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Spring Colors

Yellow Tulip

Yellow Tulip

“I don’t let go of my thoughts, I meet them with understanding, then they let go of me.” Byron Katie

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Born With Love

Tulips on Campus

Tulips on Campus

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” Marianne Williamson

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Spring Blossoms

We had snow in the high country but rain and slush along the foothills. Signs of Spring are everywhere. Enjoy your week! 

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Back to Nature

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Clouds and blue sky at the Arapaho Bend Nature Area.

Needed a reprieve from the city noise and tension it seems to generate. So, I dropped my grandson off at work on Saturday afternoon then drove to the Arapaho Bend Nature Area. Loved the blue sky against the brown trees and the soft delicate scattered clouds in this image. Lots of people out with the same idea. My intentions were to get out and walk, find a place to sit and read a book. Of course I just happen to have my camera, so when nature provides scenes I accept them. Just off to the left of this image was a photographer working on some family portraits. Hope they turn out okay.

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Milkweed pods and seeds, another generation, found along the trail.

I find milkweeds almost everywhere. They are abundant along our rivers and I found them abundant while living in Ohio. They are a source of food for many insects and an attractor for monarch butterflies. However, they are not recommended for human consumption. Better off eating that banana or trail mix. Just enjoy their beauty!

Afternoon starburst against a cottonwood tree

Afternoon starburst against a cottonwood tree in the Fall

I have several images of this tree with the sun directly behind it. It seems to always be in that same location and offering me another photo opportunity but each time with different light, foliage and cloud patterns. So, they are never the same image. I enjoyed getting back to nature and letting it touch me inside.

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A New Month

Collecting Pollen

Collecting Pollen

“Soon it will be fall.  The frost will come… All of this is familiar. And yet none of this has every happened before as it is happening now.” Wendell Berry

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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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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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