Nature Challenge Day 6: Light

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“Find the light. Reach for it. Live for it.

Pull yourself up by it.

Gratitude always makes for straighter, taller trees.”


Al R. Young


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“Gardens are made of darkness and light entwined.”


F.T. McKinstry,


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“From whichever direction or

from whoever the light comes to you,

always welcome it!”


Mehmet Murat ildan


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Woodland Gnome 2016


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Blogging friend, Y., invited me to join the Seven Day Nature Challenge last Saturday from her new site, In the Zone.  For this sixth day of the challenge, I’ll invite you again to join in.

This challenge has been out there for a while, and many nature photographers have already participated.  If you would like to take up the challenge, please accept in the comments and I’ll link back to you tomorrow.   I’ll look forward to seeing what surprises May has brought to your corner of the world, even as I share the beauty of ours. 

Sunday Dinner: Mother Wisdom

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“Gain strength. Suck up energy.

Make a point of appreciating the fragrance of the flowers

and the beauty of the sunset. It is like armor.

When you take a moment to practice my message

you can then be armed with an ability to be detached.

One is meant to forgive, to forgive and be compassionate.”


Kuan Yin


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“The earth is trying to teach humans that everything is spirit…

Being human is an opportunity

to bring spirit into all that is material…

The quality and intensity of resonance emanated

from a given point is thus attracted back.

When one brings spirit into the human realm,

it can spiritualize matter.

Matter can then become lighter, (indeed liberated),

not as dense as before.”


Kuan Yin


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There is nothing better that you can give

to a person that to be present with them.

When you are fully present, you become love,

and you share that becoming with others.


Kuan Yin


Depoe Bay, OR

Depoe Bay, OR


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


Lincoln City, OR

Lincoln City, OR

Sweet October

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We are living through the sweetest days of a Virginia autumn:


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leaves changing, fruit ripening, flowers still blooming, and warm sunny days followed by cool clear nights.

Freshly picked Virginia apples sit on our kitchen counter.  Our slider stands open all day letting fresh air blow through the house; all traces of summer’s humidity gone.

The air is fragrant and golden; sunwashed  and noticeably cool early in the morning and after sunset.

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Most of the plants brought in ahead of last weekend’s cold nights have found their way back outside to enjoy a few more days of bright light and warm breezes.

A huge Begonia, covered in hundreds of tiny pink blossoms, protested its spot inside by dropping those blossoms like confetti.  I carried it out to the deck this morning to re-join its summer companions for a few more days .


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The Staghorn fern, tripled in size over the summer, is returned to its shady spot in the Dogwood tree.

As sweet as these days may seem, we know they are numbered. 

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Yesterday morning I finally dug the first of the Caladiums and tucked them snugly into a pot where they will winter in the garage.  Their summer pots now sport tiny rose colored Viola starts, and a spindly little ornamental Kale seedling.

Oh, and did I mention the garlic?  I am  planting little garlic cloves, tucked into the soil between the Violas.  We learned last winter that garlic cloves  offers pretty good protection from those hungry creatures who might otherwise dig them up, or gnosh on our tasty Violas.


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Today I dug up a tender Lady fern to bring inside.  Closer inspection found it already spreading, and there were four tiny starts to dig and tuck into other pots to overwinter indoors.

There are as many flowers blooming now as there were in May. 

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Now that the summer’s heat has broken, and it has rained deeply, our roses have covered themselves in buds once again.

Fall blooming perennials, full of huge, vivid flowers, light up the garden.


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Pots and baskets have recovered from the late summer drought with tender new growth.

October offers many sweet pleasures for all who will venture out of doors to enjoy it.


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The landscape is lit with bright berries and changing leaves.

Flocks of birds sing to one another as they gather and gorge on the berried feast, ahead of their long flight south.

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Butterflies stop by to sample the nectar, and clear night skies shine brightly with stars.

It is all, maybe a little sweeter, since November lurks in the next turn of the calendar page.

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And we are blessed with a bit more time  to  drink full measure of these last, lovely days of Indian summer.

Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


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WPC: Work of Art



Art:  (noun)  

1.  The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.


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 2.  Creation of beautiful things: the creation of beautiful or thought-provoking works.


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 3.  Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.


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4. Any productive of a creative human impulse


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The surest way to start an interesting argument with many educated people is to offer an opinion on what “is” or “isn’t” “Art.”

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Have you tried this?  There is the whole debate between what is art, what is craft and what is technology.

Is ‘art” a form of technology?  Is technology an art?  You may have read the fascinating debate on this topic in Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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This debate has been simmering in our community for a while now.  In planning an ‘art show,” there are many opinions of who merits an invitation, and who does not.


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I take a liberal view.  In my opinion, all art is a pale attempt to imitate, or emulate, the magical beauty that is nature.

Every human soul who creates what is beautiful, what is pleasing, and what is good is an artist.  


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I love the company of artists, whether they compose music, brew a delicious ale, paint, sew, sculpt, write, cook, or design useful things.


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Artists listen carefully, observe closely, think deeply, and risk judgement to share their interpretation of beauty with others.

They enrich the lives of those around them in their quest for beauty and goodness.

What is art?  It is love made visible.


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Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


Weekly Photo Challenge:  Work o f Art

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