Tag Archives: Beauty

Effie’s Snow Watch

Mom, it’s snowing! Come see!

I love the soft little snowflakes. . .where do they go? Why do they disappear? Why can’t I keep some?

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For a very few minutes, a very light snow was falling and melting on ground contact. Effie and I both were enchanted by the snowflakes’ ephemeral appearance.



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Golden Thanksgiving Morning

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for the beauty God has given us. The sunlight’s gleaming gold crested the fields and basalt hills only briefly. Clouds recaptured the hills immediately after I took the photo.


Filed under Creation, Nature, Photos, Rural life, Seasons

Wonders of Effieland

Swenson Red grapes. . .


Amaranth is beautiful, and Effie loves nibbling it.

The sense of wonder in Effie’s lovely expressive face, is to me the most wondrous Effieland feature of all!


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Westerly greetings

These sunflowers beam their cheery golden brightness into a west-facing window.


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Anticipating a sunflower

For the several years my husband has planted sunflower seeds in the spring, they have come up tall and strong by the onset of summer in all their Sunflower Yellow glory. Ours are now forming flowers in their still-green stage. Their stalks are straight, tall, strong, and prickly.

I was trying to recall who wrote a poem with a refrain, “And I am waiting for the rebirth of wonder,” and came up with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in whose poetry I lost interest while I was still in high school. I Googled the quote anyway, and it seems lots of people have used it, and it wasn’t expressly clear whether Ferlinghetti was the first.

Whoever wrote this line, it enters my mind when I await the bloom of sunflowers, and other wondrous and beautiful bounties with which our Creator blesses us, for nothing we have done.

A sunflower begins its complex process of blooming: it will undergo   metamorphoses from verdant to gold, and prickles to petals.
“I am waiting for the rebirth of wonder.”

Another fitting line: “Death is the mother of beauty.” (from Wallace Stevens’s poem, Sunday Morning).


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Fishing at Dworshak Lake, and my first Kokanee salmon

My husband took the day off from work so we could take our dory for a fishing cruise on the beautiful lake at Dworshak Dam in northern Idaho. I caught my first Kokanee salmon and Vic caught a Kokanee and a bass. The weather was clear and a little hot, but comfortable. I could never have asked for or imagined a lovelier birthday.

The dam viewed from the access road to the boat launch

At the launch

Heading into a cove


My rod trolling in the rod holder

I wear a lab coat to prevent sunburn.

View of Dworshak Lake from Pisca-Dory

Our catch: Two Kokanees and one bass

Black Swallowtail butterflies swarm the boat ramp, drinking water.

Road construction on U.S. Highway 12 stopped traffic for 15-20 minutes on the way to Dworshak, and at least 40 minutes on the way home.


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Bundled in a Polartec vest, heavy winter coat, winter hat, and somewhat warm gloves sufficiently flexible to allow my hands to operate my camera,  I stepped out onto our deck to photograph the deeply snow-blanketed basalt hills that form the walls of Hells Canyon. The temperature was 20° F, the wind speed 11 mph, for a wind chill factor of 8° F.

Our chilliest wind chill factor so far today was this morning’s 2.9° F. The actual temperature was 20°, and the wind speed was 24 mph.

My British chums would not unlikely call it “brisk.”


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Effie and Prufrock


“Oh, do not ask, ‘What is it?’
Let us go and make our visit.”
–T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

I find Effie’s look a fit tribute to T.S. Eliot, author of “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the greatest collection of cat poetry of all time. Eliot’s work contributed substantially to the libretto of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats. (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is not in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.)


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From Zechariah, on God’s provision for rain and grasses

The temperature rather suddenly skipped the 90s today; in fact, it’s 55°. Rain is falling very hard, and the field grasses and the rain look very beautiful. Providentially, I was reading Zechariah as the summer storm materialized. I went outside during a very brief respite in the rainfall and took these photos. How comforting to see the same provision God has given His people for the same needs, over the past 2,500+ recorded years.

Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone. 
–Zechariah 10:1 (NKJV)





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Effie in lilacs

P1010718 Effie in lilacs

Effie’s appreciation of lilacs gives them one more raison d’être.


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