Gone

Gone are the flowers of summer. Burgundy, pink and white. They lived forever, it seems. Through rain and blazing sun bright. Gone are the hues of precious petals. The colors that swathed the porch. They lived forever, it seems. And held nature’s beautiful torch. Gone are the leaves that climbed and spread. The vine as it followed its trail. They could have lived forever, it seems. Impatiens under the guise of frail. Gone are the flowers, into an empty field.Read more

Half and Half Bike Ride

In response to this week’s photo challenge, Half and Half, I present photos from a Wednesday afternoon bike ride on the Wiouwash trail. Blue skies, temps around 75F, and split images made it a perfect 14-mile adventure. Click on the Half and Half link at the beginning of this post to peruse the bevy of talented photographers and their interpretation of this challenge.Read more

Fresh Ride

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh It’s the first day of spring, but there are few signs of green grass in Wisconsin and it’s much too early to witness the popping green leaves of crocus, tulips or daffodils. The area in which I live has been dry and we are waiting the freshness of a spring rain to start the green growing season. In the meantime, the label of “fresh” is attached to the tire of my bicycle. The rubber tire, metalRead more

A Veer to the Left

When I looked, I knew I might never again see so much of the earth so beautiful, the beautiful being something you know added to something you see, in a whole that is different from the sum of its parts…what I knew was that the earth underneath was alive and that by tomorrow, certainly by the day after, it would be all green again.  ~Norman Maclean~  I don’t have expectations of green by tomorrow or the day after. It’s tooRead more

Waiting Patiently

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland~ Nineteen days and counting. As I snapped this photo of a bench at Fritse Park, on the shores of Little Lake Butte des Morts, I had thoughts of the comings days: Temperatures slowly warming (*fingers crossed*), snow melting (after this Tuesday’s predicted snowstorm), grass growing (once the snow melts), the promise of daffodils (if it warms up) and the maiden 2015 voyage of a mountain bike (when the grassRead more

Fearful Buds

What is spring? Is it the bright kelly of the green grass? The soggy, muddy puddles from a week…nay, I say a month…of rain? Is spring in the Mallard duck duo that waddle the nearby field or the laborious, beginning push of daffodils and tulips? In the fearful black buds against a damp gray sky, it is here. Spring. Hiding in the thorny bushes, hiding from the golden sun, holding off its presence a bit more, a sneer upon its face,Read more

The Color of April

I went for a walk at noon on Monday. The temperature was 55 degrees. Today, on Tuesday, the high is 35 degrees. Typical April, the roller coaster month of weather. The northern part of Wisconsin may get a snowstorm, 6-12″, starting Thursday night. Ouch! The month of April is also shades of brown – grass that hasn’t turned green, dried leaves still clinging to the trees, and brown, muddy fields waiting for the seeds of corn and hay. I loveRead more