Sunday, September 14, 2014

forest find

Peace and beauty all found in the forest.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

gentle thoughts today

Sending out many, many gentle thoughts to our world today.
peace + love

Monday, September 08, 2014

those big eyes

We were out yesterday afternoon on a long hike. 
 I was in search of spotting one of my beloved Monarchs.
It was such perfect sighting weather, sunny, warm, and just a touch of a breeze.
 And much to my delight and surprise I saw one!
Wait until you see the wildflower field in which I was knee-deep attempting to capture it on my camera.....
I moved ever-so-gently as I tried to follow my nectar feeding friend. But it was too fast for me to photograph.  There is still plenty of time for another try!
*Just so incredibly happy to have finally seen one.*
Instead this bright crimson dragonfly stopped just long enough for me to snap a picture.
I love those transparent lacy wings, the intense red color, and those big eyes!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

stuck on you

I found this grasshopper with the early morning dew droplets still on its body.
It was holding on to that Queen Ann's Lace stem as tight as can be.
I love how the colors of its body match the colors in the flower garden.
Look at those big black eyes...
I know they were looking right at me!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

magic flowers

early september 2014
at the marble works
middlebury, vermont

Friday, September 05, 2014

straight line

Twenty-two geese all in a straight line showing off for me.
You should have heard their honks (laughter)!
Are they using this time as a stopping spot before they leave for the winter, I wonder.
We have just about completed the first week in September already.
Enjoy every moment.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

september spider

In the early morning hours on Monday I stopped to capture the sunrise in a beautiful valley. 
While warming in the sunshine this little friend showed off her tummy to me! 
I noticed a brown papery sack behind her on a stalk in which she laid her eggs.
All the Mamas seems to be having babies this time of year.  
Yesterday the Turtle and today the Spider.
Yet another thing to love about September!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

stopping for a photo

I was out and about yesterday when this little friend crossed my path.
A woman walking her dog came by and said that she was a Mama Turtle and was walking across the road to find a place to lay her eggs. We gently nudged her safely to the other side. 
Mama T was very nice to stop for a picture!
I have seen so many creatures lately...I'll share them all with you this week.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Oh September,
How did you get here so fast!
September - the month to watch things turn to honey gold.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

pink ruffles

.:they're going away!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

quick as a wink

I have been searching for a Monarch Butterfly [or an egg or an instar] all Summer long.
I have such a soft spot in the deepest part of my nature~heart for Monarchs.
This little friend was the next best thing to see!
He put on quite a show and lingered for a long time for a Hummingbird....they are so fast, you know.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This is the last day of sunflowers!
Love that bright yellow stripe in a field of green.
These sunflower fields left an impression on me not to be soon forgotten.
Thank you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

the purple and gold meadow

I love this time of year when everything as reached its full growing potential
and before the first frost set in.
The pallet of colors across Vermont are a feast for the eyes.
I am drinking it all in.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

out of an august fog

Right out of the fog these two incredible horses came to visit me.
They were kind enough to allow me plenty of time to photograph their beauty.
I fell absolutely in~love with them and wanted to give them kisses on their velvet noses.

ps--I have to admit to you that I think they were intrigued by my awkwardness in setting up my camera on my tripod!  
I am quite certain that they have never seen such a sight!

* I think this one will be in the newspaper, too!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

fireside in mid~august

Oh, to dine by the wood-burning pizza oven on a cool cloudy mid-August afternoon.
Warming ourselves by the fire in August!
*kale pesto dressing on that salad*


I needed to take a little break from my photography thoughts due to my Mom being hospitalized last week. 
Now that she is back home I am again able to find that sweet spot in my mind that keeps me grounded and happy.

I LOVE this philosophy-of-teaching given to our little photography class by our instructor, Jonathan Taylor. I wanted to share this with you for over a week now.....

"I view teaching as an on-going dialog between an experienced leader and like-minded
 I want to create an environment that fosters questions and deep exploration of the topic at hand. 
Pay as much attention to your classmates as to me; you can learn a lot from each other."

I love his thoughts on learning. I think this is true for learners at any stage or age.

Jonathan teaches photography at Castleton State College here in Vermont.

Friday, August 08, 2014

eastern tiger swallowtail

How lucky was I to come upon this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail!
Almost as special as seeing a Monarch. 
Still looking for a Monarch this Summer.
ps...this photo will be in the newspaper next week!!  
I am beyond thrilled-beyond-capacity and honored to the rooftops.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014


Two more shots from my early morning Photography Class.
The top one was taken at 6:15am and the bottom one at 7:00.
Love how the light lifts the fog and the meadow becomes vibrant again.
It is quite the experience to be out these early mornings. 
 I leave around 5:00am and we take photos until about 7:15.  
The light changes with each minute.  It is astonishing to be part of it. 
 Watching and feeling the peace and beauty of it all.
What a gift.

golden meadow

I could scarcely see the road as I drove to Brookside Farm in Orwell, Vermont. The fog was opaque and dense. I love fog!  Not the driving part but the secret concealed part. 
The farm was our destination for class this morning.
We spent over an hour walking and capturing photos. This is such an amazing incredible historic house, a pond, mountains, old barns, cows, and meadows, oh the meadows. Wildflowers!
My favorites from today are the first photo I took and the last.
This is the last--by now the fog had lifted and the light was glowing and rich. 
I can 'almost' see hints of Autumn in this photo.
Can you?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

steel blues

Today's class brought us to the shore of Lake Champlain under the Champlain Bridge.
The time was 6:35 am.  The weather was damp, overcast, gray, and perfect for me.
I love blue--all shades!
I like how the reflections in the water are mostly rectangles.
It is amazing being out this time of the morning.  Serenity.

Monday, August 04, 2014

middlebury falls

I am taking a photography class each morning this week.
Entitled "Photography at Dawn" from 6-9AM taught by a College Professor.
I now know just how much I have to learn. 
 A little daunting to say the least but oh, the challenges and enjoyment ahead.
Here is an example of one of my photographs from this morning.
I even used a tripod for the first time!
Tomorrow we are off to Lake Champlain and the Champlain Bridge.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

morning mist

I have an affinity for fog of all kinds. 
When I saw this pond early one morning I just had to capture it.
Blessings as you go through your day.

Friday, August 01, 2014


Good~bye sweet July.
Hello summery August.

Monday, July 28, 2014

looking through

The very best thing I found were two junior size ski poles with spikes on the tips for icy day walking
to and from the garage this Winter!
 I really will use them! 
I am not taking any chances to fall on the ice again. Now I must order ice spikes for my boots! 
Getting ready in July!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

purple flower

I am so incredibly humbled to say that this little photo of mine 
was published in our local county newspaper, "The Valley Voice"!
Thank you for thinking it was worthy, Cookie.  XO
I'm still shocked!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

early morning dew

Just one of the many wonders of early mornings.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

busy bee

I've always loved bees.
One of my wishes (there are a few!) is to be a bee keeper.
I love everything about them.  There is a collection of books on my shelf all about bees.
The thunderstorms are coming today to cool things off.
Tomorrow is to be in the lower 70's!
Peace,  Mary Ann

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

that july kind~of hot

It is a perfect mix of a summer day today::
hazy, hot, and humid.
One of those days to take out of your memory just six short months from today!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


It is mid-July and flowers are everywhere.
My heart soars from all of the beauty.
Color, fragrance, shades, hues, vibrance, life.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I cannot get enough of this almost forgotten series of photos entitled 'Mothers'.
See what you think.

under the tree

Astilbe under the big shade tree.
Happy Saturday.

Friday, July 18, 2014


This has been an incredible strawberry season.  
I saw the sign on the roadside at the farm by the pond and pulled in to have a look.
Every time I go by I stop for another basket.
I love eating seasonally!