The Joy of the Moment

Instead of bracing yourself for the perils of the unknown, embrace the joy that is here, in your present moment.
- Michelle Cruz-Rosado

Available - HERE 



I Held My Breath.....

Viceroy Butterfly

I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us...
 ― Mary Oliver

Available as a Fine Art Print/Canvas/Card - HERE 


Profile in the Pines

Female Goldfinch

The responsibilities of life seem to rest lightly on the Goldfinch's sunny shoulders. 
Roger T. Peterson

Available  - HERE 


Morning Sparkles

An early-morning walk is a blessing 
for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau


On The Yellow

Hairstreak Butterfly - Gray Hairstreak I believe - Hahn Horticulture Garden
Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, Virginia

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
 — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Another Version of this image - HERE 


Peaceful Blue

"I have always been fascinated by the ocean, to dip a limb beneath its surface and know that I'm touching eternity, that it goes on forever until it begins here again." 
 ― Lauren DeStefano

Print Available - HERE 


On a Journey

The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants and discovers, along the way, what he needs. 
 — Wally Lamb

This image Available - HERE 

Donkey at the Fence

"I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves."
- Ann Drake

Print Available - HERE



Walking with Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly 

Remember that nature is your great restorer. 
~ Calvin Coolidge

The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg has a lovely meadow of flowers at the very bottom.....and of course, beautiful butterflies!

Artistic Print - HERE 


Accept What Comes From Silence

Accept what comes from silence. 
 Make the best you can of it. 
 Of the little words that come out of the silence, 
like prayers prayed back to the one who prays, 
 make a poem that does not disturb 
 the silence from which it came.
- Wendell Berry

A Different Version of this Image - HERE 


In The Red

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. 
Keep in the sunlight. 
- Benjamin Franklin

Available - HERE 


A Philosophy of the Spirit

Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. 
Kindness deepens the spirit and 
produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. 
It is an experience more powerful than words. 
To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things 
and feel new feelings. 
Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. 
It is a philosophy of the spirit.  
—Robert J. Furey


Birds In the Rain

Tufted Titmouse 

  The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. 
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mourning Dove

The sound of the rain needs no translation. 
~ Alan Watts

Mockingbird - 
who doesn't look to happy about the rain! 

A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods. 
~ Rachel Carson


American Goldfinch And His Beard of Thistle

Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment ....
 ― Mandy Hale

I hope this little Goldfinch put a smile on your face :) 


Mockingbird Youngster

 In the woods, is perpetual youth. 
 ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

But youth smiles without any reason. 
It is one of its chiefest charms.
 - Oscar Wilde


Bluebird Wings

At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough.
- Toni Morrison

Check out my Bluebird Prints - HERE 


Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

The butterfly counts not months but moments, 
and has time enough.
 ― Rabindranath Tagore

Print Available - HERE 


Worm-eating Warbler - Another New Life Bird!

Another new lifer for me!  A Worm-eating Warbler.  
To be honest, I had never even heard of this warbler before.  I looked through all of my guides, and did some comparing of pics online - and I do believe that I have ID'd him correctly - BUT - if I'm wrong - please let me know :)  

We do not need to attend classroom training programs for everything, our observation opens the windows of knowledge around us.
― Sukant Ratnakar



American Goldfinch Flies Between The Thistle

Female American Goldfinch takes flight

A closer crop of the same pic - those wings just make my heart flutter every time :)

Each moment of the year has its own beauty... a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Print Available:  HERE


Fritillary Flies Over the Field

If you are a regular here - you know that I am ALWAYS trying to get "flight" shots.  
Butterflies, Birds, Bugs - just about anything with wings that I can capture with my camera.  This is Fritillary butterfly flying over a field of wildflowers - a Variegated Fritillary (I think) 
This totally shows what my summer is all about!

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
 ― Robert F. Kennedy

You can see a different version of this - HERE 



Little Dots of Light

It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. 
 ― Arthur Conan Doyle

More Wildflowers - HERE 


Finding Ecstasy

There is ecstasy in paying attention.
 ― Anne Lamott

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    an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.

Autumn Trees

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, 
 then autumn would be the magic hour." 
 - Victoria Erickson

Print Available - HERE 

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