It’s Not Everyday

By the time I made it out the door for my afternoon walk, the spring-is-here day had changed its mind. The temperature had dropped, and the sky overhead was an ominous dark gray, the kind that lets you know rain is on the way. But I was not deterred, and instead slipped back inside for […]

Spring Song

They’re playing our song. The one that makes me think of you — the afternoons we steal away from work, from worry; the way we walk barefoot across fresh tendrils of grass; your soft caress on my skin as I breathe you in, deeply. Spring. • • • ©2013, Jen Payne

Indescribably Magnificent World

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. – Henry Miller • • • Photo ©2012, Jen Payne, periwinkle (vinca minor)

A Walk with Spring

Marsh Marigold in bloom Tree buds against a blue sky Violets along the path Sweet little Rue-anemone Finding Dutchman’s Breechees Skunk Cabbage invades Early ferns and spirit light Turtles sunbathing • • • Photos ©2012, Jen Payne

What Purgation Blooms?

Lovely and mysterious Hellebore, here blooms in Central Park at the beginning of March. She is known by many names: Christmas Rose, Lenten Rose, Snow Rose, Black Nisewort. Though strikingly beautiful set against the gray of winter, do not be fooled. Hellebore is one of the four classic poisons — cousin to nightshade, hemlock and […]