Friday, October 10, 2008

The Tiny Nature Walk

Self-confidence is
believing you can fly with
tiny, fragile wings.

Beneath the willow
Quietly growing upward
Tiny umbrella

Autumn brings out the nature-lover in me. It's not that I don't appreciate the out-of-doors the rest of the year, but there is something about this time of year that makes me stop and take a closer look around me. Perhaps the beautiful colors of the leaves make everything else that much more interesting to look at.

This week while picking produce from our garden, I noticed this little wasp on our strawberry plants. He was not moving very fast because there was still dew on the leaves and it was a little chilly outside. Though I am generally not an insect-lover, I couldn't help but admire his tiny little wings and shiny black body. I snapped a few photos before he lazily flew away.

Last week I noticed this little mushroom, growing tall and straight under my neighbor's tree. It seemed to echo it's larger counterpart and I couldn't help but think of the palm trees in Tucson where we used to live. I also had fleeting thoughts of ants enjoying a fall picnic under its canopy.

This weekend the weather forecast calls for rain and perhaps snow! Though I know Jonah will be fascinated with the snow and will help me look at winter with new eyes, I want Autumn to hold on for just a little longer! There is so much to see...

I am participating in Haiku Friday.


  1. I don't like the cold...I could do without that. But I love the fall colors. We get to see some great stuff up here in the Northwest...when it isn't raining.

  2. Ah, gorgeous haiku, gorgeous pics and gorgeous look for your blog!
    I love the fall too. So very much. It's a great season.

  3. I love your blog's new look! The photos and haiku are great. We found a mushroom like that at James' preschool!

  4. Beautiful photos and an inspiring Haiku today … reminding me of thoughts I need to hold on to right now. Thanks for visiting my SkyWatch/HF post at Sacred Ruminations earlier. You’re absolutely correct that our ‘variable & unusual weather’ is nothing to sneeze at! If you have time … my 2nd HF post (in which I ‘reflect’ upon my upcoming Blogoversary) is up at Small Reflections containing a ‘Fall Thank You’ for all … just because.
    Hugs and blessings,

  5. Great haiku! We've been having days of hot weather (90) with days of cold (60). I'm looking forward to the weather getting through it's hot flashes.

  6. Great Pictures & I like the new background

  7. Beautifully done! Love the pictures and haikus.

    Also, I *love* the new look over here!! Did you design it yourself?

  8. Snow, snow, snow.

    Uh sorry, I got distracted. I love your pictures and your haikus and terrific.

    Happy Friday, my friend and have a lovely weekend.

  9. Those are great Haikus with great pictures.

  10. oh my word - snow?! That's hard to believe. I really like your haiku Fridays, by the way. :)

  11. SNOW? Can't imagine....I am not quiet ready for that but I am loving the cooler temps!

  12. beautiful imagery, both visually and poetically

  13. I am with you, I love fall but I don't know if I am ready for what comes next

  14. Lovely post. I'm still trying to catch up from last week!

    p.s. I like the new look :)