Archive for the ‘joie de vivre’ Category

~cosmic wink~

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

On my studio doorstep, in afternoon sun, I found half a luna moth’s wings.  I’ve longed to see this favorite in the wild, and this is as close as I’ve come.   It was left at my feet, like my cat used to leave birds and lizards, in offering. Like most, I haven’t been feeling especially grounded, and […]

~insect in flagrante~

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Teeny tiny acrobats braved the summer breezes in my Karl Foerster grass this afternoon. Japanese Beetles are known to ravage gardens (as though the damn deer and woodchuck were not sufficient), but are also of the Scarabaeidae family, and so, feel lucky–especially when (determinedly) getting lucky.

~ghost flower~

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

This weekend, dear friends came up to stay in our guest digs and meet us on the porch for some experimental socially distanced revelry.  On the fourth, we spatchcocked a chicken (along with grilled peaches and grilled Caesar salad) and christened our new-to-us bbq, but first hiked a nearby conservancy we’d yet to visit. The […]

~ciao, italia~

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

The view from our best dust, mid-trip, with gorgeous light and a murmuration of swifts.

~scarabaeidae~

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

New moon scarab sighting! The Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida) has felt like a spirit animal from way back, a messenger of transformation, crossroads. I’ve never seen one this close—they have amazing antler antennae! The interwebs says the plates at the ends are called lamellae, and can be compressed or fanned out like leaves to sense […]

~dandy in the underworld~

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Dead moth and burgeoning butterfly balanced the equinox scales today.

~last night of summer~

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Twilight drive (and sheep!) on the last night of summer.

~morning meditation~

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Meditated this morning with my new carpenter bee buddy. As he ruminated upon a tall cluster of Verbena, I considered– not his ravaging of our front porch–but fine form and focus.

~high tailing~

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Startled (by) a few white-tailed neighbors, while crunching from studio to kitchen though the icy twilight.

~la belle et la bête~

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

A decade ago, when we lived in Switzerland and travelled to neighboring countries on the endless Catholic holidays (sounds glam, and was, tho very champagne taste/youth hostel budget), I discovered these door knockers seemingly everywhere. Hanging languid and bewitching along cobblestoned back streets, they reminded us of Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast. Here is […]

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