Sweet M, aka Dumplin’, just might be the Miss Betty Crocker of 2035! She’s a bundle of energy and likes the colorful kitchen plastic ware. She was so content to sit in her great grand-father’s wooden high chair and tap her rhythms as I snapped away.
Those eyes! And this little Ginger is getting the curly hair too! She’s pure joy!
Posted in A Child's Play, babies, Children, Eyes, Family Heritage, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, natural light photography, Redheads, Spring, Toddlers
Tagged Children, lifestyle photography
What a surprise it was to have friends and caregivers from 500 miles away visit on Christmas day!
The smiles say it all!
Thank you, Lord, for such special peeps!
Posted in Christmas, Families, Family Memories, Friendship, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, natural light photography, Parents, Relationships, Senior Citizens, Uncategorized
It’s the best person you can be!
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. ~ Alan Alda
In a short time, our Monarch raising season 2018 will be over and we’ll miss seeing the beauties in the gardens. I’ll miss grabbing my camera to capture them!
Here is a sampling of the Monarch note cards I’ve made by matting my photos and attaching them to 5 x 7 inch note cards. The colors are spectacular!
Inside I stamp a sentiment such as “Happy Birthday!”, “Thinking of you”, “Praying for you”, and “Celebrate Life!”
Each is unique and each honors a special butterfly that we raised this Summer.
Posted in Animals & Insects, Botanicals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Danaus Plexippus, Education, Fauna, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Monarchs, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Perennials, Photo Notecards, Pollinators, Snapshots, Summer Days, Sunlight, Uncategorized
Tagged Butterflies, Gardening, God's Creation, Monarch Note Cards, Monarch Waystation, Monarchs, nature, nature photography, Pollinators
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ~ Walt Whitman
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero
Posted in Animals & Insects, Annuals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, Spring Blooms, Summer Blooms, Summer Days, Sunlight
Tagged bees, Cosmos, Echinacea, Emerald Hackberry, Flowers, Gallardia, Gardening, Hostas, Lantana, Mexican Sunflower, nature, Painted Ladies, Pollinators, Rhododendrum, Skippers, Spicebush Swallowtail, Spiderwort, Swallowtails, Tithonia, Zinnias
The Monarch may be the most recognized butterfly in North America, and maybe in the world!
Three years ago we began to plant milkweed, the host plant for the adult female Monarch to lay eggs and for the caterpillar to feed on the leaves.
This year our nationally registered Monarch Waystation 17014 was the home to many eggs, caterpillars and nectaring Monarchs.
The slideshow presents a few of the Monarchs we released with a “Godspeed” as we watched them catch a high wind on their migratory journey to Mexico.
We enjoyed involving our gardening friends, a teen neighbor girl, and classrooms of third graders, helping them to learn more about Monarchs and establishing their own habitats to protect them.
Did you know only about 2% of all Monarch caterpillars survive in the “wild” to become a butterfly? The entire process takes only about one month. Predators are wasps, lizards, praying mantises, birds, and more.
Monarchs matter! To learn more, please visit http://www.monarchwatch.org
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Tagged Butterflies, butterfly garden, Danaus Plexippus, Flowers, Gardening, God's Creation, Migration, Monarchs, Monarchs Matter, nature, nature photography, Summer project
Six weeks new … sleeping like a princess on a pile of heirloom baby afghans and quilts … and she doesn’t seem to mind the little pea! She’s waiting to wear her silver crown when she awakes.
Posted in babies, Children, God's beautiful creation, Infants, Infants & Newborns, lifestyle photography, Memories, natural light photography, Newborns, Redheads
Tagged Ginger baby, Infants, lifestyle photography, princess & the pea, sleepy baby, Snapshots of daily life