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”

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

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”

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”

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

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”

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”

Dogwood – #Haiku

luminouslight pours down, dancing –new life © Heather – Home Study From The Grateful Heart All Rights Reserved 2021 Photos: I took these yesterday while on a long hike. It is wonderful to see the woods coming into bloom.I am sharing my photos with Cee’s FOTD and Becky’s Bright Squares. Thank you for stopping by!Continue reading “Dogwood – #Haiku”

Seasons Of The Canopy

Seasons Of The Canopy Once a patchwork of hues,Arms cradle grays and bluesAs winter’s frosty breezeSets free the last of leaves.Canopy, there is no moreFor it now carpets the floor. A’last the sun grows in strengthWhile the days grow in length.With the canopy still amissThe hidden become opportunists.A brilliant show of pinks and whitesDot theContinue reading “Seasons Of The Canopy”

Reflections – #Haiku

Reflections “The way we experience the worldaround us is a direct reflection ofthe world within us.” Gabrielle Bernstein Here I find myself reflecting on the reflected. How cleansing and invigorating a walk through nature can be. It renews the soul and sets the spirit free. Silent statuesqueBeacon of serenityAmidst evolving world Glass lakeReflects timeSwept byContinue reading “Reflections – #Haiku”

Swirling – #Cinquain Swirl

Swirling SwirlingAs she worships The sun moving acrossMighty stands the sunflower tallSwirling The coiled shield Of the attentive snakeUpon the rock, it basks awaySwirling When the sun drops Steadily on the move The imprinted snail looks for foodSwirlingThe flight of daysPeaceful the gentle breezeTurned violent storms of water, windSwirlingDouble helixLife’s fragile code held tightIn theContinue reading “Swirling – #Cinquain Swirl”

Photography Of The Letters Ch – #CMMC

I’m participating in Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC).  The challenge is to take photos of things that have the Letters Ch or CK anywhere in the word. All of the subjects of my photos contain the letters ch. Lichen Monarch butterfly Orchid I hope my photos have brought you as much joy as they brought me takingContinue reading “Photography Of The Letters Ch – #CMMC”

Birds Of All Kind – CFFC

This week’s topic for CFFC is Birds Of All Kind. I’ve gone into my archive to pull out a few of my favorite photos. I hope you enjoy. The Gray Crowned Crane is my featured picture. Such a large, gorgeous bird. This one was at an animal rescue farm; however, I would love to seeContinue reading “Birds Of All Kind – CFFC”

Renewed Hope ~ #Tanka

Renewed Hope Calming alpha waves Tiny beads to bright blooms cling Lifted is bride’s veil Radiance slowly revealed Brilliant arc of renewed hope © Heather – Home Study From The Grateful Heart 2021 All Rights Reserved Recently, we were preparing for bad weather, as the forecast was calling for high winds, heavy rain, with theContinue reading “Renewed Hope ~ #Tanka”

A Story Untold

A Story Untold Black with a ring of goldThere lies a story untold.A prehistoric gaze in disguise.Of primordial oceans, were you baptized?Among the massive leaves and trees,Did you stalk your prey with ease?With scorching fire spewing from rocks,Did the ground quake where you did walk?Respect, your deafening roar, did demand,Claiming rule over the unsettled land.Continue reading “A Story Untold”

Fragile

This being human is fragile. Into this uncertain world we arrive Nestled in mother’s breast to survive Cradled ’til we can hold our own. Fragile are the flickering lights blown Counting the circles ‘round the sun That we just can’t outrun. This being human is fragile. We yearn to be our own Yet not alone.Continue reading “Fragile”