Autumn Wonders

~ wonder and awe danced in the air witnessing nature’s grand affair neighbors gathering in their yards chattering like poetic bards eyes filled with delight from rainbow-colored light not to be outdone clouds summoned by the sun sparkling with refracted light wishing all a grand goodnight ~ This was the first double rainbow that I…

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Fungal Forays

~ nature’s clean-up crew decompose, connect, and feed fantastic fungi ~ ~ These are a few of the many mushrooms that I’ve discovered during my hiking forays through the local parks and woods. Here are a few more fun facts about our fungal friends from Dr. Robert Fogel and Patricia Rogers of the Utah State…

Pond Life Dreams

~ algae-covered pond life hidden beneath the calm while dreams lie dormant ~ This has been a quiet summer for me, focused on work, volunteering, and daily life. Over the last few years, I’ve allowed my dreams to wither and become dormant. Maybe one day, the spark will be reignited. Meanwhile, I’m grateful to live…

Mushroom Mysteries

~ the fungi kingdom feed, recycle, and connect nature’s grandmother ~ Here are a few of the many mysteries of mushrooms courtesy of the BenitoLink Reporter. Did you know that fungi are the largest organism growing on the planet? They silently feed and shape the health of our soils, plants, trees, and vast ecosystems. One…

Savoring Sunsets

~ nature’s grand goodnight pause to absorb the beauty scatterings of grace ~ A recent post from fellow blogger Tania Marie reminded me of how much I love to watch sunsets. If you want to see some dazzling sunsets, I suggest visiting Tania’s sunset post. During several periods of my life, watching the sunset was…

Fantastic Flowers

~ delicate blossoms sensual shapes and colors vibrating with life nature’s beauty unfolding a symphony for the heart ~ Flowers have gotten me through many a dark time. They bring me such joy with their vibrant colors, delicate petals, sensual shapes, and ephemeral beauty. Flowers remind me to cherish the moment and give thanks for…

Summer Daze

~ summer days living in a haze relentless heat dragging my feet existential threat dripping with sweat an irritating motif longing for relief my mouth agape fantasy landscape cool mountain air a refreshing affair alpine meadows sudden joy arose ~ ~ The dog days of summer continue to drag on. Never before do I remember…

Soul Food

Here are more images from a hike at Devil’s Den State Park last summer when we had abundant rain. I humbly follow in the footsteps of men like John Muir who went to the woods to calm their minds and feed their souls. Naturalists, conservationists, and poets have been touting the merits of nature and…

Summer Thrills

~ excitement and hope fill the air as billowy clouds build and winds gust neighbors gather outside to witness a miracle the prospect of rain a pungent prayer skies darken with immense clouds, and then it begins blessed rains pour from the sky as if from a spigot birds sing, humans rejoice, and trees sigh…