Taken Up

Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest, lays down its life in its season, as beautifully as it was taken up. — Henry David Thoreau Early this morning I visited Stroud Preserve, a frequent place to visit and immerse in nature, and a respite of mine for many years. Zach liked it…

Thursday Doors May 31: Rocky Mountain High

Two weekends ago, I traveled out to Denver Colorado to see an amazing concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. For those of you who don’t know of the theater, it’s about 10 miles outside of Denver, in an open air natural HUGE rock structure. While I have a couple photos in the mix, google it as…

Life’s Energy

Wildlife, especially birds, brings forth an energy that I think goes beyond their own wild lives.¬† I suppose I have sensed this more since the death of my son, for when I see a bird, I find a sense of joy that clearly mirrors times with my son. A life, joy, and energy that is…

For Zach

For Zach I came across your tiny fleece mittens today tucked back in a sock drawer somehow, having gone unnoticed for this long simple and fingerless flat oval teal pods I remember them well such small hands wriggling around, skin and fleece together deciding who was softest I thought of how old these mittens were…

Flying home…

May is migration for many bird species, and I’m always thrilled to see my summer birds back for the season. Too, it can mean nests and babies and cute fledglings coming with Mom or Dad to my feeders. These from my local favorite gardens, Longwood. A hotbed of migration activity, mixed with our year-rounders, and…

Thursday Doors April 19: Four from the Beach

We celebrated my son’s birthday at the beach this past weekend, a place that I will need to revisit (and, I will, soon) to capture much more than I did. Alas, this was more a quiet reflective day, though still very much celebrating his life and memory… and on a last minute thought I realized,…

Saturdays

Saturdays. It is always the same, the story. Love, sadness, regret. Saturday. Birthday lunch with my sister. Tea and lazy afternoon. Going to pick up Zach at work. Seeing him walk across the parking lot towards my car. He is high. My stomach sinks, my heart races. It is the worst feeling. An addict son….

Thursday Doors 2017

While I didn’t quite squeak out a full year of doors, I was still lucky enough to be introduced to Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge by my magnificent friend (and Italy compadre)¬†Manja. Many of the doors, not surprisingly, were ones I strolled by, entered, or just plain adored whilst in my Italy travels this past summer….

The Perfect Sanctuary

While Point Reyes National Seashore is not a (wildlife) sanctuary, in many ways it presented itself that way, on my first ever visit there. Point Reyes has it all: bays, lagoon, ocean, lighthouse, cape, and LOTS of wildlife. Amazing, beautiful wildlife. I included too a sprinkling from another brief but wonderful spot called Shorebird marsh…