Hymn of Life: Tulips

I've been keeping these photos to show you on a Sunday. For me right now it's Sunday afternoon in Spring yet for many of you it'll be Sunday morning in Autumn! We found this magnificent sculpture in a public park near Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. The wonderful thing is ... we didn't even know it... Continue Reading →

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Climate Change Actions

This morning I've been challenged to think about and respond to Climate Change by three different blog-posts, all posted today. I felt I should do something too, however small, and therefore I'm sharing with you these three things. ONE. WordPress advised me I can have a banner on my blog supporting the Global #ClimateStrike (lasts... Continue Reading →

Words Matter

This morning Nigel read me a few paragraphs from an article and it turned out to be a recent piece published on the website of the Washington National Cathedral: "...As the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, we strive to serve God and our neighbors as agents of reconciliation, a trusted voice of moral... Continue Reading →

Stuff, by Harold Davis

As George Carlin put it in one of his most memorable routines, a house is nothing but a pile of stuff with a cover on it. In contrast, I suppose a home might be something more important than the mere stuff in a house, having to do with where the heart is. Since a home... Continue Reading →

Shadow of Myself

Some of you already follow shoreacres aka Linda Leinen and it's my loss that I didn't follow her two blogs earlier. I found the post Shadow Play yesterday and Linda has kindly given me permission to re-post it on my blog. The photo of the beautiful blue dasher was taken by Linda. The photo of... Continue Reading →

Cow, Dragons in Tapanui

Cow letterbox, next to the white "anchored" property of my last post. Later we visited the print shop in town and I photographed dragons. In Tapanui dragons have more meaning than what you might imagine. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand A few years ago, Tapanui became the American town of Millhaven in the movie Pete's... Continue Reading →

Joy is Water

Joy, then, is water -- the first line of a  beautiful and refreshing poem  that I read recently and it inspired me to think about putting together a "water" post (working on it at present). Then I thought of the engaging lion fountain that we'd seen in Los Angeles, so wonderful it left an impression... Continue Reading →

Creativity is Crucial to All Studies

It's Sunday here in New Zealand and this morning I sat down to read a new post from a blog I've only just started following. I really appreciated the discussion and understood the writer's concerns - due to my familiarity with the challenges that Nigel faces as a Landscape Architect. Any photos used below are... Continue Reading →

Seafaring Butterfly

This unusual photo of a butterfly flying over water captured my imagination. As soon as I saw it on Sunday evening I felt compelled to write a poem so this wannabe poet swung into action, spending two or three hours labouring over the words to express my feelings about the scene. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flying... Continue Reading →

Feathers Aren’t Always Fragile

Wisdom from a Great Blue Heron chick in South Carolina, USA. Are you feeling small, vulnerable and powerless? Right now it's a fight for survival... find the inner mongrel. Be fierce! Keep building strength (be patient, it takes time). One day you will FLY Photos taken by Ellen Jennings from  Passing By Photo  and used... Continue Reading →

I see… White

It's a long time since I've put together a colour post - my admiration for recent white posts by others has motivated me to do another. First up is Ted Jennings from South Carolina, USA because it was his fabulous photo of a Great Egret arriving back at its nest that wow-ed me and made... Continue Reading →

Solitude and Engagement

Encouragement arrived this morning in the form of a Snowy Egret, a Pelican and a Dolphin. The Snowy Egret so splendid in his solitude. The dolphin and pelican spontaneously playing.. engagement. I enjoyed this so much it was like a tonic, providing some relief from the current pressing concerns in NZ. Taken From:   Unexpected Playmates... Continue Reading →

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