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

Inner Iris 6-18-17

Today it was quite chilly with brief periods of sun. The sunlight allowed me to take today’s photos.  I have found that entire white iris are challenging for me to photograph, so I was pleased and grateful to capture portraits of these beauties before they are done for the season.  They live in my neighbor’s yard.
cool sunshine glitters
bouncing off iris petals
sparkling enjoyment
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
late afternoon light
allows a glimpse within
soft inner iris
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
I love this little fly that look like he/she is looking out over a vast expanse.
This hover fly says “hi” from a neighbor’s flower and looks nice with the iris photos. Amazing that these insects were out in the cold!
wee friends in the cold
pollinating champions
both are little flies
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!

Yellow Flowers 5-15-17

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I saw a hawk today in the maple tree that overhangs my yard.  It had prey.  A large (relative to the sizes of finches and robins) bird landed on the other side of the trunk and I believe it was another hawk and perhaps the mate of the one I could see. I wasn’t able to get a look because of where it settled in the maple. They both took off as I tried to get closer for photos.
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follow the iris
to yellow tulips in May
sweet spring is still here
~©2017 Raven Ariana Simons
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Bright Spring Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Bumble and Blossoms 5/14/14

Flashback Monday, May 14, 2012 – Some spiders have been active on this Oregon grape and along with the developing “grapes” you can see their webs reflecting sunlight. The sparkly red in the background is a young ornamental plum living in my next door neighbors’ front yard with sunlight.

May 14, 2012 sigFlashback Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a little butterfly.

May 14, 2013 sigWednesday, May 14, 2014 – Pretty iris, sage blossoms and a bumblebee 🙂

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5:14:14 bumbleflight sig5:14:14 sage blossom 1 sig“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

5:14:14 dark iris 1 sig5:14:14 bumble side sig“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

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

Happy Mother’s Day 5/11/14

Flashback Friday, May 11, 2012 – These are rue blossoms and I love all of the detail in this picture.

May 11, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, May 11, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars healthy honeybee larvae, a tender bee, and comb illuminated by the sun during today’s hive inspection.

May 11, 2013 sigSunday, May 11, 2014 ~ Happy Mother’s Day everyone.  A cold stormy day but have some borage blossoms, details on a Japanese iris and my resident hummingbird.

5:11:14 borage 1 sig5:11:14 drinking hummer sig“Be happy now. Don’t worry about if you were happy yesterday, or whether you will be happy tomorrow. . . eternity is between seconds. You find Deity, the Goddess, the God, now. And your home becomes your sanctuary. You have a sanctuary as your hearth – a candle, one candle, a stick of incense, wherever you are is Heaven. That’s what my message is – yes – wherever you are, should be Heaven.”
Lady Olivia Robertson

5:11:14 borage sig5:11:14 hummer sig5:11:14 iris details sig“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein

5:11:14 hummer eye sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Blossoms and Flowers 5/4/14

Flashback Friday, May 4, 2012 – These delicate white flowers live in a neighbors’ rock wall.

May 4, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, May 4, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars two of my resident honeybee ladies coming home laden with pollen!

May 4, 2013 sigSunday, May 4, 2014 – Almost missed my choke cherry blossoms, so here are the tail end of them and also iris and columbine from neighbors’ gardens.

5:4:14 choke cherry blossoms sig5:4:14 c cherry 3 sig“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~ Rachel Carson

5:4:14 columbine sig5:4:14 another iris sig “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. ”
~ Rachel Carson

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“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew i would never see it again?”
~ Rachel Carson

5:4:14 iris sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven