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Spring: Barren County

Scenes from a day in Barren County, Kentucky…

Sunrise Lilacs. “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” ~T.S. Eliot

Earth Day Lilac Season by OliveLoaf Design

A Tiny Turtle Spotted at the Lake {Box Turtle, Barren River Lake}.

Tiny Turtle by OliveLoaf Design

Delicate Bleeding Heart Blooms.

Bleeding Heart Blooms by OliveLoaf Design

New Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley Blooms by OliveLoaf Design

A Study of Bird and Insect Designed Dwellings.

Bird Insect Dwellings by OliveLoaf Design

A Young Little Brown Bat Visits the Porch.


Be Still…and You Will Hear It.

Be Still by OliveLoaf Design

“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.” ~Terri Guillemets



“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”   ~Andrew Wyeth

Scenes from a desolate lake beach. Winter approaches…

Beach Patterns.

Beach Patterns by OliveLoaf Design


Ripples by OliveLoaf Design


Sand Paw.

Sand Paw by OliveLoaf Design


Acquiesce by OliveLoaf Design

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~Stanley Horowitz


Barren by OliveLoaf Design

“Gray drip-wet dawn
Leafless tree in solitude –
Remembers the robin.” ~
Don Sax

Morning Quarry.

Morning Quarry by OliveLoaf Design


“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made.  The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.” ~Eric Sloane


Rising by OliveLoaf Design


Boardwalk by OliveLoaf Design

“Here is the dark tree
Denuded now
Of leafage…
But a million stars” ~


Balanced Universe

A study of bees amongst the Sulphur Cosmos one late afternoon at le homestead…


The word Cosmos is derived from the Greek, which means a balanced universe.


That’s a lovely sentiment for these blooms as they are so low-maintenance; a counter balance to the hard work the rest of le gardens require.


They simply return every year, warmly received by grateful bees and humans.


“For bees, the flower is the fountain of life, for flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.” ~Kahlil Gibran


lost & found summer

Scenes {from my lost blogging month!} from Summer at Le Homestead and around Kentucky…



afternoon hike

Could Spring be on it’s way? We spotted our first blooms of wild daffodils while hiking trails through Mammoth Cave National Park. They are the first of the many enchanting wild flowers that bloom throughout Spring & Summer here in Kentucky.

We can’t wait to see this overlook when Spring has sprung…

Love rock.


A lovely spot to rest and repair for the hike back uphill.


Miss Sadie contemplates the view from Green River Bluffs Trail.

Echo River Spring; a blue hole.

A grand Shag Bark Hickory.

Another crop of wild daffodils to end the hike.

lucky lucky

“Luck is not a mystical force you’re born with, but a habit you can develop.  How? For starters, be open to new experiences, trust your gut wisdom, expect good fortune, see the bright side of challenging events, and master the art of maximizing serendipitous opportunities.”  ~Richard Wiseman

Not one, but TWO four-leaf clovers found…How serendipitous! Found at Barren River Lake, Kentucky.

lucky lucky

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”   ~Thomas Jefferson