Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Believe


what would happen 
if love prevailed over hate?
let's visualize

angels sing morning melodies
roses bloom in december
oh that mesmerizing scent

children play in meadows
kindness grows on trees
oh those luscious evergreens

stars sparkle every night
humanity in harmony
united not divided

changing the world
one rose petal at a time
when love prevails

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Our creative friends at Poetry Jam invited us this week to share a poem on "make believe," a fantasy. Well, let's hope my fantasy becomes reality! I really enjoyed writing this poem tonight. I took this photograph in my hometown of Pleasantville, NY, tonight, too, as we had a little tree lighting ceremony in town. We had a full moon, too! To add to the fantastical effect, I added snow to my photo! What fun. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ for more fantastical poetry. I'm sharing my photo with Pixel Dust Photo Art, one of my favorite digital photography art sites. Please visit http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/ for more artistic photos. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Dawn


thank you for a new day
full of possibilities,
for the chance to feel again

no matter what was yesterday,
i will start over, at dawn
the sun on my face

let it rain if it may-
i will dance to the rhythm
of raindrops on sunflowers

no matter what the day brings,
i will wake up in wonder
and anticipation

opening the window
to let hope in, new beginnings
in the endless beauty of

a thousand mornings
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This week at Poetry Jam, our poetic friends challenged us to write a poem inspired by a title of a book on The New York Times Best Sellers List. My poem was inspired by the new poetry collection by Mary Oliver, entitled, A Thousand Mornings. I used the title of her book in the last line of my poem. I admire Mary Oliver's poetry for how well she expresses natural beauty with vivid images and such emotion. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and is an inspiration to me. I wanted to write a poem on gratitude, and I'm so thankful for a brand new day, each morning, and all the possibilities ahead. I took this photograph of a sunrise right near my home, which inspired my poem as well. Enjoy, and please visit http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ for more inspiring poetry. Sharing my photo with Skywatch at http://skyley.blogspot.com/, where beautiful skies abound.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fall Flavors


Every Saturday morning, I love going to our local farmer's market in our hometown of Pleasantville, NY. This morning it was especially nice in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. They had lots of wonderful fruits and vegetables, squash, and pumpkins. Aren't these apples pretty? Perfect just like that as a snack or to make a delicious apple pie!


Here are pumpkins in all shapes and sizes for a colorful Fall display at home.
Or the quintessential pumpkin pie!


I love pears, too! Today, they also had pear and apple cider.
Hot ciders are so comforting and warm on crisp Autumn evenings.


Little pumpkins and gourds are just so cute in baskets for lovely Fall arrangements.


And of course, Indian corn, another colorful Fall tradition.

So much to be thankful for, not only on this special holiday, but every day, I am so very grateful.
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Thank you all, my lovely readers, for your support and friendship.
I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Flower Bouquet


crystal vase-
a flower turns towards the sun;
still life awakens
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Today, I'm sharing with you a haiga, which is a combination of a haiku and image. This flower bouquet is on display on my dining room glass table in my sun room. I had so much fun taking pictures from different angles, and I edited the first photo to make it look painterly. The haiku was inspired by the flower as it turned towards the sun. To me, this is a metaphor for the beauty and miracle of life, to be cherished, every single day.


Here is the original photo, straight out of the camera and without any editing. One of my interests is interior design. I love decorating! I made our sunroom into a dining room. It's a simple and contemporary design with a rectangular table with a glass top and black iron chairs. In the corner, I put a bench where we can sit and enjoy the view from the large sun room windows. I love fresh flowers especially now in the Fall and then Winter when we no longer have flowers in the garden. They add so much color and beauty!

I'm sharing my haiga with Carpe Diem and Pixel Dust Photo Art, which coincidentally both had the same prompt of still life. I enjoyed this challenge so much and thank the hosts, Kristjaan and Bonnie, for coming up with this creative prompt. Please visit http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/ and http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/ for other wonderful still life creations. Enjoy this little glimpse into my home and my haiga!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Golden Forest


in all its autumn glory,
the forest glows
 with golden sparks;
trees dipped in bronze
 reflected on the lake

new discoveries within,
we walk on, hand in hand,
collecting maple leaves
later to press in a book,
turning another page, together

our hopes and dreams
 as bright as the sunset,
among nature's splendor
right here, right now,
in this autumn moment


This weekend, I went for a lovely nature walk at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pocantico Hills, New York. The snow from last week had melted away, and the forest was lit up in the most beautiful golden, bronze, and copper tones. There is a lake in the middle of the preserve surrounded by several trails, and the trees are reflected in the water. I loved taking pictures there. It's a great place for a romantic autumn walk!


Golden red maple leaves by the lake.


 A mallard swimming in the lake. See its reflection in the water?


One of the many trails in auburn tones. See the shadows of the trees?


Cherry tree by the lake. A pop of red and gold.


More golden tones by the hiking trails.


And, of course, the sunset! I couldn't leave this beautiful nature preserve without capturing some sun rays. Enjoy this lovely walk in the woods!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

And Now Snow!


The first snowfall of the year in my neck of the woods! Even though it is only in the 40's, I just had to go outside and take photographs of the snow landscape surrounding me. I originally took the pictures in color, and then converted them to black and white. Here is a little white house in my neighborhood. Isn't it pretty among all the snow-covered trees?


A lone branch of a tree that fell in a field now covered with a few inches of snow.


A close-up view of trees that have lost their leaves and now are covered with snow.


A branch from a juniper bush covered with icicles.


Pine cones and leaves on the ground have touches of snow and ice.


Children playing in the snow. Do you think they will be able to get the little car unstuck and back on the road? I hope you enjoy my white wonderland!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Season Mosaic


spring tulips-
a thousand smiles;
two hearts
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hot summer-
sunflowers in the shade
of our love
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wedding bells-
autumn leaves fall
on nature's altar
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This week, I'm contemplating the change of seasons. I made a mosaic of some of my favorite photos I took this year through the seasons: spring tulips, summer sunflowers, autumn leaves. I love living in New York where I can see and feel the change of seasons: the hope that comes with spring; the joy of summer; the warmth of autumn. Seasonal changes also go along with changes in life, as we grow and learn from our experiences. Along with my photo mosaic, I wrote a set of haiku on love as it deepens through the seasons. Welcome new followers and friends. Enjoy the mosaic and haiku!

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

After the Storm


after the storm,
a sun ray illuminates my heart-
floating on clouds


follow the rainbow
into the heights of the sky-
find serenity


standing tall-
bent but not broken;
human nature as strong as trees


fallen autumn leaves-
pines still dressed in green;
clear sky, a new day


home nestled in the woods-
grateful for warmth and safety
in the midst of nature


My dear friends, it has been a rough week in New York because of the storm. I have been home with my husband as there have been power outages, and offices and roads have been closed. Luckily, we and our families are safe and grateful. Our prayers are for everyone in New York and our neighbor states who suffered losses and damages. Restoration has been underway, and we hope that all will be back to normal soon.

This morning, it was the first time I was able to go out and get some fresh air. I went to the rooftop of our building and took these photographs of the sky and country scenery surrounding us. The photos inspired my haiku on nature, the sky, and rainbows.

Thank you to all my blogger friends and readers who checked on me to make sure I was OK during the storm. I hope everyone on the East Coast is safe and recouping well. Welcome new followers and friends. Have a wonderful weekend!

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