Faith in Green

Walking around the yard today, I saw paperwhites and jonquils blooming, grass flowers and tree flowers, and tree buds of all kinds making their presence known.

Some little leaves are popping out here and there but I always look forward to the rich green, thick, scented, and full of texture leaves on our fig tree.

It won’t be long before I am photographing you again, lovely fig tree!!

Finding Joy

This photo is from a few years back. It crossed my mind after hearing that our forecast is calling for lots of rain this week.

The mom in this photo brought her little girl from a nearby home to splash around in the flood water of Lake Bistineau.

When I took the photo, I immediately loved it because it is a reminder to me that even when situations appear bad, there is always hope and joy to be found in the simple things.

Vacation Dreaming

This photo was taken at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Dubuque, IA. I was a volunteer there for several years. The gazebo is where weddings are held and way in the back on the right you can see the trellis to the formal herb garden, where I spent all of my time in this glorious public gardens.

This week Dubuque has been heavy on my mind. It must mean a vacation is on the horizon. Not any time soon though. They still have a foot of snow on the ground!!

Louisiana spring has arrived so now I can cheer on Iowa spring!! Hurry, I miss you!!

Like My New Outfit?

Since I began taking nature photos, I have considered myself a “purist” of sorts. I don’t prefer to modify my photos, keeping them the way they were taken.

Rarely, I sample some photo programs and the photo above is one of them. I was impressed and kept it. A few days ago I came across it and it occured to me that putting a different look on a photo is akin to me simply putting on a new outfit. The original me is still there, just stylin’ a different way. See……

Outfits can be changed for any occasion but as long as the original can be enjoyed unchanged, I am OK with that. You may see more designer looks from me in the future!

Good Day For Big Change

Taking a cue from my constant mentor, this season of my life is going to subtly change and evolve into something new. The signs will be small, til one day, with a gasp and a “WOW”, I will say “I’ve arrived!!”

So that the quality of my posts improve, I am going to continue blogging but less often; maybe a couple of times a week. I have 3 exciting projects coming up that I want to give my attention to so when the time is right, I can share the good news!

Thanks to all of you who follow my blog, like my posts, and send your compliments and well-wishes. I appreciate your encouragement and support and I hope you stick with me. At the end of last year I “disappeared” after my husband died, but this good change will show it’s the right move to make. Much love!

Friends All Around

I like to think I am observant when I am photographing Nature. Here in Louisiana there are plenty of things to watch for too, like gators, tarantulas, poisonous snakes, and unlimited swarms of mosquitos 😁

The scene in this photo captured my attention because it didn’t take long to notice a whole family of little creatures sitting among these cypress roots and knees. Meerkats, gophers, a racoon, and several others revealed themselves.

This photo reminds me that I don’t always need to watch out for the bad; sometimes simply take the time to look for friends all around. What do you see?


Those moments in your life when comfort is beyond words, where do you seek peace? What is precious enough to you that you can not only empty yourself of sorrow or anger but also fill yourself with beauty and positivity from it?

Find that place or thing because there will always come a time when you need to draw from it and you will be grateful it was there for you. Choose a constant in your life so it can never fail you, and you will always find your way back to balance.

My special place and time has always been sunrise over Lake Bistineau where I live, and I plan to be there waiting tomorrow morning. Much needed with much gratitude.

Waking Up

While a few parts of North Louisiana are waking up, overall it still looks like Winter is here. Maybe Mother Nature knows something we don’t know. The sun sure did make a nice, warm glow this afternoon. Hundreds of chorus frogs are singing in the rain-filled ditches. A nearby great egret was soaking up afternoon sunshine.

This warmer weather makes it more pleasant to get out and do things and to tolerate a few more weeks of Winter. Thanks Mamma N; I trust you know what you’re doing.