Week 27: Gratitude

For the 52-week photography challenge. Week 27:  Inspiration: Gratitude “What are you grateful for? Show us.” I’m grateful for a fantastic weekend spent with Shane, the kids and our dogs.  We enjoyed a 15 mile canoe trip down Sugar Creek along with camping and hiking at Shades State Park in Indiana.  Time spent in nature…

Week 24 & 25: Inspiration & Freedom

For the 52-week photography challenge: Week 24:  Inspiration: Who inspires you? “Inspiration comes from many places. Tell us about who inspires you.” While away this past weekend on a kayaking trip I snapped some photos of our lovely and peaceful surroundings.  For Week 24, I decided to go with “What” inspires me instead of “Who”. …

Week 14: Center Frame Portrait

Week 14 of the 52-week photography challenge:  Composition: Center Frame Portrait “Center Framed composition is a great way to isolate your subject. Use this knowledge to create a portrait that exhibits loneliness.” I could not decide which photo to use this week so I went with both. This is Jack the pirate.  He is our…

Week 12: Trash

Week 12 of the 52-week photography challenge Inspiration:  Trash “Trash is your inspiration. Tell a story or create something beautiful.” Nature’s “trash” is infinitely more beautiful than our lowly human trash.  Unlike humans, nature reuses and recycles it’s trash in a splendid way.  Leaf and log litter become nutrients for the remaining living forest in…

Benefits of Walking in a Forest

Yesterday while hiking with my dog, it inspired me to share the many benefits of a fall walk in the forest. With a crisp coolness in the air the fallen leaves crunched under my feet. I looked up in wonder at the variety of colors and shades of green still on the trees.  Fall is…

A Butterfly Sanctuary of Our Own

A short walk from our cabin there is a place where butterflies flutter free.  Here they thrive on wild growth.  On any day one will encounter 20 or more.  Flying above your head, dipping here and there, or resting on a tall pink flowering plant.  Last year I do not recall as many.  But this…

How Spider Webs Help Me Predict the Future

If you saw me on my hike today, you would have wondered what was wrong.  A crazy lady waving a long stick and flailing about as she walked along in a seemingly peaceful forest.  That peaceful forest was full of spider webs. Now I must tell you I am a nature lover.  A lover of…

Shapes of Nature

Without the Weekly Photo Challenge, I devised my own. Shapes of Nature

My Writing Corner

What started out as a fun project in the woods has become more.  Previously, we set an area aside for camping. Later deciding to build a small structure, what I like to call “The Shanty”. Reusing lumber, sheet metal, and pallets procured from various places, limiting our need to buy new materials.  We purchased the base supports…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Prolific

Thorn bushes are prolific on our property.  It seems everywhere you look there are large groups growing like mad.  In a couple of months, some of them will produce numerous wild berries, which I look forward to.  However, I do not enjoy scratches from their countless thorns.  Sometimes you have to take the good with the…