I love graffiti, although I admit that it can get out of hand. People living in apartment buildings may not love having someone else’s artistic expression on their front door, and that does happen. But on walls that would otherwise be empty, such as the outside of this factory, graffiti adds value. This image wasContinue reading “Graffiti”


The lotus flower is beautiful, iconic, beloved. I live near several lakes where lotus grows, and seeing the different stages through the year is a privilege and a joy for me. The bud sitting on a tall stalk is a promise of rich colors. Soon the yellow center will present itself. Insects, birds, and otherContinue reading “Lotus”

Simple things

A young tree in a field. I keep going back to simple things like this. Their beauty isn’t flashy, and yet I find them amazing and wonderful to look at. A young mockingbird sitting in our hibiscus tree. It hasn’t quite learned to sing yet; it’s still in the stage where it cries for foodContinue reading “Simple things”

So fortunate

Roseate spoonbills are so interesting to watch. I love their color and their shapely bill. I never tire of watching them, grateful to have access to such beauty. When they shake themselves they make me think of feather dusters, which is unfair, of course. But watching them bathe and preen their feathers is quite entertaining.Continue reading “So fortunate”


I love flowers. I love their structure, their colors, their variety, their fragrance… how can anyone not love them? Taking closeups of flowers has taught me a lot about their structure and revealed a few things I had not noticed before. Gerber daisies have a purple stripe on the orange petals… who knew? This discoveryContinue reading “Flowers”


This is how most people see Grackles: Loud, obnoxious with an in-your-face attitude. They are quite aggressive with each other even when there is plenty to eat. It’s fun to watch them and see how expressive they are. I love these birds. They are funny, clever, cunning hunters, and quite pretty if you look closely.Continue reading “Grackles”