Grateful Grasshopper 6/7/17

Little grasshoppers of different sizes hopped away when I tried to take their portraits.They seemed grateful that I didn’t pursue them.  It was early in the morning and the light was dim.  I felt grateful to get a couple of photos that weren’t blurred.

sitting on lemon
balm and mint you flee swiftly
grateful grasshopper
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven


Wasps, Bees, and a Flower Fly 8/12/14

Flashback Sunday, August 12, 2012 – This is this morning’s datura bloom after its debut last night. It is still beautiful and my pick photo for today.
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Flashback Monday, August 12, 2013 – This is today’s pick photo of the day and it stars the pair of baby/young doves that are being raised in my yard. It’s really cute the way they chase their parents around. Yesterday’s pick also starred one of them and today I got them both on the same fence. They seem to really like this fence and I could get quite close while they gave me dubious looks 🙂
August 12, 2013 sigTuesday, August 12, 2014 – Today I have a couple types of wasp, bees and a little flower fly.
8:12:14  side farther sig 8:12:14  little wasp sig 8:12:14  little wasp 1 sig 8:12:14 honeybee sigFor behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal, or a window opening on something other than itself.”
~ Antoine de St. Exupery

8:12:14  bumble side sig 8:12:14  paper wasp 1 sig 8:12:14  nice side paper wasp sig 8:12:14  flower fly sigSimply let experience take place very freely, so that our open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.”
~ Tsokniy Rinpoche II

8:12:14  good little wasp close sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

First Milkweed Seeds 8/9/14

Flashback Thursday, August 9, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a honeybee on the pretty orange flowers (butterfly weed – Asclepias tuberosa) in my neighbors’ parking strip. Love the clear shot of the bee with the vibrant greens and oranges!
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Flashback Friday, August 9, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and hubby got to choose as today celebrates 22 years of marriage together 🙂
August 9, 2013 sigSaturday, August 9, 2014 – A few milkweed pods have ripened and the red milkweed beetles are continuing to feed.  The insect in the pod is a milkweed bug, though these seem to eat more than just milkweed because I see them in the backyard where I don’t have any milkweed yet.  Spearmint and fennel also grow in my milkweed strip and here is a tiny little native bee and a honeybee enjoying the blossoms.  Happy Anniversary to my honey for 23 years of marriage!  I love you 🙂
8:9:14 pod sig 8:9:14 mseeds sig 8:9:14 mbug sig“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
~Terence McKenna
8:9:14 tiny native sig 8:9:14 hb 1 sig 8:9:14 tiny native close sig“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.”
~ Terence McKenna
8:9:14 mb lunch sig 8:9:14 dinner time sig“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”
~ Terence McKenna
8:9:14 mb sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven