Happy All Hallows Eve – Halloween – Samhain 10/31/14

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
~ Fred Rogers
10:31:14 hazel sigFlashback Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and I call it “gothic garden” and I can imagine this growing in the garden of a Victorian style haunted mansion! Have a safe and happy Samhain everyone!
October 31, 2012 sigFlashback Thursday, October 31, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars these flowers called Mexican Hats that are just about done blooming and will be gone with the first frost.
October 31, 2013 sigFriday, October 31, 2014 – Today is the 31st and last day of the month long poetry challenge and I’m happy that I participated.  I had the pleasure of reading a lot of awesome poetry and interacting with some lovely writers.  Thank you to all who have visited and written and prompted.  May you have a safe and happy Halloween!
10:31:14 raining clouds 1 sig 10:31:14 h shadow sig 10:31:14 moon sig10:31:14 catkin sig 10:31:14 moon clouds sig“playful wind blowing
colorful leaves off of trees
it is Halloween”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:31:14 grass shadows sig 10:31:14 spooky sig 10:31:14 raining clouds sig 10:31:14 h leaf sig“When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis Halloween.

~ Unknown
10:31:14 moon 1 sig“shivering shadows
send dancing light a quiver
spooky afternoon”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:31:14 h rainbow 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven


Little Bees, Dragonfly and A Wasp 10/30/14

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
10:30:14 teeny a 1 sigFlashback Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and features the blossom of a New Guinea impatiens. This flower reminds me of a face, maybe one of those Chinese New Year’s Dragons.
October 30, 2012 sigFlashback Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars the leaves on one of my hazel trees.
October 30, 2013 sigThursday, October 30, 2014 – On this 30th day of the month long poetry challenge I have two types of native bees, a wasp, and a dragonfly.  This first bee is so tiny that I had to put the sweet alyssum photos (including the one at the top of the post) to show you just how small it is!
10:30:14 teeny sig“teeny, tiny bee
do you think there’s nectar here
in sweet alyssum?”
~ Raven Ariana Simons 10:30:14 teeny a sig 10:30:14 teeny 1 sigI’ll mix up the rest of the photos for fun along with the rest of my written offerings for this day before the very last day of OctPoWriMo 2014 🙂
10:30:14 df sig 10:30:14 wasp sig 10:30:14 nb sig 10:30:14 df 2 sig“almost Halloween
how many trick or treaters
will we have this year?”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:30:14 nb 1 sig 10:30:14 df 1 sig 10:30:14 wasp 1 sig 10:30:14 nb close 1 sig“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
~ Chad Sugg
10:30:14 df side sig“someone’s been nibbling
on this forsythia leaf
a leaf cutter bee”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:30:14 nb close sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Leaves and Shadows 10/29/14

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
~ Dr. Seuss
10:29:14 shadow m sigFlashback Monday, October 29, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars leaves and catkins on my hazel tree.
October 29, 2012 sigFlashback Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a flower fly.  I know this one was so cold and almost in torpor. I’ll miss my little friends when it freezes!
October 29, 2013 sigWednesday, October 29, 2014 – On this 29th day of the month long poetry challenge the weather remained sunny and the leaves are beautiful.  You’ll find my responses to the prompts within today’s post 🙂
10:29:14 leaves sig 10:29:14 m leaf sig 10:29:14 leaf sig 10:29:14 holy leaves sigWill You Still Love Me?
“Autumn’s here twilight’s falling all across the land,
Summer’s passing daylight’s fading the wheel turns again.
Will you still love me?

When winter comes wild winds raging blowing from the north,
Night is reigning the icy queen calls a blizzard forth.
Will you still love me?

Spring brings changes, wild ones winged flying from southern climes,
Dawning day brights bright array to the newborn time.
Will you still love me?

Summer ripens life runs rampant growing towards the sun,
Daylight’s reign celebrates when the work is done.
Will you still love me?

All things change, all things pass, by the Lady’s hand,
I will meet with you again in the Summerland.
Will you still love me?
will you still love me?”
~ Raven Ariana Simons (©1997) from “The Wheel Turns” CD ©2004
10:29:14 m shadows sig 10:29:14 shadows sig 10:29:14 m leaves sig 10:29:14 two leaves sig“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
~ Elbert Hubbard
10:29:14 m color sig 10:29:14 y holy leaves sig 10:29:14 m shadows 1 sig 10:29:14 edges sig“together we are
like two branches side by side
leaves come and they go”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:29:14 branches m sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Dragonflies and Honeybees 10/28/14

“There’s no ‘should’ or ‘should not’ when it comes to having feelings.  They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control.  When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what we do with those feelings.”
~ Fred Rogers
10:28:14 df closer sigFlashback Sunday, October 28, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a cute little junco with the setting sun illuminating it in an interesting way 🙂
October 28, 2012 sigFlashback Monday, October 28, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a female mallard duck looking at something (probably another bird) up in the sky. She and her mate hoped I had some treats, but I was empty handed. This was right before the wind started picking up again.
October 28, 2013 sigTuesday, October 28, 2014 – On this 28th day of the month long poetry challenge it was sunny and I was able to get a few photos of dragonflies and honeybees.
10:28:14 df sig 10:28:14 bee sig 10:28:14 bee water drop sig 10:28:14 a df eyes sig “The insects left here
still hunger and are thirsty
they get what they can”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:28:14 two bees sig 10:28:14 a df close sig 10:28:14 hb on duckweed sig 10:28:14 df close sig“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
~ Fred Rogers
10:28:14 bee detail sig“sipping bees drink deep
the waters of my small pool
the birds visit, too”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:28:14 nice df sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Of Weather and Roses 10/27/14

“Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.”
Mary Manin Morrissey
10:27:14 drops close sigFlashback Saturday, October 27, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars one of my volunteer basil in silhouette against the setting sun. I love how this picture looks like an oriental ink painting, sumi-e  🙂
October 27, 2012 sigFlashback Sunday, October 27, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a flower fly flying! I have so enjoyed all of my little insect friends this year 🙂
October 27, 2013 sigMonday, October 27, 2014 -Changing weather today along with lovely fall colors and a beautiful rose grace this 27th day of the month long poetry challenge.
10:27:14 clouds rays sig 10:27:14 drops and shadows sig 10:27:14 edge drops sig 10:27:14 wavy sig 10:27:14 bud sig“while I was sleeping
rain fell bejeweling roses
and autumn color”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:27:14 pink close 1 sig 10:27:14 roses sig “clouds riding the winds
thunder scattering autumn
unveiling the trees”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:27:14 clouds sig10:27:14 rose petal 1 sig“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
~ Paulo Coelho
10:27:14 wasatch 1 sig 10:27:14 clouds 1 v sig
“blue sky golden leaves
berries red on hawthorn tree
winter treat for birds”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

10:27:14 wasatch sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Fall Fushia 10/26/14

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.”
~ Rose G. Kingsley
10:26:14 two fushia sigFlashback Friday, October 26, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars three of the gourds I harvested this afternoon after yesterday’s snow and hard freeze.
October 26, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, October 26, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of my ladies sipping on some of the last nectar of the season.
October 26, 2013 sigSunday, October 26, 2014 -Today is day 26 of the month long poetry challenge and also the day I brought in my indoor plants to survive the winter.  The night temperatures are falling and anytime now frost will lay low many of the flowers that I have planted.  These are the annuals I have left outside (though the fushia and New Guinea impatiens are perennials in milder climates).
10:26:14 ng pollen sig 10:26:14 lavender impatiens sig 10:26:14 ng impatiens sig 10:26:14 close fushia 1 sig“shimmering color…
you’ve become quite the river
of beautiful blooms”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:26:14 ng light sig 10:26:14 ng shadows sig 10:26:14 lavender impatiens 1 sig 10:26:14 pollen sig
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
~ Marcel Proust
10:26:14 fushia shadows sig“flower fireworks
explode in lively arrays
igniting beauty”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

10:26:14 fushias sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Squirrel 10/25/14

“The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature.  Each kind of thing has a collective memory.  So, take a squirrel living in New York now.  That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels.”
~ Rupert Sheldrake
10:25:14 hello sigFlashback Thursday, October 25, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars pretty marigolds with snowy little caps 🙂
October 25, 2012 sigFlashback Friday, October 25, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a crow and a magpie looking at me.
October 25, 2013 sigSaturday, October 25, 2014 – Today’s photos on the 25th day of the month long poetry challenge star a squirrel in my son’s yard.
10:25:14 in basket close sig 10:25:14 basket v 1 sig
10:25:14 squirrel v sig 10:25:14 squirrel tree sig
10:25:14 squirrel tree 1 sig“you are enchanting
sitting pretty and begging
hopeful with the birds”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:25:14 squirrel sig 10:25:14 basket v 2 sig
10:25:14 basket v sig 10:25:14 close squirrel sig
10:25:14 squirrel front sig“On such a day each road is planned To lead to some enchanted land; Each turning meets expectancy. The signs I read on every hand. I know by autumn’s wizardry On such a day the world can be Only a great glad dream for me– Only a great glad dream for me!”
~ Eleanor Myers Jewett
10:25:14 squirrel tree 2 sig“sitting with sparrows
a big fat squirrel finds treats
~ Raven Ariana Simons

10:25:14 in basket sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven