Family, BBQ and Sunset

A little dirt and watermelon juice make for a happy boy.

A little dirt and watermelon juice make for a happy boy.

This past Saturday afternoon I went to a BBQ at my oldest daughters home. They grilled up some elk burgers and brats. 🙂 Games were played, children and puppy dogs ran all over the place and lots of laughter was heard.

Even a swimming pool to enjoy.

There was not a clean child around.

Chris and Cody supplied the meat while everyone else was asked to bring a side dish. Well that meant there were too many salads and deserts to fit on one plate so multiple trips to the table were needed. I found this young girl exploring all of the back yard, walking stick in hand.

Front Range Sunset

Front Range Sunset

As the sun went down I stood along the fence in their backyard with camera in hand and watched the colors. Nature was magically making  art and I had a great front row seat.

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Simple Religion

Found In the temple of nature.

Found In the temple of nature.

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dali Lama

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Closed for the Night

Closed for the Night

Closed for the Night

Plants that tuck themselves in for bedtime exhibit a natural behavior known as nyctinasty. Scientists know the mechanism behind the phenomenon: In cool air and darkness, the bottom-most petals of certain flowers grow at a faster rate than the upper-most petals, forcing the flowers shut. I’m not sure what this flower is but I encountered a dozen of them along a raised garden on a late evening walk. All of them were closed. I may have to revisit these flowers to observe and learn more about them. Hope everyone has a super awesome weekend!

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Light and Shadows

Monteverde limonada in Roma Gold

Monteverde Limonada fountain pen in Roma Gold and Moleskin Journal

“Isn’t it mysterious to begin a new journal like this? I can run my fingers through the fresh clean pages but I cannot guess what the writing on them will be.”  ― Maud Hart Lovelace

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Three More

Fall is Near

Fall is Near

“If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate” — Pema Chödrön

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Accept It and Live Up To It.

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ― Gautama Buddha

Cloudy this morning with a 60% chance of rain and into tomorrow. I am heading up to the Shambhala Mountain Center and spend about a half day with friends.  The last time I was up there they were building their Great Stupa. Could be a bit cold as they are around 7500 feet in elevation.

Took this image of a Morning Glory a few days ago around my ponds. I just love how they pop with color. Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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A Window

A Window

A Window

The hardest thing in photography is to create a simple image. – Anne Geddes

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