Letting Go of Christmas

Most people count down the days until Christmas, I on the other hand count the number of days I have until the last decoration is placed gently into it’s designated bin. As of today I sit have one tree fully decorated and floral and pine accents adorning the house. From year to year I usually follow a set pattern for decorating relying on photographs of past Christmases to help my memory.  This year  I chose to mix it up. I tried to create vignettes that would gracefully flow into a winter theme. I found the most challenging aspect of this holiday season was NOT buying into the year-end treasure trove of holiday decorating sales. I’m still visualizing the white pine bough garland that I could have bought for $6.00 a bough to change next year’s theme. But alas, storage eventually becomes a challenge!


Christmas 2019
Welcome, Come in…
Christmas 2019
The door into the dining room
Christmas 2019
Walk through the door into the living room
Christmas 2019
The fireplace mantel and living room tree The door on the right leads in to the master bedroom
Christmas 2019
The master bedroom
Christmas 2019
Upstairs guest bedroom
Christmas 2019
Upstairs guest bedroom
Christmas 2019
Family room Christmas tree – Tinsel and vintage ornaments
Christmas 2019
Santa’s workshop


My Backyard Bird List

Flying primary colors

Sometimes hidden in plain sight

Music to awaken you in the morning or lull you to sleep

Mourning Dove 2-18-2018

Melodic – haunting – beautiful

Male cardinal 3-22-2018

Female cardinal 2-18-2018

Currently I have 43 birds I’ve photographed for my yard bird list and 4 I have yet to capture. Some photos are less than perfect but You can still identify the bird. Just go to the top of the page and click on Birds observed in the gardens of Valley View.

Does anyone else have a yard bird list? 

Eastern Bluebirds 3-22-2018

Northern Flicker 2-18-2018

Red- headed woodpecker 1-7-2018








American robin 2-18-2018


White-breasted Nuthatch 1-23-2018

All photographs taken since January 1st, 2018.

Skunk Cabbage – the plant world’s modernism

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Symplocarpus foetidus one of the first flowers of spring in eastern North America.

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Every spring since I began photographing wildflowers I seek out the erotic skunk cabbage in the spring seep behind my home.

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

The shapes and colors are mesmerizing, reminding me of modernism art. 

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

The Last of the Winter’s Snow

It began as dusk descended, as fine as the sand on a crescent beach

The light from passing cars reflected their crystalline structure

These wind-blown diamonds struck my cheeks It felt as though a thousand pins had assaulted me

Soon the wind died and the snow crystals  were attracted to one another as the north and south poles of a magnet

They cascaded  bumping into one another combining to create snowflakes 

The night was no longer dark – White enveloped the landscape

I awoke to a quiet stillness

snow February 18, 2018

Snow 2 February 18, 2018

Snow 3 February 18, 2018 wind sculpture

Snow 5 February 18, 2018

Snow 4 February 18, 2018

Snow 6 February 18, 2018


sunrise snow February 18, 2018