Give Love Project’s Fourth Year

2nd yr. winner Jennifer Bradshaw with her family beach heart “Nature Love”.

Though I am still going to be away from the blog for a bit, I didn’t want to miss posting about “The Give Love Project.” Plus the annual Give Love Project is on it’s fourth year! I couldn’t miss that 😉 .


Starting now until the 29th of this July, make a small or large art project expressing some form of love. Take a picture of your creation and leave it where others may find it. You can use chalk, sticks, stones, leaves, flowers, mud, pine cones, or anything else that will not harm or damage the environment. You are welcome to share your pictures to the links near the bottom of this post.


Project Details

  • When: From June 23rd until July 23rd.

  • What: For an entire month I challenge everyone to create love for others with a small or large art project expressing some form of love. Remember to snap a pic and write in of your experience. You may send in as many photos as you wish. There are more examples in Heart Art Series. I found another good one on Pinterest.

  • Where: Create your piece anywhere as long as it doesn’t interfere with laws or is harmful for the environment.


Send Pictures to one of the following:
Facebook page:
Facebook group:


If you have any questions about the month long project, you may contact me through one of the contacts above. Have fun and I look forward to seeing your creative expressions of love!




*Because of recent events there won’t be any prizes this year, but I hope that doesn’t stop you from creating your nature heart. ❤ *



Temporary Break

Dogwood ❤ !

This week’s post will be the last for awhile, there have been a few things recently that need my full attention. So, here are a bunch of flower pics that I have taken over the last two weeks~ 🙂 My temporary leave from the blog is unknown, but when I have the time I will write in every now and then. I am grateful to all of you that have followed this blog and I hope to hear more from everyone when I return. Thank you!

Daffodils and Golden Ducats

Creeping Charlie and a Dandelion surrounded by I think Purple Deadnettle.


Pink Dogwood, the middle one on the right was taken at my mothers house. It has been in the ground for 5yrs. and never had leaves or bloomed, but this year it did and it was spectacular! ❤

Leila Arboretum’s luminous Dogwood trees!

White Lilac, Dogwood leaves, and Dogwood flowers.

I’m pretty sure this is a Weeping Higan Cherry tree.

One Sunset, many layers and filters. See you all later! ~ ❤

Nature Walk: 4/22/17


There is nothing like going to the arboretum to calm the senses. This time I took my mother with me ❤ .



When taking pictures, I made a point to get the name tags of our subjects. 



My mothers muse was the weeping Higan cherry.



These delicate pink flowers made me giddy and feel like a girly girl again, lol.



And mine was the Cucumber Magnolia.



We had others as well but…



We both came back to the Higan cherry one last time before we left.



All I can say from this experience is that when you feel drawn to visit a place in nature, follow your heart and go. And if anyone else comes to mind, they may want to go too 😉 ❤ .


Nature Walk: 4/17/15


Sometimes a sudden trip is all we need and the past is one place you can go. Two years ago I made a quick decision to visit friends in Fairfield Iowa. Before we met up, I stopped off at Chautauqua Park. The cherry and redbud trees were in full bloom and the air was filled with the sweet smell of flowers.



As blooms filled the air,  spring beauties and wood violets speckled the ground.

There were flowers almost everywhere I looked.



I must have been under this tree for at least an hour, lol.



After an hour or so at the park, I finally met up with my friends at the town square. There weren’t any flowers there but ourselves ;). See you next week!


Nature Walk: 4/12/17

Back to Nature

After a project frustratingly fell through yesterday, do to program issues, I decided to take a walk with my camera to the arboretum. I was meaning to go out anyway, so it just got me out faster 😉 . My creativity and enthusiasm for the day was restored after my three hour adventure, lol, and if I didn’t have other plans I probably would have stayed out another three. My excursion lead me to common weeds, budding trees, and many types of flowers. Oh and after being quiet these last few months this post is a long one.


The Beauty of “Weeds”

I’ve noticed that I am drawn to things that are often overlooked because of their value to everyday life, like weeds. I’ll get up close to them by lying on my stomach or back and sometimes I wonder what passer byers think of me, lol. In my playful fun, I enjoy bringing back the charm of these simple plants with my captures. Instead of just calling them weeds I’ve looked up their names (if I am incorrect with any names in my posts, please let me know 🙂 ). The small pink ones are redstem filaree, the small blue flowers are slender speedwell, the tiny white ones are a type of bittercress, and the one in the center is a type of thistle that dried during last Fall.


Springing Forth

I came across a lot of budding trees, unfortunately I forgot to check their name tags… so I’ll research them a bit later and type them in. One of the buds I found interesting was the yellow and red ones in the bottom left corner, they turned into the greenish-yellow buds below.



The red buds on the left were hard to identify too, as a beginner “googling” red long buds doesn’t bring anything up, lol. The bright blue sky was a great background for the red leaves of the one to the right.



And I loved the contrast between the branches with red buds dangling above the green grass.

 Flowering Trees

My first remembered experience with Magnolias was when I stumbled upon them at my college campus in 2012. In fact, my blog avatar was from the same tree in the blog post  “Blooming with Nature.” Now everytime I run across a magnolia tree I am brought back to that experience. I think this year has been tough on the magnolia tree’s in Michigan, we had 70-80 degree days shortly followed by 2-3inch snow days. I had seen different trees drop their buds from the cold. These blooms where much smaller than previous year, but hopefully they will get bigger throughout the month.


The blossoms on bottom of the collage above are from cherry trees.


Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

My absolute favorite season of the year is Spring, mainly because of the flowers. I came across this glowing pink hyacinth near the arboretum’s roadside. Near the end of my walk I finally came across the daffodils. And since I think the last few pictures tell their own story, I’ll leave it at that ;). After today there is a good chance you’ll see more posts like this, I hope you enjoyed it ~ 😀 .


Four Years of Unfolding

I just realized today marks the fourth year of posting on this blog. I have been struggling as of late from many family members and pets passing away, but this year I would like to get back to the core of this blog. To share my inner communications with the environment and share what I love to do most, capture nature’s beauty with photography. So here is to a new year and thank you for sticking with me along the way  😉 ❤ ❤ ❤ .