"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."
-- Henry David Thoreau
A dragonfly ( Odonata ) suns himself (or herself) atop a dried plant stem along the edges of a pond in northern Colorado...
It’s official: I can’t go out on the streets anymore. I want to adopt every single dog I see.
“Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.” Samuel Beckett
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
— Alfred Stieglitz
A tiny hoverfly of some species attends to the pollen on a yellow yarrow plant in my backyard last summer...
"Every dog, we are told, has his day, unless there are more dogs than days."
-- Bat Masterson
String of lanterns hung from the dome of Union Square in San Francisco in honor of the Chinese New Year ushering in the Year of the Dog...
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
-- Thomas Paine
A stately bald eagle suns himself against a backdrop of fall foliage in Fort Collins, Colorado...
she whispered to me, softly; her words spin round my head; i cannot soon forget them, for this is what she said... read the rest here: lotuscarroll.com/she-whispered-… #macro #poetry #ibelieveinwords
close your eyes and see. ~joseph joubert #selfportrait #quote #thirdeye
Owls were born on my colleague’s windowsill a few weeks ago and I. Just. Can’t. Even.
“Shop Now.” This is what Instagram is all about.
"I always love to be careful with my expectations so that life has pleasant surprises for me."
-- Sebastian Thrun
Sometimes when you stick your camera in a flower you find a little surprise inside...
Burn, Burn, Burn "The only people for me are the mad ones: the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who... burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles." -- Jack Kerouac
In The Side Of The Dawn "What have they done to our fair sister? Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn And tied her with fences and dragged her down" -- The Doors, When The Music's Over
“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”― Rabindranath Tagore
This is the best mental image. Welcome to our world, Mr. President.
[History] A look back at an early climate change scientist, Joseph Fourier. His important contributions to mathematics and science remain relevant 250 years after his birth. nature.com/articles/d4158…
This is Tilly, the teeny, tiny, turtle, who I found in a deep nest of leaves under a big oak tree while I was hunting for morel mushrooms in southern Illinois (I found this large morel just a few feet away from Tilly: https://goo.gl/sGFU45). She was very calm and gentle, but understandably a bit shy. She was so tiny that she fit in the palm of my hand (see the photo I posted as the first comment on this post). I took a few photos and then put her back in her cozy little nest.
If you find a box turtle in the wild, please do not take it home as a pet. Getting it out of harms way, such as moving a turtle from the middle of the road to the other side (in the direction it was headed), is okay, but please never remove these precious and long-lived creatures from their native habitat if they are otherwise healthy and happy. Thanks.
"Turtle and tortoise societies recommend against box turtles as pets for small children. Box turtles are easily stressed by over-handling and require more care than is generally thought. Box turtles get stressed when moved into new surroundings. Some specimens will wander aimlessly until they die trying to find their original home if they are removed from the exact area they grew up in. Collecting box turtles from the wild may damage their populations, as these turtles have a low reproduction rate."
Poor thing got trapped in my rain water tank. Must have been there for months ☹️. Missing an eye and just skin and bone. She’s my project to fatten up and re release. First feed has gone well.
Rising To Life -- Fort Collins, CO "The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments." -- Gustave Flaubert
This perky little fellow was one of several Rufous males frequenting the feeders at our mountain cabin retreat in the Rawah Wilderness a few years ago. These tiny guys are fierce, and will aggressively defend their territory (which they seem to define as anywhere in their immediate vicinity) against other males, often having acrobatic jousts and dogfights overhead. But amazingly enough, I actually got several of them to land on my finger at various times by holding it on top of the feeder perch and remaining very still while they sipped the sugar water. All in all, they didn't seem to be very afraid of me at all. :-)
Western rufous hummingbirds migrate through the Rocky Mountains and nearby lowlands during May to September to take advantage of the wildflower season. They may stay in one local region for the entire summer, in which case the migrants, like breeding birds, often aggressively take over and defend feeding locations. Most winter in wooded areas in the Mexican state of Guerrero, traveling over 2,000 mi (3,200 km) by an overland route from its nearest summer home — an incredible journey for a tiny bird weighing only 3 to 4 grams.
you'll come apart and you'll go blind some kind of night into your darkness colors your eyes with what's not there ~ mazzy star, fade into you #music #lyrics #selfportrait
Fort Collins, Colorado
"If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire."-- Charles Bukowski, Factotum
France, who are designing and supplying our new Blue British Passports have released the final draft...
"'To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.'"
—Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
A fresh fern frond deep in the woods of northwestern Arkansas... These little plants formed a forest canopy of their own about a foot off the ground as far as the eye could see through the trees. It was a magical little nook in the woods.