Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

You Can Have it All - B and W Wednesdays

Yes, you can.  
"You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once."
Oprah Winfrey

Or can we?

On the celebration of Earth Day today, I suggest Good Times out and about this thankful day, taking all her gifts to heart.

Be gentle, be kind.
Leave no traces, only footprints behind.

"But we were wise.  We knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard." - Chief Luther Standing Bear

I never pass up a great leaf.  See how lucky I was to capture this one leaf while strolling about St. Paul, Minnesota one day last fall.

"In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that's the way new leaves grow." - Amit Ray

So many kinds of offerings from our Mother Earth.

Although, most rattlesnakes avoid human contact, and usually avoid wide open, and unprotected spaces.  But, do beware, if you wander about low growing shrubs and rocks, that's their special place to linger.

Logically speaking,
Don't mess with me and I won't mess with you.

Rattlesnakes are among the most highly specialized organisms on our planet.
They say rattlesnakes are most active spring through fall, and often enjoy summer evenings the best,  (just like us) especially as the sun begins to set. But linger not, there's good reason for the saying, as mad as a cut snake, a rattlesnake can never be trusted.

On every visit to my grandfather's place in Arizona, he forever pounded desert knowledge in all of our heads.

Thank you Mother Earth, for our flag stands proud, waving in your wind.

We celebrate sky and clouds, and sand beneath our feet and endless flows of water, appreciating our bounty evermore.

Mother Earth allows us to live and walk on her surface, not the other way around." - Lawren Leo

"I believe Mother Earth smiles when we play kindly with her gifts." - Me

"We return to you, O earth, the things that you have given us willingly and most graciously; with our hearts, hands and minds, in the best way we know how."
Taj Mahal

In honor of Earth Day I say, go out and plant a tree today!

Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always very special to me.

My Memory Art


TexWisGirl said...

breathe in some fresh air goodness, today! love the leaf shot.

Sage said...

Nice reminders of Earth Day. Most snakes will leave you along and try to get away from you unless provoked. Provoked, they can be pretty ornery, but so ca we. And I've seen my share of rattlesnakes--they're pretty interesting snakes despite their danger.

Ileana said...

Excellent post !

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

A perfect post for Earth Day!

eileeninmd said...

Karen, a wonderful post and images for Earth Day.. Enjoy your day!

Cranberry Morning said...

Yeah, breathe in some of that brisk Minnesota air. :-)) Beautiful images!

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Some nice photos in B & W, great, very good!

abrianna said...

I like the first two shots and the last shot best. Good for your grandfather for pounding that knowledge into your heads. I know some people think it is mean, but it could be deadly for you if he did not.

Tom said...

The first one is special. Tom The Backroads Traveller

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Thank you. You get it. I appreciate that. Hug. Happy Earth Day, my friend.

Cloudia said...

"But we were wise. We knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard." - Chief Luther Standing Bear

"I never pass up a great leaf. See how lucky I was to capture this one "

You are wise, and remind us of out own, K

ALOHA from Honolulu,

bettyl-NZ said...

Great series of shots and the quotes are awesome, too!

Ida said...

Wonderful BW shots. I had several favorites here today.

kaykuala said...

It's so wonderful to be presented with an array of b/w photos! There is something in them that attracts. Thanks Karen!


PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wonderful series of b&w's Karen.. I didn't plant a tree but I did plant two new bushes in my back garden :)

Buckeroomama said...

I really like that shot of the leaf on the ground.