Friday, September 28, 2012

Autumn Colors


We had a lovely time at Blue Jay Orchard in Bethel, Connecticut, a charming place with picturesque scenic views. Here is a field of pumpkins by a little pond with rustic fences all around. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the reflections in the pond were so pretty. I love early Autumn colors like the deep orange of the pumpkins, the yellow of the corn fields, and the luscious green of the grass. The sky and pond were so blue!


One of my favorite Autumn plants are mums. They are so cheerful and I especially love them in red and yellow. There were some interesting rusty tools in the field, adding to the charm of the scenery. Those rustic wheels make a great contrast with the mums.


Here are pumpkins and mums together, a lovely Autumn combination, don't you think? It makes me want to spend time in the garden planting mums, while a pumpkin pie is baking in the oven! The colors and scents of Autumn are just wonderful.
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A warm welcome to new followers and friends. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Summer Memories


Awakening-
I dream of summer;
rose petals on my pillow
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It's been such a wonderful summer, and some of my most cherished memories are of roses and sunshine. I can still dream, can't I? Of sunny days and walks in nature. Of blue skies and gentle breezes. Of colorful flowers and luscious greens. Of special times spent with loved ones, family, and friends. As summer fades away, I'm getting ready to embrace autumn and dream of more wonderful things ahead. I look forward to the change of seasons and making my home cozy and inviting. Summer is still in my heart as I welcome autumn with open arms and a positive attitude. New season, new dreams.

  What about you? What are your favorite summer memories and
what do you look forward to in autumn?


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crescent Moon


Take a closer look-
do you see my face in the moon,
the pinkness of my lips in the sky,
the blueness of your eyes?

Do you see our dreams
silhouetted against the clouds,
like an unfinished painting,
colors splashed with abandon?

Do you see beyond
the moon, the sky, the clouds
and when you do,
will you tell me how it all began?

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When I came home from work today, I was about to get dinner ready and I called my husband to ask him what time he would be home. When we finished talking, I put the phone down on the coffee table, and I looked out the window. Suddenly, I saw the sky turning pink and the most beautiful crescent moon. I grabbed my keys, my camera, and went on top of the roof of our building to take pictures. I snapped several photos as the sky kept turning pinker and the moon shining brighter. When my husband came home, I shared this with him, so excited of having captured this image, which inspired my poem. He said there was a sparkle in my eyes. Is it love or the moonlight?

Sharing my poem with Poetry Jam, where this week our poetry friends have challenged us to take a closer look and see more than what meets the eye. Also sharing with Rambling Woods, where every week we take a closer look at nature. Please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ and http://ramblingwoods.com/, two inspiring sites.


Friday, September 14, 2012

New York City Skies


Beautiful sunny skies in New York City this week! Here is a reflection of the Chrysler Building. This photo is straight out of the camera, but the reflection makes it look like an abstract, doesn't it? Sharing with http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/, where every weekend we post reflections.


Here is the gold roof top of the New York Life Building. It shines like the sun in a clear blue New York sky. Sharing with http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/, where the theme this weekend is weather.


Here is the top of the Empire State Building in all its glory. Sharing with http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/. The topic this week is to share our thoughts on what art means to us. To me, creativity opens the window to new heights. Art is truly a gift, allowing us to see the world with different eyes and a new perspective.

Enjoy my photos and have a wonderful weekend.
May the sky always be blue in your part of the world!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Haiku in Nature


golden leaf
falls from maple tree-
a painter's canvas


another spin
around the sun-
child on a swing


perched
on a railing-
a bird's new song


swaying
in the breeze-
a wildflower's dance


clear blue sky
reflects on water-
tears of joy


spicy herb
from the garden-
green rim on porcelain


a flower blooms
from a rock-
miracles happen
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My dear haiku and nature friends, I've been traveling quite a bit, and I'm just catching up with two of my favorite sites, Haiku Heights and Rambling Woods. For the September Haiku Challenge, we are inspired to write one haiku a day. I combined my love of haiku with my love of nature and wrote this set of haiku based on photographs I took this week.

The prompts for this set of haiku are: autumn, milky way, agile, render, gloss, pepper, and divine. I wrote my haiku, keeping to the traditional style of staying within 17 syllables. The photographs are from my pretty hometown of Pleasantville, NY, by a pond nearby where I live. The herbs are from our local farmer's market, basil being my favorite! I took the bird photo in a beautiful park in New York City, and the yellow flower in Connecticut.

Enjoy my haiku and photos and the message in nature as well as in life: miracles happen!



Monday, September 3, 2012

Haiku by the Lake


under the drawbridge,
whisper a secret in my ear-
unexpected kiss
  

color me happy-
sunrise to sunset,
head to toes


in the shade of love,
no longer lonely or sunburned-
my heart heals


moonlight reflection
in my eyes; look deeper-
you will see my soul
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My dear friends, I was away for the long Labor Day weekend to enjoy some time by the water before summer fades away. We had a lovely time by a lake in Connecticut, with pretty boats, a beautiful sunset, lovely flowers, and a little beach.

I am just catching up now with the September Haiku Challenge in which we are inspired to write one haiku a day with a different word as a prompt. Below each of my photos is my haiku in response to the prompts so far: drawbridge, color, loneliness, moon.

Even on my weekend away, I was creatively thinking about the prompts and I took photos that capture the themes: the lake with a little bridge; the sunset over the lake; a close-up shot of a Rose of Sharon; and a drawing in the sand which is reminiscent of a half moon. Enjoy and welcome new followers and friends!

Sharing with Haiku Heights at http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/.