In Keeping With the Season

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Today is National Public Gardens Day (who knew there was such a thing)? As a gardener, a landscape photographer, and one who enjoys gardens in all sizes and styles – it sounds good to me! This seems like a great weekend to visit (and linger) in a public garden near you…

Gardeners’ Wisdom

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“You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.” If you’re a gardener, you know this is true! It always amazes me how quickly the landscape transforms from sleeping to wide awake and bursting with vibrance in the spring. Though stiff winds here in eastern Idaho can make for an exceedingly short blooming … Continued

Welcome, May!

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Every month has something wonderful to offer. For my money, though, there is nothing like the month of May. I worried a bit that moving to the high altitude of the Intermountain West might put a real damper on my favorite time of year, but happily (so far, at least) this hasn’t been the case. … Continued

National Pet Day

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I get a kick out of these offbeat observances. Usually I just chuckle, but today I’m all in! A pet has been part of my household for most of my life. Our current furry friend actually adopted us. She showed up on our doorstep not too long after we arrived in Idaho, nothing but skin … Continued

April Showers

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There actually are April showers falling outside my window today – though not far from here up at altitude, it’ll be snowing. Winter hasn’t let go just yet! While my eyes are on the garden, they’re still skiing in the Tetons. That said, it’s coming. Even in Grand Teton National Park, where winter likes to … Continued

The Season of Singing

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It doesn’t look like this yet outside my window…but I know it won’t be long! “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.” Indeed!

Lincoln’s Birthday

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Once upon a time, before the Monday Holiday Bill, there was no such thing as “President’s Day.” In Illinois (The Land of Lincoln), where I was born and raised, every kid knew when Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was: February 12th. It was a state holiday….and it was acknowledged on the actual date. Imagine that! There is, … Continued

Morning by Morning

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Last Sunday morning in my church, one of the hymns which was sung is a favorite of mine. It’s based on a wonderful passage from the Book of Lamentations: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. If you’ve … Continued

Come and See

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  Come and see what God has done… Psalm 66:5 Beauty surrounds us! Whatever the season, the time of day, or weather conditions – there’s likely something interesting going on outside. Sometimes that gorgeous scene is as close as the other side of your door. I made this photograph back in New Hampshire, in my … Continued

The Gate of the Year

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It’s a New Year’s Eve tradition here to publish this wonderful poem. Though many know it simply as “The Gate of the Year,” its title is actually “God Knows” and it was written in the early part of the 20th century by Minnie Louise Haskins. While the lines above are the most well-known, here it … Continued