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Wildlife Lessons-The Magic of Toads

Wildlife Lessons-The Magic of Toads

“I believed then – in a deep, easy way that is impossible for me as an adult – that there was more to this world than meets the eye. Trees had spirits; the wind spoke. If you followed a toad or a raven deep into the heart of the forest, they were sure to lead […]

Poetry Sunday-Do You Talk To The Bees...

Poetry Sunday-Do You Talk To The Bees?

    Do You Talk To The Bees?     Do you talk to the bees?  Well I do.  I wish them a good morning, with the sun’s first rays.  And as I do,  I give a wide berth to these buzzing teenagers, slow to wake.  They can be ornery, you see.  And if aroused, you […]

Poetry Sunday-Bride’s Feather

Poetry Sunday-Bride’s Feather

      Bride’s Feather     Behold the sight of creamy white, Like feathers standing, stretching, bending. Fireworks of plumes exploding-now dancing on the wind.     © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ The plant profiled here is called Bride’s Feather, Goat’s beard or Aruncus dioicus.  Its unusual blooms look like fluffy feathers.  And it […]

Wildlife Lesson-As Spring Unfolds

Wildlife Lesson-As Spring Unfolds

“One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.” ~Black Elk       As spring warms up, the birds come flocking to our garden.  Many have visited before, and return to find feeders, nesting areas or boxes, and a habitat in which to […]

Poetry Sunday-Wonderful Viburnum

Poetry Sunday-Wonderful Viburnum

  Wonderful Viburnum     Branches covered in snowy white, Red and blue berries later delight. Thick scarlet leaves escape from my sight, To return bright green in the spring’s sunlight.     © Donna Donabella 2012     __________________________________________________________ In spring, I love seeing shrubs flower.  One of the most beautiful is the native […]

Beyond Words: Spring At The Lake

Beyond Words:  Spring At The Lake

“Silence was the cure, if only temporarily, silence and geography. But of what was I being cured? I do not know, have never known. I only know the cure. Silence, and no connections except to landscape.” -Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young     I wanted to wrap up this series with another trip back to […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Crea...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Creating a Sanctuary

“Who will free me from hurry, flurry, the feeling of a crowd pushing behind me, of being hustled and crushed? How can I regain even for a minute the feeling of ample leisure I had during my early, my creative years? Then I seldom felt fussed, or hurried. There was time for work, for play, […]

Poetry Sunday-A Flower Delicacy

Poetry Sunday-A Flower Delicacy

    A Flower Delicacy     I love to see these tiny little yellow lanterns spreading out across the, almost bare, meadow landscape.  Their liver-spotted leaves give them away before you see their blooms.  Look quickly though for they only flourish a short while.   A flower delicacy fleeting with time, but like a fine wine, they will […]

Poetry Sunday-Wild Blue Indigo

Poetry Sunday-Wild Blue Indigo

    Wild Blue Indigo     Deep blue of indigo Stalks reach skyward. Magnets for the buzzing drone. Bees drink their fill With drunken smiles. Sweet memories linger With their departure.     © Donna Donabella 2012     __________________________________________________________ I am continuing my spring poems with another wonderful native plant, Wild Blue Indigo or Baptisia […]

Wildlife Lesson-Early Spring Critters

Wildlife Lesson-Early Spring Critters

“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.”  ~Loire Hartwould       As spring (March 21st) dawned in the purply-pink sky, there was a perceptible shift in the air, urged on by the warmer spring weather.  As we walked around the area and observed our surrounds, we were greeted by crowds in the trees, in the sky and […]

Poetry Sunday-Lilies of the Wood

Poetry Sunday-Lilies of the Wood

  Lilies of the Wood     Through the shadows of early woods, Carpets of white arise in pools of light. Spreading out far and wide in glorious song of spring’s arrival.     © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ In honor of National Wildflower Week, I am highlighting one native plant, that grows in my […]

Poetry Sunday-April Spring

Poetry Sunday-April Spring

  April Spring     The soul stirs under bright April skies, Raw and cold, with warm sun, clouds rolling by.     Rain pours down and pools throughout, Replenishing the soil; pushing worms out.     Everywhere in the garden is the rush to grow, Fresh green foliage wrapped with bright colorful bows.   […]

Poetry Sunday-Rejoice

Poetry Sunday-Rejoice

  Rejoice     Snow retreats, while armfuls of green stems stretch out. Toward skies of deep blue, chill winds blow strong. Yellow faces waving, bright smiles beam toward the sun. Rejoice-the daffodils are up!     © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ One of the first flowers to pop up, in early spring, are the […]

Nature’s Healing Balm

Nature’s Healing Balm

“What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous […]

Poetry Sunday-Seeds Await

Poetry Sunday-Seeds Await

  Seeds Await     Under the ground the seed awaits For the warmth of the sun upon its head. Waking from peaceful slumber To break free and push past its constraints. Stretching now toward the nourishing light, Changing and growing into a new form Soon to show the world the beauty that has lain […]

Wildlife Lessons: A Survivor’s...

Wildlife Lessons:  A Survivor’s Tale

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.” ~Yann Martel, Life of Pi       I had a different story for you today.  One that […]

Poetry Sunday-Ode To A Toad

Poetry Sunday-Ode To A Toad

      Ode To A Toad       On the ground or in the pond Amongst the leaf litter Toads can be found.     Sweltering suns can force them to flee Below ground Or in deep meadow green.     On warm, gentle nights the ‘whirring’ begins Rushing to ponds For the […]

Poetry Sunday-Crocus

Poetry Sunday-Crocus

      Crocus     Petals unfurl, with shouts of joy! A youthful gladness- finally enjoyed.    © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ One of the first bulbs to bloom, early in my garden, are the snow crocus pictured here.  They shout spring with splashes of color all over the garden.   Wishing everyone […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Find...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Finding My Power

Message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: “As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you […]

Poetry Sunday-Retreating to Spring

Poetry Sunday-Retreating to Spring

Retreating to Spring     As I reflect on the garden these days, I find my mind retreating to the spring colors, of bulbs popping up- the subtle greens emerging and dotting the brown wet soil. Of beginning again…always a new start.      © Donna Donabella 2016 __________________________________________________________ March means spring is on its […]

Favorite Quote This Week:

“Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come.” ~Chinese proverb

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