A wild columbine flower in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 18, 2018.

Have you forgotten, she wonders,

her voice a gentle whisper in the quiet of my mind,

the sweet scented lilacs, the soft violet petals,

the rough and broken bark,

scrambling up to the branch small hands holding on tight.

I wanted a place where I could share the beauty that I see. This is it.

I have good memories of the hikes we went on as a family when I was young. Below is a photo my Dad took of my Sister, my Mom, and me in 1967. I don’t know why I was reading a book. I love reading, but I think the scenery must have been more captivating than the book. I remember waking up to the scent of fresh air and pine. This might be why I open my kitchen window first thing in the morning and why the scent of pine makes me smile.

My sister, my Mom, and me in 1967.

Take care and thanks for visiting.


17 Responses to About

  1. zirah1 says:

    Delightful! Thanks for a peak inside your life and world and soul.

  2. So lovely, Sarah, for you to share a bit about yourself here. That’s a nice photo of your family and of course your dad who is the photographer! Thanks so much fo your wonderful posts and photos… now we know where you got your talent from. My best to you! 🙂

  3. What a beautiful picture of you and you must have loved that book as much as you love the outdoors. It certainly is important the time we spend together as a family and the places. My parents always took us out on Sundays into the countryside near London. My Dad had a Harley and sidecar for my brother and I. So many stories from our past! Thanks again for your comment and reading my novel. You are indeed an experienced and well read reader.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Georgina 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I appreciate you taking the time to visit and share your thoughts with me. 🙂 I am hoping your story is published since I enjoyed it as an adult and I know the child I was would have enjoyed it just as much or more. 🙂 Children are happy to let their imaginations soar with the birds and wander with the ground dwelling animals. They make up stories about them themselves. How much fun it is to follow along with the stories from other’s imaginations! 🙂

  4. Hi Sarah, so long since you posted and hope you are well and will return to produce more inspiring words and pictures about nature. Thank you so much for reading my novel and all the encouragement you have given me. My artis friend is doing some illustrations now.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Georgina 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind words! I am happy to hear from you. 🙂

      I have been on an unintentionally long break from posting and WordPress visiting. Where does the time go? It is true what they say about time going faster as you get older. It seems likes like just the other day that I put up the last post and now it is almost February. The bright colors and intense signs of life that come with summer have long since disappeared. I look at the photos and wonder…. Was it really that bright? Yes. My memory remembers those mornings. 🙂

      Shortly after I put up the last post, I caught a flu bug which last for about 10 day. After it left, I felt really worn out. I missed the State Fair in August because I didn’t have the energy. I had purchased tickets to go see the horses. I love watching horses and I don’t often have the opportunity. I decided it was time to scale back my activities. I paused the posting and WordPress thinking I would be back in a few months.

      I am working offline on a new project which will continue the nature photos and stories in a different place. There are things that I want to add to the website that I can’t do on WordPress so the project needs a new home. When the new website is online, it will replace this one. I plan to put up a short post with the new website name here when that happens. I thought it would be ready by November or the New Year, but now I think another month or two. Lots of details to figure out.

      I enjoyed reading your story! 🙂 I think it lends itself to being illustrated. I am hoping one day to have a hard copy or paperback copy to put on my bookshelf. 🙂 Your story wanders through my mind sometimes like stories I have read do. Where is the weasel now? Did anyone back home listen to his story? Was the bumble bee successful in raising a family in her new home? Did the kite recover?

      I am going to check now to see what you have posted since I last visited. 🙂

      • Thanks for getting back in touch and good to know you are involved in a new project. Your photos need a good home and to be shared. I wonder how wordpress limits you but I find it frustrating sometimes too. I do not for some reason see it as a place to share my novel but may try a kindle version of the first two parts. I have been so busy back and forth since the summer that I almost lost track of wordpress time too. Olivia is now even more delightful to watch grow, as she begins to use language but more of a hard work as she begins to find her feet and what she wants! I am called to childmind her for a few days at Easter and perhaps have her stay with me overnight. Am resting in Spain at the moment!
        But yes, that might be what the weasel is doing and all the other residents of Navaselva, as they have to focus on surviving the winter. But his story will be told more fully in the Spring. The tree he rests in is taking note though! Milvano will manage to be freed but in the North east of Europe and she will travel east. Next Volume. Navaselva and the Journey East.
        There is so much to do each time I send off a submission. Each one feels like a new job application. And sometimes I re edit or rework a part. For self publishing I have had to look at length and size with my friend so she knows how to scale the images.
        Will get a proper book to you as soon as I can! Could I use some of your comments on the book for the sending to agents and for the blurb?

        • Sarah says:

          I am happy to help you with your story and book in any way that I can. 🙂 I can see how trying to find a publisher would be discouraging. I hope you persevere. I have been an avid reader since a young age. I know a good story when I read one and I love your story. 🙂 It took up residence in my mind when I was reading it and the characters are still sitting there over in the corner waiting for the next installment!

          I looked at the photos of Olivia that you put in your year’s end post. 🙂 She is growing fast. I am sure she is looking forward to seeing you in the spring. I hope you two have fun adventures during your time together. 🙂

          Olivia’s picture reminded me of a young boy that I met with his family in an indoor garden in the beginning of January. There is a Butterfly House about an hour north of here. I went up to see the butterflies before the snow and cold settled in. In the other garden room, they had a Christmas themed model train exhibit. I went in that garden room to take a few photos as well. When I entered the garden, a young boy a little older than Olivia was watching me as I put the monopod on the camera and looked for a good spot to take photos. He kept coming over to watch what I was doing. He didn’t speak to me so I just smiled at him and said hello to his parents. Maybe he will grow up to be a photographer. 🙂 I find it delightful to watch the curiosity of young children. His attention to my activities with the camera made my morning brighter. 🙂

          Surviving the winter sounds like a good plan for the characters! I hope the resident animals here have found warm places to wait out the deep freeze that descended on us from Canada the last two weeks. I have limited my outdoor time because I don’t have the kind of clothes to withstand this much cold. It gets cold here, but this latest spell has been unusually cold. In typical Midwest fashion, though, the temperature is going to swing to the warm side this weekend at least for a few days. Just a taste of the spring thaw to come in a few months.

          I am very much looking forward to the return of the spring wildflowers and the birds! I day dream about them. 🙂 I hope to have the new web site up and running by then and be more organized with the various activities so I can fit more of them in the day. Thank you for your kind words about the nature photos. 🙂 Taking the photos is for me telling a story like you have told your story with words (and soon to be illustrations). I see this story unfolding around me constantly. I have since I was a child. I am happy that technology has given me the opportunity to share it. I am constantly amazed at the ability of the camera to record what I see.

          • Thank you Sarah, I read about the extreme cold and that must be very difficult for wild creatures that cannot adapt quickly to such extremes. Hopefully they will find some places to stay warmer in. Keep warm yourself and hope the thaw will remain until Spring! Your words about my novel really encourage me and I am persevering right now. It does prevent me fro really starting the next instalment but I jot ideas and characters down. There is a skeleton!

            • Sarah says:

              I remember reading an article written by an author who said that the way to manage getting a book published was to start writing the next one. 🙂 I wish I could remember where I read it so I could give you the link for encouragement. I am looking forward to the next installment of the story and happy to hear it is gradually taking shape!

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