Another Day, Another Iris

We live in a small house with a small yard. That doesn’t stop us from have a lot of variety in our garden though. As a photographer I look at the garden and determine which flower is ready for their closeup. Today it was one of our Dutch Iris perennials

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Yet Another Lilly

Dutch Iris From Our Regent Square Garden

We live in a small house with a small yard. That doesn’t stop us from have a lot of variety in our garden though. As a photographer I look at the garden and determine which flower is ready for their closeup. Today it was one of our Dutch Iris perennials

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Dutch Iris

Goslings in South Park

South Park is a large Allegheny County Park south of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. As a boy we lived near to the park and it was a regular site of many adventures. We went to visit yesterday specifically to see the Buffalo and escape quarantine for a few hours. Our dog was stunned by the Buffalo and could not stop barking at them. Unfortunately where they were grazing made it impossible to get a good photograph of them.

There were a fair number of Canada geese in the park and on the pond a few goslings. It was great to get out of isolation and see such a sign of hope as the cute little goslings swimming with their mom.

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South Park Goslings

First Review of Worlds Apart

We received our first reader review for our new novel, Worlds Apart. Yes it is escapist fiction as the reviewer points out but as he says that is something we all need right now. A little escape from reality can do us all good since reality sucks a little right now. Click here to read a sample and order your paperback or kindle copy.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastical Tale Just When We Needed It
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020
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I am a non-fiction guy; I prefer my books to be solidly grounded in reality. But, reality has become overwhelming in these days of pandemic and political hyper-polarization. I needed something to take me away, to transport me to some alternate reality – or realities. “Worlds Apart” by Richard and Hinda Burke has done just that. It’s a sequel to their first book, “DreamMap,” which I also enjoyed. It seems to me, though, that the characters who are carried over are more fully realized here, easier to relate to. The newer characters in the Burkes multi-dimensional universe are equally compelling and fun to get to know. The storylines are artfully interwoven as we “jaunt” from world to world, characters searching for missing friends – or magical artifacts – some shapeshifting as they do. “Worlds Apart,” is exactly what I needed to escape from the worries and pressures of this wearisome world. Well, that and some m&ms.

Photo by Dale Schmitt

Today’s Columbine in Our Regent Square Garden

Today’s Columbine plant (Aquilegia) from our Regent Square Garden. Another sign of hope in the spring.

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Co;umbine

Bleeding Heart from Our Pittsburgh Garden

There is something delicate and perfect about bleeding heart. The blooms are small but beautiful and have a unique shape. This one is our garden in Regent Square. It is about 5 years old and quite robust and safe from rabbits and deer.

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Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart