Nature’s Beauty

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Take a look around

Really see the world

Marvel at nature

The blended tones of a sunset

The bold colors of a field of flowers

The shimmering uniqueness of a snowflake

The deep cut paths in tree bark

A million blades of grass in a small field

A puffy cloud drifting by

The power of a waterfall and

How it shapes the rocks beneath it

Soak it all in like a sponge

And tuck it away deep inside

For a day when you might need a bit of beauty

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – sponge


Take a walk

Down this path

The trees are calling your name

Take a walk

Make your own way

The creek flows towards peace

Take a walk

In this idyllic place

Mother Nature is waiting there

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – idyllic

A to Z Challenge – O

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The letter O …

The time is almost here.  The calendar says it is Spring, now if we could just get the weather to cooperate.  We had light snow this week, but tomorrow it is supposed to return to the 60’s.  We have had little tastes of Spring here and there, then Winter seems to sneak back in.  This time I hope someone closes the door and locks it tight until late Fall.

Once the windows are open, I can hear the birds chirping and in about a month the lilacs will fill the air with their perfume.  It is time to think about heading outdoors again.  Taking a short walk (I think all I can handle is short) trying to find my health again.  See the first signs of the season – the neighbors tulips blooming, the daffodils on the corner, and the first dandelions popping up in the yards.

Once warmer days come there is the opportunity for morel mushrooms to pop up.  And more birds will fly back from the South.  The squirrels and rabbits will come out in force.  And the park by the river may even have a stray deer.

I can take my camera and capture moments of beauty I see in trees, flowers, the sky and more.  To spend time outdoors brings me a little closer to the wonders all around we are usually too busy to see.  Those moments I will be able to spend outdoors will bring me a peace I can find no other way.  My gratitude today goes to being outdoors.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Fandango’s Friday Flashback – April 10

This week we are going back to 2018 for a first for me.  I tried to write something for a kids story that was originally posted  here.

The Sad Flower

Robert always rushed.  He would rush here, and rush there.  He never would stand still.

Then one day he saw a sad flower and he stopped to talk to her.  “Why are you so sad?” he asked the flower.

The sad flower sniffled and said, “Because no one takes time to notice me. They always rush by before I can smile for them. I only want to make their day more beautiful.”

Robert thought for a minute and said, “Maybe I could take you home with me and I can show my family how beautiful you are?”

The sad flower lowered her petals and sighed, “If you take me home then I will not be able to help more people see the beauty of nature.”

“What is nature?” Robert asked.

The sad flower told him, “Nature is all living things – the grass, trees, flowers, and plants. It can be the look of the sunshine or the feeling of rain. It is all around but many people never stop to look at it. It can be very beautiful if they would just take the time to look.”

Robert smiled and said, “I like nature. I like to play in the rain and jump in puddles. Is that nature?”

The sad flower began to straighten up just a bit and said, “That is a part of nature. I am so happy to hear you like nature.”

Robert said, “I am going to go home now and tell my family about how beautiful nature is.”

The sad flower stood tall and proud, smiling she said, “Thanks for taking the time to see the beauty of nature. I feel better thanks to you.”

“Goodbye flower. I will see you tomorrow. You are beautiful.” Robert said and turned to go home.


For Fandango’s Friday Flashback (FFF) April 10

On The Missouri

The cabin greeted us

Every summer as kids

With warm memories

To be made in nature

The gentle sounds of the river

As it lapped against the banks

The gentle sounds of raindrops

Hitting the tin rooftop

A glimpse of a deer

Taking a drink of water

From the other side

Of the flowing river

Birds all over singing

With their distinct calls

My grandpa was good

He could name them all

And grandma would always

Wake us with the smell

Of pancakes on the griddle

Waiting to be devoured

There were plenty of walks

An occasional bike ride

Horseshoes and badminton

And an old swing set

It was sad to see it go

My grandparents now gone

And the family not interested

It was an old worn out cabin

But I still carry it with me

Deep in my heart

And remember it fondly

Especially during a gentle rain


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – cabin

Music Saves The Soul

She was so alone.  She was married to her high school sweetheart, but after 20 years had passed, she had begun to feel like a piece of unused furniture in the corner.  He just didn’t seem to want her anymore and had begun to tell her so in small ways.  Little jabs he would say, especially after a drink or two, that broke her down.  She began to blame herself and felt more and more withdrawn.

One day she was taking a walk for some peace of mind – nature seemed to be the only thing to set her mind at ease.  As usual she had her MP3 player with her to listen to as she walked on.  The music was set to shuffle but this playlist that had taken place was about to open up her eyes.  She heard a song called “Words” by Train that told her not to listen to what is said and it was followed by Skillet’s song “It’s Not Me, It’s You” and she had an epiphany.

She suddenly felt a weight lift off her shoulders as the truth came out through songs.  She didn’t have to believe what he said, they were just words.  And it was not her fault.  It was not her; it was him.  Her mind was finally clear to the answers.  The man she had married was gone.  The shell of a man that took his place was growing old and bitter fueled by large amounts of alcohol.  Although it hurt, she had to understand that being on her own was better than being dragged down daily.

She packed her bags and began a new life of hope.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – epiphany

A to Z Challenge – Photography

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P is for photography

I have always loved to take pictures… even back in my youth with a 110 camera.  I saved money I made on a paper route and babysitting to buy myself a SLR camera.  And when I was at my worst depression, talking pictures while walking in nature was a sort of therapy for me.  Just call me a shutterbug.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

For a while I did a weekly Monochrome Monday picture as I really enjoy the dramatic effect of black and white photography.  I take surprisingly few portrait pictures, but the best ones I take are usually the ones not planned.  But I do not consider myself too good with them and take better pictures of animals I think.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

By far the subject of choice is flowers.  Even if I get a bouquet of cut flowers I usually focus in on one or two of the blooms.


My next challenge is saving up and getting a DSLR and lots of memory cards to store pictures on.  Say cheese!


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On A Warm Spring Day

Naturally nature is natural…

Here are a few pictures I took yesterday when the temps neared 70°F.

Spring buds up close
Finally some buds

spring buds
So many buds

The bridge
A beautiful day for a walk

For those of you interested… my mind took me somewhere else all together when I first saw the word Natural.  Here is Making It Natural by Dr Hook.  I hope you enjoy or at least get a chuckle out of it.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – natural