Amazing Nature . . . Sleeping whales

.When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales.

Text and image source: Soul Alchemy

#TenderTuesday . . . Happy were the days


Happy Were The Days

Happy the age and harmless were the days
For then true love and amity was found
When every village did a maypole raise
And whitsun ale and may games did abound
But all the lusty yonkers in a rout
With merry lasses danced the rod about
Then friends did to their banquets bid the guests
And poor men fared the better for their feast
The lords of castles, towns, and towers
Rejoiced when they beheld the farmers’ flourish
And would come down to the country bowers
To see country gallants dance the morris
But since the summer poles were overthrown
And all good sports and merriments decayed
How times and men are changed, so well is known
It were but labours lost if more were saved.

From Pasquils Palinodia

Art by Peter Miller

Text and image source: Petie Barre

Amazing Nature . . . united we stand

Okra or Okro… Known in many English-speaking countries as ladies’ fingers or ochro, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. It is a good source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.

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Image Credit: Nature World

The Festival of Summer Solstice!


The festival of the summer solstice speaks of love and light, of freedom and generosity of spirit. It is a beautiful time of year where vibrant flowers whisper to us with scented breath, forests and woodlands hang heavy in the summer’s heat and our souls become enchanted with midsummer magic.

~Carole Carlton

The bee is not afraid of me.


The bee is not afraid of me,
I know the butterfly;
The pretty people in the woods
Receive me cordially.

The brooks laugh louder when I come,
The breezes madder play.
Wherefore, mine eyes, thy silver mists?
Wherefore, O summer’s day?

by Emily Dickinson

Art by Amanda Clark

Text and image source: Petie Barre

New Week Inspiration ❤️☀ . . . make time the gift it is

Go into this week with the attitude
that your peace,
your health of mind,
and your heart,
mean more than getting
everything else done.
That your smile matters.
That feeling rested matters.
That holding the hands,
of your loved ones matter.
So pause lots, function at a pace
that doesn’t pull you apart.
Honour the things
that make you feel good inside;
the things that make you feel alive.
Give time to those things this week.
Make time the gift it is,
by giving it, to what really matters to you.
~~ S.C. Lourie ~~

May this new week will bring you sweet blessings and your life will be loaded with joy, and peace. Happy Monday!

Text and image source: Mitra Shahidi

🍃 A Midsummer Night’s Dream🍃


With Midsummer upon us, here’s a scene from the play.

Enter a faery and enter Puck

Puck says,
“How now, spirit! whither wander you?”

A faery says,
“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander every where,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere,
And I serve the faery queen,
To sew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be,
In their gold coats spots you see,
Those be rubies, faery favours,
In those freckles live their savours.
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a Pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I’ll be gone.
Our queen and all her elves come here, anon.”

Written by William Shakespeare
Written between 1595 – 1596

Art by Arthur Rackham
From A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Text and image source: Tales of the old forest faeries

Happy Father’s Day 🌹 💐


“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

― A.A. Milne


“He was a father. That’s what a father does.Eases the burdens of those he loves.Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.”
By George Saunders

Happy Father’s Day

Texts and images source: English Literature