John Muir – Words Crush Wednesday Quote

John Muir

I am reminded of the beauty that surrounds us. The serenity found in nature helps to calm a stressed and restless soul. I need to spend more time enjoying and appreciating the natural wonders of which we are benefactors.

John Muir (1838 – 1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist and author. He was an early advocate of preservation of the wilderness it the United States.

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On Wednesdays I join Words Crush Wednesday Favorite Quote Challenge sponsored by Lisa on the blog Rebirth of Lisa.

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Photo Credit: Carrie Miller. View towards Silverton, Colorado, with the mountains beyond.

Hummingbirds – In Living Color and In A Cross-Stitched Design

Hummingbirds fascinate me. One of my great delights these days is watching one of nature’s engineering masterpieces come and go to and from the feeder mounted on our living room window. Tiny hummer We were thrilled when the first tiny black-chinned hummingbird of the season showed up at the feeder Monday evening.  We abandoned all activities while we watched him feed and fly away. We waited for his return.

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He did not disappoint us. He came back several times during the course of the evening. image

Since the first appearance we have seen him on a regular basis. Frequently over the next several months we will turn our attention to the window to watch the vision of the dainty birds’ mid-air dances. We think they have a nest in one of the trees near our back deck. As the season moves on, we expect to see the female counterparts. They will be joined by other species. We typically see interesting territorial battles between the various hummingbirds.

This brings to mind one of my all time favorite cross-stitch pieces. It is an appropriate selection for this week’s Stitching Post to mark the seasonal return of the hummingbirds.

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Project Details: “Bird Watching” from Leisure Arts The Magazine, Cross Stitch, June 1998, Designed by Barbara Baatz. Stitched over 2 fabric threads of 25 count white Laguna with 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss. Custom framed.

Sunset at the Santa Fe Homestead

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

                 Rabindranath Tagore

As I worked at my desk this evening, I glanced out the window and was mesmerized by the sunset.

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The trees have leafed out enough to frame the awesome sky.

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I stepped out on the deck and shot from several different angles.

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Finally, I stepped out of my front door and took a picture due west.

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I do not think of myself as much of a photographer, but I can hardly go wrong when nature provides me with such beauty.

A beautiful sunset, just another thread of my life.

Casual Friday 4/10/15

Casual Friday BootsOn Fridays I join Amie of Amie Writes for Casual Friday, a post “with no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.”

What a week!

There is so much going on at work. Several projects I am involved in are either picking up speed or hitting road blocks.  There just is not enough time to deal with everything so each day we make as much progress as we can and then hit it again the next day. I can honestly say I am never bored but I am feeling that I could use a little bit of boredom about now. I come home exhausted every day. I so need this weekend!

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Snowfall at the Homestead

The high desert of northern New Mexico experiences winter in its grandeur.

Snow started falling yesterday morning and it fell intermittently all day.  The meteorologist calls it “a snow event”.   We have had very little snow so far this season and the land is thirsty for moisture.

Light snow in late afternoon
Light snow in late afternoon

The snow is beautiful.  The morning light displays the beauty at the Good Woman’s humble adobe abode.

The home's front entrance
The home’s front entrance
The piñon tree guarding the deck
The piñon tree guarding the deck
Desert plant surrounded by snow
Desert plant surrounded by snow
Shrubbery with a pristine coating of snow
Shrubbery with a pristine coating of snow
Hawthorn berries add a splash of red to the monochromatic landscape.
Hawthorn berries adding a splash of red to the monochromatic landscape
One of many bird feeders
One of many bird feeders

I love snow, snow, and all the forms of radiant frost

—Percy Bysshe Shelley