A hummingbird suspended in the air
a baby cardinal learning to fly
a robin eggshell lying on the ground
a pair of bluejays taking to the sky

a flock of sparrows tearing from their bush
brightened my quiet uneventful days
then there are the roses that bloomed anew
filling October with their fragrant bouquet

Just when nature lays itself down to sleep
it surprises with a parting present
because while leaves fell and flowers withered
Lavender incensed Fall with its sweet scent.



Yellow flowers
Friends are life’s flowers
bringing  summertime
when winter is darkest.

Yellow Daisies

I wish to say thank you to bloggy friends who have shown love to this blog through awards.  I appreciate the honor and kindness a lot.  However, I am so poor at writing about myself  (i.e., thinking of things to tell about myself) that I am not able to accept the awards the way they should be accepted. :-)   As for tidbits about myself, there are almost always little things about me that  I let out in my posts.  But enough of me.   Instead, let me tell you about these lovely folks:

INES of InesMJPhotography.  Ah, you will never tire of her beautiful images which she accompanies with well thought out and well-written essays.  I am sure you, too, will enjoy her photos and writing.

THE HEART BAG LADY.  Her blog is about bringing awareness to homelessness.  She is an artist and she uses her talent to help and empower those who are in this difficult situation right now.  THrough her posts, we can learn a thing or two about the problems and ways to help.

JENNY of Readsbytheriverbank is an expat mum and writes about and photographs the places she’s been to.  Her blog takes you in a journey through the places she visits as she takes you along her personal journey as well.

Thank you for visiting their pages.  I am sure you will enjoy meeting them. :-)


Concord grapes

The grapes ripening on the vine
tease me with their heady scent
A little handful would be fine
but between us stands a fence

barring my covetous hands from
the grapes ripening on the vine.
But they, in many clusters, come!
Surely the neighbors will not mind

a few berries sating my tongue.
Oh, how they shine like amethysts.
The grapes ripening on the vines
are bursting with high summer’s gifts.

They are tempting,   I walk away
from that treasure that is not mine
No fence is needed to keep safe
the grapes ripening on the vine.


For DVERSE’s Open Link Night


Happy Sunday evening, my friends. :-)

I HAVE NO MOZARELLA (for DVerse Poets)

Eggplants, parmesan
olive oil, bread crumbs
they are all on hand
also a quart of sauce marinara
I guess I can make eggplant parmigiana
but would provolone work
instead of the required mozarella?
A trip to the store is not an option
No, not this late on a Friday afternoon
I need to make dinner for hungry little mouths
with ingredients I already got
Ah… what’s the worst that could happen
if I change the recipe one bit
provolone, mozarella
they are both from milk
Well, if the picky tummies find it hard to eat
another of their mommy’s experiments
then go to bed they shall
with hunger in their bones
One day they will thank me
my food didn’t make them fat
But if the experiment works
then I learned a new thing
and I do not have to be a slave
to a recipe’s rigid schemes.


Here’s a little tongue-in-cheek response to Tony’s DVerse Meeting the Bar Prompt:  I’ve Got a Little List.   I had no idea what to write until I had to cook for dinner earlier.  Just in case you are wondering, provolone is not a good substitute for mozarella.  The former got a little rubbery as it cooked.  Well, I would not have known that if I did not try, would I? :-)  Now, you know too.   You’re welcome. :-D


Fall Music

I had to cajole my sons to pose for me.  I was thinking of a solemn mood to complement Autumn and the gray days we have.  The idea began with my ruined violin bow.  I think my youngest son got a hold of it and pulled at the horsehair.  I wanted falling leaves to be part of the motif.  I asked his younger brother to toss wet leaves onto him.  The younger one happily obliged.  He tossed and kicked handfuls of leaves much to this son’s chagrin.  They are both good sports and I owe them one. :-)









This is taken using a Nikon DSLR. The rest of the photos were taken with a Fujifilm SX-1.

I had to look up the meaning of the terms and to see how it is different from Reflection before I had any idea about how to respond to this challenge. Then I remember my son’s lesson in refraction – a spoon in a glass of water would appear bent because of light refraction. Perhaps, I could try the glass thing, but first I needed a nice glass item. This candle holder seating idle inside my cabinet appeared good for the test. It is thick, it is crystal, it is well-made. It only needed a little polishing. :-)
Crystal Candleholder
Two summers ago, I used this same glass to see how it would appear when the sun was shining on it. When it caught the sun at the right angle, I saw a ray of rainbow emanate from the glass. I tried to direct that light into a little flowering plant I then had. However, I was not able to have a good capture of the image.

With that previous experiment in mind, I brought the glass outdoors where I thought I could take advantage of the light. The sun, however, did not cooperate. It hid behind the clouds before I could even begin my work.
Refraction Abstract
Since I was having a sort of a me-time anyway, the children were out with their grandparents and I had done the things I needed to do, I took pictures anyway. I thought I would capture autumn through the glass as though it was an extension of the camera lens. Autumn through a Crystal Glass
When I had enough of that exercise, I put fallen leaves and flowers inside the container and took photos of them. It looked like they were swimming in water.
HawkWeed Refraction I found the results quite interesting that I took some more photos. Not all turned out well though. Daisy Refraction1 I had fun finding out how the grooves and cut of the glass affected the images. Daisy Refraction3 It was interesting to see the interplay between the images that were reflected on the glass and those that are inside the glass. Daisy and Pink refraction Thank you for coming by. I hope you enjoyed my experiment as I did. Happy weekend.  :-)  Oh-oh.  Pardon me for being unable to visit or respond to your comments.   I will see you, dear friends, by and by.  Promise. :-)Two Daisies