This, Too, Shall Pass (10/6/15)

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
10:6:15 L hazel10 sigTuesday, October 6, 2015 – “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi – October is such a fascinating month for change where I live and today’s prompt for OcPoWriMo is life changes. Changing leaves, temperatures, weather, daylight hours, and moods demonstrate that it is obviously autumn. The higher elevations have been colorful with leaves for a while now and the leaves are transforming and even falling in my neighborhood/micro-climate.  Change is apparent in my household, since everyone is adjusting to the death of one of the cats.  Cats don’t like change.  I ran across this quote that I found to be filled with synchronicity because of yesterday’s loss and my photos today are of hazel leaves beginning to change, “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars  on Goodreads
10:6:15 L hazel7 sigI chose today’s photos because, not only do they demonstrate the change of seasons, they look mysterious at the same time.  Change brings mystery, because we can only know it as we experience it or it wouldn’t be “change” it would be “same”.  Though really, if you are fully present in the “now” is anything ever exactly the same?  The nature of life is change, transformation, and impermanence.  Just like no two snowflakes are exactly alike, no two autumns are the same, and no two hazel leaves are identical.  Life is a mystery of change and impermanence and each moment is unique.  The mystery unfolds each minute in time as you experience it.  The important thing is to be present in the moment. This way you can fully experience the gift of your life, though this can be challenging when you are experiencing loss, grief, sadness, anger, or other uncomfortable feelings.  A good saying when times are rough is “that this, too, shall pass”.  During difficult moments, I also try and keep alive the hope that painful experiences might help guide my personal transformation towards being a more kind and compassionate person.
10:6:15 L hazel12 sig 10:6:15 L hazel6 sig“dear hazels growing
rooted deeply in the ground
your leaves are changing”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:6:15 L hazel13 sig 10:6:15 L hazel5 sig“moment to moment
our very cells transforming
and this too shall pass”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:6:15 L hazel3 sigNamaste, Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

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Crystals of Ice 1/8/15

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
~ Rachel Carson
1:8:15 leaf cave sigFlashback – Sunday, January 8, 2012 – This fall when we had our first freeze. I dug up two Thai chili pepper plants and brought them in. After a time of acclimation they began to bloom.
January 8, 2012 sigFlashback – Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – One of today’s extra photos stars the sun, clouds, and trees.
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Flashback – Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – We had lovely snow today and here is a pretty snowflake 🙂
January 8, 2014 sigThursday, January 8, 2015 – Frosty morning with crystals on fallen leaves.
1:8:15 long crys sig 1:8:15 nice leaf sig 1:8:15 many crys sig 1:8:15 thyme sig“shards of ice reflect
or might sparkle if the light
of the sun comes out ”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
1:8:15 leaf cl sig 1:8:15 ice particles sig 1:8:15 neat 2 sig 1:8:15 leaves sig“It gets cold in the desert at night, particularly up in the mountains; the stars hammer on the rock and strike frost.”
~ Tanith Lee
1:8:15 c sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven Ariana Simons

Ice Crystals 12/23/14

“Peace begins with a smile..”
~ Mother Teresa
12:23:14 good crystals sigFlashback Sunday, December 23, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars fungi growing on the half dead aspen next to my front porch.
December 23, 2012 sigFlashback Monday, December 23, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars this evening’s sunset 🙂
December 23, 2013 sigTuesday, December 23, 2014 – Last night it got cold enough to freeze the inside and outside of my vehicle and not all of the hail melted!  It was a most excellent day for ice crystals 🙂
12:23:14 drop sig 12:23:14 lb sig 12:23:14 c w:hail sig 12:23:14 stems sig“when it feels coldest
a fragile beauty may grow
for some eyes to see”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

12:23:14 leaf sig 12:23:14 c w:hail sig 12:23:14 three leaf sig 12:23:14 c stem sig“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
~ Fred Rogers
12:23:14 two leaf sigOur hearts give thanks  for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Last Bright Neighborhood Leaves 12/9/14

All God’s angels come to us disguised.
~James Russell Lowell

12:9:14 berries 2 sigFlashback Sunday, December 9, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a dramatic moment when the sun was breaking through the clouds.
December 9, 2012 sigFlashback Monday, December 9, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a pine cone in my neighbor’s tree 🙂
December 9, 2013 sigTuesday, December 9, 2014 – This is the last tree in the neighborhood that has bright leaves when the leaves turn.  I was able to get a few pictures even as some fell.  I don’t know what type of tree it is.  It has small fruit and perhaps is some kind of ornamental crab apple.
12:9:14 veins sig 12:9:14 twig s sig 12:9:14 big yellow sigAngels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
~Fanny J. Crosby

12:9:14 two sig 12:9:14 branch sig 12:9:14 leaf cl sig“light through falling leaves
peering through those that remain
the world looks golden”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
12:9:14 berrie leaf sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Random Leaves 11/28/14

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Flashback, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars the full moon of Reed with a rainbow nimbus and the planet Jupiter overhead 🙂November 28, 2012 sigFlashback, Thursday, November 28, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of the last of my neighbor’s little white mums. Happy Thanksgiving!November 28, 2013 sigFlashback,  Friday, November 28, 2014 – Today the wind was blowing off and on, so I went around and found some leaves still hanging, fluttering in the trees. The first photo shows a leave blowing in the wind in the upper right hand corner.11:27:14 blowing sig 11:27:14 aspen v sig 11:27:14 aspen bundle sig
11:27:14 s web background sig“November closing
autumn leaves take to the air
before the snow flies”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
11:27:14 a leaves sig 11:27:14 cute apple v sig11:27:14 two leaves sig“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~ Charles Dickens 11:27:14 s web sig“a lucky spider
is still busy weaving webs
hoping for a meal”
~Raven Ariana Simons11:27:14 nice apple sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Grateful For the Leaves and Rain 11/25/14

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson11:25:14 d closer sigFlashback November Sunday, 25, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of the hazels with catkins, the indigo portion of tonight’s sunset, the neighbor’s aspen, and some birds. I’m not sure what kind of birds these are but hubby heard and saw a flock of crows earlier today. I like how they (the birds) snuck in as I took this photo 🙂November 25, 2012 sigFlashback November  Monday, 25, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a mallard drake in super close up 🙂November 25, 2013 sigTuesday, November 25, 2014 – Today we had a light drizzle on and off though out the day.  I live in the west where we have drought and fights over water use.  I am very grateful for this rain and any other form of water that falls on our dry land.  The fallen leaves are also a blessing as they enrich the earth, shelter beneficial insects and wildlife.11:25:14 c d 1 sig 11:25:14 s c l cl sig 11:25:14 c d sig“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
~ Maya Angelou11:25:14 u c sig 11:25:14 d sig 11:25:14 s c l cl sig“mist falls on damp leaves
droplets collect and moisten
in a gentle way”
~ Raven Ariana Simons11:25:14 c d 2 sig 11:25:14 rising up sig“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
~ John F. Kennedy 11:25:14 curved sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Hazel Leaves 11/24/14

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
~ Marcel Proust11:24:14 leaf 2 sigFlashback Saturday, November 24, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a sunflower head that the birds have already visited. I love the detail and way the sun hits the flower and the background. The pretty greens and purple/reds of the background are Oregon grape 🙂November 24, 2012 sigFlashback Sunday, November 24, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a little house finch that was out in my apple trees today 🙂November 24, 2013 sigMonday, November 24, 2014 – We had a winter storm warning for today but I didn’t see any snow at my place.  It snowed at higher elevations and I saw lovely clouds with the sun peaking through at times.  When it was sunny I took some photos of the hazel leaves still left on my trees.11:24:14 leaves sig 11:24:14 leaf sig 11:24:14 leaf 1 sig“it is November
hazel trees you still have leaves
probably not for long”
~ Raven Ariana Simons11:24:14 upright leaf sig 11:24:14 leaf catkins sig 11:24:14 two leaves sig“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
~ A. A. Milne11:24:14 nice leaf sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven