Rosina, who usually hangs out in my back garden, says, "Don't forget, today is International Faeries Day! We'll be celebrating all evening and all through the night, until the stars go back to sleep for the day. Keep your eyes open...you just might see one of us!"
This is Sunflower. I only see her in the summer months, and I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her very early one morning just before the dawn. And, wasn't I lucky to have my camera in my hand! ;-) She quickly flew out the open window and up through the dogwoods just outside my studio. I suppose she was flying off to the sunflowers in the little meadow just up the mountain slope from my studio. She helps them to open up in the morning and sings them to sleep in the evening. She has lots and lots of relatives so the next time you're around a field of sunflowers keep a sharp lookout...you just might see a Sunflower Faery!
(Alpine Shooting Star, Dollar Lake, elevation 9,288 feet, San Bernardino Mountains, CA)
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike." John Muir
Dollar Lake is one of my favorite places. It's hard to get to even though it isn't that far from where I live...if I were a Raven and could fly there. It's located in the San Gorgonio Wilderness (95,903 acres) nearly at the top of the North Face of Charlton Peak (elevation 10,806 feet) and is a 10 mile hike from the nearest trailhead. During those 10 miles there is a vertical gain of about 4,000 feet, so it's a pretty steep trail, and the trail isn't much of a trail. But once I get there...ahhh, complete solitude and an utter lack of human-made sounds, as long as I don't go up there in the summer months. (At Dollar Lake's elevation summer occurs in July and August). I usually go by myself and camp for at least three days and it really is a healing experience "to body and soul alike."
This was taken last May while I was walking on the path that goes around Lake Arrowhead. The sun had almost set, and I was alone on the path, when I came upon a Dogwood tree that some idiotic, thoughtless person had ripped a lot blossoms from and then just left them there on the ground. Really, what is wrong with some people? Oh, right. I already answered that; they're idiotic and thoughtless. Anyway, the way it was holding the light caught my attention. After I photographed it I took it and the other victims home, where they floated in bowls of water for several days. Every time I looked at them I wondered if the person who ripped them off the tree knew, or cared, about the berries that the center of the blossoms would have turned into this coming Autumn and how many birds might go hungry because those berries weren't there.
Of course, there are lots of other Dogwood trees in this forest, so, hopefully, no birds will go hungry. I guess what really got to me was the expression of a total disconnect from, and lack of respect for, Nature.
The black kitty on the right is Stella when she was a kitten, but her look captures perfectly how I feel. My computer got the SAME virus that it had a couple of weeks ago. SCREEEEEEM!!
When I got it back this time, it didn't have all my photos in it where they should be, so I'm hunting through the hard drive, finding them from the list I have on Seagate (thank God/dess I backed everything up). When I copy them to the proper folder it makes 3 separate copies in a different file. If I delete even one of these copies, they ALL disappear. FOREVER!
So I'm finding that screaming every now and then acts like a pressure release valve. Plus, it scares the heck out of my husband .... and that always makes me laugh!
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Young Steller's Jay
Common to high altitude forests all over the west
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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~~ Albert Einstein
June Was Adopt a Cat Month
But, there are always strays who need a loving home - so don't shop, ADOPT! Click the photo for helpful tips on adopting.
If they breathe, they live. If they live, they feel. If they feel, they love. If they love, they are aware. If they are aware, they have a soul. ~ Williams
I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul ~ Jean Cocteau (That's Alyce Eloise at the top of the Halloween tree)
Feed the Hungry
A five minute walk from my door...
I think we are bound to, and by, Nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~~ Alice Hoffman
Give a Child a Book
What I'm Reading Now:
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
A person who collects or is fond of books. Also, a person who immediately feels safe, happy, even euphoric, when holding a favorite book.
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Care for a cuppa?
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
Click to visit Big Bear
Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir, from "The California Mountains"
A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
I'm three-quarters Native American (Oglala Sioux and Cherokee), and one-quarter Northern Italian. I live in a little cottage with my furry "children" in a beautiful mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, clear lakes, rain, snow, tea, the moon, and creating all kinds of art.