Showing posts with label depth of field. Show all posts
Showing posts with label depth of field. Show all posts

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wisp Of A Summer Morn ...




“Many a forenoon have I stolen away, preferring to spend thus the most valued part of the day; for I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days, and spent them lavishly; nor do I regret that I did not waste more of them in the workshop or the teacher’s desk.”

                       ~ Henry David Thoreau
                                  ~ 1817-1862
                            ~ “Walden”
                 ~originally published August 9, 1854

To me, there’s nothing so beautiful in nature as a summer morning, and Thoreau’s words seamlessly flow through this image of milkweed basking in the morning sun that I shot on a brilliant August day at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.

If we all had more sunny hours and summer days, how much richer – and happier – we’d all be.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Waiting For You ...



"There's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream."
                          ~ Thomas Moore,
                                    Irish poet
                                        ~ 1779-1852

A spring sunset beckons as a bud brushes a
beautiful blossom while it waits for the bud to bloom on my favorite magnolia tree at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dance Of The Dogwood ...


                               "Legend Of The Dogwood"
                                                ~

At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus' cross. 
                                                 
 To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said, “Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross – two long and two short petals.

"In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember." 


Blossoms of a beautiful pink dogwood tree
dance in the May breeze on a sunny spring
afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania.





                         


 


    
 








Monday, March 14, 2016

Hope Springs Eternal ...



"Hope springs eternal ..."
                          ~ Alexander Pope
                                ~ 1688-1744

Hope springs eternal, just as surely as
the daffodils bloom in the early spring.

I always fill with happiness like a child
when I see spring's first blooms.

This is the first daffodil bud I've seen this season, 
captured in mid-March a little more than 
a week before the official beginning of
spring, a time of hope, beauty and fresh possibilities.

Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus ... whatever 
name you choose, this bud says spring
is awakening at Trexler Memorial Park,
Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Hope, like spring, is ever near.     
                                    

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Evening Kiss ...



"April love ...
Every star's a wishing star that shines for you,
April love is all the seven wonders,
One little kiss can tell you this is true."
                                                         
                                                  ~ "April Love"
                                                            ~ Theme song from the 1957 film "April Love"
                                                     ~ Music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
                                                               ~ Recorded by Pat Boone

Sunset light kisses this beautiful breaking bud
on my favorite magnolia tree on a beautiful
April evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Savoring The Sweet ...


"We live in the world when we love it."
                                                 ~ Rabindranath Tagore
                                                                         1861-1941

 Beautiful monarch butterfly savors summer's sweet nectar
on a recent morning at Trexler Nature Preserve,
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Napping ...



I'm not a fan of bats, in fact they scare me. But seeing this
one on a rock this evening at Trexler Memorial Park,
Allentown, Pennsylvania, was such an unusual sight
I had to capture it in a photo.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I Will Remember You ...

"I will remember you
will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories." 
                       ~ Sarah McLaughlin, 1995

This dandelion puff on a May evening 
at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania
brought to mind that wonderful song. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Red Wing


"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song."
                                      ~ Lou Holtz

Male North American cardinal brings a pop of red
to the landscape on a May evening at 
Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stirring ...


"Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms
without the aid of the seasons."
                                                               ~ Kahlil Gibran

I love magnolia trees, and this breaking bud shows spring was stirring 
this weekend at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happiness On Wings ...


"Now think of the happiest things. 
It's the same as having wings."
                              ~ Peter Pan

When I saw this cute black-capped chickadee on an
April afternoon in Trexler Memorial Park, 
Allentown, Pennsylvania, it reminded me
of this sweet and happy quote of Peter Pan.