Wednesday

Live With Intention


Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
 ― Marie Desiree

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler Series


What a SWEET Face! 


Surrounded by Berries 


You can see why it's called a Yellow-rumped Warbler


A Lucky Flight Shot!

Live your life as a curious student and you will discover how fascinating it is.
 ― Elena Ornig

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday 

Monday

And Sandy Was Her Name


Cloudy Skies
(taken from our moving car Sunday 10-28-12 - skies courtesy of Hurricane Sandy)


Sandy met a winter storm from the west and arctic air from Canada
and gave us snowy weather
Thinking of all of those in harms way and the first responders 
Thoughts, Prayers, and Positive Vibes being sent to you all.

Update Post Sandy - We lost power at 3am and got it back by 2:30pm today.  Sadly a home in our neighborhood was badly damaged by fire.  


Shining Through


Looking up through the leaves
I am intrigued by the sunburst that shines through the leaves


My attempt of a "close-up" of the sunburst :) 

This day will never come again and anyone who fails to eat and drink and taste and smell it will never have it offered to him again in all eternity. The sun will never shine as it does today.......
~ Hermann Hesse

How thought provoking ..... every moment we live is a "once in a lifetime" moment - and will never happen again .... All the more reason to Cherish Every Moment

Linking with Mellow Yellow Monday
Linking with Macro Monday

Sunday

Flying Into The Sunset

Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under! 

Another iPhone Image.  Sunset seen from my front porch.
 Lucky to have captured the birds flying into it!

Through The Forest


There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting; 
It's luring me on as of old; 
Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting so much as just finding the gold. 
It's the forests where silence has lease; 
It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
 It's the stillness that fills me with peace.
~ Robert W. Service

Moving Car iPhone image - driving thru a Forest in Amherst County, Virginia

I added a New Favorite to my Online Nature Store
"Wildflower Heart" ~ Check it out - HERE 

Linking with Your Sunday Best 
Linking with Sunday Snapshot

Saturday

Cedar Waxwings


 I think their feathers are Amazing!


Alone you can go faster, but together we can go further.
~ African Proverb

Cedar Waxwings in my backyard 

Friday

The Road Goes Ever On and On .....



The Road goes ever on and on 
           Down from the door where it began. 
                       Now far ahead the Road has gone, 
                                             And I must follow, if I can,
 Pursuing it with eager feet, 
         Until it joins some larger way 
               Where many paths and errands meet.
                              And whither then? I cannot say  
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

iPhone shot with Edit in Snapseed  - Deerfield Trail - Blacksburg Virginia

Thursday

Find The Light


 There is light in darkness, you just have to find it.
~ Bell Hooks

Tuesday

Don't Be Afraid


Oh, How I Want to LIVE this quote!

~ Red-bellied Woodpecker
 (same one from my last post)  
dives down to pick up another acorn ~ 

 

At Home In the Forest

Red-bellied Woodpecker in the Forest along Deerfield Trail
Blacksburg, Virginia       

You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest, 
and I smile, and am silent, 
and even my soul remains quiet: 
it lives in the other world which no one owns. 
The peach trees blossom, The water flows. 
 ~ Li Po

Linking Up with Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday

Think and Wonder


Think and Wonder
Wonder and think
~ Dr Seuss

Linking with Inspired Tuesday 

The Past, Present, and Future Mingle - Layered

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
 ~ Anaïs Nin

Image made October 2012 - iPhone and Olloclip Macro Lens

Linking with MACRO Monday 
and 

Saturday

Turning Over a New Leaf


The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
 ― Arnold Bennett


A Glorious Autumnal Day
 Sun and Clouds
Clouds and Sun
 No Moment Wasted
 Deliciously Spent
Drinking In the Beauty

  Deerfield Trail - Blacksburg Virginia
Iphone image - edited with Snapseed and Instragram Filter 

The View Outside My Door



Autumn Leaves Make Me Absolutely Giddy!


Outside My Front Door
Light and Love Reveals Itself
Dangling From The Branches 

Linking with Fabulous Friday 

These were taken on Friday 10-19-12 with my iPhone.
I am still amazed and what that little phone can do!


Friday

Don't Forget To Look Up

Colors play an important part of our world, so when you mix them up the outcome can be beautiful... Love blindly and selflessly. 
~ Devon Ells

Thursday

A Father's Love


A glimpse into
that moment
Forever captured
a Father's Love

As many of you know - I am not a "people pictures" person.  I try - but it just hasn't "clicked" (pardon the pun) for me.  But sometimes I get lucky.
That's the way I feel about this image .... very lucky to have captured this.
Taken with my iPhone - processed in Instagram - a moment in time captured.
My Son - the brand new Dad - with His Son - Conner
 

 






At Your Own Speed - And My First Giveaway!


You may wonder what a 35 mph speed limit sign along a back country road has to do with a giveaway……All will be explained!

Linking with Rural Thursday 
(can't get much more rural than a field of wildflowers and a 35 mph sign - unless of course it was 10 mph)
I encourage you to check out the wonderful rural images posted each Thursday.  It is one of the highlights of my week.

And NOW for the Giveaway!
I am excited to announce that 
My friend Desirae at sommerfugl design is allowing me to give away a spot in her Blogger Design E-course 
Desirae will teach you: 
The basics of coding for your blog (CSS and HTML) 
How to design a great looking header image and blog button Fonts: 
How to install them on your blog, and use them in your designs Backgrounds: 
How to add them, and what works best 
The blogger elements, and how to customize them. 
The Navigation Bar: how to customize it and how to create a drop-down navigation bar. How to add social media buttons.
Adding additional widget areas to your blog. 
The little extras: post signatures, post dividers and more. 
How to install your new blog design.

 One of the best parts is that not only will she teach you how to do all of these things (with some one on one help if needed) she will ALSO provide you with a free e-book that will allow you to reference it in the future. This is where the 35 mph speed limit sign comes in:  that E-book is yours to keep and you can go slow /at your own pace referring back to the E-book when needed. (see how I tied that all together :)  She will also provide free blogger templates to work from and resource lists.  That's a whole lot of Teaching and a whole lot of Learning!  


It is Simple to Enter the Giveaway - just leave me a comment specifically stating that you wish to be entered into the giveaway. That's ONE Entry. For a SECOND Entry - promote this Giveaway on your blog with a LINK to my blog - and that will be your Second Entry. (You will need to comment a 2nd time leaving me a link to the promotion on your blog)


The Giveaway will run thru midnight EST on November 1, 2o12.  I will draw one random name from all of the entries on November 2nd - and I'll post the winner on November 3rd.

Good Luck!

Wednesday

The Great Egret


The Long Necks of the Egrets and the Herons amaze me!


Looks like he's walking towards me


The entire Reflection

This is the same image just cropped in different ways.  
Image made June 2012 during our vacation in North Carolina

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday 

Tuesday

Just Before Sunrise

Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colors of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.  
~ Oscar Wilde

Just before sunrise 
Claytor Lake State Park - Dublin, Virginia

Available - HERE 

Monday

Watch and Listen


The most uplifting music in the world is that of Mother Natures orchestra. Sit atop a hill or mountain, with a fabulous view and listen..... Hear the winds song, the birds chorus, and the far off sound of childrens laughter and song and the sounds of life that you can soundtrack to your own playlists.
~ Michelle Geaney

Saturday

A New Arrival


Introducing.....
Conner James Kirker
Born 4:43 PM
10-12-12
6 lbs, 11 oz
19 1/2 inches


Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes that beauty is too much for me to handle. Do you know that feeling? When something is just too beautiful? When someone says something or writes something or plays something that moves you to the point of tears, maybe even changes you.
 ― Mark Oliver Everett

My first Grandchild - I am moved to tears every time I see this amazing little person.  I had NO IDEA it would be this way.
What a Wonderful Blessing!

Thursday

Always Believe






Always believe that you will ultimately succeed at whatever you do, and never forget the value of persistence, discipline, and determination.
~ Anonymous

 Heritage Park, Blacksburg Virginia
Taken during the many hours spent trying to capture the butterflies in flight
To Me - The Monarch is the Symbol of Determination.  



Wednesday

Red-breasted Nuthatch


"Don't I have pretty markings?"

Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.
~ Oprah Winfrey

I LOVE to have the Red-breasted Nuthatch visit the feeders   They don't show up very often  so this was Pure DELIGHT!
(taken thru the sliding glass door)

Tuesday

With Open Eyes and An Open Heart

Awareness is a choice, and sometimes it takes effort. But it’s never disappointing if we truly put some effort into it. The rewards for our effort already surround us all the time, but they’re awards that we miss constantly until we make the decision to open our eyes and our hearts to the beauty that’s always everywhere.
~  Tom Walsh

  Claytor Lake State Park - Dublin Virginia - with my iPhone

Sunday

The Leaf Love Continues

Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.  
~ Tierney Gearon

Linking with Weekly Top Shot

Here Comes The Sun

 Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)


 Here comes the sun, and I say It's all right
~ George Harrison

Sunrise at Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, Virginia  

Some interesting insight into the writing of this song - HERE 

Saturday

Osprey At Claytor Lake State Park

The Osprey looks like it is flying into the tree branches

A little closer look.

And even a bit closer

I am very fortunate to live relatively close to Claytor Lake which is home to a wonderful Virginia State Park. 

A Link to info about the Osprey:  HERE 

Friday

Days Like These


Life is short 
Let's go live it 
No time for wasting time 
Days like these they go too fast 
Yeah, days like these you wanna make them last 
Songwriters: Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher, Michael Ford Busbee

Leaving Ocean City, Maryland after a visit

A Leaf Affair

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

Autumn
the time of year
when the leaves
grab hold
of
my 
heart 

Linking with Fabulous Friday

Thursday

Forever in the Distance

Moons and years pass by and are gone forever, but a beautiful moment shimmers through life a ray of light.
 ― Franz Grillparzer

Linking Up with Rural Thursday

Wednesday

Northern Cardinal Youngsters

Is that an expression of curiosity?
Or more like "how can I get away from my sister"?

When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. 
~ Walt Disney Company 

Tuesday

Let The Light In

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. 
 ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday

Nature Amazes

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly  07-01-12
Hold on to your sense of wonder; if you do not have a sufficiently strong one, then develop it. For me, it is the most precious resource in the world. 
~  Arthur Silber Jr.

 Linking Up with Macro Monday 
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