A little crystal candy dish sits in my office, always ready to accept new treasures that I find here and there. Crystals, agates, seaside shells, and feathers. Sometimes it calls to me, beckoning me to nibble on memories and fill up on their textured beauty. Definitely a feast I never get tired of. 

Liebster Award


I am soooo new to blogging, but I am going to try to figure this out and hope that I get it right.

A big THANK YOU to Kindra M. Austin, who is the author of this blog,, for nominating me!  

It is much appreciated, and Mother Nature thanks you too!

Honestly, I have started following a few dozen blogs, and the one that I have the most interaction with and enjoy the photography in is by someone who has over 2,000 followers!  Below I have listed some of my favorites that have under 300 followers.

For now I will tell you 10 random facts about me:

  1. Being born and raised in a town of 33 people in Northeast Iowa made me crave culture.
  2. When I was young I wanted to be Amish before I knew what it was.
  3. Mother Nature and I have had a personal connection my whole life.
  4. I am a DD – Distracted Driver – I photograph while driving – often.
  5. I am a self-taught nature photographer.
  6. I am a BBW with BBI (big, beautiful ideas).
  7. Before I get too old, I want one of those tiny houses to make into a personal studio.
  8. In the next year, my goal is to ride in a hot air balloon.
  9. Dragonfly is my personal symbol.
  10. No offense to anyone, but I really, really, really, really, like being alone in silence.




If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2016 Liebster Award.
  1. For the 2016 Liebster Award I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  1. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
  1. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  1. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

More Sweet Peas Please

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I see.  I like.

I get out of the car, phone in hand, and admire sweet pea before snapping a pic.

So pretty, so perfect.

I see.  I like

There are a few dozen sweet peas blooming this morning, spurred on by recent rain.

So colorful, decorating my fence and my world.

I see.  I like.

This little flower made me feel better than many things in my life lately.

What does that say about my life?  What does that say about me?

I can’t see.  I don’t like.

I need more sweet peas in my life.


Paparazzi (video)

On a solitary drive through the countryside,

tall pine trees stand silent witness

as golden sunlight bursts between trunks and boughs

like the flashbulbs from a paparazzi of angels,

capturing momentary glimpses of my journey

and waking me from a dream to realize that this solitary driver

was never alone all along.

Fire and Rain

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“Oh, I’ve seen fire, and I’ve seen rain.” -JTaylor

Some days I can’t help but be so grateful that I have a long commute to work through lots of countryside.  Every day is different, and I have come to measure the seasons of my life by it.  Some days are more eye-catching than others, like today.  I didn’t even mind driving in rain because I got to watch this for most of my way to work.


Seeking Out Calm

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So much layered turmoil

Focus is too blurred

Scrambling for balance

Screaming to be heard


Can I pull away from madness

Will I find my centered peace

No longer a choice to do so

I must be the one to release


It feels like starting over

Like being birthed again

To mend my sense of happiness

I’ll stay joined to my within


No telling what the future brings

I can barely give it thought

Right now is all that matters

In this calm and peaceful spot










Embrace Your Bliss

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Consumed with holding on too tight,

I am letting go to find my bliss.

Overwhelmed by matters of the world,

I am retreating to find my bliss.

Distracted by other people’s drama,

I am focused on finding my bliss.

Disgusted by my own judgements,

I am healing by finding my bliss.

Disillusioned by the story that my mind tells me,

I am creating my life full of bliss.




Melancholy comes creeping

To twist how you will feel,

You have to keep awareness close

To the things you know are real.


When no TV ad, no frienemy

Can exist within your trust,

You reconnect with Mother Earth;

The sun, the sky, the dust.


Look for greens, search for blues

And some golden here and there

Vibrant colors of the Earth

Will heal your deep despair.


Remembering your oneness

With all that you can see,

Fills you with peace and happiness

And restores your energy.


Only when you are healed

Can you be anothers’ flame

From your example they will learn

To heal themselves the same.