Monday

White-breasted Nuthatch in the Forest


The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
 ― John Burroughs


Print Available - HERE 

Tuesday

Capital Wheel Reflections


No two visions are alike. Those who reach the heights have all toiled up the steep mountains by a different route. To each has been revealed a different panorama. 
- Albert Pinkham Ryder

  This is the Capital Wheel.  As you can tell, it was a very calm morning on the water when I took this.   
More info on the Capital Wheel  can be found - HERE 

A Quote About Christmas


"Let me not wrap, stack, box, bag, tie, tag, bundle, seal, keep Christmas. 
 Christmas kept is liable to mold. 
 Let me give Christmas away, unwrapped, by exuberant armfuls. 
Let me share, dance, live Christmas unpretentiously, merrily, 
responsibly with overflowing hands, tireless steps and sparkling eyes. 
 Christmas given away will stay fresh—even until it comes again."
- Linda Felver

Sunday

The Blushing Farewell


I walked alone in the depths of Autumn woods; 
The ruthless winds had left the maple bare; 
The fern was withered, and the sweetbrier's breath 
No longer gave its fragrance to the air. 
~ Albert Laighton

Thursday

Peanut Thief


Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Monday

Be Grateful



Be grateful for the kindly friends 
that walk along your way; 
 Be grateful for the skies of blue 
that smile from day to day; 
 Be grateful for the health you own, 
the work you find to do, 
 For round about you there are men less fortunate than you. 

 Be grateful for the growing trees, 
the roses soon to bloom, 
 The tenderness of kindly hearts 
that shared your days of gloom; 
 Be grateful for the morning dew, 
the grass beneath your feet, 
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet. 

Acquire the grateful habit, 
learn to see how blest you are, 
How much there is to gladden life, 
how little life to mar! 
And what if rain shall fall today 
and you with grief are sad; 
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.
- Edgar Guest



Print Available - HERE 

Wednesday

Dancing Under The Moon



To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.
 ― Osho

Available - HERE 

Cedar Waxwing In The Berries


Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.
~ Wayne Dyer

Print Available - HERE 

Tuesday

Sit Still And Watch Them



Frosty maple leaves on an autumn morning.

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn. 
- Elizabeth Lawrence

Prints, Mugs, Greeting Cards Available - HERE 


Monday

The Heart of Autumn


"Come said the wind to the leaves one day, 
 Come o're the meadows and we will play. 
 Put on your dresses scarlet and gold, 
 For summer is gone and the days grow cold." - 
 A Children's Song of the 1880's

I think the leaves growing side by side (in the middle) look like a heart :) 

Tuesday

Robin in the Dogwood


The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power. 
~ Northern Advocate

Print Available - HERE 

Cardinal in the Berries


No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one Autumnal face.... 
~ John Donne

Print Available - HERE 

Wednesday

An Autumn Hummingbird


In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
- Aristotle


Prints Available - HERE 

Tuesday

Carolina Wren Sings an Autumn Song


Sing a song of seasons! 
Something bright in all, 
Flowers in the summer 
Fires in the fall!
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Autumn Fires

Print Available  - HERE
and thru my New River Nature Website - HERE 

Monday

Autumn at Castle Rock - Pembroke Virginia

Every mountain top is within reach 
 if you just keep climbing. 
- Barry Finlay

Print Available - HERE 

Thursday

Every Leaf A Flower


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus

Print Available - HERE 


 

Flight Between The Flowers



Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.
 ― E.B. White

Available - HERE 

Friday

Looking Down The Road

People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk.
- Ayn Rand

Print Available - HERE 

Wednesday

The Universal Language


Male Northern Cardinal in my front yard

You cannot give anything more important than the Love reflected in your own life. That is the one true universal language, which allows us to speak Chinese or the dialects of India. For if, one day, you go to those places, the silent eloquence of Love will mean that you will be understood by everyone.
 — Henry Drummond

I found this quote by Henry Drummond this morning.  
If you haven't read his work, it is pretty amazing!  

Tuesday

Hummingbird Bow



I thought this hummingbird looked like it was bowing at the zinnia.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. 
~ Rumi

Textured Art Version - HERE 

Sunday

Feeling Like Fall



There is no better designer than nature.
 ―  Alexander McQueen

This image available - HERE 

Friday

West Virginia History - The Old Stone Church


Last summer I was able to explore the lovely town of Lewisburg, West Virginia.
It is a town full of history.
This is The Old Stone Church
Wikipedia tells me:

The Old Stone Church was built in 1796, and is a two story, rectangular limestone building. An addition was built in 1830, making the building 75 feet by 44 feet in size. It features an open cupola belfry. During the American Civil War it served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate forces. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The related Stone Manse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004



Print Available - HERE 

Wednesday

Pokeberry Light


In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.
 ~ Aaron Rose

Monday

Soothing Colors




I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
 — John Burroughs

Jim and I have had a lot going on with our little business,
At our shows we met many wonderful people.
One was a lovely lady
from New Zealand who stopped by and purchased 3 prints.
One of those was the image above.  She was delighted by the muted colors and said she would be hanging all 3 in her Healing Clinic in New Zealand.
This is why we are in business.  
To celebrate nature and share it with others
Her conversation with me was one of the highlights of my day!  

Tuesday

Monarch Butterfly Magic


Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.  
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.



Print Available - HERE 

Sunday

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly


I've learned... that just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day. 
- Andy Rooney

I hope you have a Wonderful Day!


This print available - HERE 


NEW RIVER NATURE FaceBook PAGE - HERE 



  

Monarch Butterfly


Where there is great love, there are always miracles. 
 ― Willa Cather

I hope you enjoy this Monarch Butterfly that I shot at the Hahn Horticulture Garden.
They are "little miracles" to me :) 


Monday

Summer Afternoon Summer Afternoon


Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. 
 ― Henry James

Available - HERE 

Thursday

The Church with the Red Roof



“... Why, it would really be being unselfish to go away and be happy for a little, because we would come back so much nicer.” 
 ― Elizabeth von Arnim, AKA Marie Annette Beauchamp  

Another lady to get to know - 
Author of "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" 
which is available as a free download 
at Project Gutenberg - HERE 

And this lovely Red Roof Church is available - HERE 

Wednesday

Trees In The Valley


I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. 
 ― Isabella L. Bird

Are you familiar with Isabella Bird?  What a lady!
Wikipedia tells me that:
Isabella Lucy Bird married name Bishop (1831 – 1904) was a nineteenth-century English explorer, writer, photographer  and naturalist.

There is a lot of info about her and her writings on the internet.
Very inspiring lady! What she accomplished after the age of 58 is absolutely amazing!  and in the 1800s no less!  WOW!


This image Available - HERE 

Monday

Monarch Butterfly in Joe-Pye Weed

You learn something every day if you pay attention. 
~ Ray LeBlond

Wikipedia tells me this about the Joe-Pye Weed:
 Joe Pye (Jopi in the Native tongue), an Indian healer from New England used E. purpureum to treat a variety of ailments, which led to the name Joe-Pye weed for these plants.  Folklore says that Joe Pye used this plant to cure fevers. Folklore also states that American colonists used this plant to treat typhus outbreaks.


A Slightly Different Version - HERE 



Friday

Wet Petals


To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.
 ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Available - HERE 

Thursday

Quilt Barn


I found some interesting info on Wikipedia about the history
of Quilt Barns:

A quilt trail is a series of painted wood or metal, hung or free standing, quilt squares installed at various locations along a route, emphasizing significant architecture and/or aesthetic landscapes. Currently North America has quilt trails in 43 of the United States as well as in two Canadian provinces. The first official quilt trail was begun in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family's barn in Manchester, Ohio

Available - HERE 

Wednesday

Hens and Chicks


Patterns in nature can be quite breathtaking!

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. 
 ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Available - HERE 

Tuesday

Grazing


The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.
 — Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Grazing" is available as a Print - HERE 

Monday

Indian Creek Covered Bridge



The Indian Creek Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge near US 219, about 4 miles away from Salt Sulphur Springs, in Monroe County, West Virginia, U.S.A.. It is owned by the Monroe County Historical Society, and was originally built in 1898 by Ray and Oscar Weikel. The bridge is 49.25 feet long and 11.5 feet wide. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.  The bridge was restored by Hoke Brothers Construction, Inc. of Union, West Virginia in 2000 at a cost of $334,446. It is open to pedestrians, and said to be one of the most photographed bridges in West Virginia.
(Infro from Wikipedia)

 Available - HERE 

Wednesday

Patterns In Nature



To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. 
~ Jane Austen

Available - HERE 


Tuesday

Bales of Hay


And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.
 ― Wendell Berry



Available - HERE 

Monday

The Flight of a Monarch Butterfly


I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.
 ― Sylvia Plath

Happiness is ..... a Monarch Butterfly

Print Available - HERE 








butterfly in flight art for sale

Friday

American Goldfinch - Thistle Bender


Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.
 — Mandy Hale

Although not as brightly colored as her male counterpart, 
this Female American Goldfinch was looking quite
fetching in the thistle.

Available -- HERE 

Wednesday

In The Catbird Seat


Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. 
 ― Marcus Aurelius

Monday

Spread Your Petals


It doesn't matter who you are, 
 where you come from. 
 The ability to triumph begins with you. 
 Always.
 ~ Oprah Winfrey


Wednesday

Helping Hands


There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.
 ― Mandy Hale



Available - HERE 

Monday

Hummingbird Moth in Flight


Fresh air is as good for the mind as for the body. Nature always seems trying to talk to us as if she had some great secret to tell. 
And so she has. 
- John Lubbock

Available - HERE 


Thursday

A Young Mockingbird


“may my heart always be open to little

birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile” 
- E.E. Cummings

Monday

The Big Day!


Logan and Brianna Saville-Reynolds
Married July 4, 2015

My daughter and new son-in-law
I am a VERY Happy Mamma!

These are a few of the iPhone pics I took.  
As soon as we get the "real" wedding pics I'll be posting those!!
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