Night-time Flight

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Sea of blue below,

The steady wing runs its tip,

Reaching toward Space.

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Looking out the window of the airplane on the overseas flight to Germany….in that time between setting sun to seeing the new day’s sun appearing on the sky’s horizon again.

A magical quiet time.

The Pink Dancer

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Two-toned curving whorls,

The floral dancer swishes

In pink flourishes.

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Walking by an enclosed garden near my friend’s house in Augsburg-Inningen, Germany last week, I couldn’t help but notice this shrub that was bursting with clusters of pink magnolia flowers.

It was the first time I’d ever seen magnolia flowers beyond gazing at them in illustrated horticultural books.  🙂

 

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Cheery Faces!

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Daffodil duo;

In among the brown and green,

They smile – springtime cheer!

 

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A week ago I went exploring in the front garden.  I found a few yellow daffodil buds popping up and a couple of flowers opened in full, like these two.

Something about their sunny yellow colour that has me singing inside.  🙂

I also noticed how some daffodil’s leaves and buds were so determined to show themselves, that they broke their way through last year’s leaves, taking them upwards with them!

Leafy collars are the new fashion.  🙂

 

 

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Curious Bovine

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Silently watchful;

In the midst of eating….and

Also curious!

 

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Returning back home from the same walk where I took those cloud photos (see the previous post), my walk takes me along the road that skirts one side of my neighbour’s farm.  And so, I often get to observe what the dairy cows – and in this case, some horses, too! – are doing.

And sometimes, as these two fine bovine ladies demonstrated, I get a little extra attention.  Nice!

I greeted them and talked to them, and they then continued with their favourite pastime.  🙂

 

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Ice Print

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Print made in wet snow,

With onset of freezing cold,

Transforms;  turns solid.

 

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I took this photo early in February of this year.  I had made the footprint in the snow with my boot, as I was coming up the stairs to go inside late one evening.

And we had had several major temperature drops this winter, and so overnight, the temperature dropped significantly so that the wet snow turned into really solid ice.

It wasn’t until the next day, as I looked outside that I noticed how the bootprint had been “preserved.” I was so fascinated by the change.  I ran my fingers along the edges and down the hollows…..every detail rock hard ice, even though it seemed to look still soft.

 

 

 

 

First Flowers of Spring!

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Popped up from the ground,

Tiny green stems holding up

White flower greetings!

 

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The start of every new spring season I always keenly await those first brave little bulb flowers who cheerily greet me with their delicate white faces.

Such a joyful sight to behold amid the backdrop of last year’s brown and dried vegetation.

Just now I went outside to capture some of their beauty to share with you.

I hope you like them!

The flower in the photo above is a snowdrop.

 

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These next ones are called “Glory in the Snow” and also “Striped Squill.”

(….the names I found as I was googling…..  🙂 )

 

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For me it’s an endless pleasure to gaze at these tiny white spring flowers.

Here are more snowdrops…..

 

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Birthday Treat!

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Crispy light cover

Crunch, with chilled goodness inside;

Deep-fried ice cream ball!

 

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This was my dessert treat on Saturday evening as part of my birthday celebration.

And not long after savouring that deliciousness, my three band mates and I got up on stage at the open mic to perform several songs.  It was an acoustic set, so in addition to their guitars and lead and back-up vocals, I added in either bongo, cajon, or djembe rhythms (and vocal back-ups as well).   A super fun highlight towards the end of the day.  🙂

 

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NOTE:  One reason why there’s been a lapse in posts on my blog recently…..that whole weekend was quite busy with work and birthday and music activities (three of our family birthdays in one week!).  And since then I’ve been doing catch up on well-wishes, etc.   🙂