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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Serenity

"I like to walk.
Touch living Mother Earth ~
bare feet best,
and thrill
every step.
Used to envy
happy reptiles
that had the advantage
of so much body
in contact with earth,
bosom to bosom.
{We} live with our heels
as well as head
and most of our pleasure
comes that way"
~John Muir~
... a mish mash of photos from my week ♥
after a very busy day, I stumbled across this sweet turtle
who was basking in the sunshine.
he would lift his little head up to the sun, eyes glistening, in pure bliss.
I found a nearby rock at the edge of the pond and sat just watching him and smiling.
he stretched out one arm ... then another ... and slid into the cool water.
beautiful blooms
hello
stopped to listen to a sparrow serenade ♥
such beauty!
do you see the butterfly?
~happy Sunday~
xo d

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Serenity ...

As I walk with Beauty

As I walk,
as I walk
the Universe is
walking with me
In beauty
it walks
before me
In beauty
it walks
behind me
In beauty
it walks
below me
In beauty
it walks
above me
Beauty
is on
every side
~Traditional Navajo Prayer~
take a walk in the forest
and smell
the wild air

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Serenity

The ideas which have lighted my way
and time after time
have given me new courage
to face life cheerfully
have been
kindness
beauty
and
truth
~Albert Einstein~

Friday, June 30, 2017

flowers remind us ...

~flowers remind us~
The artist
is the confidant of nature.
Flowers carry on dialogues with him
through the graceful bending of their stems
and the harmoniously tinted nuances
of their blossoms.
Every flower has a cordial word
which nature directs towards him.
~Auguste Rodin~
and a few phases of the painting along the way ...
birch bark
and white ink
stamping
lots and lots of layers
of transitioning
The moment
in between
what you once were,
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of life
really takes place.
~Barbara De Angelis~


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

a heart like a wildflower ♥

cabbage white butterflies ...
those who have followed my blog over the years {thank you xo}
will remember our beautiful black labs
Bentley & Ernest ♥♥

when they passed, we would be followed by a cabbage white butterfly
on our woodland walks ...
they became a little "nudge" to us ... letting us know they were alright
and still walking the woods with us in spirit...
finding 2 cabbage whites is always a special spiritual sign xo
blooms and butterflies
in love
fields of coneflowers
bee haven
and the serenity of water
such beauty fluttering around us
wildflower "nests"
daucus carota
queen anne's lace
wild carrot
bishop's lace
but I prefer birds nest :-D
joy and freedom along the path
kinhin
{walking meditation}
Kiss the Earth
Walk and touch peace every moment
Walk and touch happiness every moment
Each step brings a fresh breeze
Each step makes a flower bloom
Kiss the Earth with your feet
Bring the Earth your love and happiness
The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves
~Thich Nhat Hanh~
wherever
you stand
be * the * soul
of that place
~Rumi~
I hope you are blessed
with a heart
like a wildflower.
Strong enough
to rise again
after being trampled upon,
tough enough
to weather the worst
of Summer storms,
and able to grow
and flourish
even in the most
broken places
~Nikita Gill~

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Serenity ...

Every vine
climbing and blossoming
tells of love
and
joy
~Robert. G. Ingersoll~
the old fashioned charm of clematis
looking so pretty after an early morning rain
covering our garden arbour
a tiny nibble taken
"You carry Mother Earth within you.
She is not outside of you.
Mother Earth is not just your environment.
In that insight of inter-being,
it is possible
to have real communication
with the Earth,
which is the highest form
of prayer"
~Thich Nhat Hanh~
"Happiness held
is the seed.
Happiness shared
is the flower"
~John Harrigan~