Thursday, August 31, 2017

Rainbow Dancer

I had the privilege of attending the Shulke Farm Conference a couple of weekends ago.  What a blessing it was to see old friends and to hear all about what the folks they'd invited are doing throughout the world.

It was mid-day, when I stopped in the middle of the bridge and took this picture.  When I finally went through my photos, I was astonished to find this beautiful rainbow dancer sliding across the rippling waters of the stream.

What a lovely sight.

Have a great weekend everybody! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Oregon Eclipse, 2017

The first thing I noticed were the birds...As the eclipse began the birds in the trees began softly calling to one another. There were Chickadees, goldfinches and a few I didn't recognize. Then suddenly there were flocks of them winging across the skies as the moon covered more of the sun. The air became noticeably cooler and the light was strangely dim.

 There was a squirrel who decided he was quite interested in all the humans watching the sky. He sat on the fence yelling at us, then decided better of it and disappeared. 

Shadow the Dog stood behind the humans who were staring at the sun and looked over at me as though to say--could you make them stop that?  Toez the Polydactyl Cat hid in the closet and Bootz the Humongous Cat found his way into the back of the shed. 

The colors of the flowers became luminous and vibrant in a way I've never seen before.

The shadows of the leaves were crescent shaped with the points downward. Just before the eclipse was complete, the ground wiggled, just like they said it would--VERY strange! Little waves of light covered the ground.

Then the moon covered the sun completely. The air was cool and soft...a strange twilight that seemed magical. There was a luminous ring around the sun--it was so beautiful...not something I could completely catch with my camera. We could actually see faint stars--or maybe they were planets.

The most lovely part was when the sun suddenly peeked over the edge of the moon, creating a stunning diamond ring. It was only for an instant--but WOW! SO lovely. Our friends who are here visiting had set up a camera and actually caught a GREAT pic of that exact moment. I'm SO glad.

As the moon uncovered the sun little by little, more waves of light scuddled across the cement. Then we noticed the crescent shadows made by the leaves were now pointed in the opposite direction--like little smiles covering the ground.

I was amazed at how quickly the light and heat of the sun returned--even though the sun was still at least a third covered! Of course, Mumsie and I stayed and watched as the sun was revealed completely. It was the experience of a lifetime.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Great Eclipse is Almost Here

In ten days we will see the Great American Eclipse.  I am one of those lucky enough to live along the area where a total eclipse will be seen.  It won't happen again in my lifetime, they say!

Our town and surrounding cities are expecting a possible influx of up to 500,000 people from all over the world, starting the weekend before the event!  I can't even imagine that many people crowding into our simple country setting.  There will be fireworks, live music and other events along our waterfront.  I must say...I'm looking forward to all the fuss.

Have a great weekend! 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Black Berries

I have six thornless blackberry plants.  They were crafted by a master gardener and are the best I've ever seen.  This is what they look like just before the petals fall and the fruit is about to make an appearance.

With our record heat these berries are fat and juicy--about to fall off the vine.  They are the best blackberries I've ever eaten!

I noticed it has been almost a year exactly since I posted something here.  I broke my camera and the newer one is disappointing, so I have not taken as many pictures.  Also, this year has been one of transition.  I am no longer numb over the loss of my Beloved.  My mind is feeling the full grief of losing half my heart.  I have had to put my energy into what matters most.  But now I am back.

The haze of grief seems to be lifting a little.  Soon I will, camera in hand, go out to take pictures again.  Happy Summer, dear Friends.