Open Water Lily


inspiration, nature quotes, Photography, Thoughts

We each have our own unfolding of a story. When we are just beginning to bud, it is difficult for others to see or imagine the impending beauty that will arise… but as we open to the world around us others are sure to marvel at such an exquisite sight.

June 15, 2012

As Above, So Below


inspiration, Photography, Thoughts

Ever heard the phrase “As above, so below?” I often think of it as the polarity we experience in life. That which exists in the heavens is reflected here on Earth… There are many ways to think of it, yet we need only look to nature for real representations of esoteric concepts.

June 4, 2012

Purple Iris


Identification, Photography

Iris were brought to North America from Europe as an ornamental plant. Still a favorite amongst gardeners and flower lovers, you can often buy cut iris flowers from garden shops in the spring. There are many colors to choose from within the 100+ varieties, but this rich purple seems to be the most popular.

May 23, 2012

Monarch Butterfly on Red Clover


Bug, butterfly, Identification

With the profusion of red clover blooms, you can now find monarch butterflies feasting on their nectar. This monarch butterfly will live and die here in Illinois – being that it is May. Only the 4th generation monarchs migrate south each fall.

May 22, 2012

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly


Bug, dragonfly, Identification

At first glance, you’ll notice how similar the coloring of this widow skimmer dragonfly is to the twelve-spotted dragonfly I posted yesterday. By looking closely at the pattern of black and white spots you can tell the difference. This particular widow skimmer is a male.

May 21, 2012