Sunday, July 10, 2016


Light shows us beauty where we wouldn't expect it

Our imperfections and the marks life leaves behind become more visible
They show us as we are...
who we are...

If you look close enough, there's beauty everywhere,
you just have to find the right light

'There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in' ~Leonard Cohen~

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Potato love

It is easy to halve the potato where there is love.
~ Irish saying ~

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A little sunshine on rainy days

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
~ Langston Hughes ~
Rock Stonecrop (Sedum forsterianum)

Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)

Mugwort (Tanacetum vulgare)

 Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris)

Sunflower (Helianthus)


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

European Alder Spittle Bug

Climb little spittle bug


Aphrophora alni
'Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain
or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.'
~ John Muir ~

Friday, July 11, 2014

What are you, yellow-bellied?

Sciara hemerobioides
'I say you're a bunch of gutless lily-livered, yellow-bellied eastern sissies.
All you've done since you got here was whine and complain.
Now why don't you go back and leave the west to the real men !'
~Bartender in Wagons East, 1994~
Wait for it on 0:54

candy stripe lavender

The candy stripe spider (Enoplognatha ovata) on a lavender sprig

I wonder if spiders get the same soothing effect lavender gives me when I smell its wonderful perfume...
'My dear, have some lavender,
or you'd best have a thimble full of wine
your spirits are quite down...'
~John O'Keeffe, A Beggar on Horseback ~

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chuck sings

Chuck is the wild European Serin (Serinus serinus) that lives in our garden.
I caught him on the rare occasion that he brought his evening song in a tree close to our home, but I didn't like the result...

So from one rare occasion to another, I edited the picture. 
This is my favorite colour: The black outline of a tree against a deep blue evening sky...