Not a bubbling over moment of joy, just a quiet one. But that one cloud demanded a photo and I was hardly going to refuse.

For Sythia


It’s just the total absurd purity of screaming yellow forsythia against a dazzling blue sky. I can remember when, as a little boy, I could not say the word “forsythia” without slowing down and being careful to avoid lisping it. And also, I have never met a woman named Sythia, but if there is one […]

Supermarket Joy #33


For some reason it’s often the supermarket where I observe people experiencing moments of joy and where they transmit joy to me. Today, which is April Fool’s Day was such a day. This morning it occurred to me to place a Facebook post saying “All is right with the world, everywhere. April Fools.” But I […]

Doggie Joy

pooch dog

Been too long since a Moment of Joy penetrated my shell, but it happened this morning. During workout class, with all of us on the floor doing some sort of exercise, in walks a dog with the owner of the biz. Dogs love it when people get down on the floor with them, and here […]

Painted Afternoon

sculpture painting

Sitting under a tree painting the blank white parts of my latest sculpture with whichever pattern comes to be. It is sunny with gentle breezes, birds singing. I am so fortunate as to be able to spend most of this perfect day sitting in the dappled shade dappling my sculpture with unexpected color patterns. It […]

Sibling Intensity

house wren babies

Ok, so they are not bluebirds or anything exotic.  They are baby house sparrows. Their nests are nothing but crude piles of sticks. Wikipedia says a house sparrow is “a symbol of lust, sexual potency, commonness, and vulgarity.” Nevertheless, this image of siblings jammed together in the nest, with big silly beaks and funky feathers […]

Umbria Spring 360

umbria 360

Fly the little drone on a hilltop in Umbria, Italy. Let it take in a 360 view of the countryside. It was only desperation for jobs that would cause anybody to leave Italy for a dirty factory job in New York City.

Both Sides Now, and Yellow

wild mustard and buttercups

Truly just a moment… Walking along at the edge of a field on a stretch of wooden planks and can’t help but notice that the flowers on both side of me are yellow, but different species. On the left is wild mustard, on the right are buttercups. But they agree that yellow is the color […]

Moment of Joy, Delayed

bluebird in tree

I was waiting around near the bird house where, after five years of no-show, a pair of bluebirds are making a home for their babies. I spot a bird in a tree nearby, but can’t see what it is, but with a telephoto lens I take a photo. Later, on the computer I open the […]

Not a Miracle?

spring tree flower

I suppose if it happens every year it can’t be counted as a miracle, and yet finding a flower on a tree that has looked dormant or dead since November… seems like a miracle.