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friends fruit haiku outside

Apple Orchard Afternoon

1 Orchard View Golden Delicious3 Pleasant View Orchard Apples On The Ground4 Josie Finds Apple5 Pleasant View Orchard Corn Field6 Pleasant View Indiana Nectarines7 Pleasant View Orchard Sorting Apples8 Pleasant View Orchard Indiana Fruit9 Pleasant View Orchard Peppers Up Close10 Pleasant View Orchard Snack Window11 Pleasant View Orchard Caramel Apples and Fudge12 Pleasant View Orchard Snacks13 Josie and Caramel Apples14 Pleasant View Orchard Playground

drive, snack, pick, shop, play

first weekend of September

apple orchard trip

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family outside travel

the air in sitka

poppies sitka alaska2015 633looking up silhouette alaska2015 528eagle totem sitka alaska2015 474becca looking alaska2015 509roots sitka alaska2015 567I took these photos two months ago in Sitka, AK: “the village behind the islands.” The Sitka National Historical Park has to be the most breathable place I have ever been. There I saw towering totem poles quietly telling stories of Tlingit, Aleut, and Russian heritage; I heard ravens orating and echoing throughout the forest trees; I learned that balance and reciprocity are important concepts to the Tlingit society. I wish I could have spent more time in Sitka but am grateful for the day I was there.

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outside poem

petal rain

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In bloom for one week
On the brown branches of trees.
Sweet smells of springtime.

Flowering up high.
The wind blows, and they drift down.
Pink petals carpet.

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april showers

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friends meal outside travel

sunny phoenix memories

1 antique holiday window

2 joyride tacos phoenix

3 desert botanical 8

churn in the park

desert botanical 1

desert silhouette

st. francis restaurant at night
As I write, the wind chill factor in Indiana is negative 3-degrees, and there is almost 4 inches of snow on the ground. These photos were taken just over a week ago in sunny Phoenix where the temperature reached 88-degrees! The images of the Desert Botanical Gardens, afternoon markets and open air restaurants are warming, but the memories shared with a dear friend are even more so.

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inside outside travel

wondrous, woven magic in manhattan

1 nyc october 2014 bergdorf window

1 nyc october rain public library mums

2 nyc october 2014 library lion and over here exhibition poster

3 nyc october 2014 inside public library 3

4 over here competing voices nypl world war 1 exhibition

7 maison kayser october pastry case nyc

8 beautiful the musical stephen sondheim theater

9 central park south painters bridge friends

11 nyc october 2014 oscar de la renta tribute window bergdorfs

12 nyc october 2014 central park south

14 nyc october 2014 central park south climb rock

october birch in central park

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outside

turned

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outside poem

turning

early october leaves tree bark

early october leaves

fuzzy ginko

vertical fungus

their unmasked colors

appear this time of year here.

deciduous trees

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family fruit outside quick bread

apple orchard morning

11 cider pumpkin spice bread

10 fall quiche cider orchard snacks on counter

9 cider shopping cart lodge magic

8 donuts at stuckey

7.5 cider slushie stuckey

7 stuckey farm honey bees

6 stuckey store popcorn jugs

5 running orchard rows

4 freckled apples

3 tree top

2.5 stuckey apple on branch little white flower

2 jump off wagon to pick apples

1 growing memories at stuckey

running orchard rows
hay wagon toward the harvest
autumn fruit is here

hot apple cider
spicy pumpkin loaf baking
autumn treats are here

quilt on top of bed
grey clouds blanket sky blue sky
autumn air is here

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family inside outside

kindergarten cannot wait

kindergarten chalk drawing

bead crown

bread and jam for frances

bread and jam for k

grasshopper perched on black eyed susank smile front step

picking red raspberries and purple bowl

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Tomorrow is a big day for my niece (and her family); it’s the first day of Kindergarten! Earlier today we did things the almost-kindergartener likes to do: make bead crowns, read books, eat bread and jam, play library, shuck corn, pick raspberries, chase butterflies, and draw on the sidewalk.  This little wonder has more heart and energy than she knows what to do with, and I am proud to be her aunt.  She cannot wait for school, and we cannot wait to see what is in her future.