The First Nature Seen

Hello pals!

I’ve decided to feature photos from nature on this site as part of a series I’m calling “Nature Seen.”

This is supposed to be a play on the word “scene,” so I’m hoping people will realize this and not think that I don’t know the difference.

I was going to call it Nature Rocks! but I didn’t want to be a part of the disturbing national problem that is the overuse of exclamation points, and decided that it sounded too much like I was featuring pictures of rocks. Which would be kind of cool. I like rocks and have collected them my entire life, since the acquisition of my first rock tumbler as a child.

But that’s not what I’m trying to do here.

I am setting no limits except that the picture must involve an aspect of nature and be taken by me. Anyone can have an image of the day website featuring images borrowed from the internet, so I wanted to be unique and make them all Tawni’s-eye-view shots.

I love planting flowers, landscaping, and gardening, camping… and I love nature walks. A natural setting is where I feel the most calm and relaxed. Nature has always been my zen–my church–and the happy place I go to in my head finds me sitting next to a gently trickling stream amid evergreen trees.

I grew up on a farm and spent hours exploring the forest as a kid, and if I won the lottery (that I don’t play) next week, the first thing I’d do would be to immediately buy many acres of land. And then build and run my own animal shelter. But I digress.

Anyhow. I am doing this because I want to share something that brings me much joy. I hope you like it.


Today’s images feature my irises. I have a fetish for purple and blue flowers that caused me to plant three little iris bulbs four years ago, when we first moved into our home.

The front and back yard areas were completely blank, save for a few prickly, annoying holly bushes the builders stuck in front of the house under the guise of landscaping.

I immediately planted foundation bushes, and that fall, got bulbs planted that would produce flowers every spring. The three iris bulbs were in that first planting.

Every year I get a few more irises. Three has become so many more. The bulbs multiply and come back stronger in the spring, despite harsh ice storms and winters with record snowfalls. This year I got the best show yet. When I took these pictures, many of the irises had already bloomed, but you get the idea.

Enjoy the purple pretty:

Have a beautiful, peaceful day, friends.