Full Moon 6/9/17

I am enjoying a full moon. Earlier I visited damselfly, ladybug and wasp, all considered “beneficial insects”.
wasp and ladybug
great hunters in the garden
seeking their dinner
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
awesome damselfly
you are settled and resting
then you’ll be hunting
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
breaking through the clouds
the light of the moon shines bright
illuminating
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Ladybug, Ladybug 6/4/17

A hot and windy day so far with ladybugs making new ladybugs 😉  Also aphids in the first photo and another lone ladybug cruising along.
we are so grateful
for ladybugs and others
who help us garden
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Lovely Ladybug Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

At Home With Hummingbirds and Milkweed Friends 10/3/15

10:3:15 L hum 1 sig“It just may be that the most radical act we can commit is to stay home,” says Terry Tempest Williams. ~ From Terri Windling’s October 1st blog post
10:3:15 mb 1 sigSaturday, October 3, 2015 – Mostly overcast with some rain today for the 3rd day of OcPoWriMo.  While I rarely follow the prompts, in part because my poetry follows my picture project and it seems haiku (as I play with it) a nice fit, I will say that lately my biggest blocks to my creativity and writing have been more physical than emotional (though there are emotional components that arise out of the physical).  They have ranged from dsl connection issues (as most of my writing is here on this blog and on pollinator/earth activism pages I manage on fb), old equipment and failed software, and health issues.  It is kind of ironic because this blog originally arose from a daily photo project I started on Facebook on January 4, 2012 to help get me up and about after an extended period of illness and being abed.  I do have some chronic health issues, like too many people I know, that stem from what I believe to be the way humans live in and treat the earth and all of its creatures (including the plant people).  One of the types I have takes down my immune system and it can take quite some time to get better (I’m still in an activation phase of this one).  When we live in a world where humans spray poisons to get rid of the plants and animals that they don’t want, we tend to forget that we are poisoning ourselves as well as the creatures we love.  All of life is necessary and I believe we need to find our way back to a sacred re-connection to our world and all in it.  This includes a connection to where we live and to all of our neighbors (including the plant and other beings).  Terri Windling’s blog, Myth and Moor, has been examining the connection to the places we live, our communities, and how we relate to the sacred in these places over the last couple of weeks (September and October).  I encourage you to go check it out 🙂
10:3:15 L hum 5 sig“my friends are still here
while the milkweed is turning
it’s migration time”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:3:15 lb best sig 10:3:15 mb 2 sig“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.”
~ Terri Tempest Williams
10:3:15 L hum sig 10:3:15 mb sig“connecting with home
I am tender to spider
and my other friends”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:3:15 js sigNamaste, Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

A Bit ‘O Spring – 3/16/15, 3/17/15

3:17:15 bee bottom sig“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)

lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there’s nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly
tiny winging darting floating
merry in the blossoming
always joyful selves are singing)

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
~ e. e. cummings

Forsythia on 3/16/14.

Forsythia on 3/16/14.

Click here for the post to photos for March 16, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2015 – A warm day with partly cloudy skies.  The neighbor’s ornamental plum is blooming and growing leaves so fast that they blossoms are already falling.  Yesterday they were mostly buds with a few blossoms open.  The early tulips are directly beneath the tree and the box elder bug is on my Oregon grape.

3:16:15 pbs sig 3:16:15 tulips sig 3:16:15 pb sky sig 3:16:15 beetle sig“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”
~ Emily Dickinson
3:16:15 blossoms clouds sig 3:16:15 tulip a sig 3:16:15 p b sig“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
3:16:15 pollen sig“blossom unfolding
coaxed by warm weather and sun
gilded with pollen”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

Thai chili pepper blossom on 3/16/14.

Thai chili pepper blossom on 3/16/14.

Click here for the post to photos for March 17, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2015 – Today was another unseasonably warm day that started off clear and sunny and developed into clouds.  I saw my first butterflies, a checkered white (no photo of that one) and an orange one that I think is a silver bordered frittilary.  If you click on the photos you can see that one has a ladybug at the bottom of the dandelion where the orange butterfly is sipping nectar.  I also have my neighbors’ Buddha dressed up for St. Paddy’s Day and if you look closely at the horizontal photo you can see a jumping spider photo bombing his hat.  A dove and a robin grace the day, along with tulips, plum blossoms, and a honeybee bum (at the top of the page).
3:17:15 d sig 3:17:15 b 1 v sig
3:17:15 butterfly and ladybug sig 3:17:15 d 1 sig 3:17:15 red tulips 1 sig3:17:15 js w:b sig
“Describe plum-blossoms?
Better than my verses…white
Wordless Butterflies”
~ Reikan
3:17:15 blossoms sig 3:17:15 robin at the oasis sig 3:17:15 side blossom sig“butterflies dancing
dear dandelions blooming
sip nectar my love”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:17:15 butterfly close 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, and Bright Spring Blessings ~ Raven

Happy All Soul’s Day – Day of the Dead – La Dia de los Muertos 11/2/14

“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
11:2:14 wasatch sigFlashback Friday, November 2, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars lily pads and reflections of autumn leaves in the pond where they grow. There are a few leaves in there, too.
November 2, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, November 2, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of the ladies drinking from a little place that I leave for creatures to drink from 🙂
November 2, 2013 sigSunday, November 2, 2014 – The temperatures have fallen and we had rain today.  I saw a ladybug pupa on a clover leaf along with the rain drops.
11:2:14 c drops sig 11:2:14 side drop sig 11:2:14 lots sig 11:2:14 drop colors 1 sig“leaves are getting wet
as the rain falls from the sky
sips for thirsty souls”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

11:2:14 drops sig 11:2:14 g drops 1 sig 11:2:14 c drops 1 closer sig 11:2:14 side drops 1 sig“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”
~ George Eliot
11:2:14 bite 1 sig 11:2:14 g drops sig 11:2:14 bite sig 11:2:14 drop colors sig“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
~Kahlil Gibran
11:2:14 lb sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Milkweed Aphids, Ladybug and Snail 10/8/14

“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
~ Anais Nin
10:8:14 rattlesnake master sig 10:8:14 shell 1 sigFlashback Monday, October 8, 2012 – This is my pick photo of the day and stars these pretty asters with the super sparkly light background.
October 8, 2012 sigFlashback Tuesday, October 8, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a duck at a park I stopped at today.
October 8, 2013 sigWednesday, October 8, 2014 – This year has seen an excess of aphids on my milkweed late in the season.  The ladybugs have been fewer in number.  I haven’t done anything except observe.  It is a full moon with a full lunar eclipse and day 8 of the month long poetry challenge.
10:8:14 ladybug and aphids sig 10:8:14 milkweed aphids sig “Living means constantly growing closer to death. Satisfaction only temporarily relieves hunger. Find the balance, and plant your feet.”
~ Jackie Morse
10:8:14 lb close sig10:8:14 lb side sig 10:8:14 lb sig“predator and prey
balance one with the other…
each necessary”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:8:14 snail 10:8:14 pretty snail 1 sig“wee cute traveler
crawling along so slowly
a home on your back”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:8:14 funny snail 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste and Full Moon Blessings ~ Raven

Peeping Hummingbird, Pollen Pants, Ladybug Eyes, and Others In the Garden 9/13/14

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

9:13:14 fushia sig Flashback Thursday, September 13, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it shows my neighborhood blue jay running the goldfinches off of the seed sock! This bird is totally bold and full of fun personality 🙂
September 13, 2012 sigFlashback Friday, September 13, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of my resident hummingbirds looking unhappy about being out in rain.
September 13, 2013 sigSaturday, September 13, 2014 – Today I am enjoying a few of our resident pollinators in the garden. The very first picture is of a peeping hummingbird.  This one wants to visit the feeder and is on alert for us and the other hummingbird that is still around.  We also have some other little friends.
9:13:14 the peeping hum sig 9:13:14 hummy wings sig
9:13:14 hummy sig“Peeping hummingbird
waits to see if we will go
and leave the nectar.”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
9:13:14 ladybug a sig 9:13:14 looking at you sig 9:13:14 pollen pants sig“Bees bouncing around
to clover and sunflowers,
fuzzy pollen pants.”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
9:13:14 ladybug eyes sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Pollinator Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven