Sunday, September 28, 2014

Perhaps a Truffela Tree...

Bumblebee on a pretty, but unknown flower...at least by me!

Nope, but perhaps it could be..
Suess - the scribe for me! 

(Haiku courtesy of ~Remy~)

xo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Undulation

White catfish


Many dreams I've had
Of further shores I wish to see
Yes, it's meant to be!

xo
abb





Monday, September 08, 2014

Our Rem...

l to r - Kat, Kate & our Rem - all three so dear to us, Rem especially.

This daughter of ours -
Forging a new, true life path
So blessed she is ours!

~~

xo

Update:  Our sweet, wonderful and so loved daughter never got to finish her life path. She was taken from us on December 8, 2014. The worst day and loss we have ever had to live through. There isn't a day that goes by that she isn't in our thoughts and hearts. We will miss that girl madly and always.
Forever loved. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Still Waters

Life beneath the surface

Surface reflections
Will hide what is underneath
Still waters run deep

~~~

xo

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tangled

Glorious web

Tangled spider web
As it's been lately for me
Soon all will be good!
(I hope! I KNOW!!)




Friday, August 29, 2014

To the Fullest!

The Golf Cart*

*(Mom in her freedom mobile (aka golf cart) accompanied by her ~other son~ Paul, (sipping on his 5:00 cocktail while sending his drone to new heights of photo glory), her grandgirl, Brynnly (who is wondering just where in the hell that drone is going); then there's her faithful Cody-dog, (who is for sure wondering when the golf cart travel-action is ever going to begin), and Paul's Marla (taking memory photos of the events as they unfold).) 


Challenges be damned!
Living life to the fullest?
Our mom does it best!

~~~

xoxox



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Most Thoughtful



My dad (and my mom)
To know them is to love them -
So many agree!

~~~

xo


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Snow...on the Mountain

Snow on the Mountain w/Honey Bee & an Anoymous 6-Legged Friend

Snow on the Mountain
Considered a weed to some,
A beauty to me!

~~~

xoabb

Friday, August 08, 2014

Heart of the Storm

Storm coming in over Sasqua Pond 

A storm coming in
But a heart seen by others
Heart wins every time!

~~

xoxo

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Imperfect Perfection

Kousa Dogwood - after the rain

The Kousa Dogwood
Shouldn't be blooming right now
It's not listening!

~~~

xoxo

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Phlox Beauteousness...

Phlox - more beautiful this year than ever before, according to my Master Gardner dad - and I believe him!

Fabulous phlox, OH!
Your beauty is amazing!
Please be back next year!

~~~

xo

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Ending & Beginning

Once again, beautiful petunias - one spent, one in its glory

Lovely as it fades
Like a dancer's swirling skirt
 Petunia girl

~~~

xo

Friday, August 01, 2014

Free Fall

The loverly petunia - scrub to some, a favorite of mine


How do I love thee?
For your beauty-there's no doubt!
Browning would approve!

~~~

xo

Monday, July 28, 2014

Perseverance

Chicory & some pollinating friends


Mown down to the quick.
Still I find a way to bloom.
Perseverance. Key.

~~~

xo

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summertime Snowflake

Queen Anne's Lace
in the fields around my folks' MO home

(
http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/queen-anne-s-lace-wild-carrot)

Things I didn't know: "A myth says the purplish flower at the center is a drop of blood shed when "Queen Anne" pricked herself while making the "lace". In reality, that small flower attracts insect pollinators. This nonnative Missouri plant competes against our native species." 


Summertime Snowflakes
Through the fields 'round my folks' home
Warmer than winter's

~~~

xo

Monday, July 21, 2014

'Till We Meet Again...

Columbia Regional Airport just after take-off and back home to Connecticut


O, my Missourahhh...
It's always so hard to go
But! I'll be back soon!


~~~

xo


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Iris of Late



One lone iris bloomed
Totally out of season
Lovely just the same

~~~

xo

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tiger!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 
(Papilio Glaucus)

Most times I spot you
When I'm inside looking out
Frustrating? Oh yes!

~~~

xo

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Old Man

The Old Man as he returns to mother earth


 As those who stop by here know, we spent Christmas in our beloved Columbia, MO. While it was a ~balmy~ 8º both the day we arrived and seven days later on the day we left, the time in-between were days of 40º or so weather. Perfect for hiking in the valley. Daughter Rem and I hiked down to see the turnip patch that had been planted to help over-winter the deers' food supply and, of course, to go see ~The Old Man~, (pictured above (in 2008) in the header). My brother had taken photos of him over Thanksgiving, but I just had to see for myself that the old guy had finally fallen down to the sands of time. Well...he has. A mere skeleton of his former self, he's still beautiful in his own way. Even better, even in winter, you can see evidence of his ~children~ growing all around him. 
For sure, nature renews herself. Out of death rises life. Though that beautiful old sycamore is close to being nothing more than wood dust, generations fueled by his roots will live on and on. 
And the memory of a great tree (and the family hikes we took to go see him) will stay with me forever. 

~~~

xo