Saturday, May 29, 2010

Flowers in Memory...

I have not posted anything because this has been a tough week for our family. We lost my mother-in-law Lou Ellen who was almost 90 on Sunday last and then suffered a very unexpected loss of my best friend Kathy unexpectedly at the young age of 59.

Whenever I am hurting, I find solace in the beauty of nature, in walking in the woods and in the quiet sounds of nature around me. The yard is still full of spring blooms... tiger lilies, full petaled peonies and late blooming azaleas.

The cool dark woods behind the house offer exotic looking pitcher plants and brightly colored flame azaleas.

The most touching flower for me is the simple brings back so many memories of loved ones here and gone....

May nature fill you with her beauty this Memorial Day of remembering our loved ones. For more flower posts please stop by Today's' Flowers.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Barns, Fields and Stalking Cows...

There are plenty of horses, goats and cows on my street but it is very narrow, twisty and with no safe walking area so I took a drive with my camera to a nearby farm for some pastoral scenes. I could see some cows off int he distance so I pulled over hoping to shoot some!

The cows spotted me when I got out of my car and must have thought I was someone else (with food). They started meandering closer to me until they realized I was not who they thought!

For more critters, please be sure to visit Camera Critters! And Straight Out of the Camera Sunday plus Scenic Sunday too!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Request for Prayer for the Gulf Oil Spill....

Being of Native American descent, when I got this letter as an email today, I felt compelled to pass it on to as many as possible in any way possible. We need to change our ways and most of all not ignore this catastrophic wake-up call of the Gulf oil spill. Please add your prayers, positive thoughts and healing energy to this effort to heal our planet and stop any further wounding of her and her creatures.

A letter from Chief Arvol Looking Horse

A Great Urgency

To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders

My Relatives, Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually all will be affect from the oil disaster in the Gulf. The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies. I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc'I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life. So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.

Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children's future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Straw Bale Garden Update....

A few weeks back I posted about our first venture into straw bale gardening...the two beds of tomatoes are doing well and we have another row of beans and other veggies going in. Seems to be all that they say it is...very easy, no mess, and quite productive!

Our broccoli is going good and almost ready to harvest!

Our lettuce patch is up and ready to harvest..arugula, spinach, red leaf...been having salads daily now.

This little guy was stuck to the plastic cat shelter cover. I have never seen one close up in the wild! Probably not good for the garden....

Our yard is filled with irises..purple, white and this lovely yellow.

Please visit Today's Flowers and Scenic Sunday for more posts about the great outdoors!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Life

The other day..Mother's Day to be exact, I was taking photos of the baby goats in the pasture across from us and I noticed one female goat off by herself. She was sitting funny, getting up and walking around and then sitting down but raising her butt in the air.

She was in labor. The last time this happened Mr. Morgan, the goat farm owner, told us to call him whenever they had a kid in the pasture, so he would know. The last mom, obviously a first time mom, left her kid behind when they were called in for food. I called him and went back out to watch.

Now, Momma goat was standing up and I could see the baby sticking out of her. I didn't know if this was normal or not. Another goat - a young male was circling her and jumping up on his hind legs in excitement. I was worried he would hurt the mom but he just stayed a few feet away.

Mom goat lowered her back side and the little one slid right out. I wasn't close enough to take a photo - I didn't want to spook her in the middle of birth. I grabbed the camera now and ran over to watch the rest of the tale unfold.

The baby goat was covered in a yellow fluid that mom licked off her. It was a warm sunny day so the kid was OK being outside in the pasture. The young male kept coming back and stomping his front feet - mom kept him well away from the baby. She would but him with her head. She even kept blocking me from seeing the baby by sitting or standing right in my view. After a while she seemed to know I was not coming any closer.

div>The kid tried to stand almost immediately but kept falling back down! Mom had licked most of the yellow off her and her fur was drying in the sun. The kid was very persistent and kept at it trying to nurse as well. Mom would lift her hind leg to let the baby have better access to her nipples and was very careful not to step on the little one. Finally, after many tries, the kid found her legs and got to nurse from mom.

I had enough photos and left the pair to relax and enjoy each other. What a lovely way to celebrate Mother's Day - new life and seeing a baby being born!

I am sharing this with My World Tuesday an Outdoor Wednesday. Please visit them if you can.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Gardens and Goats - Happy Mother's Day!

In honor of Mother's Day I wanted to update everyone about the baby goat. For those of you who may have missed the previous goat post...a mother goat had a baby in the pasture in across from my house a little while back. See photo above.

This is the baby below who is doing well. Mr. Morgan keeps the little ones in the high pasture near the barn for the first week or so to get them stronger and bigger before letting them go out with the others.

This little guy is even newer than our first kid and seems to just want to sit and sleep.

Spring is stil unfolding in my garden with irises, rhododendrons, day lilies and peopnies blossoming.

Two of my iris varieties....

A white iris.....

A plae pink peony...I have some deep pink that have not bloomed yet.

Our lovely rhododendron bush by the house.

We are participating in Photo Hunt - Mother, Camera Critters, Scenic Sunday, and Today's Flowers. Be sure to visit them!

Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere, in all species!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday Challenge - Water

Last weekend my husband and I took a self guiding local Studio Tour of the artists on our side of town. We thought it would be fun to meet some of our neighbors so just stopped by the ones on our street or one street over. It is a very rural area with acres between most homes.

I will write more about the tour later but we had to drive over this lovely hand made bridge to get to one of the artists studios. I was captivated by the rushing stream tumbling over the rocks.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day!

May Day (May 1) is a spring festival celebrating human fertility and the renewal of nature. The festival originated with the celebration of the Roman goddess Flora and spread to other countries of the Roman Empire. May Day was especially popular in England during medieval times. Activities centered around the maypole, a tree collected from the woods and brought to the village to celebrate the upcoming summer.

This holiday has long since faded away but as a child I remember celebrating May Day at school with processions of little girls dressed in white dresses with flowers in our hair and adorning the statue of Mother Mary with a beautiful flower crown.

At home I would make tiny bouquets of wildflowers tied with a ribbon and leave them on doorsteps of elderly neighbors as a surprise gift. May Day is a quaint old fashioned holiday from days gone by. It does make me smile to remember. On an upbeat note - our town is reviving the Maypole with a celebration and dance today - of course I am working so will miss it - nice to think it is making a comeback!

Hope you enjoy the flowers of May in my yard - early mountain laurel, more azaleas, bluebells, lily of the valley and more!

I am participating in Scenic Sunday , Straight Out of the Camera Sunday and Today's Flowers. Be sure to stop by and visit them!


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