Category "Photography"


Custom Canvas Review & Giveaway! Your Photo As Art! Ends 7/18


  I’ve been taking an interest in photography and trying to improve my own with my admittedly ancient (in technological years!) and not top-of-the-line camera. So I was extremely happy to have the opportunity to review these custom canvas prints from Canvas HQ. They sent me a coupon code to order an 11″x 14″ canvas […]


You’re The Closest To Heaven That I’ll Ever Be.


My showy irises have made their appearance, spreading further this year.  I love the purple ones for their delicate, veiny tracework pattern of decoration, bleeding into saturated ink-stained pools at the end of each bottom petal. The iris was named from the Greek word for rainbow, denoting the multitude of colors the flowers span. In […]


Cheesy Overstuffed Baked Potatoes


These are a long-time family favorite, perfect as a side dish or vegetarian option at cookouts but also a comforting meal in colder seasons.  They’re a decadent treat that practically make a meal all alone. Meat-eaters can add crispy, crumbled bacon. For a lighter version you can use a low-calorie butter substitute and reduced fat […]


Nuthatch and Wild Geranium


The cheerful Nuthatch is so fun to watch, climbing trees at a sheer incline, often upside down and backwards, while they peck at the bark to capture small insects.   Another spring favorite of mine is the Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). These grow along the creek banks in the woods near my house, and I’ve […]


Bleeding Hearts: A Japanese Legend


I was so happy that one of my favorite flowers, the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), made it through the winter. I’m always fascinated with myth and legend, folklore and fairytales. I love tracing the paths these tales take, the ways in which they transform and mutate with time and distance, the ways they’re still evolving […]




Nothing makes the world feel quite as small and interconnected as gardening. Take the Weigela, for example: native to eastern Asia, named for a German scientist and imported to America by the British. It’s an international conference all in one shrub.  


In which Super Bubble Girl battles the Floppy-Tailed Mermaid!


Yesterday was quite eventful! First there was a trek over the snowy mountains with only our faithful sheepdog for protection. (Faithful Sheepdog ^^^^ ) We nearly died in an avalanche and were forced to swim back to the island to regroup. A rousing impromptu drumming session lifted our spirits and we were ready for another […]


You Say We’ll Never Make it There. So All We Do Is Circle It.


The sun finally came out, if only briefly. Keeping this blog has had the nice added effect of making me slow down and observe, to quiet all my thoughts and really look. Now I try to always have my camera nearby so I can capture my world for you. This is one of my favorite […]