Toxic beauty

Virginia Creeper Berries

This shocking berry stands ready as winter food for wildlife, especially songbirds. Though it looks like and is a cousin to the grape, sorry humans – it is poisonous for us to eat.  Virginia Creeper, a native vine, is commonly found climbing up trees (and Lilacs in this case) in moist rich woods across the U.S.  Enjoy seeing this fall fruit and soon empty red stems.



Water LettuceHow awesome is it that some plants get to LIVE on top of the water?

Live a life floating.

That carefree feeling of being in a pool, soaking in the sun, supported and surrounded by the hug of water.




  We flee a house without heat on a day when the low reads 8 degrees.  “Let’s have a field trip today,” I notify my still sleepy child.

We spend a day in the warm glow of Impressionist paintings, sipping steaming soup near a sunny window and absorbing the heat from a 2150 degree glass furnace. It is enchanting – near perfect.

I did not realize my soul still sat bored, until I walked into the steam.  Glasses clouded, I breathed in.  I could feel my heart beating as I stood waiting for the “clouds” to lift.


I was surrounded by respiring, photosynthesizing foliage.  This, this is what stirs my soul.  This is where I want to be.

Thank you God for the passions you place inside each of us.  May each of your creations find, live, and be overcome by the fire we each carry.


Today my house has heat. My soul has fire.

Pore Fungi


A walk in the woods  brought us up to this bracket fungi the other day.  I believe this is a Pheasant Back Fungus also called Dryad’s saddle.  The color of the inner ridge of the tree’s bark seems to match perfectly with mushroom’s top.  Oh, the beauty of a decomposer! For detailed information on Bracket Fungi check out this site.