Wednesday, October 31, 2012

hawk eye

A friend and I spotted this Cooper's Hawk in a tree near his deck.  My camera was in the car, so he took this shot.  A most noble-looking bird, is he not?

linked to nf winged

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Surf's Up

Storm tide all but obliterates popular beach - even the lifeguard saw no reason to stay!

linked to nf waters


linked to nf bio-ma

carpe diem special

house of ill-repute
ladies of the night working
oldest profession

oldest profession
smiling men line up outside
tempted by desire

linked to carpe diem special #5

Sunday, October 28, 2012

dream of flying high
astral to inner journey
float lightly to ground

linked to carpe diem #29Flying

Saturday, October 27, 2012


garden quiet seat
peace harmony concordance
soothing needy souls

linked to OSI; Amity


sweet orchid flotsam
perfume river scent wafts by
autumn time of flow

The Perfume River in Vietnam is named for the aromatic orchids which fall into the waterway in the Autumn.  The river has a lovely floral smell.  Wouldn't you love to live on a perfumed river? Or swim in it?  Today would have been my mom's 89th birthday, so I dedicate this post to her, for all her love and encouragement.

linked to carpe diem #28; Perfume

witch tales

the small child wondered
which witch story scared her most 
but she loved them all

I live less than 20 miles from Salem, Mass, the historic site of the witch trials of 1692-3.  More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft there. As school children, we all learned about these tragically unfortunate yet intriguing true stories, and we even visited the Witch's Museum and other related venues on school field trips.  Halloween itself is an amazing, crazy and fun event in Salem, with attendees in great costumes, behaving in character. And lots of witches in black 'flying' about. 

 linked to haiku heights; Witch

Friday, October 26, 2012


Sunset - Island of Bermuda - 10/5/12

linked to orange u glad


fractured tinkling sound
changing my brain chemistry
laughter's medicine

linked to carpe diem #26; Laughter

Thursday, October 25, 2012

burning stinging tears
sorrowful elephant eyes
not only man cries 

linked to carpe diem #25; Tears


As macabre as it may seem, I love cemeteries.  I was never afraid of them as a kid, and I partied in them with my peers as a teen. Even had a few 'dates' take me to a cemetery to make out.

As an adult (?) I enjoy walking my dogs in cemeteries, and the reason is two-fold: firstly, they are usually a safe place to allow dogs to run free, and, secondly, I love to read the old tombstones and speculate about the lives of those buried there.

I visit the cemetery where my mom, dad, and sister are.  It's a beautiful place with a stupendous view of the sea.

Yes, I love cemeteries - they hold beauty and mystery and memories.

linked to theme thursday; Cemeteries

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Subtle blue shading gives this elegant heron its name...

linked to nf winged


half-moon above

linked to mid-week blues

high tide

flooded tidal marsh

linked to water world wed
  and       NF waters


 trees fiery with blush
orange yellow red and gold
heaven's hand on all

linked to hump-day haiku

too much?

pressed into small space
time-wrought havoc in brain
knowledge squeezes in

linked to haiku sensational; Pressure

sister Grace

She is gone farewell
 eyes sting tears warm and salted
presence haunts my days

presence haunts my days
sad memories mixed with joy
I focus on the best

linked to carpe diem special #4

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

blue valhalla

Historic ship sails in the Blue harbor

I love my beautiful seaside city. Every turn in the road, a coastal or harbor vista.  The BLUE of the surrounding seas changes with the season, with the tide, with the sky.

linked to 2shoes tues; Blue

Monday, October 22, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012


conscious decision 
remain childless cold world
future looking grim

linked to haiku heights; Conscious

take me back

Missing Bermuda sunshine and warm waters

linked to 6WS

Friday, October 19, 2012


In the name of god
bowed heads clasped hands songs of praise
love others instead

love others instead
tolerance and peace today
 all hate and war gone

(Definitely not a traditional haiku, but heartfelt nonetheless....)

linked to carpe diem #19; Religion


This year I allowed some mystery weeds to grow in my garden, to see what they had to show me when autumn came around (and because I hate to weed).  The first pic is of asters, the second is polkweed, which is edible when cooked and used by the Native Americans as medicine.  The last is a very recognizable 'weed' used for just about everything - in cooking, as tea, pain treatment, mood- elevator, etc! (Did I say this was my garden?)

linked to green day


linked to orange u glad

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Special #3

touching down lightly
she visits nectar blossoms
soft whisper of wings

linked to carpe diem, special #3

one more

Today I share the joy of seeing one last bloom on my outdoor hanging plant.  This geranium has endured through total neglect - no feeding or watering!  I have been ready to toss it more than once, but it always 'hangs' on to surprise me again and again.  A testament to nature's determination.   

linked to share the joy


A stunning example of being in, and of, sunshine...

I have seasonal affect disorder....give it a name and it's a 'disorder'!  In any case, sunshine is very important to me - I don't even have to go out the door to appreciate its effects.  Just seeing the bright light and blue skies,  even if it's very cold, does wonders for my mood and attitude.  Does this ring any bells with fellow bloggers?

linked to theme thurs; Sunshine

bird in paradise

Kiskadee:  In the flycatcher family, and practically omnivorous, eating prey as large as small rodents.  These birds are conspicuous and raucous.  Brought to Bermuda in 1957 to help with an over-population of small lizards (?).   Must have been a successful venture as I saw only a few of those pesky reptiles!

linked to nf winged

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

harbor bridge

separating seas
stone bridge calms blue-green water
as sun-bathers smile

linked to haiku sensational; Bridge

blue eel metaphor

life's curves push movement
create choice and decision
whom to eat today

linked to hump-day haiku; Curves

Bermuda waters

I generally only post one photo, but I have been dying to share the beautiful water scenes I shot recently on the gorgeous island of Bermuda. Thanx for your tolerance.

linked to nf waters
  and    water world wednesday


atmosphere rumbles
 crackling with static and sparks
arm hair stands on end

linked to carpe diem #17

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


When I see sunsets, when I see the ocean, a feeling of comfort in the future begins in the center of my core.  I'm not calling this feeling 'hope', just a bit of calm in the raging fear of what just might be. 
There are different types of hope: hope someone you love beats cancer, or, hope that humans will rectify environmental devastation.  Hope has to do with wishes and dreams. wants and likes. You can hope for a raise, a new job, a healthy baby, a new life, but hope is like prayer. It does no good unless action is instituted, and carried out. 
 I love this quote:

“Hope is what keeps you going, but hope keeps you focused on the future, and this continued focus perpetuates your denial of the Now and therefore your unhappiness.”  Eckhart Tolle

linked to 2shoes tues; Hope


safe place of waters
still sea calm and serene
storms dare not enter

linked to carpe diem #16; Harbor

Sunday, October 14, 2012

a world apart

The island of Bermuda is only a 2 hour flight from most East Coast cities, and only 700 miles off the coast of the Carolinas.  The weather is sub-tropical, due to the Gulf Stream and the calm Sargasso Sea surrounding this limestone treasure.  So close and so much a world apart from my falling leaves.

linked to sunday scribblings

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I never get tired of showing off my beautiful seaside city.  I lived away from here for 2 years and, when I would visit home, I was ecstatic to see the ocean at every turn.  Needless to say, I moved back as soon as I could.

linked to scenic sunday
   and   sundays in my city


My self-portrait on a good day

linked to 6WS