After the rain…

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The kingdom of the father is spread out over the earth, and people do not see it.”

The Gospel of Thomas, Saying 113

When I rode to work this morning it was raining. I didn’t get soaked but I was rather wet. Thankfully I brought extra clothes in a plastic bag. I stopped home during lunch break and it was just after the rain. Steam rose from the pavement and there was dew everywhere. I snapped these photos from a tiger lily plant in my front yard, the words I wrote later this evening.

After the Rain

after the rain things are different

if not just for a short time

everything is lush


steam rises

droplets glisten

for just a few moments

maybe more

the veil is lifted

ever so slightly


A Walk in the Woods (a few photos and a few words)

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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

So I went for a bike ride and then a walk in the woods yesterday. It was overcast mostly, and on-again off-again drizzle for the morning, but then it cleared. I’ve written in previous posts how Buffalo is fortunate enough to have two nature sanctuaries within it’s city limits. The one pictured here is Times Beach Nature Preserve, which is the smaller of the two. During the summer months when Queen City Bicycle Ferry is in service it is so simple to get there (it cuts off about 6 miles of a bike ride in a two minute boat ride). Other than some sort of an unidentified insect crawling up the sleeve of my shirt and biting me 4 or 5 times, it was a really wonderful walk. I was amazed at the wildlife one can see a mere 4 miles from my front door. Anyhow, click any photo for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Cinq Fleurs…

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Urban Simplicity.

Plus de fleurs…

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Urban Simplicity.

After the Rain…

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Urban Simplicity.


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So I met some family in Cowlesville, NY this evening. No I did not ride a bike, and yes I actually drove a car. Anyhow, I had stopped to take a few photos of the countryside when these beautiful animals came into view. They, of course, knew that I was there before I saw them, you can see them watching me. And this was as close as they would let me get (even with a medium zoom lens). Majestic. That’s word that came to mind when I saw them. They were so graceful. And as I stood there I also thought how I really cannot believe that people actually shoot these beauties for sport. And while I am not a vegetarian, and have indeed eaten venison on more than one occasion, as I stood there watching them I wondered how I could. It really is for this reason–not the environment or health reasons–that I find myself eating less and less meat these days…because I see the beauty in the animal, and the fact that I don’t need to consume meat for my own survival. Not to mention there are so many meatless dishes that I truly enjoy. Anyhow, I’m rambling. I’ll stop. I hope you enjoy the photos. Click any for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.