Monday, August 27, 2012

Red Cottage


We have been back from vacation for a week now, but I still seem to be reminiscing the sights and colors of New England. I particularly enjoyed the little cottages and pretty flowers everywhere. Red seemed to be a predominant color, so here are some photographs of my favorite spots. Above is a red cottage with a lovely garden.


Here is a close-up shot of the garden. Hibiscus flowers are so big!


There are also pretty containers of flowers everywhere. This lovely blue container with red geraniums and the bistro table and chairs were in front of a bed and breakfast.


There are also lots of marine themes as in this interesting anchor by the flower container.


Biking is very popular along with boating. I loved this row of bikes parked nearby a restaurant with a display of lovely window boxes. Enjoy the bright and colorful scenes!





Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blue Wings


You flew over the ocean, your wings open wide-
a sun ray, your guiding light,


while I wandered on endless sand,
among unforgettable footprints;


 and gazed upon the ocean's waves,
rolling gently by the seashore-


rocks, my stepping stones,
the horizon was within reach;


in the calmness of the sea,
you found me again, renewed;


at dusk, merging with the stars,
glistening on the water-

you and me
~ ~ ~

Sharing my poem and photographs with our friends at Poetry Jam, where the topic this week is genre. I was inspired to write a poem with a romantic, fantasy, and philosophical mood. What would it be like to be a seagull flying over the ocean? In love with it all.

I thought I would try something different and write each stanza below each of my photos I took of the Atlantic Ocean last week. This was a great exercise in creativity, just going with the flow and writing from the heart, line by line--the ocean, my muse.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts, photos, and poetry with you, and welcome all new followers and friends. Please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ for more wonderful poems on genre.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Trail to Beach


amidst yellow blooms
in a green field by the sea,
she stands on a cliff
~ ~ ~
footprints on the sand
washed away by ocean waves,
seashells in her palm
~ ~ ~
a rock on the beach
brushing against the water,
seashore reflection


As promised, here is the first set of haiku and photos from my vacation to New England with my husband. This post is about our hike on a trail leading to the beach on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. Along the trail, there are beautiful yellow blooms in a vast green field, glistening in the sun. 
   

As we walk on the trail, we can see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.


There are fences along parts of the trail protecting the natural habitat.


The beach has rocks and sand dunes and the ocean is so blue.


Here is a panoramic view of the beach and cliffs overlooking the ocean.


A lighthouse stands tall on the cliff.

Enjoy my haiku and photos from the island. More to come on ocean views, sail boats, a hike in the woods, and other adventures. Stay tuned!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Catch a Wave


 
My dear friends, I'm away on vacation. I promise to have beautiful photos, poems, and stories to tell when I get back. In the meantime, enjoy this photo from our vacation spot by the Atlantic ocean. There are only a few weeks left of summer. I hope you have a chance to get outdoors and do something fun. Enjoy the sunshine. Catch a wave!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Hiking Adventure


summer breeze on lake-
a wild flower fluttering
to the sound of waves
~ ~ ~

This weekend, I went hiking at Cranberry Lake Preserves, a beautiful nature preserve with hiking trails in North White Plains, New York. I took the first photo, which inspired my haiku, by the lake where I discovered pretty purple/pink wild flowers. There was a nice breeze, and the wild flowers danced to the rhythm of the sound of the waves.


My hiking became a bit more adventurous when I started walking up hill on this trail leading to the woods. There were a few rocks to climb and logs to step over. I just love being outdoors getting some great exercise in relaxing natural surroundings.


This next trail was down hill and led me to the lake. I could see the sun shining through the trees and the lake in the distance. What a peaceful and calming view.


Here is a view of beautiful Cranberry Lake. The hiking trail goes around most of the lake so I was able to see it from different angles. This is where I found the wild flowers.


On the other side of the lake, I found lily pads framed by tree branches.


After the hike, I stopped by the nature center. Kids who camp here were creating artwork. I especially liked the stars they made out of twigs. Nature is art. Art is nature.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Star Wish


star-shaped blue blossom
fallen from sky in my hand
a wish has come true
~ ~ ~

Sharing my photo and haiku with http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/ 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cherish the Moment


sitting on my favorite chair,
on a quiet summer evening;
pillows embroidered with half moons,
the scent of lilacs

turning another page,
a golden bookmark with my initials;
intrigued by how the story unfolds,
moment by moment

breathing in the cool air,
from the open window;
the sound of a wind chime, 
lace curtains undulating in the breeze

reaching out with anticipation,
on a wooden table next to me;
cranberries in a pearly white bowl,
i share one more with you ...
~ ~ ~

On a nature walk this weekend, I spotted a cranberry tree and took some close-up photos, which I made into a collage. Our friends at Poetry Jam challenged us to write a poem using a verb of our choice. One of my favorite verbs is "cherish," which inspired my poem. It's so important to cherish every precious moment--life is a gift. Please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ for more inspiring poems.