Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring makes up for winter.

 early, foggy morning on "prairie hill." our house is the white one on the right. i live in prairie paradise.

 the field is decked with "blue star." everywhere stars,,,

i found this interesting.

  a new flower is appearing - it's small and delicate.  i haven't identified it yet.

this is the "western wall flower."  it's abundant right now.

the other day i was visiting with my neighbor and she told me about her brother who had been a tree expert - he was 6 when he knew what he wanted to do with his life and he ended up traveling all over the world because of his knowledge.  my neighbor pointed to a tree in my front yard and shared that it's roots had been exposed when our house was being constructed.  see, several post oaks had to be cleared; but many more remained.  i'm grateful for every tree still standing. i love these hardy oaks!   my neighbor, jed, learned from her brother that a tree dies within 1-5 years once its roots have been exposed. i hope our tree lives for many years to come.  today i was sitting at a different angle, close to it  and noticed something amazing in the trunk.  wow!

this beetle was irked with me - it released some chemical funk on my hand - 
but that's what i get for touching it.
 
and do you see the master of camoflauge?      

(here he is) one of the biggest catterpillars i have ever seen!  
 
 did you know that lavender and green are nature's lovers?
 
in my book, spring makes up for winter. :)


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Graceful Faces of Spring

Bee on a Wild Hyacinth
"The bee is nature's workaholic." 
-Bee by Claire Preston

In a field of yellow, blue and lavender flowers, an orange-red flame caught my eye!!  
The first Indian Paintbrush appeared!

"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher
Three graces dancing in the wind,,,
 Stay hungry!

"Prairie Larkspur"
"Colors are the smiles of nature." -Leigh Hunt


Monday, March 26, 2012

44th and a rattler

i'm an aries - i love to climb on rocks
my 44th birthday today - on a beautiful, sunny spring day - i'm happy, healthy and loved. what more?  well, a rattlesnake sang happy birthday to me. lol.  greg and i were taking pictures on a different rock when a rattler underneath warned us that it was perturbed. wow! we scat!!
my honey was not feeling well today.  but some fresh air never hurt anyone.

they're majestic - and i never take for granted that i can gaze at them,
less than a mile away, at the wichita mountain wildlife refuge.
he's got a dirty face and horns!

i received some thoughtful gifts from my husband - one being the latest book 
on oklahoma wildflowers! it's quite awesome.

picked myself a yellow & violet b-day bouquet, roots included,,, 
compliments of prairie hill.

i grew up in germany, and i remember the simple birthday gifts we gave 
each other when we were children.  my favorite from a neighboring friend,,,
 a bundle of 'forget-me-nots' and a bar of chocolate. 

flowers (and chocolate) still make me happy! :)

"ram" (linocut)
"she thinks her path has to be a beautiful one." 
-the aries woman

i thank God, my creator and lover for life and peace.

now i'm going to blow the shofar into the starry night 
and call it a good day and night.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Medicine Bluffs

Medicine Man's Walk

We went to the Medicine Bluffs today. This historic landmark is in the Ft. Sill military base and located at the eastern end of the Wichita Mountains.  It was noted, described, and explored by all early expeditions and was held in deep reverence by the Indian tribes of this area from time immemorial. The four continuous bluffs form a picturesque crescent a mile in length - the result of an ancient cataclysm in which half of a rock dome was raised along a crack or fault.

A rock cairn erected by medicine men on its summit was still standing when Fort Sill was founded. Here the sick were brought to be healed or disposed of by the Great Spirit, young braves fasted in lonely vigils seeking visions of the supernatural, and warriors presented their shields to the rising sun for power. Legends say that this was also a famous place for Indian suicides. The huge fissure between bluffs no. 2 and 3 was known as the “Medicine Man’s Walk.”  
I feel a certain awe when I'm in this place - not only for it natural beauty but for its history as well.  When I saw the bird with spread wings overlooking the bluff - it was a symbol of strength and sacredness to me... . 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lucky~Happy~Blessed

 

  
 To live is so startling it leaves 
little time for anything else.
Emily Dickinson

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mostly Blue with Feathers

"Blue-Eyed Grass"


This was yesterday's bouquet - mostly blue (with feathers!).  
The winds have been strong lately and I'm amazed at nature's glue 
which kept the wee feather stuck to that stem.  I also found 
a few downy quail feathers - but the blue,,, 
that's called 'Blue Eyed Grass.' 
 It's growing all over behind the house on Prairie Hill now.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
Lot's of LOVE & LUCK to all,,,

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Journal Food

East side of Prairie Hill today - sunny/windy,,,

Not sure what this was - small leaves overlapped from the stem to the top - 
reminded me of an 'artichoke design' - smelled like a poppy. 

Bursts of green texture,,, 

Shaking off all the roots,
attack of all the waves,
my soul wandered, happy, 
sad, unending.
-Pablo Neruda

Studying flowers at my desk,,,

"Crow Poison"

 The mini flower journal,,,
 


"God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on thy heart."
-Edna St. Vincent Millay

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Things I found on Prairie Hill today...

East side of Prairie Hill
Walking around "Prairie Hill" this evening I found some beautiful little 
jump-on-spring flowers growing out of this dry, rocky terrain,,,
"Crow Poison" or "False Garlic"
"Missouri Violet"
"Spring Beauty"
"Narrow Leafed Puccoon"
Spiral Lichen
Altar to a Broken Heart
And I found a broken heart!
Yes, I picked it up and brought it home.  :)

I'm working on a small watercolor journal of prairie flowers.  I've painted 18 flowers so far and I'm using my latest book, Roadside Flowers of Oklahoma, to help with identification.   This is a very informative, yet relaxing and meditative 'project.'     

"Then I discovered the prairie and a slow healing began." -S. Jones