Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Stroll - Undaunted

Morning clouds herald the arrival
of an afternoon storm.


Dressed in their brilliant colors,


with all their bright flags waving,


the flowers are undaunted by the weather.









The flowers pictured here are all growing,
in a tangled blaze of glory,
in the center of the vegetable garden.
This space is intended as a habitat oasis
for pollinators and other beneficial insects.

We will not till this up,
but will allow this mix of wildflowers,
herbs, and old fashioned cutting flowers 
to self-seed with wild abandon
 and thereby limit disruption
 to the life cycles of the insect inhabitants.

Because we used some seed mixes,
it has been fun to discover what plants have emerged.
The daisy-like mums in shades of pink and purple 
have been a nice surprise
in these last days of summer.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.


Steve's Stroll is up!
Head on over to his blog to see how fall is sneaking up, 



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Snapshot - Harmony


see the golden light of a late summer afternoon.

hear both crickets and wild geese, as if summer and autumn are singing a duet.



I smell the earth and the woods, 
and an intoxicating blend of goldenrod and sunshine.

I taste wild apples.  
A sour green one goes in a pocket for later, 
but I crunch on a sweet cherry-red beauty as I walk.

feel contentment.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunday Stroll - Vineyard


I spent much of the weekend at a local vineyard.


This is the peaceful panorama that greets you as you sit on the deck.


The breeze  is soft and lazy 
on a sunny afternoon in September.




Birds grace the sky.


Honey bees and their bumble-friends 
dance amid the clover.


Whatever else may be going on
in this sometimes-turbulent world,
for just a while,
we may breathe the soft air 
that flows through a drift of sweetness
under a banner of cheerful blue sky.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.

Steve was right on time with his stroll through a lovely Sunday Morning.  


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Sunday Stroll - On the Vine


Clouds do not keep us from the garden.

Unripe Concord Grapes

We still linger in the light that glows in the grapeyard.


We pull fruit from the languishing vines,
as the clouds overhead drift slowly toward the eastern hills.

Amish Paste Tomatoes
Delicata Squash

Luffa
 We pause to notice everything;
the colors and the sounds 
and the golden, ripe-grass, fragrance 
of this September afternoon.


We find a little friend taking a breather near the tomato patch.


We head indoors with our baskets heavily laden,
for the vegetable garden is generous at Summer's end.


Because this is Labor Day weekend, 
and we are headed to a family gathering this evening,
I spent the afternoon making a sun-warmed salad to share.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you abundant joy.

 If you can, please take a few moments to share the beautiful images 
in Steve's Stroll Out on the Prairie.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Last Day of August


Let's take one last walk in August.










Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Last Days of August



This evening, I went hiking with our dog,
as the golden light of August lingered.


Cool rainy days have left the cedar swamp
lush and green.




The thistle are going to seed
in slow motion 
on the steep banks of the trail
 in the heart of the cedar wood.



Micah and I went "tightrope walking"
on fallen logs


in and around and over



the ferns and moss,
and the vibrant persimmon berries
 of Jack in the Pulpit.


At the western edge of the sky
the sun fell,
luminous and lovely.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.