• Could You? Would You? Eat Your Weeds?

    July 2, 2015 A great quote by Dr. Seuss: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.  I’m a photographer. I notice beauty. I admit to noticing lush green lawns, but I don’t see beauty. I admit to noticing weedless gardens full… Continue Reading

  • Spring Fling

    April 30, 2015 Spring is rollin’ in on the prairie. Buttercups are blooming. Puppies are prancing. Sand is seducing. And peacocks? Peacocks are promenading! This is, my friend, Chester. As he quivered his feathers, stared intently into my eyes, and slowly inched within inches, I wondered, does he mistake me for a peahen? I do… Continue Reading

  • An Unexpected Blessing

    April 18, 2015 Sown by nature, wildflowers amaze me with their dainty appearance, yet obvious strength. How did these fragile looking hepatica push through the heavy layer of fallen leaves? The mystery of life is never so apparent as in spring when Earth transforms her energy into shoots of green at an astonishing rate. As I… Continue Reading

  • Bliss

    April 3, 2015 It’s dusk after a perfect 70-degree day. Peep. Did you hear something? Peep, peep. The long-awaited song of the spring peepers has begun! These thumbnail-size frogs which breed in swamps and wetlands during early spring belt out a deafening song. Actually, it is the male that peeps about once every second to attract… Continue Reading

  • Jet and Julia

    March 23, 2015 I would like to introduce my neighbors, Jet and Julia. They live in the pond at the bottom of the hill. Appropriately named by my seven-year old: Jet after himself (my son’s nickname) and Julia after me! I love seven. On a particularly stressful morning, I awoke to this tranquil scene and… Continue Reading

  • Head-Over-Heels

    A lot has happened on the prairie since we last talked. There is an urgency in my typing that is new as adrenaline surges through me. Unpredictability has entered my life, and it keeps me on the edge of my seat. What could it be, you wonder? I will show you. This little fireball sits at… Continue Reading

  • A Trip

    February 6, 2015 Where am I? Mars? Nope. Guess again. Lake Michigan? Nope. How about now? The prairie? Yes!! Waves of white blanketed the prairie after a particularly windy storm. I like February in Michigan. Why? Because it is short, and spring is right around the corner. I read an article in the paper about… Continue Reading

  • All Cooped Up

    January 22, 2015 Here in Michigan, we’ve reached the peak of winter. I’ve enjoyed the frosty scenery, prepared countless cups of hot cocoa, and watched my family multiply. It’s been a lovely winter. And now as we reach the peak, like a car on a roller coaster waiting to drop, I want to scream, let me… Continue Reading

  • O Christmas Tree

    1/1/15 I love a real Christmas tree, but I don’t love the disposal. Using a tree, that took years to grow, for a few weeks, and then casually disposing of it has never seemed right to me. Farmer Tom came up with the perfect solution. “Let’s plant it,” he said. “It has no roots. How… Continue Reading

  • Prophecy

    October 18, 2014 As I watched this autumn sunrise, I heard silence- reminding me of winter which lies just over the horizon. Then, from I knew not where, “O-ka-lee” pierced the silence stirring springtime memories. I searched the dusky morning for a sign of the red-winged blackbird but to no avail; he was hidden in… Continue Reading