Macro Monday – Busy As A Bee

Two different species of bees working side by side on an echinacea flower. I’m sharing my photo with Cee’s FOTD Happy Monday! Have a great week and remember to look for beauty in the small miracles that are often taken for granted. With a grateful heart, Heather

The Silence of Petals #Flower Photography

The Silence of Petals This is my entry for CBWC: Flowers. All photos for this challenge need to be in black and white. For me, the black and white of these flowers gives a very silent, peaceful feeling. What feelings do these photos evoke in you? I hope you enjoyed this collection. Thanks for stoppingContinue reading “The Silence of Petals #Flower Photography”

The Path Well Traveled #Haibun

The Path Well Traveled I find myself in an all too familiar place. At the head of the trail, I stand staring at what lies ahead. Staring down the path, I know exactly where it will lead me. In my mind, I can see every twist and turn, every uneven step, as they are aContinue reading “The Path Well Traveled #Haibun”

Nature’s Art – #Micropoetry

Nature’s ArtAmazing beautyWe are privilegedTo witness such wonders © Heather ~ Homestudy From The Grateful Heart All Rights Reserved My hat says it all. Life is good! Thank you for stopping by. Let’s work together to save and protect our beautiful, natural world. Have a wonderful day and may you find inspiration in the littleContinue reading “Nature’s Art – #Micropoetry”

Golden Bank

Upon the rocky bank the flowers stand.Like stars in the sky, so grand.Softly the wind whispersTickling the golden sisters.They give in and swayIn a jovial way.But it’s the sun they idolizeReaching, searching the skiesFlaunting their vivid manesIn the sun’s name. The area by the creek was covered with these black-eyed susan flowers. So I justContinue reading “Golden Bank”

Vacant Stare #Haiku

Vacant stareFrom deceptive eyes -Nature thrives Look at this Common Buckeye with it’s unique markings. It blends right in with the rocks and woods chips on the ground. To boot it throws in a little trickeration with eye-like spots. Nature is amazing! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.With a grateful heart,Heather © HeatherContinue reading “Vacant Stare #Haiku”

A Bee’s Purpose #Haiku

gatheringwith purpose to share -life enriched-Heather- I caught this little pollinator hard at work doing what she does best. I am grateful for all the pollinators. Although they are small in size, they play a huge role in the health of our world. Therefore, it’s of great importance to ensure they have a healthy futureContinue reading “A Bee’s Purpose #Haiku”

Shine #Micropoetry

Beauty withinBlindly radiates outward-Shine for all-Heather- These beautiful flowers were growing in a meadow of sorts alongside a creek. I am sharing these photos with Cee’s FOTD. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day. Shine!With a grateful heart,Heather © Heather ~ Home Study From The Grateful Heart All Rights Reserved 2021

Nights of Terror #Shadorma

Oh terror waning moon’s release steel darkness consuming old thoughts collect, mold, and chase reality sways powerful it’s grip overtakes air thickens heart echoes not granting the slumber craved daybreak a’last! melts darkness melts along the body worn as skin mind may ease, but never leaves for life’s unjust ways I have used the shadormaContinue reading “Nights of Terror #Shadorma”

Sweet Aroma – Haiku

sweet aromaclings to sultry airhovering life-Heather- I had to take a little break from writing in order for my kids and I to finish up our school year. We are going on summer break now, so I hope to have plenty of time to write in addition to just enjoying the summer and the adventuresContinue reading “Sweet Aroma – Haiku”

Clean Water Quest

Recently I’ve been researching the importance of minerals in our drinking water. Unfortunately, all of these important minerals are removed through distillation and purification processes. Therefore, I wanted to experience fresh mineral water straight from the source and not from a plastic bottle. A quick search revealed a spring not too far from our home.Continue reading “Clean Water Quest”

Send Your Shoes Flying High – #CinquainPoetry

Send Your Shoes Flying High Run, laughRejoice in the rainLet it fall upon youFeel your skin awaken for you’re Alive RelaxInto the night,Take in the sweet scent Of honeysuckle – wish uponA star WithoutHesitationSend your shoes flying highLet the lush blades of grass tickleYour toes Observe Goodwill unfoldIn moments of silence,Embrace the small details ofContinue reading “Send Your Shoes Flying High – #CinquainPoetry”

Daisy – #Shadorma

Daisy Bursting sunAglow with white maneForetelling Of love’s fateSafe in the ground it remainsFor true love is mine This week at Tanka Tuesday, Kat, from last month’s challenge, has chosen the theme, “Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.“ I’m also sharingContinue reading “Daisy – #Shadorma”

Rainbows Of Colors – CMMC Letter E + Bright Squares

Rainbow Of Colors Today Cee has given us the challenge to photograph things that start or end with the letter E. CMMC – April letter E at the beginning or end of a word I am also sharing these photos with Becky for BrightSquares (Please excuse the rectangle at the end of the post. ItContinue reading “Rainbows Of Colors – CMMC Letter E + Bright Squares”

Sweet Gems – #Haibun

Sweet Gems Here I sit on a wooden picnic table, hard yet natural. The afternoon sun is trickling down upon me through the pergola. Still it is providing enough shade that I am comfortable. Behind me, I hear the occasional car driving past. The air is filled with the aroma of warm waffle cones. MyContinue reading “Sweet Gems – #Haibun”

Hope Spilling From The Horizon – #Double Etheree #Ekphrastic #Photo Prompt

Hope Spilling From The Horizon Bare I stood Held captive Going nowhere Fast in the scorched sand Of this desolate land. Nowhere, until I opened My eyes, did I see the first rays Of hope spilling from the horizon Reaching for me. Warming my weak, fruitless Arms. Shedding light over what was once dark. RevealingContinue reading “Hope Spilling From The Horizon – #Double Etheree #Ekphrastic #Photo Prompt”

Where The Ravens Roost

Where The Ravens Roost Together into the woods we hiked, Along the brown, leaf littered path, Beaten down by the many shoes before; Yet beneath our feet laid a fresh floor. At the edge, we became majestic eagle’s Feeling the wind, gazing into the ravine Over treetops fresh with green Down into the river flowingContinue reading “Where The Ravens Roost”

CMMC: Light or Neon Green

There is a lot of neon green to be found in the spring with everything bright and new. However, I have also pulled some pictures from last summer. These are for Cee’s CMMC Light Green or Neon Green Challenge. I hope you enjoyed. Have a wonderful day.With a grateful heart,Heather

Is It Really A Bother

Is It Really A Bother Is it really a bother to…Turn off the lights,Have one meatless night,Walk whenever it’s possible,Use napkins that are washable,Have a water bottle that’s reusable,Compost scraps that are biodegradable.Is it really a bother to TRY?Earth pleads PLEASE. At times it can seem overwhelming. There are so many changes we need toContinue reading “Is It Really A Bother”

Explore – #Swirling Cinquain

Explore ExploreLife’s not a boreWhen adventure is sought -In the couch, you’re no longer caughtExploreOpen that doorTest the wind, mute your phoneTake a step into the unknownExploreWorld’s yours to tourStray from the everydayNear, far, no matter – break awayExplore This week for Tanka Tuesday our challenge was to write using synonyms only. Jude gave usContinue reading “Explore – #Swirling Cinquain”

The Fabric Of Life – CFFC: Textures

The Fabric Of Life The fabric of lifeDawned upon each beingTakes on a different look and feel,Creating a uniqueness that’s freeing. roughsea of barkblooms These spring blooms were my inspiration for Magic’s In The Air. from dried leavesnew life takes root –Unfurling breeze pushes –tiny feet carry onapproaching change limpidtattered wingsendure dead drops a treegivingContinue reading “The Fabric Of Life – CFFC: Textures”

Nature Up Close

I found this American Green Tree Frog in my backyard last year. I followed it around for as long as it would let me. This snail was busily working it’s way around a calla lily leaf. It was inspiration for my poem Swirling. I was very excited to find this grasshopper on my screen lastContinue reading “Nature Up Close”

SunCatcher – Bright Squares #Haiku

SunCatcher streaminggolden lightcaptured These are Eastern Tent Caterpillars. Their tent was acting as a suncatcher this morning. I’m sharing these photos with BrightSquares Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.With a grateful heart,Heather © Heather ~ Home Study From The Grateful Heart All Rights Reserved

Black And White – #Brevette and Photography Collection

Black And White WaterReflectsLife JoyBloomsBeauty NatureWeavesPerfection CourageBridgesImpossibilities SurvivalSpurtsGrowth TriumphsHealScars DreamsBirthGoals This week Cee has challenged us take black and white photos that begin with the letters B and W. I loved this challenge as I love how dramatic and romantic black and white photos appear. They are poetry themselves. However, the poet in me couldn’tContinue reading “Black And White – #Brevette and Photography Collection”

A Meadow Concealed – dVerse Flipping Meaning

dVerse – Poetics – Flipping Meaning Lisa is hosting dVerse and she has given us an interesting challenge. We were asked to pick one of our favorite poems, by another poet, and flip the meaning. We are to include both the original poem as well as our flipped poem. I have chosen The Seed-Shop byContinue reading “A Meadow Concealed – dVerse Flipping Meaning”

Hatching Praying Mantises

A few years ago I ordered a praying mantis egg sac, for my children, as a part of our life cycles science studies. We kept the egg sac in a netted butterfly habitat upon our kitchen counter. While doing their daily chore of putting away dishes, my children happened to catch the egg sac justContinue reading “Hatching Praying Mantises”

On The Bright Side Of The Fence

It’s official spring has arrived. I awoke to the serenade of birds. The sky is heavenly blue. The warm sun is laying her soft golden touch on all she can reach. A thin veil of neon yellow has begun to collect upon everything. The butterfly has taken flight, and bumblebees are dancing upon the breeze.Continue reading “On The Bright Side Of The Fence”

Happy Easter – #Shadorma

Today I spotted this dandelion up against my rotting garden wall. The dandelion is a persistent one. She is not picking about where she takes root. She brightly smiles, reflecting the sun. Then spreads her beauty on the breathe of a wish. I think there’s a lesson to be learned here (and perhaps another poemContinue reading “Happy Easter – #Shadorma”

True Recyclers – #CFFC

The theme this week for Cee’s Foto Challenge CFFC is Rusty Or Decayed. I have gone with photos that represent decay. When I think of decay, I think of the wonderful recyclers that break down the decaying to return nutrients to the soil. Yes, I am talking about mushrooms and other fungi. They play suchContinue reading “True Recyclers – #CFFC”