Monarch Butterfly

Where there is great love, there are always miracles. 
 ― Willa Cather

It has been almost a week since I updated the blog!  Wow - that's quite a long time for me.
I hope you enjoy this Monarch Butterfly that I shot today at the Hahn Horticulture Garden.
They are "little miracles" to me :) 


Summer Afternoon Summer Afternoon

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. 
 ― Henry James

Available - HERE 


The Church with the Red Roof

“... Why, it would really be being unselfish to go away and be happy for a little, because we would come back so much nicer.” 
 ― Elizabeth von Arnim, AKA Marie Annette Beauchamp  

Another lady to get to know - 
Author of "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" 
which is available as a free download 
at Project Gutenberg - HERE 

And this lovely Red Roof Church is available - HERE 


Trees In The Valley

I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. 
 ― Isabella L. Bird

Are you familiar with Isabella Bird?  What a lady!
Wikipedia tells me that:
Isabella Lucy Bird married name Bishop (1831 – 1904) was a nineteenth-century English explorer, writer, photographer  and naturalist.

There is a lot of info about her and her writings on the internet.
Very inspiring lady! What she accomplished after the age of 58 is absolutely amazing!  and in the 1800s no less!  WOW!

This image Available - HERE 


Monarch Butterfly in Joe-Pye Weed

You learn something every day if you pay attention. 
~ Ray LeBlond

Wikipedia tells me this about the Joe-Pye Weed:
 Joe Pye (Jopi in the Native tongue), an Indian healer from New England used E. purpureum to treat a variety of ailments, which led to the name Joe-Pye weed for these plants.  Folklore says that Joe Pye used this plant to cure fevers. Folklore also states that American colonists used this plant to treat typhus outbreaks.

A Slightly Different Version - HERE 


Wet Petals

To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.
 ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Available - HERE 


Quilt Barn

I found some interesting info on Wikipedia about the history
of Quilt Barns:

A quilt trail is a series of painted wood or metal, hung or free standing, quilt squares installed at various locations along a route, emphasizing significant architecture and/or aesthetic landscapes. Currently North America has quilt trails in 43 of the United States as well as in two Canadian provinces. The first official quilt trail was begun in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family's barn in Manchester, Ohio

Available - HERE 
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