Purple Perspective 5-20-17

A beautiful sunny today. The pollinators were out and a I had lovely chance to photograph the flowers.  The above photo shows us a little perspective.  I hope you like the pretty purple iris.

buds are prominent
then recede to deep purple
a nice May iris
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
the sage and the bee
come together sweet blossoms
May pollination
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
a rolly polly
pillbug tours the leaves and ground
sometime called sowbug
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
beefriending iris
buzzing around and looking
bee has adventure
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Surprise! It Snowed! 5-17-17

I woke up to snow this morning and had to wait until first light to take some photos to
share with you.  It was swiftly melting and I discovered how challenging it is to take photos in the gloaming dawn.  It is also my anniversary today for the 28th year I’ve lived with my husband.  We celebrate 26th years of marriage in August.  Here is his gift.
I love it!  So cute and I so enjoy the dandelion and little pollinators and refreshing innocence.  When we met I wanted him to be my playmate and would sing him a little song my grandfather (the one in my photo in the “Cultivating Compassion and Kindness (About)” page of this blog) would sing to me, called “O Little Playmate“.  I’m grateful to have found the little video in the link to share with those of you who’d like to check out the song.
o dearest playmate
you came out to play with me
and make sweet music
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
I feel so very grateful to you, o husband of mine, even in the cold rain and snow 😉
together for years
so very long yet so short
the passage of time
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
adventures we’ve had
exciting sometimes scary
nature comforts us
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

Like every couple we’ve had mixed blessings through out the years and it takes work to make a coupleship and a marriage.  I appreciate that we both have love in our hearts, work on gratitude, compassion, and kindness.  Strive to forgive.  Appreciate Grace, Mystery, and Beauty.  Love our family, pets, friends, and the creatures in our yard (that star in most of my photos) and the world at large, while appreciating trees, fungi, soil organisms, water, air, and all that keeps us alive on mama Earth. Work on realizing mistakes are information and opportunities to learn and grow (great because we both make lots of mistakes).  Love to play and create. Love lifelong learning.  Desire to foster creativity in others when we have a chance and do other acts of Service.

Happy Anniversary, Hubby, may we enjoy many more years together and continue to be blessed with double celebrations (insert heart here)!
Bright Snowy Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks to the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

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

Yellow Flowers 5-15-17

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I saw a hawk today in the maple tree that overhangs my yard.  It had prey.  A large (relative to the sizes of finches and robins) bird landed on the other side of the trunk and I believe it was another hawk and perhaps the mate of the one I could see. I wasn’t able to get a look because of where it settled in the maple. They both took off as I tried to get closer for photos.
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follow the iris
to yellow tulips in May
sweet spring is still here
~©2017 Raven Ariana Simons
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Bright Spring Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

In and Out Like a Lamb – The Last Days of March – 3.26.15 through 3.31.15

3:29:15 buddha 1 sig“We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open.”
~ Jack Kornfield
March came and then left like a lamb this year with unseasonably warm temperatures that averaged around 20 degrees F above normal, little precipitation, and setting at least one record breaking day for heat.  February was also well above normal average temperatures.

Sparrows eating aspen catkins on 3/26/14.

Sparrows eating aspen catkins on 3/26/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 26, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Today’s photos on this warmer than average March day feature some lovely plantings in a condo complex behind my doctors’ offices.  The mountains in the back of one of the photos are the Oquirrhs.  I like the lovely spring blooms with the evergreens.
3:26:15 O and b a sig 3:26:15 c and b 1 sig“today we have spring
these evergreens and blossoms
remind me of snow”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:26:15 bright blossoms sig 3:26:15 twisty branch blossoms sig“sculpted by nature
blossoms twine with living twigs
fruit tree poetry”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

Drops captured on forsythia on 3/27/14.

Drops captured on forsythia on 3/27/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 27, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Friday, March 27, 2015 – Today we have a hover fly (aka flower fly) of some type, a native shrub in bloom (I don’t know the name of this one) and a paper wasp.
3:27:15 hf 2 sig 3:27:15 hf 6 sig“jeweled wasp on bee hive
light dancing on spider webs
all life is sacred”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:27:15 ns sig 3:27:15 wasp sig“Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.”
~ Jack Kornfield

Scrub jay on aspen on 3/28/14.

Scrub jay on aspen on 3/28/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 28, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – Today was a sunny day with the honeybees enjoying the Oregon Grape in full bloom.
3:28:15 hb 4 sig 3:28:15 clear hb sig“are you my honey
scents the blossom to the bee
sweet love we will make”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:28:15 a hb cute sig 3:28:15 good fuzzy hb sig“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
~ Gerard de Nerval

Grape hyacinths on 3/27/14.

Grape hyacinths on 3/27/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 29, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 – Here is the beautiful waxing gibbous moon with blossoms and blooms nodding in a breeze by one of the local county library branches.  The last photo is my neighbors’ Buddha looking serene in the tulips.  The photo at the top of the post is a closer look of him from today.
3:29:15 m bl m sig 3:29:15 m sig“spring blossoms dancing
moon rising in a blue sky
March is almost gone”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:29:15 blossoms close sig 3:29:15 Buddha sig“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”
~ Jack Kornfield

Plum blossoms on a very old tree on 3/30/14.

Plum blossoms on a very old tree on 3/30/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 30, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Monday, March 30, 2015 – Today was another very sunny day and lots of pretty bulbs are up.  Here are tulips, a daffodil, and some anemones.
3:30:15 tulip buddha sig 3:30:15 rt sig“glowing in the sun
petals spread like butterflies
alight in the spring”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:30:15 daf sig 3:30:15 r a sig“The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ”
~ Jean Giraudoux

Honeybee enjoying the early spring nectar and pollen of dandelion on 3/31/14.

Honeybee enjoying the early spring nectar and pollen of dandelion on 3/31/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 31, of 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Cooling slightly with some clouds and wind today.  The first photo is Oregon grape in full bloom with an orchard bee heading in.  I also have a tulip, apple blooms and a male house finch here in my little urban wildlife oasis.
3:31:15 flight nb sig 3:31:15 tulip sig“birds, bees, and blossoms
life awakening again
from this winter’s sleep”
~Raven Ariana Simons

3:31:15 red background ab sig 3:31:15 finch sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste, Bright Spring Blessings, and Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

Five Days in March – 3/21/15 through 3/25/15

3:23:15 blooming tree and w sig “Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Bee's eye view of a primrose on 3/21/14.

Bee’s eye view of a primrose on 3/21/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 21, 2012, 2013 and more 2014.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Today I saw the ground dwelling leaf cutter bees and also a house finch that didn’t seem able to fly far, though he was able to hop up into the miniature grove of aspen, Oregon grape and juniper that is part of my front yard.
3:21:15 nb sig 3:21:15 nb 1 sig“is this bird standing
because it is still too young
to properly fly?”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:21:15 finch 2 sig 3:21:15 nice finch sig“The journey itself is my home.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Pink hyacinth on 3/22/2014.

Pink hyacinth on 3/22/2014.

Click here to go to the past post for March 22, 2012, 2013 and more 2014.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – Today my neighbors’ Buddha is dressed up in a little sombrero and a box elder bug seemed to be whispering in his ear.
3:22:15 w sig 3:22:15 the divide sig“bright are the tulips
as they spring from the sweet earth
so swift the seasons”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:22:15 a tulip 1 v sig 3:22:15 front b sig3:22:15 b bug sig“Come, see the true
flowers
of this pained world.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Goldfinch on 3/23/14.

Goldfinch on 3/23/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 23, 2012, 2013 and more 2014.

Monday, March 23, 2015 – Today I journeyed forth to visit a new friend.  We shared ancestor stories, green tea in an iron pot, fun company of a little Buddha named Aidan, and the play of light off of trees, clouds and pine needles from her balcony.  Then I ventured home and stopped to see birds and clouds over the Wasatch.  The photo at the top of this post is from this day.
3:23:15 tree and sky sig 3:23:15 triple cone sig 3:23:15 cone aa sig“sun plays hide and seek
we share about ancestors
while sipping our tea”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:23:15 pine tree and sky sig 3:23:15 w a sig 3:23:15 crow sig“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Anemone on 3/34/14.

Anemone on 3/24/14.

Click here to go to the past post for March 24, 2012, 2013 and more 2014.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – Today was mostly cool and cloudy, though we didn’t get any rain.  I was able to get a few photos of the orchard bees (osmia) in the Oregon grape.

3:24:15 osmia 4 a sig3:24:15 osmia eye sig“darting here and there
around bright yellow blossoms
little orchard bees”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:24:15 osmia 3a cl sig 3:24:15 nice osmia 1 cl sig“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
~ Matsuo Basho

Mini daffodils on 3/25/14.

Mini daffodils on 3/25/14.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Today was mostly sunny and cool and the plum blossoms are quickly falling.
3:25:15 up sig 3:25:15 cluster sig“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.”
~ Matsuo Basho
3:25:15 pb leaves 1 sig“so swiftly they bud
open and quickly let go
then drift to the ground”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:25:15 one sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Spring Blessings, Namaste, and Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven

Happy Vernal Equinox – 3/20/15

3:20:15 pb branches 1 sig happy jpg“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Owl at the aviary on 3/30/14.

Owl at the aviary on 3/30/14.

Click here to go to the past photos for March 20, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Friday, March 20, 2015 – Did you know that today is The International Day of Happiness?  I found out about it today and it also happens to be the vernal (spring) equinox, where we are poised in the northern hemisphere of our planet of equal hours between day and night.  Spring equinox is often referred to as the “first day of spring” though where I live we have been having above average temperatures  for a while now.  Other parts of the US are having snow and colder temperatures than average.  It is so very critical that humans begin to understand how important nature is to us and that we are part of it.  What we do on our planet effects all.  Today’s spring ambassadors are blossoms and pollinators … a love story.
3:20:15 g h cl sig 3:20:15 hb front 1 a sig‘In Beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk
Beautifully will I possess again
Beautifully birds,
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk
With dew about my feet may I walk
With beauty may I walk
With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.”
~ Navajo Prayer3:20:15 osmia sig 3:20:15 pb a sig “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
~ John Lennon
3:20:15 g h 4 sig 3:20:15 osmia 1 sig 3:20:15 o g cl 1 b sig 3:20:15 g h cl sig“each and every day
I wait for my wee free friends
together we share”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

3:20:15 pb 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Spring and Bee Blessings, Namaste, and Namu Amida Butsu ~ Raven