Other Side of the Stream

A ribbon of water only inches deep separates a quaffed garden from Gaia’s wild unkempt landscape.  Hidden amongst logs, within towering trees and in secluded glens her children live out their lives often unseen by human eyes.  But today the veil was lifted and for a moment in time I was invited in… Whitetail deer

Whitetail deer

Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Gray Squirrel

Red fox

Red fox

Red fox

Red fox

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty in the Details

Look closely and see what is often overlooked…

Three simple eyes that guide a bee to its nest

Five eyes of a  Carpenter bee
Five eyes of a Carpenter bee

Feet with suction cups that allow security when holding tightly to a leaf

Caterillar on goldenrod leaf
Caterpillar on goldenrod leaf

A discarded skin that nourishes the body

Black swallowtail caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar eating its shed skin

A covering that allows flight

Feathers of a Mourning dove
Feathers of a Mourning dove

Hundreds of individual petals that make up a whole

Colorful mums

Sweeping vistas may be astounding but let us never ignore the beauty in the often overlooked 

Acorns

4:02 PM

The droning of insects  reverberates throughout my body

Katydid
Katydid at night

It begins with a subtle vibration on my ear drum which slowly permeates ever fiber of my being

Perhaps their songs are louder today as they instinctually know the world is in balance.

Twelve hours of light – twelve hours of darkness

Setting sun in Maine
A setting sun

Gaia is readying her children for what is to come

Ant at work
Ant at work

Birds of all sizes and colors join in the chorus as they search the fields and trees for seed and nut

Chipping sparrow
Chipping sparrow in Norway spruce

Creatures who hug the earth are ever vigilant

Eastern Garter snake
Eastern Garter snake in the vegetable garden

As a kaleidoscope changes so does the landscape

The autumn flower garden
The autumn flower garden

Shades of green gives way to a patchwork of gold, orange and red

Estuary in Maine
Estuary in Maine

Autumn is upon us, there is still work to be done by all…

Gourds
Harvest of gourds

 

 

 

Life in the Garden

AS A GARDEN AGES – LIFE INCREASES

The labyrinth in summer
The labyrinth in summer

WHAT BEGAN AS A FEW PLANTS HAS TRANSFORMED INTO AN OASIS

Newest pollinator native plant garden
Newest pollinator native plant garden
Terraced garden behind home
Twelve years ago this did not exist. It was a grass slope up to the steps. What will the pollinator garden look like in twelve years?

A REFUGE FOR ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Twin fawns
Twin fawns

 

Native bee on white cone flower
Native bee on our native Echinacea

TAKE A MOMENT, LOOK CLOSELY AT A FLOWER, LOOK TO THE TREES …

Sweat bee on native Turk's Cap lily
Sweat bee on native Turk’s Cap lily
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

 

Moments in Time

Echinacea flower

Miraculous  – amazing – always

Sawfly caterpillars on Mugo pine

Mundane – never

Chipmonk gathering bedding

Around all of  us in every moment in time there is something beautiful

Sweet Spice shrub

Something strange

Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle

Something that catches our attention

Rain drops on a spider’s web

Just take the time to see it

American Toad

 

 

Long Time Gone

The last time I shared the life of the gardens nighttime temperatures were below freezing and there was snow on the ground.

Now windows are opened both day and night while the cacophony of bird songs overwhelm one’s sense of hearing.

Babies are born, flowers grow and vegetables harvested.

The gardens are another year older as are its inhabitants …

Parrot Tulip 2017
Parrot Tulip
Bearded Iris
Bearded Iris
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Robin family
Robin family
Baltimore butterfly
Baltimore butterfly
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Juvenile Grey Squirrel
Eastern Cottontail rasbbit
Eastern Cottontail rabbit

 

 

Splashes of Color in an Otherwise Neutral Landscape

Winter –

img_1679If there is snow we see a season of white

Otherwise we see shades of brown and gray

But walk slowly and look closely

and you will see colors of spring and summer

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