a neighbor’s.  Most of the tiny urban oasis plants are sleeping, but the watercress has some new growth.  I get many visitors all through the seasons.  I’ve been blessed to be able to provide the small kindness of an unfrozen water source in winter for the neighborhood creatures for the last few years.
1:21:15 hb f sig 1:21:15 w l sig 1:21:15 hb sig 1:21:15 w sig “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~ Lao Tzu1:21:15 w l 2 sig
1:21:15 hb ref sig 1:21:15 w little leaves sig“my visitor drinks
we are quiet together
then she goes back home”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
1:21:15 hb looking 1 sig
I hope that you find the following video as inspiring as I did.  Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe! Namaste ~ Raven

Awesomeness of a Crane Fly 9/9/14

Flashback Sunday, September 9, 2012 – This is milkweed and lemon balm along with the shadows cast by the late afternoon sun. Hubby loves this one because you can see both plants and shadow and thus I’ve chosen is as my pick photo of the day.
September 9, 2012 sig
Flashback Monday, September 9, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars this evening’s sunset at is starts to fade taken from the middle of my street.
September 9, 2013 sig
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – The plants love that it rained again today and I was able to get this wonderful crane fly as the rain was winding down.  I also still have a couple of hummingbirds and have a little portrait of one.
9:9:14 crossed close sigCrane Fly you hold on
as raindrops fall all around
your awesome beauty.
~ Raven Ariana Simons
9:9:14 odd angle sig  9:9:14 grass drops sig 9:9:14 wings in focus sig“Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”
~ Fred Rogers
9:9:14 crane fly 1 sig 9:9:14 grass drop 2 sig 9:9:14 grass crane fly sig 9:9:14 side face sig“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”
~ Fred Rogers
9:9:14 hummy sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven