Tuesday

Free August 2012 Calendar Download


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I hope August brings you Peace, Joy and Happiness!

Heart Shaped Web

Get out of your head and get into your heart. 
Think less, feel more.
 ~ Osho

Monday

Awe Is Quiet

Awesome is loud but awe is quiet. 
 ~ Kevin McCloud

 Morning View Along Gateway Trail - Blacksburg, VA
 One of my favorite places on this wonderful planet Earth.

Goldfinch Togetherness - Hiding in the Wildflowers

The weight of the world is a trifle, if we all put our two fingers under it and try to lift together. 
 ~ Vera Nazarian

Saturday

Great Blue Heron - Catch of the Day

Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It's all about timing. 
~ Stacey Charter

Linking Up with CAMERA CRITTERS 

Friday

Fire In The Sky


Even after all this time 
 The sun never says to the earth, 
 "You owe Me." 
 Look what happens with A love like that, 
 It lights the Whole Sky.
~ Hafiz

Linking with SKYWATCH FRIDAY

Wednesday

Dragonfly In Flight

How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it's so slow and sweet and everlasting.
~ Graham Swift

Tuesday

Cape Lookout Lighthouse - Another Look

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. 
~ Barbara Kingsolver

Another look at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.  This was taken with my iPhone and edited in Snapseed.  If you look closely you can just make out the moon in the top left.

Monday

Love On A Maple Leaf

It's amazing what you can see when you just sit quietly and look.
 ~ Jacqueline Kelly
An AMAZING sight greeted me as I looked out my window 07-22-12 

Sunday

Nature's Artwork in a Spider's Web

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.  
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
(iPhone pic with Olloclip lens)

Saturday

Great Blue Heron - Open Wide

Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ....get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.  
~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

Great Blue Heron at Izaak Walton Park - Christiansburg VA  

Friday

Nature Speaks

The muffled syllables that Nature speaks 
Fill us with deeper longing for her word; 
She hides a meaning that the spirit seeks, 
She makes a sweeter music than is heard.  
~ George Santayana

Magic in the Mornings

There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them. 
 ~ Jo Walton

 Another iPhone pic 

Tuesday

Don't Give Up On Your Dreams

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
 ~Unknown

Molting or Juvenile Oriole Perhaps?

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. 
~ Franz Kafka

Monday

Dew on a Blade of Grass

Look closely. The beautiful may be small.
~ Immanuel Kant
(image made with my iPhone and Olloclip lens on a morning walk)

Sunday

Goldfinch Surfs a Wildflower

The owner of a cheerful heart will find his joy ever increasing.
~ African Proverb

 When I saw this little male goldfinch I thought it looked like he was "surfing" the wildflower :)

Saturday

The Beautiful Journey of Today ....


Pelican with Welcoming Wings

Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

As we traveled on our sailboat cruise to Cape Lookout and the Lighthouse I was able to get some Pelican shots.  This one flew right over us.
Doesn't he look like he's spreading his wings for a GREAT BIG HUG? 

Friday

Let The Light In


Sunrise at Emerald Isle

Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.
~ Ninon de Lenclos 
This was the sunrise as we left our wonderful vacation spot.  This was taken as we crossed the bridge leaving the barrier island driving toward the mainland.

Thursday

Egret Flies - Into the Mystic

hark, now hear the sailors cry, 
 smell the sea, and feel the sky
 let your soul and spirit fly,
 into the mystic... 
~ Van Morrison
I have just recently begun appreciating the music of Van Morrison.  
The link to this Song is found - HERE 

Webworm Moth Markings

It's the little things that make up the richest part of the tapestry of our lives. 
~ Robert Ward
More can be found about this Ailanthus Webworm Moth on Wikipedia - HERE 

Wednesday

Seahorse In The Sky

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.
~ Carl Sagan

Can you see the seahorse?  The tail really needs to curve in the other direction - but immediately when I looked up into the sky - I thought of this as a seahorse.
Clouds really get my imagination working!

Egret Grabs Lunch

If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.  
~ Tom Peters
(Egret at the NC Aquarium - Pine Knoll Shores)
egret art

Tuesday

A Single Step

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
~ Lao Tzu

Morning Light

All you have to do is choose the right day, the right weather, and you come upon a hidden place in the morning light where time stopped long before you were born. 
~John Burnside

Monday

Heart in the Sand

Hubby and I found a zillion heart shaped shells during our vacation.  These hearts just jump right out at me!  You can see it, right?? (sometimes I wonder if I'm imagining these things!)
While streaming Pandora recently I found a GREAT new (to me) artist - Patrick Park.  Have you heard of him?
A Link to one of his Videos on You Tube - HERE 

Part of the lyrics of this song:

We live our lives 
Like hands are tied 
And dead in days of dreaming 
Embrace the race 
Of every days 
But forsake the feeling 

Are we killing time 
While these days unwind? 

 We can't see past our own sad stories 
And wonder what we're missing 
We can't see past our own sad stories 
And forget how to listen

Just One Moment

Forever is composed of nows.
~ Emily Dickinson

Emily sure was a wise woman!
Linking up with MACRO MONDAY
(and yep, it's another iPhone pic with the Olloclip macro lens)

Sunday

Spider in His Web - with Droplets

You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.
~ Andy Warhol
Oh, Andy, you were right on the money with that quote!  And I DO get thrilled with the "little things"  - even tiny spiders - and this one WAS TINY!  
(Another one I took with my iPhone and Olloclip Lens.)  

Saturday

Morning Flight

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
~Meister Eckhart
Another iPhone Pic

Thursday

White Ibis -- Posing at the NC Aquarium

You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way.
~ Lady Gaga

These are birds I don't see very often - usually just when I'm on vacation in NC.  This one posed for me at the NC Aquarium (Pine Knoll Shores)  I LOVE that curve of his bill.  This one was in the middle of preening but paused just a moment for me.

Sunrise at the Beach

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. 
 ~ Henry David Thoreau
I am VERY Much a morning person - and there's nothing like a morning at the beach!
(Another one with my iPhone)
Linking up with SKYWATCH FRIDAY

Wednesday

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Light is good from whatever lamp it shines.  
~Unknown
During our vacation in North Carolina, we took a sailboat cruise to Cape Lookout.
This shot was taken from the sailboat as we left the area.
What a GREAT time!  I don't often get to see Lighthouses - but I LOVE them!

Free July 2012 Calendar Download

Sorry I'm late in getting this up for this month!!  If you would liked the Hi Res Version - leave a comment with your email address and I'll send it.  
Happy July!!

Tuesday

Lion Fish at NC Aquarium

I fell in LOVE with the Lion fish at the NC Aquarium!
The iPhone does well at taking pics thru the glass - much better than my DSLR.  And no flash needed!
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