Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Place to Meditate, Take in Fresh Air, Breathe a Little Deeper~

We've had some days of sunshine, a touch of snow fell and always finding the beauty in the midst of whatever presents itself before me.  
Ha...the self image above and at the end of this post were taken at one of my most favorite places which has been sold and I am taking every possible kind of photo to remember it all by.  I have spent going on 4 years sitting on the stoop, standing on the beautiful acreage and taking in all of the nature that abounds here... Some day very soon now, I won't have access... maybe I can arrange a little bit, but not like what has been afforded me in recent times.
Do you have a most favorite place that you can just meditate, take in fresh air, breathe a little deeper, think a little clearer and enjoy all that surrounds you?

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after    you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at: 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'

 Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global

Stewart for:

  The girls...Meaka 10, Silveit 5 and Svetka going on 22 months...yikes that doesn't seem possible~

The twin grandsons turned 9 this past week and we had a nice party with family last weekend.  Cullen who is a minute older than Kerrick chose as his cake a plate of fresh bakery doughnuts.  Kerrick chose an ice cream cake...independent thinkers <3 i="">

Three of our five grand-dogs ;)

Mourning Doves, hanging out together as a monogamous pair and even giving each other kissing pecks~

I just liked the colours here~

This one and the one second below are both water reflections from the recent flood~

White-tailed Deer near the Ohio River, running now where it had been flooded just a week ago~

A Black Vulture flies up from a roadside kill~

In the woods above, and below a Red-tailed Hawk flew across the lane in front of me and then landed off to my right.  No cars were coming and so naturally I had to roll my window down and click off a few captures~

A first year Red-Shouldered Hawk seems to have made it through it's first Winter looking strong and beautiful~

Later in my backyard one of the pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, made itself known with it's yelling before coming to peck on a few trees in our yard~

The water has receded and now it's time for the big cleanup.  The city has much pride in it's beauty and I am betting that by the end of April everything shall once again look pristine...just in time for the first Saturday in May...the Kentucky Derby...which with a huge sigh, I want so badly to attend in this my 70th year and yet I just don't know how that will ever happen.  Holding on to a miracle~

The image above is the exact same area where now the White-tailed Deer stand in image below~

While driving into town last Wednesday for my Physiotherapy sessions ( Yes...I am still having to go, but thinking that a couple more weeks, I shall be done ;)  I saw a field of horses that I see a few times a week.  Only this time, one of them caught my eye and I had to pull off into the driveway and get a few captures of this handsome Friesian Gelding~

Well I will close with the self image taken at one of my most favorite places my brand new equestrian boots and wishing that I could have had the good fortune to purchase this place myself...I probably could have after all.  They had listed at slightly over a million and they got around $200,000  Oh my goodness GOODNESS~


  1. All of your photos are special but today I've really enjoyed your selfies AND the beautiful horses! And yes...we have our favorite spots but most of them are parks that will continue to exist...I hope and pray! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

  2. How quickly change the fortunes of Mother Nature .... I have no doubt that all will be tidy and in order in time for the Derby!

    Based on the shots I have seen of the property you mention, I am shocked it would go for only $200K. I am sure you can use your friendly nature to continue accessing the land ...

    I have a favorite walking route that I take around Whitefish ... it is my time to breathe deep and enjoy God's creations. In my post from yesterday, I featured several shots from that route.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. For all the beauty & photos shared, I thank you for adding your link this week at I R B B. My favorite birds are the doves this week!!

  4. Hello, Happy birthday to your Grandsons! They are handsome boys! Your dogs and the grand-dogs are beautiful. I love the horses and the deer. Pretty doves and great captures of the raptors. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

  5. Those horse portraits are stunning! Loved the dove shots, the red-tailed hawk and the deer. I wish our red-tails had brighter tails but they seem darker. Sweet dog photos (you have such beautiful dogs!) And Happy Birthday to the twin Grandsons! What a blessing!

  6. Beautiful horse! Enjoyed seeing the hawks. They sure are impressive birds.
    Have a wonderful week.

  7. Nice shots. Love all those pups, little people, and critters. Hope you have a great week.

  8. The birthday celebrations looked like a lot of fun, a donut cake sounds just up my street. I'm glad to hear that the floods have receded, now comes the big clean up as you say, fingers crossed you are able to go to the Derby this year.
    Stunning wildlife shots as always, I think it's your influence that's got me photographing the birds which visit our garden, they always inspire.
    Have a wonderful week, take care.

  9. You live in such beautiful surroundings Mary -- and I know you'll find a new magical meditation spot if you are unable to access the one you show in the first and last photo. Your birds and beasts are wonderful -- I especially love that you showed the red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks in adjacent pictures -- they are so much better than the ID photos I have looked up so many times on the web. Loved all the pics -- and happy belated BD to your handsome (and quickly growing) grandsons.

  10. Wonderful family photos, beautiful mourning doves and I love the selfie. It looks almost like watercolour. It will be sad to lose access to a place where you found so much joy and solace. I hope you can find other spots. Have a good week.

  11. Hello again Mary. We had three grandchildren birthdays all close together and like you we do love watching them grow in mind and body and hope that we have some influence in their maturity. Happy birthday to your Grandsons. They are very handsome boys.

    I think our own area needs a clean up, especially the roads which are full of shocking pot holes. But then as the fifth richest country in the world we are told there is not enough money for our roads. Meanwhile we send £400 million to the EU each WEEK! Enough.

    Have a lovely weekend and I hope you can make it to that Derby.


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