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Sunflowers and a Praying Mantis

The monsoon rains have come to New Mexico. It’s not enough rain to make up for the years of drought, but the desert has turned green and the wildflowers are in bloom.Picture by Lynn Kilmore of sunflowers up close

Here in the garden, the sunflowers are a riot of yellow petals right now. I decided to post a picture.

 

I also took a picture of a young praying mantis hiding in one of the sunflowers.Picture of Praying mantis on sunflower by Lynn Kilmore

I hope you are all getting a chance to enjoy nature.

Cheers, Lynn

The Lavender in Bloom with Honeybees and a Comment About Short Stories

It feels great to have the media files on this website working. The lavender is in full bloom here in New Mexico, so here’s a picture of lavender in the back yard.

Close up picture of lavender blossoms and a honeybeeThere are honeybees all over the lavender right now, so I took an up close photo of a honeybee. This second picture has the honeybee hidden in the photo.

In other news, it turns out the short stories Parallels and A Maze of Cubicles will be reissued in 2nd edition e-books under the Lynn Kilmore name, but all the other short stories and novelettes will not.  They will be taken off sale instead. However, the short story collection Tales from the Threshold will be made available as a Lynn Kilmore 2nd edition, and will have every short story and novelette published so far.

But if there’s a particular short story you want to buy on its own, you’ll need to do it before Fall 2014 (except for Parallels and A Maze of Cubicles). Writer’s Flight has already been taken off sale, but it’s still available to read in the Parallels short story e-book and in Tales from the Threshold.

I hope you all have a peaceful week.

Cheers, Lynn

Two Weeks in Pictures

Picture of ripe Bing Cherries in treeWell, the pictures are back up and working on the website. Hurray! So for this blog post, I’m going to attach pictures from the last two weeks. This first picture is of ripe Bing cherries, up close. The robins have had a grand old time eating them.

I also took another picture up close of a single rose. Picture of a rose up close The hot desert air has now dried it out, but two weeks ago it was still fresh and fragrant.

And then for this week I took a picture of four roses that are blooming in the shelter of the rose bush. Right now the sun and heat are intense, so it is only in the shade that the roses are still blooming.

Picture of four roses by Lynn KilmoreIt’s great to have the website images working again, and I want to thank the support staff at WordPress for helping us fix things.

I hope you all have a great week.

Cheers, Lynn

Sage in Bloom with Purple Flowers

Picture of blooming sage taken by Lynn KilmoreLast year I planted sage in the garden for cooking, and this spring I was given an unexpected surprise since I’d never grown sage before.

The sage bloomed.

And not only did it bloom, it did so with those tall strands of bright purple flowers that you can see in the two pictures in this blog post. They’re so beautiful to look at that while Zane Grey probably wasn’t writing about this particular plant in my garden when he wrote the novel Riders of the Purple Sage, I like to now imagine that he did, because a meadow full of these blossoms would be stunning to ride through.

Picture of purple flowers on sage taken by Lynn KilmoreThe honeybees are thick among the purple flowers all day long, as well as some butterflies. In a park or an arroyo near my house there must be a hive with sage-flavored honey.

Right after a rainstorm, the moist scent of pungent sage fills the air. It’s such a clean invigorating scent. I can understand why it would be so helpful in dried form for smudging ceremonies.

See you next week, Lynn

 

Peace Among the Roses

Picture of roses while standing next to themI try to post on Mondays so that it’s off the “To Do” list before the week gets too far gone. But as you can see from the date, this is being posted on Wednesday.

There’s been a couple of crises that erupted behind the scenes in the past few days, and so writing this post got pushed back so I could concentrate on getting a handle on things before they got out of control.

All of us, sooner or later, face serious troubles and tribulations. All of us have times when the problems come on so thick and fast that it feels like we’re trapped in a rowboat during a raging sea storm.

I’ve learned through trial and error that it can relieve stress to walk outside for fifteen minutes, and just go on a short walk, or go wander through a garden.

This time of year, I like to go out into the garden and stand among the roses.

Picture of a rose taken by Lynn KilmoreI tend to let the roses bushes grow too high before I trim them, so right now (being rather short), I am nose-to-petals when I stand next to them.

But it’s amazing how much peace can be found by just standing by some roses for fifteen minutes.

There is peace to be found by a rose bush … a cherry tree … a winding path through the pine trees …  or a prickly pear cactus in the desert. It’s there, waiting, if one goes in search of it.

Until next time, Lynn