This Little Light of Mine,


I’m gonna let it shine…..  Stephen H. Scott

While on our way to Mexico last year, these two sites caught my eye. The one on the left (the serpent) is near Gainesville Missouri, and the other is over Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois. The sun was just in the right place to make these locations shine.

p1000368This night scene in Puerto Vallarta was too tempting to pass by. The play of light and shadows shouted, take a picture. There are not too many street lights in PV, but this one worked its magic.

The little body of water by a local trail jumped to life when sunshine flooded through a break in the clouds. The sun is also responsible for the reflection on the cow bell, creating its own circle of light. Though the salt lamp struggles to shine,giving off more of a glow than anything, its light is very warming.

img_0402img_0182As the day comes to a close, an evening ritual takes place. The rays soften and they beckon us to share their last few moments. It is pure magic. The shine may be off for the day, but the memory lingers.
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Water, water every where, dare any a drop to drink….


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With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, we live, for the most part in a very watery world. It is the giver of life; but for how much longer?  The level of pollution in our streams, lakes and oceans is simply not apparent to most people. We grab our glass or bottle of highly processed H2O and think nothing of it.

And yet, for the most part, we, and the environment around us flourish. For now. dsc_0281

Water can be for fun/pleasure, a sustainer of life, a safe environment for wildlife, provider of food, a means of employment, a thing of beauty, and a destroyer of life.

As for myself, and I hope also for most of you who read this blog, the well has not run dry. I can only hope for future generations that the life stream will still be there.

So raise your glass with the elixir of life, but remember, fish were there first, and we all know what they do in water!!H2O

Thru the Lens


This year at the lake, we have been surprised, blessed and entertained by a number of visitors to our trailer. Due to the fact that this year we have been putting out bird seed, which has attracted both fur and feathers. To capture all this activity, I got to play with my first DSLR camera, and I have to say that the results have been very rewarding. It has been somewhat of a trail and error approach, (heavy on the error) but I am slowly mastering the beast! We do have a black bear that visits the park, but I guess she is camera shy. So we sit patiently on the deck, cameras in hand waiting for old friends to show up and maybe bring a few new friends with them so we can share the details with you.

The flowers and butterflies were discovered as a result of our many treks on trails, and kayaking in the surrounding area.

If you get the opportunity, grab the camera, even a point and shoot works well, and experiment. You might just be surprised what your results can be.
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Look Waaaay up……


“Look up. Look Waaaay up.” These were the words spoken by Bob Homme,  aka “The Friendly Giant” at the beginning of each of his shows, as a group of small children sat around him. First uttered in 1953 in Wisconsin, and later aired by CBC television for many years.

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Words that do not just apply to children. Just watch people walking by you on the street. The sky could fall and they would never see it coming! Get into a busy elevator, and everybody is staring at their feet. Why are we like this? What are we scared of  letting in? Living in our own world, in our own space; as if to say,  go away, do not bother me. Sorry, I do not have an answer.DSC_0810

So, if you do look up, what is the worst thing that could happen? Probably nothing, unless you are being swarmed by a flock of pigeons! DSC_0654

There is a whole new world open to you just by lifting your head. It is also good for your posture, your breathing, your simple awareness of all that is around you. Just what is over that rise ahead, around the next corner? Keep your head up, the world is coming at you. DSC_0793

What do you see when you look up at this tree? Something that is dead and no longer of value? Or do you see a home for birds, a source of food, a shelter. Once magnificent, still significant as a sculpture in Nature, just waiting to be discovered.DSC_0915

There is so much of the world to see and experience. Look up, acknowledge that it is there, unglue your eyes from your electronic devise. You will be pleasantly rewarded. It could blow your mind. sunset clouds

So as you bustle about in your busy world, take the time to look out and about, and up. Not always an easy thing to accomplish in this disturbing world, but worth the reward. Starring at your feet all day as you navigate life is no indication of the opportunities that can lie ahead.

Look Up, laugh at the world, and let it smile back at you!