Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Quiet times.....

Teasel petals.........
bird feathers......

caught on a spiders web.....


make the perfect dream catcher.



An Emperor dragonfly came to say goodbye.......




I watched a kestral.......and time stood still.



29 comments:

Liz said...

What a wonderful, relaxing day and lovely photos Cheryl :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

I wish I could freeze moments like that and step back into them when life gets too chaotic.

What a pretty dream catcher.
Marnie

Cheryl said...

Tku Liz....I thought the web with the additions was so pretty.....it was a peaceful and quiet day......

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

I have always felt that when we stop and attune ourselves to nature, time slows down and our reality becomes--well, more real. I love to watch the clouds and hawks gliding on the air currents to help me step out of an unnatural frantic pace the world has become. I love your photos of the teasel and the feathers caught on the spider web--amazing!

Cheryl said...

Hi Marnie...I think we all have such busy times these days...sometimes it is necessary to just sit quietly and get back to where we really want to be.....

Cheryl said...

Welcome morningglories, what a lovely surprise.

I watched the kestral hover over our little copse. I have found evidence of her hunting there.
I could have watched her forever.....so beautiful.....

I love the web, petals, and feather to.....

Are you enjoying your time away??

Wendy said...

Oh Cheryl, what an amazing discovery! I love your dreamcatcher with feathers and teasel. Don't think I would have thought of it that way.

It is nice to stop and allow nature into our souls. To watch and observe blessings all around us - the bees, birds, spiders and plant-life.

Racn4acure said...

Such nice photos in this post and the last one. Sounds like you ar enjoying quiet times. Art

Rose said...

Beautiful photos, Cheryl! I enlarged each one to see the details--the dragonfly is amazing! Such delicate wings. And I would have missed the little bees on the teasel otherwise--what kind of bees are these?

Quiet times like these enjoying just the small joys of nature are good for the soul. Beckie and I had a day out yesterday and spent part of the time walking through a prairie restoration. We "lost" ourselves in the beauty of wildflowers.

Rose said...

By the way, thanks for correctly I.d.ing the Red Admiral the other day; I really must check out the butterfly i.d.'s before posting:) I was just so happy to see one I didn't care what it was!

Ruth said...

A lovely, lyrical post!

beckie said...

Cheryl, I love coming here for the quiet beauty you always show. It makes me stop and breathe deeply-something I don't do often enough. The dragonfly is beautiful. I treasure each sighting of one. How thrilling to see him this close.

Be sure to show Poppi the dram catcher. I know she will appreciate it's beauty. :)

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....as soon as I saw the web I thought dream catcher....my daughter loved them when she was a teenager and had one in her room.....

Nature is healing, of that I am sure.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Rose.....Hoverflies are on the teasels....and I have hundreds of them in the garden at the moment.....wonderful...

Prarie restoration, how wonderful, one of the dreams I hold in my heart.....we need these natural habitats for the good of mankind and wildlife....

Ok re Red Admiral.....I must say Rose you had me thinking that I had got it wrong...lol
Any butterfly is wonderful.....even the darling cabbage white......

Cheryl said...

Hi Beckie.....the dragonfly, sadly, did not live to see another day......it was her time.
I have kept her, she is so beautiful and so perfect.....

The dream catcher slowly disappeared during the course of the day.It was fleeting, I am so glad I captured it......

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Don't you just love the quiet times of summer??? Your photos reflect this perfectly.

Libby said...

As always your blog is a pleasure to visit. I adore your butterfly pics.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Aren't kestrels cool to watch soar?

marmee said...

there is no better place than the garden to spend quiet time...is there? love those times when we can watch the wonders around us and breathe it all in. so peaceful and fullfilling.
we are still waiting on a kestral to find our box. we are checking regularly. so happy you have one around. she might take care of the baby mouse.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....yes I do, they are priceless......

Cheryl said...

Tks Libby....I am glad to say there are plenty of butterflies around at the moment....

Cheryl said...

Hi Monica....I love kestrals.....she has been back again today....there is obviously a food source here.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Marmee......the garden is a wonderful place for quiet times. The grandchildren came yesterday and it was wonderful to run and play in the warmth of the summer.

I love the kestral.....she can hunt here for as long she wants to......

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
The Dragonfly gave you the greatest of gifts. He is amazing too. Very beautiful.
The feathers caught in the web, like us caught in the web of life...caught in the magic of this moment. Life is about transformation.
Always one. Seeing with beginers minds. I treasure this moment with you and the life that is pulsing in your gardens.
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry.....I always love to hear your words.....our minds are connected....

The dragonfly is so beautiful. I have kept her. I showed Riley and Poppi when they visited. To see such beauty and to be able to genly touch her wings, connects us to Mother Nature. I need my grandchildren to understand the world around us and to have respect for everything that lives along side us......

I loved the web.....it looked amazing with the sunlight passing through it....

Hope that you are well....always a pleasure when you visit.....

ShySongbird said...

A lovely gentle post Cheryl and such a pretty dream-catcher. I felt sad for the Emperor though.

Cheryl said...

Hi Jan.....I felt very sad when the dragonfly did not make it. I have kept it in a box....it is so beautiful. I believe it was her time. I will be able to show the grandchildren....I like them to see just how beautiful these creatures are....this is how they learn......

I hope that you are okay....I have noticed that you have not been blogging so much. Not being nosey, just concerned.......

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
I am so happy you found a place of resting for Dragonfly. I have many crystal boxes of butterflies and dragonflies and bees....My collection grows as different bugs come to me in their last moments of life. It is wonderful your grandchildren are able to honor the Dragonfly. You teach them well.
Looking forward to Safari!
Sheryy

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry......with continuous rain yesterday the gardens are well watered...hooray.
Temperatures were warm so the garden had a slightly tropical feel.
This morning butterflies are up early seeking nectar.....

C u tomorrow.....