Little Mountain Pass 5-24-17

I was graced to be able to have a quick visit to a canyon close to home, Emigration  Canyon.  Here is Little Dell Reservoir from Little Mountain Pass (all of today’s photos are in Little Mountain Pass).
The wind was blowing fiercely and I only had 2 good photos of these grasses with Little Dell in the background.
Clouds were moving across the sky leading to stormy clouds, brief rain, and high wind.  When I got back into the valley I heard from some folks about their misadventures in gusty winds that were blowing up to 75 mph.  I have shots from blue sky and clouds to stormy skies.  The ant on the spent blossom of an unfamiliar mountain shrub is pretty awesome (as I didn’t think I had a good ant photo).
up in the canyon
a little ant forages
no staring at clouds
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
less than an hour
winds whip up and chase the trees
blow off fluffy clouds
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Nighty Night Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Sunset Study 5-22-17

This lovely evergreen lives in my neighborhood.  Today was nice with times of sun and partly cloudy.
neighborhood walking
journey flowers to sunset
with colours flowing
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

the light is shifting
I love watching colours change
seeing the sunset
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
studying sunset
I see nothing stays the same
change is happening
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Blessing, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!

Fallen Blossoms – 5-16-17

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Today has been overcast with a little rain.  The sun peeped out for a few moments this morning and, given the nature of the weather where I live, may make more appearances before setting this evening.  The snowball bushes are dropping their blossoms and my neighbor’s ornamental flowering fruit tree (cherry?) lost the last few pink flowers that it had been holding on to.DSC08205 nice white sm sig
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The following little snowball bush blossom has been captured in a spiderweb.
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cool spring rains fall and
shake loose blossoms that linger
small fallen flowers
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
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Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, and Bright Blossom Blessings,
Our Hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

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.
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who is visiting flowers?
tiny bumblebee
~ ©Raven Ariana Simons 5/14/17
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Namu Amida Butsu
Our Hearts Give Thanks For the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Yes, I Will Be Your Valentine 2/14/17

small-valentine-2017-jpg-sigValentine’s morning is frosty and clear
So clear I  see my breath,
Hear frozen cracklings underfoot,
While watching you scrape the icy veil,
Clearing the windows for a clean view,
Allowing you to make it safely to work.

I return to warmth and furry friends
Already missing you.
I see the handmade gift you made me,
A cardboard heart with a question and words of love.

The sun shines on deep red roses
In an elegant vase bought years ago.
I imagine the vase rejoicing
As it has long sat empty and now
It is serving beauty once again.
With your gifts and question
You spoke of loving feelings, tender intentions,
And a wish that we might put our feet on a spiritual path
That deepens loving connection.

This evening we will celebrate
With other couples dedicated
To each other and their coupleships.

We will share with each other,
Working on healthy communication, true intimacy,
And ways to deepen our bonds together,
A wonder filled opportunity.

I spoke my answer to your question
And will now write it here, Beloved Husband.
Yes, I will be your valentine.

With gratitude in my heart
I can say I have loved you from the beginning
And continue to love you in the present.

My prayers are that we take
A spiritual journey together,
Deepening our compassion, kindness, love,
And feelings of gratitude for all we have,
Including each other.

Happy Valentine’s Day
From your beloved wife, Raven!

May your Valentine’s Day be filled with gratitude, compassion, love, and kindness.

Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!

Around the Yard 5/7/14

Flashback Monday, May 7, 2012 – I absolutely love this picture and it is my pick photo for today, May 7th. When I was little and growing up by the beach in Southern California I found a deep purple and yellow sea slug (nudibranch) in the water of the canals in Venice Beach that looked a lot like this iris close-up. I was so impressed with this creature that I’ve carried the memory close to my heart all of these years 🙂  When I think back on my life I feel so grateful for all of the memories I hold dear of animals and natural places I have had the honor to know and love!

May 7, 2012 sigFlashback Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a male goldfinch in one of my apple trees just as the thunder storm starting sending down rain. You can also see that most of the petals have fallen off of the apple blossoms. There are some full blossoms left higher in the tree and you can see the rain falling on these in one of the photos I shared before this one 🙂

May 7, 2013 sigWednesday, May 7, 2014 – Here we see iris, a male quail, comfrey blossoms, snowball bush, salsify, and a hummingbird.

5:7:14 salsify smaller sig5:7:14 salsify sig5:7:14 snowball bush sig“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

5:7:14 white iris sig5:7:14 Bobert sig5:7:14 light purple iris sig “Your dreams, what you hope for and all that, it’s not separate from your life. It grows right up out of it. ”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

5:7:14 quail eye sig 5:7:14 comfrey blossoms sig“What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver 5:7:14 hummer sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Small Spring Beauties 3/8/14

Flashback Thursday, March 8, 2012 – This is my very first orchid bloom that comes from my first surviving orchid. I didn’t know what color it was going to be until I got home this evening and found that …….surprise…this blossom was opened and this is the color a gift for tonight’s full moon. I’ve kept it alive for a couple of years and it has finally rewarded me with flowers.

3:8:12 sigFlashback Friday, March 8, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars juniper berries on the bush. I like the combination of both the older and darker berries with the younger berries.

3:8:13 sigSaturday, March 8, 2014 – Today was beautiful.  Here are a few lovely lives around my yard.  The one yellow crocus is from my neighbors’ yard.  Here’s my first dandelion.

3:8:14 dandelion sigNext we have mating shield bugs and chickweed.

3:8:14 mating sig3:8:14 chickweed sigHere we have close ups of crocus in my yard and if you look closely at the stripey one you’ll see a tiny insect.

3:8:14 close crocus sig3:8:14 tiny insect sig3:8:14 stamen sig“Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is the only moment.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I love this butter yellow beauty at my neighbors’.

3:8:14 yellow crocus close sig“The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.” —Marianne Williamson

Here’s my first viola!

3:8:14 viola sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven