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My neighbors enjoy river rafting.  I enjoy taking photos in their yard. Their Buddha and flowers star in some of my portraits.

They have a vehicle that has petroglyph style decals.  I laughed today when I noticed a couple of decals that may be new (or I just noticed) and got a kick out of. One of my photos turned out clear and the other is so so. I have pretty petunias and decided to add pollen shots to my neighbors’ cute statements. They have a cat.
lurking in the yard
o mighty hunter of moths
here kitty kitty
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

I imagine this represents those occasional moments when rafting.
moving with paddles
then river takes you away
heartbeat thundering
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Petunia Pollen Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven


Moss Roses and Honeybees (10/7/15)

10:7:15 mossrose4 sig“Even if, at the moment, you can’t sit down and do the gruntwork of stringing verbs and nouns together, you are writing. It is a way of seeing, a way of being. The world is not only the world, but your personal filing cabinet. You lodge details of the world in your sparkling nerve-library that spirals through your brain and coils down your arms and legs, collects in your belly and your sex. You write, even if you can’t always “write.”
However, writers write. Active, not passive.”
Luis Alberto Urrea, Six Kinds of Sky: A Collection of Short Fiction  via Goodreads
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Today was sunny and I am happy to share these photos of moss roses and a couple of honeybees taking a drink at the little feature I have to share water with the wildlife (and some of the neighbors’ wandering pets) that visit my place.  Day 7 of OcPoWriMo’s prompt is here and it asks us to consider a decision that we have made that we are happy with as we travel this road of life and come to a fork in the road.  One of my happy decisions was to extend the daily photo project that I began in January of 2012 longer than a year.  This has lead me to writing more words and exploring poetry when I found October Poetry Writing Month last year.  Yay!
10:7:15 mossrose1 sig 10:7:15 hb sig “pollen paths for bees
beauty and color in fall
for all to enjoy”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:7:15 mossrose sig “One of the curanderas in Cuernavaca told me, “If you do not want to join us in Teresita’s work, then you must heal in the power of your own medicine.  You must heal them with words.  Literature is medicine too.”
~ Luis Alberto Urrea from a reading group guide about writing (in the book) “A Hummingbird’s Daughter”
10:7:15 mossrose2 sig“honeybees drinking
moss roses soaking up sun
a bright autumn day”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
10:7:15 hb1 sigNamaste, Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

Three Sunny Days in March – 3/7/15, 3/8/15, 3/9/15

3:9:15 sunset sig“Now when the primrose makes a splendid show,
And lilies face the March-winds in full blow,
And humbler growths as moved with one desire
Put on, to welcome spring, their best attire…”
~ William Wordsworth

Cedar waxwing on 3/7/14.

Cedar waxwing on 3/7/14.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 – Today was a day full of birds staking out territory and I even saw a tussle between a couple of male starlings, though I was only able to get the “sing off” before they went after each other.  I also have a cute blue jay who seemed to look on in an incredulous way.
3:7:15 sing off a sig 3:7:15 look up 1 sig“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ”
~ Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
3:7:15 good s sig “as the jay looks on
male starlings fall from the tree
engaged in battle”
~ Raven Ariana Simons3:7:15 j 1 sig

Crocus on 3/8/14.

Crocus on 3/8/14.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015 – I saw my first flower flies (hoverflies) today and the first mason bee (osmia) and a cute little honeybee gathering pollen.
3:8:15 ff 1 a sig 3:8:15 side ff sig“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
3:8:15 osmia sig“a fine sunny day
as pollinators emerge
from their winter’s sleep”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
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Seagulls on March 9, 2014.

Seagulls on March 9, 2014.

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Monday, March 9, 2015 – The crocus are still in bloom, the aspen catkin buds lengthen, and the Oregon grape is also coming into bloom.  We also had a lovely sunset which is stars at the beginning of this post.
3:9:15 aspen a sig3:9:15 p c 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
3:9:15 o g open sig 3:9:15 hb a sig“cheerful spring flowers
food for the insect people
brings hope to my heart”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:9:15 c s cl sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven


Pollen for Grace 2/18/15

“Until it seems that the whole city (Venice/Venus)
will be covered with golden pollen shaken
from the bell towers, lilies plundered
with the weight of massive bees …”
~ H. D.
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Flashback – Saturday, February 18, 2012 – Here are two female sparrows on an aspen.
February 18, 2012 sigFlashback – Monday, February 18, 2013 – I love this photo looking out in the Great Salt Lake. I think that this is Antelope Island, the farther shore.
Februay 18, 2013 sigFlashback – Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – The ducks have started their courtship and mating behavior at the pond 🙂
February 18, 2014Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – A long time neighbor just sold his house. He is a professional photographer, horseman, beekeeper and all around nice person.  I had a very surprising experience a couple of days before he had to be gone when I asked when he was moving his bees.  He explained to me that a friend of his had taken most of his empty boxes but that his thriving hive was not welcome by the new owners of the property and that he was afraid that the bees would die if moved to his new house.  He wondered if I’d give them a home.  I asked when they needed to be moved and he said a couple of days.

Wowza!  I must give a big thank you to my hubby and son for scrambling to get them moved in time.  Last summer, my intuition was to leave all honey for YoMama Hive and my neighbor did the same for this one.  His hive has four deep boxes, so you can imagine how heavy they were.  I guess there were some tense moments when, despite heavy straps, the boxes started separating as they were trundled down the street and into my backyard and across bumpy places!  They’re here now and it looks like the ladies have settled in. I have named them Grace Hive 🙂  These ladies are Carniolans and have already been bringing in pollen!  The Italians of YoMama Hive have been pollen laden, too.
2:18:15 in sig2:18:15 two out fr sig 2:18:15 p two flying sig “Words were her plague and words were her redemption.”
~ H. D.
2:18:15 face to face sig 2:18:15 peeker 1 sig 2:18:15 pollen sig“would you like my bees
you’ll need to move them quickly
so Grace came to me”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:18:15 resting with pollen sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

First Flowers 2/11/15

2:11:15 bum sigThe temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.

Flashback – Saturday, February 11, 2012 – Candle (candle light vigil), reflection and terracotta bowl for today.
February 11, 2012 sigFlashback – Monday, February 11, 2013 – Here are three icicles on my neighbor’s juniper.
February 11, 2013 sigFlashback – Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – It is lovely to see birds at dawn 🙂
February 11, 2014Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – Today the sun was out and also the first of the crocus.  I spied the little jumping spider, some flies, a beetle and the ladies out gathering pollen.
2:11:15 bee sig 2:11:15 two c cl sig 2:11:15 back sig 2:11:15 wings sig‘Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~ William Wordsworth

2:11:15 purple 2 sig 2:11:15 emerg sig 2:11:15 close crocus sig 2:11:15 flying sig“the crocus emerge
bees blessing a sunny day
gathering pollen”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

2:11:15 bee 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Queen of the Wee Hours 1/2/15

“I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.”
~ Anne Bronte
1:2:15 pl sigFlashback, Monday, January 2, 2012 – On the fourth of January I’ll again have photos for 2012 because this is when I began the Walk In Beauty daily photo project on Facebook.  2012 was a leap year, which blessed us with an extra day for the month to February.  Just for fun, I’ve decided I will put the pick photo for February 29, 2012 in tomorrow’s place for the January 3rd, 2012 flashback photo.
Flashback Wednesday, January 2, 2013 – This is my pick photo of the day and it stars a lavender stalk showcasing the intense orange light from the sunset filtered through polluted (inversion) air.
January 2, 2013 sigFlashback Thursday, January 2, 2014 -This pick photo for today stars moss that grows on a tree a couple of blocks away from my home.
January 2, 2014 sigFriday, January 2nd 2015 – My second flower on my zigzag cactus opened as the sun set on New Year’s Day.  I also lost a dear friend to cancer.  I waited until midnight as the fragrance filled my entire room so that I could take photos of this amazing blossom and have them for today.  This is the first year that I’ve had this cactus/succulent and was delighted to have two blooms.  The first one I missed when it was at its peak and I was only able to take photos of it the next day and I didn’t have a helper to hold a light source.  Taking the pictures I was able to get was quite tricky as I either had to hold the flashlight with my teeth or hold the camera in one hand and the flashlight in the other (not too steady, sadly).  I gave t my best shot …. literally!  Today I have Hubby to thank for staying up and patiently holding this fab little flashlight that I got as a gift 🙂
1:2:15 whole picture closer sigPart of the process of taking my photos is lots of prayers and gratitude!
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So far, I have never edited or changed the pictures in any way.  I left them the way that the camera saw the subject and then my computer took this information in to be shared.  I am revisiting this part of my project and I might consider some editing, special effects, or other artistic possibilities when Year Four officially begins, although anything that I do in the area of “artistic possibilities” will be in addition to my regular offerings.
1:2:15 stamen side 1 sigI hope that anyone viewing these wonderful gifts from The Great Spirit might be blessed by a further opening of their hearts to the small beauties that surround them.
1:2:15 textures sigI also concentrate on subjects that I find beautiful and others might not know exist.  I have found out over time that this can be especially true of the insect people and small common birds and plants that many overlook or believe to be “weeds” and “pests”.  Truly “weeds” are plants growing in places where humans don’t want them and “pests” are plants or other living creatures that might compete with or inconvenience humans.  This flower is not one of the common and unappreciated plant people (at least where I live) that humans find annoying.  In fact, people pay money for these.
1:2:15 stamen sig1:2:15 plantlers 1 sig“in the still of night
I came, opened, and conquered
through total beauty”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
1:2:15 semi side sig1:2:15 pollen sig“The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb- time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night.”
~ John O’Donohue
1:2:15 semi side sig1:2:15 plantlers 1 sig“awake or asleep…
when do you dream I was asked
walking the Dreamtime”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
1:2:15 s f 2 v sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste and Dreaming Blessings ~ Raven

Swarming For National Honeybee Day 8/16/14

Flashback Thursday, August 16, 2012 – My pick photo for today stars this evening’s sunset. These colors are super dramatic and while I don’t appreciate the forest fires and heavy smoke, I can see the beauty of the colors and play of light.
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Flashback Friday, August 16, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a closer shot of two native bees in the family melissodes (possibly melissodes agilis) resting in a sunflower 🙂
August 16, 2013 sigSaturday, August 16, 2014 – Today is National Honeybee Day (in the USA) and people swarmed the globe to bring awareness to the decline of pollinators.  They protested and handed out information to people so that they could decide whether or not to use poisons on their lawns and gardens.  I participated.  I only have two photos of sidewalk chalk messages because I don’t want to show the humans protesting and I have some bees, honeybees and a native bee, feeding on plants at Home Depot.  Sadly these plants have been treated with systemic poisons that hurt bees called neonicitinoids.
8:16:14 hd salvia 1 sig 8:16:14 hd honeybee 1 sig 8:16:14 native hd sig 8:16:14 sidewalk bee sig 8:16:14 sipping bee sig“How could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and death even to their own kind?”
~ Rachel Carson
8:16:14 hd salvia sig 8:16:14 hd honeybee sig 8:16:14 hd salvia 3 sig 8:16:14 save the bees sig 8:16:14 hd salvia 2 sig “A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance.”
~ Wendell Berry
8:16:14 flying hd sig“Truth and beauty can still win battles. We need more art, more passion, more wit in defense of the Earth.”
~ David Brower
8:16:14 bee face sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven