1440 {94} :: The Spider and His Web

even with all the craziness that is may, june surely ushers in sweet summer joy and peace


my camera used to ride shotgun with me

ever ready to capture nature in all her beauty

but busyness and chaos have their way of seeping in
stealing our ability to see beauty
even when it surrounds us

so on this particular morning,
my husband left early for work
and when i walked with him out into the day

i saw how lovely the morning light was 

and rather than thinking,
gotta go
lots to do

i grabbed my camera-baby

and slipped out into the warm morning sun

the spiders’ sails
draped in dew and billowing in the breeze

glistened and sparkled

tiny little beaded jewels

and occasionally i would find the spider, too
it’s perspective limited to it’s own universe right there between two blades of grass
it’s work for it’s own survival and no other
toiling away as if no other spider or woman with a camera even existed

i thought
such a lonely existance
and wondered if a spider ever falls into it’s own web

leaving a hole in the beautiful skeleton of it’s own work 

and i remembered why i love creeping out into these morning fields
my only company a hundred lonely spiders

it slows the craziness and disolves the chaos and gives my mind room to wonder

Jessica Washburn - June 6, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Wow. Incredible pictures my friend. XO

Donna Milburn - June 6, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful story. Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend :o )

Lorena - June 6, 2014 - 4:57 pm

nature is an endless source of inspiration! :)

Dotti - June 6, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Gorgeous light in all of these!

BiTi - June 6, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Those are mesmerizing, no wonders little creatures get caught in them :) . Your photos are beautiful.

Bernadyn @ B is For... - June 6, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Lovely photos and how beautiful that web looks in the sun light!

Dina Lettre - June 6, 2014 - 8:49 pm

These are gorgeous, Patty!

Lenore - June 6, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Awesome photos! Makes me want to get up early and go shooting and leave my to-do lists undone too. Very nice!

Sharon - June 7, 2014 - 2:04 am

Stunning. My favorite is the second, of the green and the path and the light streaming in from one side. Oh, my.

Rob - June 7, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Oh my goodness…what incredible spiderweb pictures…loved, loved, loved them all. It is one of the photos I would like to capture one day. I just do not seem to have spiders that will cooperate. Thank you for sharing.

Becky - June 8, 2014 - 8:03 pm

So beautiful Patty

1440 {93} :: Empty Nest

we are empty nesters this week.

and truthfully, we were sort-of looking forward to it… 

less cooking, less laundry, fewer messes, less running, more time…

but really all i’m noticing is the quiet.


{wishing you a loud, busy, activity-filled weekend!}


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Kathy - May 30, 2014 - 11:27 am

Ahhhh…I love those moments of quiet! But only because I know the noise will soon return :) Enjoy!

Karen - May 30, 2014 - 11:53 am

That was the hardest for me and still is. That quiet. But soon it will be filled again with the sound of a grandson!! So I know how you feel. It is interesting how we reconnect with our husbands too.

Southern Gal - May 30, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Ah, yes, the silence is the hard part. Hope you enjoy your time.

Tamar - May 30, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Enjoy the quiet! Gorgeous shots, too!!

Rese - May 30, 2014 - 1:59 pm

such pretty images – I think I would enjoy an empty nest for a week!! The loads of laundry we do a week??

Sarah - May 30, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Our little bird just left today for the summer for an internship. She has only been home a month from college. I love having her home, but I am so ready for some quiet, creative time.

Molly - May 30, 2014 - 4:38 pm

We have had a lovely kids free week. I have to say I have enjoyed the quiet.


Denise Powers Fabian - May 30, 2014 - 10:23 pm

What lovely pinks!

Sharon - May 31, 2014 - 2:49 am

Lovely pinks! I dreaded the empty nest stage for years. Then when it came, I was fine with it. I LOVE when my kids and grandkids visit, but I’m content with lots of quiet time with just me and my hubby. I hope you find contentment in this season of your life :)

Kristy Lifenreflection - May 31, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Awe, I know that feeling of having guest stay for a days and then when they are gone it is so quiet.

1440 {92} :: Class of 2014

i hope that you will have a wonderful {life},

 that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously,
and that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, 

that you will be loved and that you will be liked,
and that you will have people to love and to like in return. 

and, most importantly
{because i think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now},
that you will, when you need to be,
be wise,
and that you will always be kind.

~neil gaiman

 To my beautiful son, and to the Class of 2014,


We are so proud of you.


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Southern Gal - May 23, 2014 - 11:00 am

Congratulations to your son! And to you, too!

Dina Lettre - May 23, 2014 - 11:06 am

Wishing him all the best!

Kathy - May 23, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Beautiful series of photos. Love the unfolding of life and beauty. The lighting in the last capture is exquisite. Congratulations to your son and his classmates!

Rese - May 23, 2014 - 2:24 pm

such beautiful images! Congrats to your little man

Ross - May 30, 2014 - 3:11 am

Amazing post all around! Really great photos and even better words! Hope your doing well.

By The Handful

it’s beautiful… and happy,
isn’t it?

i trek out to the middle, carefully, along the edge at first, because i don’t want to crush any… and then i venture out into the open. i step cautiously, intentionally. they are just weeds. beautiful, happy weeds. but i want them there for as long as the season will allow.

i snap away, and remember.

i remember them by the handfuls.

little boys and a little girl, with proud grins and chubby fists, presenting them as if they were roses… watching me, watching my expression, waiting for the surprise and pleasure, and then satisfied, skip away to another adventure. sometimes, they’d watch eagerly as i hunted down the perfect glass or vase or can… as i arranged them, as if they were roses, and proudly displayed them on the countertop, or the mantle or table or windowsill.

i’m waxing and waning between pride and terror as this season comes to it’s end far too soon for my calendar. it can’t be already, the days that i’ve wished away in fatigue and stress, chaos and schedules, that i would gladly trade future days to have back, to relish in. to unfurl fat fists of broken-stemmed flowers.

i turn my back to the sun and face the daisies head on. bright and beautiful, the very symbol of joy and childhood and simple things, their bright sunny faces encourage me. i know this is how it should be… that just the very fact that they are moving forward, eager and happy, means that it’s time… time for a new season of new adventures and new memories, new challenges and new opportunities. i’ve been blessed by these children more than i can fathom…

by the handsful.

so i slip my camera up over my shoulder and before i head home, bend forward, and pick a handful for my countertop,
and for my mama’s heart.


mother’s day, 2014


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Southern Gal - May 20, 2014 - 3:56 am

Time surely does fly by. Thank you for sharing those sweet memories. The seasons change, but our hearts don’t shrink. They seem to grow bigger to accommodate more love in the form of in-laws and grandchildren. (One of my favorite photos of my middle child is one I snapped when he came in the house with a handful of flowering weeks for me.)

Kathy - May 20, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Happy belated Mother’s Day. Looks like a beauty of a day!

Claudia @ Living on Borrowed Days - May 20, 2014 - 2:17 pm

What beautiful pictures! So serene and fantasy-ish; thanks for sharing! Hopping over from Sweet Shot Tuesday :)

Christian - May 20, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Great photos.

Englepappa - May 20, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Very beautiful flower captures! You’re lucky living nearby a flower field like that. I like the angles from which you show their beauty1

Gunsside - May 20, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Absolute beautiful
Very Nice shots

Jesh SrG - May 20, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Yes, it is hard to see children grow up, but there will be a new period when you can pick daisies with your grand children – an even sweeter experience, because grandparents take more time to enjoy:)

Lady Fi - May 21, 2014 - 3:42 am

What utterly magical shots.

Shirley LeMay - May 22, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Thank you for your words and beautiful images.
With every new season, life brings joy and challenge.

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1440 {91} :: The Purple Iris

i always look forward to spring… i love the fresh green of new leaves and young grass… pops of color around every corner… warm breezes and birds singing. even my dogs know that this is the time for awakening, for running and playing.

but, whoo-boy. may is rough.

i know i’m preaching to the choir, but i don’t think i can squeeze one more little thing into these days that are so full. there’s a constant feeling of being overwhelmed, sprinting, shortness of breath.

and i see this purple iris, shining in the darkness – as if glowing in it’s own light… it’s so vibrant it snaps me into the present, into the very moment. i notice it there, so easy to overlook as we speed by on our way to school or the soccer game or work or the bank… or to where-ever it is that we are off to mindlessly spend our life in the busyness.

i’m there with you. these days have been long, but they are growing oh-so-short. remember the important as you rush away to do the necessary. remember to notice the beauty. to love your children and your neighbors. to be grateful.


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Rese - May 16, 2014 - 2:50 pm

oh – so right – May is TOUGH!

Suzanne - May 16, 2014 - 3:19 pm

YES, and some years
the crazy-busy is ramped
up more then others (like
last year, with a senior in
high school….)

But in the grand scheme
of things it’s fleeting, isn’t
it? I find myself actually
relishing those freezing cold
May baseball games, cheering
on my son’s team (we are
still a long way from purple
irises, here in MN!).

So important not to waste
the beauty and the love all
around us, though. Thanks
for these grounding, calm
words and lovely photo today,

xo Suzanne

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - May 16, 2014 - 7:46 pm

You always make me laugh! I agree – April is certainly more peaceful than May.

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