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I can identify with this small chipmunk that has dug his way out of a deep dark hole
trudging through the stones that have burdened and held him down.
Now wildly uninhibited, merged out of a silent solitude taking risk to explore,
and experience the joy and beauty that a waits in the light.

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Vermont kayaking and lemon sunsets

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photo by Pam Applebee
photograph by Pam Applebee

Kayaking the scalloped rock edges of shoreline meandering along bestowed euphoria, a sense of peace and contentment. Charming little country cottages nestled between acres of trees. Hummingbirds kissed red bee balm, while a pair of loons played hide-n’-seek dived in and out of summers warm water.

Dry dusty dirt back roads homed farms with colorful silos, emerald cornfields and grazing cattle. Wide open fields bundled bouquets of black-eyed susan, and sprinkles of white and golden wildflowers. The sultry days ended in lemon sunsets gave moments to pause and reflect, fell a sleep to the wailing of loons on the pond.


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Nesting in a Bundle of Joy

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I spotted a nest of baby catbirds tucked away in the evergreen aside the front door porch perfectly placed in clear view. I’ve watched the three tiny little vertebrate’s transparent skin grow a covering of pinfeathers over the last nine days, as their momma roost on the rhododendron close by. They’ve brought a big bundle of joy and wonderment to life, and over the next couple of days the fledglings will take flight leaving the nest out into the horizon. My hearts wishing I could slip them in my pocket and carry them a little longer.

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Enamored in Light & Joy

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The morning is overcast in gray with a soft mist of rain. The air is cold for an April spring day. Outside the studio window colorful birds alike rainbow burst, flock to the feeder. Others clutch with hunger thru the fallen cracked seed strewn about, like tipped over breakfast granola across the kitchen floor.

The Architect and I are totally transfixed by the variety of birds roosting in the yard this year. So much so, the spirit of studio chatter thru out the day has become, “Oh look look look!”  “Did you hear that, sounds like an Owl?” “Honey, quick quick get your camera, look what’s out here!” All the rush of activity is so awe-inspiring, and such a welcomed delight after the long winter months.

In the up and coming weeks I hope to get a few snaps, of the artistry involved in the ornamental molding of the Chickadee’s nest; pretty amazing!

Have a blessed week and stay well my friend!

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Walking with Mother Nature

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Mother Nature went a little bipolar on us New Englanders, when it snowed the first day of spring and again on April fools day, leaving us all wondering if and when spring would ever come around. These past few days have brought a real touch of spring with warm bright sunshine and clear blue sky. Trees are budding, flowers blossoming with new life and a choir of songbirds roost.

Creatively I’ve been in a downward spiral stuck in a rut just feeling blah, and unmotivated one of the glitches that happen up on us all. A time when we have to lift up and push foreward to go beyond the act of just “Being,” and get up and get motivated in the process of becoming.

So I went for a walk down the road to the bog I hadn’t visited in awhile. All the winter ice had faded away the spring water now painted in reflection of bare but budding shrubs and branches, dried golden cattails stood tall where the water rushed over the beaver dam. Surrounded by tall pines the earth’s floor was covered in a thick cushion of pine needles. A relaxing spot to just sit in peace breathing it all in, letting the mind freely wonder connecting with nature. Here are a few snaps from my walk:


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