…ray of beauty

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson



Where the wildflowers grow….


We recently visited Colorado and were invited to visit the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratories (RMBL) in Gothic, Colorado. Our son, Kyle, has a friend, Jane, working on her doctorate at the University of Toronto and doing some field work at RMBL. Jane not only toured us around RMBL but then took us on an amazing hike (after a crazy drive along winding, steep roads) up to some fields of wildflowers. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, one that photos cannot do justice to.


…always bring your own sunshine

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine – Anthony D’Angelo


There are many other photos with “perfect” flowers, but I like the imperfections….because things do not have to be “perfect” to bring sunshine into our lives.

Columbine flower

Columbine Flower
Columbine Flower


Aquilegia caerulea, the state flower of Colorado, is native throughout much of the Rocky Mountain West.

Purple power

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. – John Keats

Thing of beauty
Thing of beauty

I do so love purple….