The Art of Antelope Canyon

Sun Rays On Rock Formations

Nona Lohr

This is an amazing photo of sun rays piercing into one of the huge, colorful rock formations located in Antelope Canyon in Arizona.

Purple rock formations in Antelope Canyon

Purple rock formations in Antelope Canyon | Nona Lohr

Scenic Antelope Canyon was formed by sandstone erosion

Scenic Antelope Canyon was formed by sandstone erosion | Jean Beaufort

Caves at Upper Antelope Canyon

Caves at Upper Antelope Canyon | Terri Thompson

Lower Antelope Canyon

Scenic Slot in Lower Antelope Canyon | Jean Beaufort

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Get Ready to Plant a Tree on Arbor Day!

Trees, Arbor Day, National Arbor Day

What is the most common or most unique tree indigenous to your area? Get ready to plant a tree tomorrow. On the last Friday in April we observe National Arbor Day in the U.S. We know how very important trees are to our environment and our health. This year on April 27, as we celebrate the creation and purpose of trees in our ecosystem, remember to inspire others to plant and nurture this natural provision of oxygen that improves air quality, climate amelioration, conserves water, preserves soil, and supports wildlife. 

Enjoy your #ArborDay celebration!

The Dance, Art and Poetry of Flamingos

Flamingo, Birds

What is it about the cultural iconic flamingo that fascinates us, which is most memorable and depicted in the yard ornaments we are used to seeing? The melding of the layers of plumage, long-necks, pink-legs and web feet of these birds are an inspiration to an artists’ canvas and a poets’ pen.

Flamingos, Birds

Flamingos, Birds

Flamingos, Birds

Flamingos

Birds, Flamingos

Flamingos, Birds

Flamingos

Flamingos, Birds

Earth Day. Why?

Earth Day, Green Planet

If you don’t protect her, she won’t protect you. It’s just that simple. Today is the observance of Earth Day and while our calendars denote that this day is designated to serve as a  reminder about the importance of respecting our planet, conserving energy and being the caretakers of creation we were meant to be, protecting Mother Earth should naturally be an individual, committed and personalized mantra each of us should be cognizant of employing every day.

The toxicity of air pollution, water pollution, and soil pollution are indicators of our carelessness and recklessness that diminish the quality of life Mother Earth produces. Do we realize how intimately our lives are affected by the health and wellbeing of this universe we inhabit? What has happened to our compassion, sensitivity, and appreciation for our beautiful planet that is being destroyed, simply because we have neglected her or failed to see and protect the beauty that abounds all around us?

As I stepped outside this morning to admire the new blossoms and buds on my rose bush, I saw the brilliance of a little red ladybug sitting on one of the leaves and watched her enjoy my rose bush just as much as I did, even if our reasons were different. You don’t have to take on a mass environmental project, but you could do what you can in your neck of the woods, or city, to contribute to the preservation and growth of this planet. Earth Day. Do we really need a day to remind us of something we should be incorporating into our level of consciousness every day? Hmmmm… Just a thought.

The Poetry of Moon Shine during National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, Poetry, Moon, Nature

There are so many poems that describe the mystical and ethereal experiences of the moon. When I saw that perfect circle of brightness in the sky through the Palladian window in my bathroom, the brilliance of its luminance made me think I left a light on, but I hadn’t.

Hundreds and hundreds of poems have been written about the moon by many notable poets like Carl Sandburg, Claude McKay, Sylvia Plath, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Frost, Emily Bronte, Matsuo Basho, William Butler Yeats, Amy Lowell, Robert Graves, Li Po, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Henry David Thoreau, and Denise Levertov.

Almost instantaneously, this haiku came to me as I was caught up in another awestruck moment glancing at a full moon in the rich darkness of the night sky.

Moon Shine    

She pierces the night

with her beauty and her light

to shine with great might.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Happy #NationalPoetryMonth

The Poetry of Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom Trees, National Poetry Month

Tis the season of the flowering cherry blossom trees. In Japan, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and exquisiteness of life. Of course, the story about George Washington chopping down the cherry tree, according to sources is a myth. It is noted that this iconic story about the value of honesty was invented by one of Washington’s first biographers, Mason Locke Weems. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we present this poem, Ode to the Cherry Blossoms.

Cherry Blossoms, Poetry, Tree

Ode to the Cherry Blossoms

a tidal wave of life and color
showers of white, purple and pale pink
clusters of Japanese Sakura
ornamental blooms en masse
in the transience of things
exquisite beauty and volatility
an expression, richly symbolic
the elegant nature of life
a sonnet of languid cheer.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Cherry Blossoms, Tree, Poetry

Trees, Cherry Blossoms, Poetry

Cherry Blossoms, Trees, Poetry

Cherry Blossoms, Poetry

Cherry Blossoms, Trees, Poetry

#NationalPoetryMonth