2 018 07-15, 3915 – MORE LILIES – As the parade of lilies continues, I find more old friends with unique colors in bloom. Sometimes when I am in a hurry I have to remind myself that it is time to pause and take in the beauty surrounding me. My thoughts slow down and life blooms.
2018 07-14, 3914 – THE GREAT RACE – Today I honor the memory of brother-in-law Bruce Glines by telling a true story about when he was recovering from cancer and unable to attend his favorite stock car race and how he was presented a flag of the winner.
2018 07-13, 3913 – SUMMER DELIGHTS – It is the season of summer delights. There are lines at ice cream shops, and the beaches are full. There are also flowers in bloom that provide nourishment for the soul. Many people share photos of flowers that bring delightful smiles.
2018 07-12, 3912 – A GROWING BROOD – A summer favorite of my childhood was a plant that grew shoots that took root and created new baby plants that grew and they sent out shoots. I am reminded of when we do acts of kindness and positive thoughts they grow like that plant.
2018 07-11, 3911 – A YEARLY GIFT – The summer after my wife’s father passed, twenty-four years ago, a tiny wild rose sprouted in an unusual place and continues to bloom each year. It is a reminder of the souls that travel with us as we travel the earth plane.
2018 07-10, 3910 – A BIG TREAT – We sat on the bench at the top of the Lupine Field, pausing on our morning hike, and watched a bluebird find a big treat in in the tall grass. It posed for a picture before flying off. Nature provides us with big treats every day.
2018 07-09, 3909 – BLACK AND BLUE – I watched a bluebird perched on the roof of a birdhouse in the far end of the Lupine Field. It took flight and landed on a branch not far away from me. I saw its silhouette in the shade. Then it landed in sunlight and I saw its real beauty.
2018 07-08, 3908 – PEEK-A-BOO – I watched a chipmunk scurry under the tall grass from one hiding place to another and then back again as if it was playing peek-a-boo. I was reminded of all the thoughts in our conscious and unconscious minds that we play peek at.
2018 07-07, 3907 - RAIN DROPS AND SUMMER – There is something about a rainy day in summer. It often changes our plans, and if we let that upset us, we may miss the new opportunities that Nature has provided. Each day has nourishment for our souls.
2 018 07-06, 3906 - BUTTERFLY FOOD – The delicate milkweed are in full bloom in the orchard, and I love to watch the butterflies flit around, tasting the sweet nectar. I feel spiritually nourished when I mentally sip the beauty that surrounds me.
2018 07-05, 3905 - A DIFFERENT KIND OF LILY – I love following the parade of lilies as it stretches throughout the length of summer and different kinds of lilies touch special memories of younger days. Water lilies always bring a smile to my face as I inhale their sweet smell.
2018 07-04, 3904 - CELEBRATING WITH ORANGE LILIES – On a day which is traditionally red, white, and blue, I am celebrating with the orange color of daylilies that decorate the flower gardens and roadsides. They are traditionally a sign of summer, and I welcome them.
2018 07-03, 3903 - THROUGH THE HAZE – A summer Haze has engulfed the mountains, and it is just possible to make out their outlines across the valley. Even in these conditions, my clarity comes from walking the land and reaching to the sky.
2018 07-02, 3902 - AN OLD FASHIONED ROSE – We are in the middle of an old fashioned summer with a heat wave, and an old fashioned rose given to us by my sister many years ago is blooming in the garden. It is now our chance to create new old fashioned traditions.
2 018 07-01, 3901 - A FIELD OF FLOWERS – The lupines have faded but the field is still filled with wildflower blooms from several varieties. They provide an ever changing palette of inviting summer colors. I am reminded that life is always a field of flowers, no matter what the season.
2018 06-30, 3900 - BOATS AND ROSES – We drove down to Rockland on our anniversary and walked the waterfront admiring the boats of all sizes and the beautiful roses in full bloom. It was a tranquil experience filled with the wonderment of the adventures yet to unfold.
2018 06-29, 3899 - TAKING IT ALL IN – The summer afternoon was filled with magic as I sat on the bench at the top of the Lupine Field. The clouds drifted by as I watched swallows plucking insects out of the air to feed their young. I felt renewed as I began my journey back.
2018 06-28, 3898 - FROM NUT TO TREE – The acorn fell from an oak tree last fall and over the winter split open and rooted in the soft spring soil. Now a miniature tree has emerged that over time may become a giant in the forest. When we sow positivity, we are like an oak tree.
2018 06-27, 3897 - DESSERT IS READY – Nature has set the table and the wild strawberries are ready to enjoy. They are a sweet treat for both man and birds and animals in the wild. All one needs to do is bend over and pick. Nature provides so much nourishment for our souls.
2018 06-25, 3896 - HIDING BEHIND A LEAF – I caught a glimpse of brown movement in the lower Lupine Field close to the woods. It was a rabbit munching on the grass. I took a picture as it hid behind a leaf. I felt very grateful that nature shared this special moment with me.
2018 06-25, 3895 - THE FOXES ARE BACK – I discovered the first Fox Glove of the season, not yet full with flowers. It was a sign of more beauty to unfold on the landscape that I so enjoy. It is with gratitude I attempt to reflect to others the joys of connecting with Nature.
2018 06-24, 3894 - ANOTHER SUMMER BEAUTY IS BACK – Another summer beauty has returned to grace the landscape. The Cone Flowers pop up here and there and are a delight to focus on for a moment or two. I wonder how many people pass by the beauty that surrounds us.
2018 06-23, 3893 - BLACKBERRY BLOOMS – The small white delicate flowers on the blackberry and raspberry vines are easy to overlook with all the other blossoms vying for pollinators’ attention. Still, they are a very important part of Nature as food for birds, animals, and the soul.
FAMILY PORTRAIT – I wanted to put together a family portrait of the columbines I have been enjoying this year, so I choice individual photos to group together. Just like human families that look more or less alike, each flower is unique and different.
2018 06-21, 3891 - HONORING AN OLD TREE – We are not sure exactly when the old dead tree fell to the ground, but it was sometime after March 1st. It was a couple of months before we realized it. Now we honor the memory through many photos - a part of Nature that has changed.
2018 06-20, 3890 - SOMETHING MISSING – Someone told me they thought that the old dead pine that had stood proudly at the edge of the Lupine Field had fallen over. It must have been gone for a couple of months and we didn’t notice it. Things disappear in life the same way.
2018 06-19, 3889 - WILD VINES – The wild bindweed that grows seemingly out of control at the edge of the Lupine Field has taken over the pole for a bluebird house. Our thoughts are sort of like wild vines that can take over our critical thinking unless we learn how to cut them back.
2018 06-18, 3888 - CHECKERBERRIES – I remember, as a child, picking and eating checkerberries that grew wild in nature. I think of old-fashioned flavors like birch beer, Moxie, and checkerberry tea. Then there is old fashioned kindness and thoughtfulness.
2018 06-17, 3887 - YELLOW AND BROWN IRIS - I love the color combinations that Nature puts together all year round and especially during the growing season when flowers become art exhibits. It is true of the yellow and brown Iris. There is so much to appreciate all around us.
2018 06-16, 3886 - LUPINES AND MOUNTAINS – There is something very magical in observing lupine blooms with a mountain backdrop. I look forward to this wonderful experience all year long, I breathe in the sky and the earth as my heart sings a song of gratitude.
2018 06-15, 3885 – THE BEGINNING OF THE LILY PARADE – The yellow daylilies are now in bloom. They announce the beginning of different colored lilies that will last the whole growing season. A day without seeing a lily is a day that will not be replicated again.
2018 06-14, 3884 – THE FLAGS ARE FLYING – The flags are flying proudly in the June winds. The Blue and Yellow Flag flowers are in full bloom. It is a wonderful time to take a moment or two and appreciate the vast beauty that Nature gives us.
2018 06-13, 3883 – A WELCOME SIGHT – We were greeted by a welcome sight as we stood at the edge of the Lupine Field. There was a bird on top of one of the birdhouses installed there last year. It was a bluebird. I am grateful that our “field of dreams” is now a manifest reality.
2018 06-12, 3882 – ANOTHER COLOR – I love to see the different colors in like-kinds of flowers, such as the deep red columbine growing in a garden at the Center. I am reminded that we all are made up of different colors, sizes, and abilities. That fades when we blend positively together.
2018 06-11, 3881 – RECHARGING CENTER – We recently discovered a small flat boulder with quartz crystals in its surface. I thought of modern electronic recharging centers and ancient crystal healing centers and knew this was a place to renew my soul’s energy.
2018 06-10, 3880 – CLOSE TO THE WOODS – This year the biggest lupine blossoms are located on the newer portion of the field close to the woods. We walked along the edge to get a closer look. The landscape of life is constantly changing, but there is always beauty to find.
2018 06-09, 3879 – FLOWERS IN THE FIELD – There is a circle of wildflowers that bloom in the same place year after year in the field where the apple trees grow. I love being greeted by my old friends in Nature. They will be there until the fall frost. I am grateful for that.
2018 06-08, 3878 – PRETTY ENOUGH TO TAKE A BITE – The single white Iris looked like a vanilla ice cream cone ready for a bite although I knew it was not edible. I feasted on its beauty and inhaled the image for spiritual nourishment provided by Nature.
2018 06-07, 3877 – A NEW DISCOVERY – A small flash of a deep blue caught my eye as I walked the trail along the top of the Lupine Field. It was a flower I had not seen before. I love to discover something new in Nature as I do in all aspects of my life every day.
2018 06-06, 3876 – READY FOR A ROYAL WEDDING – The Bridal Wreath is dressed up in its whitest blossoms ready for a royal wedding. This old-fashioned shrub is a reminder of days gone by as well as dream realities of the future.
2018 06-05, 3875 – THE FIRST LUPINE – The first lupine blossoms of the season are beginning to open. I will enjoy a visual feast over the next few weeks of this beautiful flower blending with the majestic mountains in the background. Nature always has something to contemplate.
2018 06-04, 3874 – COLORFUL SURPRISE – My eyes caught a splash of pinkish orange as I drove into the Center’s parking lot. Many years ago I had moved an azalea there and it had never grown much until this year. I am grateful that it survived. We all have surprises in us.
2018 06-03, 3873 – A GOOD YEAR FOR THE RHODIES – It has been a great spring for the rhododendrons at the Center. The pink blossoms shine especially bright in contrast to the woods in the background. If we didn’t keep the surrounding growth under control it would disappear.
2018 06-02, 3872 – DESIGNED BY NATURE - The many different, colorful, beautiful flowers all have custom designs created by Nature. Each one of us has been designed by the Cosmos and, like the flowers, we all have a uniqueness that can enhance the landscape of life.
2018 06-01, 3871 - TINY PEARS – The blossoms on the pear trees have floated away in the wind, the insects have done their pollinating, and now tiny pears are growing. It is a time for the ideas in our minds to begin their growth, just as the pears on their way to be harvested.
2018 05-31, 3870 - HIDING UNDER ITS LEAVES – I had to bend down to find Jack’s face hiding under its own giant broad leaves. Jack is an old friend that comes to visit every year, growing under an pear tree. It feels good to renew an old friendship.
2018 05-30, 3869 - PLANTED BY THE BIRDS – The small honeysuckle bush adorned with white blossoms in the corner of the orchard was probably planted by birds. I think of our positive thoughts and actions planted randomly that help spread similar actions.
2018 05-29, 3868 - VELVET LADY – The reddish lady slipper stood out among the pink ones growing in the partly shaded woods on the mountainside. It appeared to be clothed in velvet as it grew in this peaceful setting. I felt privileged to be in its royal presence.
2018 05-28, 3867 - MEMORIES OF MEMORIAL DAYS PAST – Lilacs evoke memories of Memorial Day observances after my father returned from serving in World War Two. I marched to the cemetery carrying a flag to decorate a veteran’s grave and lilacs were cast into the lake.
2018 05-27, 3866 - EYE CANDY – The photo of the snowball-shaped bloom on a shrub at the Center looked almost good enough to eat. It reminded me that Nature’s landscape is filled with sweet treats for my eyes all year round. All I need to do is take the time to look.
2018 05-26, 3865 - BLUEBERRIES IN BLOOM – All the fruit trees are in full bloom including both the wild and domestic blueberries. These tiny blossoms are often overlooked due to the much larger displays like the apple trees. Size doesn’t matter when it comes to beauty.
2018 05-25, 3864 - TAKING A SIP – I stalked the butterfly with my camera hoping to catch a photo of it taking a sip of the sweet nectar in the apple blossoms. It did not remain still for long. Then my mind took a deep sip of the peace provided by Nature, leaving me refreshed and grateful.
2018 05-24, 3863 - FRAMING THE VIEW – We opened the view through the trees next to the Lupine Field last year, and as we cleared away the underbrush I found a natural picture frame through which I could photograph the mountains. It reminds me of how we frame our lives.
2018 05-23, 3862 - LITTLE PLEASURES – It isn’t necessarily the big wowing scenes in Nature that bring a smile to my face, but the tiny flowers that dot the landscape such as bluets, wild strawberry blossoms and various colors of violets. Life is full of little pleasures often missed.
2018 05-22, 3861 - BRIGHTENING UP THE LANDSCAPE – The small brightly colored flowers brighten up our spring landscape. We transplanted them here 25 years ago. I am reminded how each of us can brighten up the landscape by transplanting positive thoughts and actions.
2018 05-21, 3860 - PRETTY ENOUGH TO WEAR – When I first saw this photo of a small water plant I had taken at the frog pond, I thought it was pretty enough to wear. Sometimes we are not aware of what we see in person until we see it again in a photo.
2018 05-20, 3859 - ASSISTING NATURE – There is a tree along the Marginal Way where the underbrush has been cleared away revealing a bent trunk that looks like the tree may topple at any moment. Someone gave it an assist by providing a brace to hold it upright.
2018 05-19, 3858 - OUT OF SEASON – The weathered milkweed seedpod looked out of season in the spring sunshine. Still, there was something about it that caught my eye. It was a piece of Nature’s art. I wondered if anyone else noticed besides me.
2018 05-18, 3857 - ORCHARD IN SPRING – There is something about the little orchard we saved twenty years ago from being overrun by the forest that brings a sense of calmness every time I visit. Soon the area will be flooded with the smells of apple blossoms. It is peaceful.
2018 05-17, 3856 - WILD BEAUTY – My eyes caught the vibrant color of a flowering plant on the side of the orchard road. I paused to photo it and admire its beauty. Nature planted it there, and I am grateful to have been in its presence. All it takes is mindfulness of the moment.
2018 05-16, 3855 - THROUGH THE LEAVES – The evening sky caught my eye through the new green growth that now shades the big window from the sun. I spent a moment outside with another one of Nature’s sunset spectaculars. My mind slowed down in the stillness.
2018 05-15, 3854 - YELLOW WALL – About fifty years ago my parents gave us a selection of shrubs they had ordered from the back of a Parade Magazine. Several years ago I transplanted a dozen or more forsythia from the original one to create a hedge at the Center. Kindness spreads.