white bugloss


A rare sight

hidden bugloss

christened white


Pure white blooms

in tangle of greens

stamens reaching


 The other day I was surprised to discover rare white viper’s bugloss flowers. The second photo shows the most prevalent bugloss in its distinctive blue nearby.


Violet bells,

if only you would 

sing your name


To know your name

I must look closely

observe your shapes,

colours, textures—

how you are arranged.

To know your name

is to learn what

they say about you

though no name will

capture your essence.


A week after finding these flowers I made a tentative identification: “Hairy Beard-Tongue”. I’d prefer to call them “Violet Trumpets”.

Morning question: will it rain today?


Dark turtle swims yet

celestial inferno

foreshadows more drought.

Lately, storm clouds offer no guarantee of rain.  We’ve had no rain for at least a week and though The Weather Network predicted a 70% possibility of precipitation Friday night, none fell on our patch of ground.  Standing outside in 30 degrees, throwing precious groundwater on the garden feels totally futile.  Yes I am complaining.

P.S. I saw dark clouds all Saturday after taking this morning photo—there was no rain–not a drop.

This post links to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning and  Skywatch Friday.

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Time flows like a river

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.

Marcus Aurelius

Facing upstream at Babcock Mill

Relentless, time streams
over rock, under bridges
healing broken hearts.

Facing downstream just past Babcock Mill

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge–please follow this link for more photo posts about ‘Time’.

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Winter sunshine fuels my optimism–Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Optimistic’:

This week’s photo challenge host, Krista, invited us to show what ‘helps you stay positive and hopeful, regardless of what life…throws your way.’  We have had a stretch of cloudy winter days lately, so I immediately thought of the hope that moments of sunshine bring to my life.  When the sun shines my mood goes up a notch and I am more likely to take photos.  I’ve collected three pictures to show:  first  is an example of a cloudy moment–I took the picture because I enjoyed the clouds, but I was wishing for more light.  The next two pictures were taken, within seconds of each other, closer to the house.  I believe the paw prints are rabbit prints, but please correct me if you know otherwise.

After I selected the photos, I made a discovery: they were all taken on the same day (Thursday)–the clouds cleared 40 minutes after the first  photo was taken.  Now if that isn’t a reason to be optimistic I don’t know what is.




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Weight(less)–Weekly Photo Challenge

Ben Huberman, this week’s host of the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, gave us this prompt:

This week, share a photo of something marked by its weight — or its air of weightlessness. Show us gravity at its most unforgiving, or most generous.

Nature cooperated on Monday night by providing a flash freeze after heavy rainfall, and a snow flurry on Tuesday morning.  The first two photos show feathery snowflakes falling from the sky, and the third photo shows what happened when the weight of my boot contacted the fresh ice–not strong enough for skating!




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