Category: Winter

Summer and Winter

Since high school, I have enjoyed the early mornings and times of contemplation.

At 4:45 AM, I heard the birds begin to sing.

Over the years, this blog has become a journal of the seasons – how much rain we had, when the peonies bloomed, the lake levels.

Summers are short here, as I often say.  Each month has its own character.  I want to pay attention, be grateful, and note everyday gifts.

Flowers that fade are as beautiful as when they begin.  The garden is mostly green now.  Daylilies and hosta are the stars in July here, and I am seeing a hint of their colors as they grow.


The day is thine, the night also is thine:
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
thou hast made summer and winter.

Psalm 74: 16-17  (KJV)


Focus Photo Challenge: Winter Art

Focus – next week summer begins here.  Today, I am looking back at winter photos.

Winter trees and sky

Tree and snow

Winter garden

Branches on the ground create a painting.

Another beautiful photo to see in the yard.

The holiday decoration lasted a long time.


Ellen Grace Olinger

March begins




Snow covers the blue tarp on Karl’s trailer.

Ellen Grace Olinger
Garden Journal
March 1, 2017

Winter Storm

Ellen Grace Olinger - 2017
Ellen Grace Olinger – 2017

After the gift of a few warmer days, and a lighter coat for errands, today we have a storm.  One day at a time, each day a gift.

I enjoyed trying some editing ideas with my photos of the fresh flowers from Mentink’s Market in town.

Ellen Grace Olinger – 2017