dancing queens

264/365: red and yellow dahlias

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Can’t you just hear the music? I see a dance hall full of swirling red and yellow skirts, smiling faces, warmth and energy.

There are no wallflowers among dahlias.

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coming attractions

233/365: korean maple, late summer

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In the dog days of summer, there are hints of a new season waiting in the wings. We feel it in the cool of the morning air, the gathering dark of the evening, and the urge to turn on the oven instead of firing up the grill.

just another sunset…

A spectacular sunset on a rare evening boat ride. Water and sky meeting in benevolent flames.

The world is just dripping with jaw-dropping wonder.

#extraordinaryeveryday

blog080315_sunset211/365: sunset, reeds, and ripples

for tina

These drop-dead GORGEOUS lilies grow in our front yard. It makes me feel like the richest girl in town.* Seriously, having such beauty in my life does make me feel blessed. I see these blooms & my buttons burst with pride. It’s as if they were my children performing some great feat. In truth, I did nothing in particular to manifest this beauty. But I always like to believe that love had something to do with it.

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165/365: lilies

*I quote/reference It’s a Wonderful Life year-round. Just ask Brad.

other people’s gardens

I am grateful to all the people in my neighborhood who plant spring flowers.

Thanks, and ever thanks. Your gardens give me more delight than you can imagine.

blog_043015_threeredtulips118/365: three red tulips

03.23.13 spring training

Truth be told, spring training around involves a lot more mud than baseball. But both are welcome signs of spring. Apparently, this baseball topped the winning mud pie in a backyard competition inspired by “Cupcake Wars”.

Even if they did make an enormous mess – how do you not love that?

blog032313_softball82/365: baseball mud pie