Welcome to my Garden Blog

Nature: wild & untouched. Photographing it, preserving it, taking walks and drinking in the landscapes as they unfold.

Gardens: touched by loving hands. Cultivated, nurtured. Drinking in those landscapes is wonderful, as well.

In my garden one enjoys some of both. Generally unpruned & wild, my plants reshape the garden as they grow.

Beyond the garden borders, natives from the Santa Monica Mtns await. Oak trees with their shady canopies. Cactus & Sage in the sun.

Always there are animal creatures to join in the fun.

I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you as they unfold.

Monday, July 19, 2010

From My Mat - a Hot July Day

I do a downward dog pose and feel a gentle breeze on my neck. The wind chimes sing their song, made of notes rich and whimsical, in a pattern that matches the wind. Birds chirp sweetly along with the chimes. Way above me, a small airplane flies lazily by, its motor speaking of Summertime as it cruises through the sky. A group of black birds fly over with a noisy "Kah Kah" on their way to a tall pine tree. Then, there is the whirring hummingbirds at their feeder. I am out of my yoga pose by now. One hummingbird flies right in front of me as I lie here on my yoga mat! He is young and skinny and wants me to get off my mat and feed him already! All right. I will. I retrieve the feeder, carry it inside, and fill it up nice and fresh for him on this hot July day.

Shadows move across my mat, as the wind blows the pine branches lightly above me. I am so fortunate to get this breeze today, and to have the shade of the pine tree on such a hot day. I wait to see the hummingbirds return to the feeder. I hear one now clucking from high up in a cottonwood tree, whose thin branches are swaying in the breeze, leaves rustling. The only other sound is my dog's heavy breathing, sitting beside me here in the shade, with my wind chimes singing their song.


  1. Plant more flowering natives! Then the birds can drink right from the plant!

  2. This really sounds lovely. I have been doing yoga regularly since spring, but have never done it outside. You make me deeply desire Downward Dog looking upside down at our ripening red tomatoes.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. upwoods, thank you sincerely for yr comment. Yoga outside is the best! Since so much of it is breathing, well you can imagine what diff fresh air makes.. plus all you can see from yr garden..

  4. Adding wind spinners in the garden would top off that lovely picture. They're incredibly hypnotic and I'm sure it will be a lovely compliment you your chimes.


Wildflowers, Santa Monica Mtns

Wildflowers, Santa Monica Mtns