Like Stained Glass

wings-4835I used to work a bit in stained glass, mostly suncatchers, not the big leaded window designs one sees in churches and Victorian homes, as much. So details of wings especially intrigue me.

I used to create a lot of butterly suncatchers. Noticing this detail had me in my head, designing pieces of stained glass once again. Maybe some clear glass with copper threading, not necessarily heavier led channels. Delicate, whistful, beautiful.

Note the dusting of pollen on the wings, like golddust. Tiny particles, that from a distance we wouldn’t even notice. But up close, the powdery substance looks like someone had sprinkled yellow bits across the wings. Maybe some fairy dancing by with a basket of golden pollen, sprinkling it, dancing along.

Spring, what a joyful, magical time of  year. Bright colors everywhere. and early spring, that unfolding after a long winter’s sleep. Reawakening. Alive and dancing among the flowers.

Spring on my mind

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Seriously, I have spring on my mind. I’m just finishing off a season of mushrooms, and sorting photos from an amazing plethora of fungus and mushrooms this year. But in the meantime I’m now looking forward to the bloom of wildflowers in the spring, and buzzing insects, and especially to summer dragonflies and butterflies and bees. I think I’m ready.

 

Rock 2019 with new goals, new adventures…

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A new year is here. Fresh year, new chapter, so many adventures to take. Time to begin. We don’t know what the year will bring, but it’s up to us how we move forward, what mood we move forward with, and deciding what goals we want to achieve, both short-term and long term.

One of my goals is to visit 52 different parks this year, and I know that’s a doable goal. That’s other part of goal-setting is making goals that have a chance to succeed.  That doesn’t mean they should all be easy, we do need to reach somewhat. But a mix of goals is always good and it helps to motivate and be able to move on to the next goal we have set.

Mr. Squirrel just walked across the fence in front of my window. It’s a sunny day and I expect he’s other gathering some stores to carry him through. Planning is an important of making progress for humans as well. And be it photography or writing, having a list of goals helps to keep one rooted to progress. It helps to redefine periodically if we have that written list.

This weekend I think I’ll plan those 52 park adventures, and by year end I’ll see how well I’ve done. I’ll revisit my list every three months or so to keep me grounded on moving forward, but whether I hit 10 or 52, it’s all about progress. Do you have your goals set for 2019?

Happy New Year, everyone!