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

A Bit ‘O Spring – 3/16/15, 3/17/15

3:17:15 bee bottom sig“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)

lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there’s nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly
tiny winging darting floating
merry in the blossoming
always joyful selves are singing)

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
~ e. e. cummings

Forsythia on 3/16/14.

Forsythia on 3/16/14.

Click here for the post to photos for March 16, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2015 – A warm day with partly cloudy skies.  The neighbor’s ornamental plum is blooming and growing leaves so fast that they blossoms are already falling.  Yesterday they were mostly buds with a few blossoms open.  The early tulips are directly beneath the tree and the box elder bug is on my Oregon grape.

3:16:15 pbs sig 3:16:15 tulips sig 3:16:15 pb sky sig 3:16:15 beetle sig“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”
~ Emily Dickinson
3:16:15 blossoms clouds sig 3:16:15 tulip a sig 3:16:15 p b sig“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
3:16:15 pollen sig“blossom unfolding
coaxed by warm weather and sun
gilded with pollen”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

Thai chili pepper blossom on 3/16/14.

Thai chili pepper blossom on 3/16/14.

Click here for the post to photos for March 17, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2015 – Today was another unseasonably warm day that started off clear and sunny and developed into clouds.  I saw my first butterflies, a checkered white (no photo of that one) and an orange one that I think is a silver bordered frittilary.  If you click on the photos you can see that one has a ladybug at the bottom of the dandelion where the orange butterfly is sipping nectar.  I also have my neighbors’ Buddha dressed up for St. Paddy’s Day and if you look closely at the horizontal photo you can see a jumping spider photo bombing his hat.  A dove and a robin grace the day, along with tulips, plum blossoms, and a honeybee bum (at the top of the page).
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“Describe plum-blossoms?
Better than my verses…white
Wordless Butterflies”
~ Reikan
3:17:15 blossoms sig 3:17:15 robin at the oasis sig 3:17:15 side blossom sig“butterflies dancing
dear dandelions blooming
sip nectar my love”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
3:17:15 butterfly close 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu, and Bright Spring Blessings ~ Raven

Bees 4/7/14

Flashback Saturday, April 7, 2012 – This is my pick photo of the day and shows a close up of the buds and freshly unfurling leaves of the tree that hosts the bird’s nest sitting in the tree living in the parking strip of my next door neighbor’s parking strip. So far no bird’s have moved back into the nest and I don’t know what kind of birds built it. This picture really captures Alder moon energy in my opinion.

April 7, 2012 sigFlashback Sunday, April 7, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars my beautiful Stella!

April 7, 2013 sigMonday, April 7, 2013 – Today it was all about the bees and I have three different kinds.  The very first is a teeny tiny bee on dandelion.  I also have leaf-cutting bees and honeybees 🙂

4:7:14 tiny bee sig4:7:14 leafcutter shadow sig4:7:14 sipping from grape hyacinth sig “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

4:7:14 leafcutter back closer sig4:7:14 grape hyacinth bee farther sig4:7:14 on leaf sig “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

4:7:14 cleaning sig4:7:14 sage composition sig4:7:14 leafcutter tulip closer sig “Our own life has to be our message.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste and Bright Bee Blessings ~ Raven

Hugging Meditation

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“In each of us, the seed of Buddha, the capacity to wake up and understand, is called Buddha nature. It is the seed of mindfulness, the awareness of what is happening in the present moment. If I say, “A lotus for you, a Buddha to be, ” it means, ” I see clearly the Buddha nature in you.” It may be difficult for you to accept that the seed of Buddha is in you, but we all have the capacity for faith, awakening, understanding and awareness, and that is what is meant by Buddha nature.

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There is no one who does not have the capacity to be a Buddha.”

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— Thich Nhat Hanh – Essential Writings, Our True Home

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A Hugging Meditation Practice
by Thich Nhat Hanh

When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness.
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You can practice hugging meditation with a friend, a child, your parents, or even a tree. To practice, first bow to each other and recognize each other’s presence. Then, enjoy three deep, conscious breaths to bring yourself fully into the present moment. Next, open your arms and begin hugging, holding each other for three in-and-out-breaths.

4:3:13 three tulipsWith the first breath, become aware that you are present in this very moment and feel happy. With the second breath, become aware that the other person is present in this moment and feel happy as well. With the third breath, become aware that you are here together, right now on this Earth. We can feel deep gratitude and happiness for our togetherness. Finally, release the other person and bow to each other to show your thanks.

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“We ourselves need love.

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We should ask the question whether we are capable of loving ourselves as well as others.
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Are we treating our body kindly—by the way we eat, by the way we drink, by the way we work?

4:3:13 sunset orange purpleAre we treating ourselves with enough joy and tenderness and peace?”

~Thich Nhat Hanh
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Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!