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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Beautiful Flowers Mistake

You usually see only
my favorite photos,
those worth sharing.
Sometimes I think
mistakes end up beautiful
even though it's not
what I thought the
end result should be.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Downy Woodpecker

I was in a bird blind this past summer,
watching all the birds, as well as the chipmunks,
come and munch away on the delicious treats left
out to attract them. One of the critters I saw
was this guy, a downy woodpecker.
He has a white back and notice he has just
a tiny bit of red on his head.
I was at Lake Iowa, in Iowa County,
in the state of Iowa, near Millersburg,
visiting their really wonderful 
bird blind and nature center.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sumac Leaves

Sumac leaves are Autumn singing
with the most beautiful voices
in perfect harmony.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Noise of the Fan

The fan was running
in the silo
so I knew the farmer
had picked the grain
and had it drying in the silo
on this beautiful farm
near the Des Moines River valley.
I'm certain that the sound
of the fan running,
knowing there are crops in the silo,
must be music to a farmer's ears.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

All is Well

There may be clouds in the sky,
but none are as beautiful
as those found at the end
of a peaceful day
when all is well
and the sun is setting.

Monday, October 21, 2013

World with Octobers

I'm so glad I live in a world
where there are Octobers.
~ L.M. Montgomery ~

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Without reflection,
we go blindly on our way,
creating more unintended consequences,
and failing to achieve
anything useful.
~ Margaret J. Wheatley ~

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Living Stained Glass

The monarchs are working 
on their migration
to Mexico and South America.
Every year we get many 
of them traveling
through Iowa
 on their journey.

I think butterflies 
are God's 
living stained glass beings.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Every Leaf is a Flower

is a second spring
where every leaf
is a flower.
~ Albert Camus ~

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


You don't drown
by falling in the water;
you drown by
staying there.
~ Edwin Louis Cole ~

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunset at Hickory Grove Park

The earth has music
for those who listen.
~ George Santayana ~

Can you hear the symphony?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Risk it Took to Blossom

And the day came
when the risk to remain
tight in a bud
was more painful 
than the risk it took
to blossom.
~ Anais Nin ~

Sunday, September 29, 2013


There are certain subjects in 
photography that I like.
There are also certain types of photos
that I like to shoot.
I like to shoot photos that
have great contrast in some way.
This photo shows the contrast in 
colors--purple on green--and the 
contrast of a clear plant versus
the grass behind that became so
out of focus it looks like a painting.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Each of us Angels

We are each of us angels 
with only one wing, 
and we can only fly by
embracing one another. 
 ~ Luciano de Crescenzo ~

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Purple Blooms

I credit both my friend Kristy
and photography for helping me see
old objects in new ways. 
This metal structure the clematis
is climbing on was once
part of a 3-section privacy screen,
with wood panels in each section.
I saw it and instantly thought, "Trellis."
I removed the wooden panels, 
added some thin wires for the vine
to help grow on,
connected it to one end of a shed
and now I have beautiful trellis
with a beautiful clematis.
It was planted only this spring
so I was delighted to have any flowers
on it at all, but am hoping
that next year the entire
trellis will be covered in purple blooms.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Yellow Begonia

I'm a little surprised my begonia
has made it all through summer
and is still blooming like this
as we enter autumn.
God made our world
such a beautiful place
and for that I'm thankful.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Faith and Love

As I walked through this cemetery this week,
I thought about how all of us will end up in
a similar place someday.
We have to make the most of each day.
It really is true that at the end of our lives,
the only thing that matters is how
we made others feel
and how much love we gave.
It's a sobering experience to see the
tombstones of all the people
who have gone before us.
I have love.
I am loved.
I give love.
I take love.
I create love.
I have faith.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Butterfly Affect

What the caterpillar calls 
the end of the world,
the master calls
a butterfly.
~ Richard Bach ~

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Cone Flowers

These beautiful coneflowers were growing
in a butterfly garden at Lake Iowa County Park.
I am amazed at the beauty one can find
at the town, county and state parks in Iowa.
I've found that the county parks are really
underrated and are very worth taking
a second and third look at.
They are often underused and in
beautiful condition. 
Lake Iowa is certainly no exception.
Check out this park near Millersburg 
and Ladora, Iowa

Friday, September 13, 2013

Always Flowers

There are always flowers
for those
who want to see them.
~ Henri Matisse ~

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