A Moment of Hope #4

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Since you are already outside enjoying spring flowers or a sunset or sunrise. Sit down for a minute. Look up and wait. It won’t be long. Birds in flight soothe the human spirit. Another moment you might not see in your work a day life.

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Flight

A Moment of Hope #2

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

This is a pond in the spring. Pond are full of hope and new life in the spring. You can hear the peepers and see the baby turtles on their banks. Sitting and gazing into a pond and listening to the sounds provide and uplift to the human spirit.

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Reflections of a Pond

A Moment of Hope #1

We are living in some scary times right now. I am old and have lived through others but this one is somehow different and maybe more frightening. So until it is over each day I plan to post an image that provides calmness and a moment of zen. We all need a lot of moments like these right now.

Here is a daffodil from our Pittsburgh garden. You have to have hope to plant a garden.

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A Perfect Bloom

Hummingbird Vignette

Hummingbirds are difficult to photograph. They move very fast. Also to get them in the wild, away from a feeder presents an optical challenge. They tend to disappear in to the foliage of the plants they feed on. In this case I used a vignette to make the bird stand out however you still can’t see the fast beating wings.

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Hummingbird

Stamen and Stigma

I always wondered why there was one of the stamen looks different. I figured it was because it had no pollen attached to it. Maybe it was defective. I knew that the stamens where the male part of the plants reproduction system.

Turns out the one that looks different is not a stamen. It is a stigma and actually part of the plants female reproductive system and connected directly to the plants ovary. Learn something new every day!

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First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

Stamen

First Amaryllis In Pittsburgh

We have grown Amaryllis in the past but have never photographed any for some reason unknown to me. We also have never had one since we returned to Pittsburgh. They are beautiful spectacular blooms. We bought this one late in the season and it is a little short but the the flowers are magnificent.

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First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

Worlds Apart on Black Monday

Our sequel to DreamMap, Worlds Apart will be available in November. We are aiming for a release on Black Monday.

If you have never read DreamMap, there is a three page summary as an Introduction in Worlds Apart. You can also read a sample on Amazon. However we recommend reading DreamMap first.

To encourage that, if you purchase DreamMap by clicking on the link in the right hand column you will be able to buy the Kindle Version for just 99 cents. If you purchase the trade paperback you will get the Kindle version for free. Click here to go to DreamMap.

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