Thursday, September 15, 2016

Daily Dear, Deer Report !


Appreciation of things you love can bring more to appreciate!

Super mid day bonus: EXTRA ORDINARILY GOOD

My mind has not yet recognizing this as real yet. I see these animals appearing and I think "Oh our neighbor Tom has a new statue ! then it kicks in what I am seeing is real. it all so new to me. Where no deer were for the past 8 years, now there are dear, deer to  enjoy. 



Wow 2 deer snorfling the dear tree.
Snorfling is sniff and feeling, sensing...

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !!!

Oh and look at those antlers now shed of their velvet. 


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Remember that Life itself, your relationships, your abundance,  everything else loves appreciation!

Within The River of Love,
Deborah Moon Moen
Nature Lover, Writer, Photographer, Healing Arts

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Autumn Owl Visited

The Autumn Owl is a Great Horned Owl.
Chronicled by Deborah Moen

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The rabbit bush turns a bright yellow, the sun shifts lower in the sky, night falls...

Paul calls me from the bedroom, "Deborah!!! Come here!" I run to the bedroom window where he is standing. He says "Can you hear that?" I held my breath... looking out into the night...then I hear hoo hoot hooo hooot coming from the elm tree in the backyard. Oh it was our friend, the Great Horned Owl ! 

Back at the turn of the millennium, when I met my husband, Paul, the owl showed up everywhere we went. Owl became our totem affirming our relationship. So when owl visits us we both smile and remember those days when we were courting. 

Owls are so wonderfully mysterious, stealth and beautiful. It feels 
personal when they have come to visit. Just let the desire of owl pass through your heart and you may have a visit in your neck of the woods. 

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The more you appreciate Nature or anything for that matter, the more there will be to appreciate!
Have fun !

Nature Lover, Writer, Photographer, Healing Arts

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Oak Tree

*Photo by Jack Kelly of the sun breaking through
 the fog in New York. Oak tree. 
The Oak connects to mother earth through deep roots and holds her lofty crown in the ethereal realm of sky.  She is a doorway to different aspects of life and other dimensions. Oak teaches us about flexibility showing us the way to grace when change comes knocking.  She is generous with her wood, her acorn seeds, and oxygen. The venerable Oak absorbs our sighs, our exhales with appreciation. There is a powerful lesson in how the mighty Oak emerges from that little acorn seed. We are like that Oak.  Long live the Oak Tree! 

Thank you to the generosity of Jack Kelly who shared his photograph of this Oak tree with the sun breaking through the fog in New York.

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Appreciate Nature. you will be rewarded with more Nature to appreciate!
Deborah Moon Moen
Nature Lover, Writer, Photographer, Teacher

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fennel Plant- Everlasting Life

Fennel plants show all stages of life.
It was April 20, 2002.
While hiking, I stopped here on this path. I sensed this fennel plant was communicating with me by emitting a smoky purple haze which shimmered and connected to my eyes, mind, and heart. I could clearly interpret this energy as connected to all life in a continuous loop. I noticed the fresh green growth rising from the earth and the old boney branches seemingly dead, and the seeds which formed at the top for renewal and life everlasting.

I stood there in awe and received confirmation as I stood on this path. If you look with soft eyes you will sense the life and love and power within this photograph. ~ Deborah Moon Moen

Have you ever seen the energy of plants and trees? It looks like hazy smoky vibrations coming up and out from the tips of trees and plants. Try it sometime. It was there all along yet you had not noticed it or known to look for it.

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This is a greeting card with a very special story. I created this for those who want to be inspired. It has my personal testimony to everlasting life. It could be for anyone who has lost a loved one or a pet and this card would be wonderful as an Easter card. The front of the card reads Everlasting on a background of lovely mauve. The inside flap of the card has the above story with photographs. You may customize the inside with your own special message.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ikebana " way of flowers"

 “Not only beautiful flowers but also buds and withered flowers have life, and each has its own beauty. By arranging flowers with reverence, one refines oneself.” ~ Senno Ikenobo
 It all began a few weeks ago...

Lilac shrubs ready for spring.
These two lilac bushes, pictured on the right, are very exposed to the winds and snow. Year after year the blossoms struggles to survive.
I noticed Renee, our neighbor,  caring for her two lilac bushes out front.  She thoughtfully studied the lilacs with an artful and caring eye as she pruned and cleaned out the dead branches and leaves.  She even arranged the rocks in a full circle around each lilac shrub.
Later that day she came by to share some of the cornbread she had just made.  Renee's cornbread was delicious.  I could definitely taste the sweet Jackpot Hybrid corn we grew and dried last September.

Days later she came over to return an empty egg carton and I refilled it for her with fresh eggs from our hens. She mentioned she wanted me to see something over at her place before it bloomed.

I went over to see what this something was and she invited me in and lead me into the kitchen. There on the table were branches taken from the lilac bush out front. Each branch was artfully arranged in a royal looking vase that was painted with full length swath of  gold along the left side of the vase. She told me the vase was given to her by the Headmaster Sen'ei Ikenobo from Japan.

 The lilac branches reached upwards and outward in different heights like they grow in nature. I was taken how the light shined on the branches. Renee began to explain a few principles of her Ikebana arrangement. The way she described the light, shadows, heaven and earth reminded me of my studies in Feng Shui. Her words expressed an appreciation of nature and its elements. There was a reverence in her voice as she spoke. I left excited to see what would develop in the days to come. I left
 very curious about Ikenobo Ikebana.


The following week...

I began to wonder how the beautiful lilac branches were developing. The next day I got a call from Renee. She invited me over to see the changes in her arrangement. She said, "They are all puffed out. "

As I walked across the driveway to the front door, Coco her long haired Chihuahua announced my arrival. I knocked on the screen door and she invited me in. Her home was fragrant with a heavenly scent and I noticed the candle holder I had made her on her entryway table which she sat on some colorful dry autumn leaves.

She lead me into the kitchen and my eyes opened wide with surprise at the fresh green foliage on her lilac branches. Growing at each leafy branch tip were lilac buds waiting to blossom. The light coming in from the window highlighted the new green leaves and cast shadows on the opposite side. 

My eyes explored the arrangement. "It looks like it was born that way!" I told her. "That is the whole idea of this art is to make it look like it does in nature," she said. Then she showed me places where she left some bare twigs to represent the season we are presently in.

See the bare twigs left on the arrangement to depict what happens in nature.

This is a Ikenobo ikebana shoka arrangement.
She brought the leafed out arrangement into her living room in a well lighted area.  

This style is Ikebana Shoka. Shoka style uses only one plant material. Shoka  expresses the feeling of life, growing energy and the natural beauty of the materials. To achieve this it is important that the arranger understands how the plants grow in nature: the natural environment, characteristics and habitat.

 The 3 main parts of Ikebana Shoka symbolize the cosmos of heaven earth and human beings.


The front view of the ikebana shoka vase ( left),  the back view (right)

A vase is much more than a container. The vase for Shoka represents the source of life. The spiritual aspect to this art is very important to its practitioners. To take the time to observe and appreciate the beauty in nature is a great mindfulness practice. It can be considered a wonderful way to be in the present moment. Feeling this close to nature is a connection which provides relaxation for the mind, body, and, soul.

Arranging flowers and finding beauty in flowers - these are linked to a heart that values nature and cares for other people. This is the spirit of Ikenobo Ikebana.

Thank you, Renee, for sharing this beautiful  experience with us.


To read more about this art:
Ikebana International

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Find ways to appreciate nature. The more you appreciate Nature the more there will be to appreciate.

Deborah Moon Moen

Nature Lover, Wellness Practitioner, Writer, & Photographer


Friday, February 12, 2016

A Butterfly In December

White Cabbage Butterfly by Deborah Moon Moen©

In the bitter cold of winter,

I sat at my kitchen table sipping my Zhena's Gypsy Tea [a fragrant coconut chai] when I noticed a small flutter of white on my old barn boots. 

 I leaned closer and focused my eyes on a delicate, white-winged, butterfly.

She sat so sweetly there, as I smiled, then folded her wings, and laid down on my boot... it was then she let go...of her beautiful butterfly life, to continue her eternal journey. 

  I laid her delicate butterfly body on the snow, thinking of how she found me, "someone who knows". 

 I do know in my heart; a knowing which words cannot express enough, the sweetness and kindness there is to be enjoyed in this life.

~ Deborah Moon Moen
I Am A Nature Lover, Mentor, Photographer, Artist and Writer

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Winter Moon Venus Star

Winter Moon Venus Star is available in greeting cards here
Photograph taken December 7, 2015


This morning early  at 6 pm it was 22 degrees. I spotted the sharp points of the moon and a bright light below it. Venus ! My heart stirred and butterflies fluttered in my stomach. I wrapped myself in soft thick polar fleece and stepped outdoors to photograph the spectacle.  
A rooster crowed, a few porch lights glisten in the dark and the cold air smacks the fringes of my face and fingertips. I bend down low to see what is underfoot and brace myself against the garden fence. Click *
It is very dark at pre-dawn as this moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old and nearing the new moon s phase where the light from the moon diminishes and the twinkle of distant long ago starlight remains.

This morning the light of the moon glitters against the fog crystals above. They name this moon of December Winter Moon or Cold Moon. It is said to be in Scorpio at this time.
I appreciate so much these heavenly bodies watching over us while we sleep and while we go about our day. They bring mystery and beauty and a way to keep track of our place on this spinning planet.
How many ways has man used the moon and the stars to help him plant, travel, navigate, create stories, and celebrate ?

How do you appreciate Nature?

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Here is the haiku I wrote this morning. you may use it to personalize your greeting card* with credit, ( my name)
Haiku ~ by DeborahMoen
Winter Moon rises
A bright Venus converging
Owl calls in the dark

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Until next time  please note: we will be sleeping under the same moon.

Deborah "Moon" Moen
Nature Lover, Writer, Philosopher, Photographer, Teacher
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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Dove And The Swallow

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Tis the season !

The first snow has come today in Cedar City, Utah. It feels so good too.  The energy is buoyant full of the right ions. Not too cold either. It has warmed up to 38 degrees.

Ever since dawn the snow fell like little bits of pixie dust. Recently after lunch the snow became like big cornflakes that slanted to the east and then to the west with the changing winds.

Hail to the snow on her first flight to earth this season. Yes ! Tis the Season !

Hail to the snow.

SNOW ! Is another form of water.

Yes indeed, snow from rain that falls

               from expanding clouds

from the water's mysterious  journey from earth upward to the heavens
               from lakes, streams, oceans, creeks and puddles.
Snow !

This morning the swallows gathered on top of the rabbit bushes near the fountain as I fed my hens. It was the first snow for my young lady hens and some of the girls turned right back around and went into the coop. My two Black Jersey Giant hens however, went right out to the rabbit bushes leaving their tracks in the snow. The little swallows waited patiently for me to toss some seed.

The doves flew gracefully over to the fountain too making their whispered flight sounds. Ever hear a dove as it flew from one place to another? It is almost like they are whispering a soft but enthusiastic "weeee !"  I wonder why they make such enchanting sounds during flight. Is it "Here I come !" What do you think?

I noticed the birds did not fly away as I came close. I eagerly took this opportunity to photograph them. Here is one of my favorite clicks from today The Dove And The Swallow. This would make a great greeting card for the winter holidays. I wonder... what is Dove and Swallow conveying to each other ?

The Dove And The Swallow is offered in prints, canvas, Tshirts, tote bags and greeting cards here on fine art America. Here is the link to my website.

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We may appreciate Nature and look for all the things that are beautiful and uplifting. The more you appreciate Nature the more there is to appreciate !

Shine Your Light,
Deborah ' Moon ' Moen

Nature Lover, Writer and Photographer

Saturday, November 14, 2015

We Found A Yellow Bellied Marmot !

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My husband spotted this yellow bellied marmot amongst the red earth and rock on a slope in Fruita Camp within the Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. I was thrilled to hear the marmot was near us. My husband backed me up on the trail and pointed at the area where marmot was. It took me awhile to focus in on him as he blended so well with his surroundings. Not a movement, breath or blink did he make as I clicked * my camera.

Look at how he blends in with his surroundings.

I know about these yellow bellied marmots from the High Sierras in California at the base camp called Constellation Camp. My experience with them showed me a playful side to their nature.
They hide away till you make your ascent up Mount Whitney. Then while you are gone they search your camp for goodies and even get into your bags. My hiking partner made sure our gear was out of site and off the ground. Marmots are a member of the squirrel family and they are much larger than the ground squirrels we are used to seeing.  It was a thrill to see them for the first time. I also had encounters with them while backpacking in the Olympic National Forest in Washington.

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Know that with a peaceful heart and mind the opportunities for appreciation will be revealed to you and the more you appreciate Nature and all other things the more there will be to appreciate.

Deborah Moen
Nature Lover

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Autumn Morning In the Forest

Aspen's Crown:  Dixie National Forest, Utah. Prints, Greeting Cards and more...
Autumn Morning In The Forest.

 Come into the  forest with me,

Behold the falling leaves and hear the
ushering Winds which escorts them to earth...

Twinkling in the sunlight....
The leaves...briskly blowing down...

Winds....make easy soaring too for a lofty cloud's journey in a sparkling sky...
Revealing life's rhythm...dancing, twirling, floating breathing... rustling...
                                              ~ by Deborah Moen

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I hope you enjoyed your time here,
Until next time,

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me while fluttering off the autumn tree."
~ by Emily Bronte 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Morning Gift Of Sunbeams

Cloud shaped like an elephant head trumpets a new day with sun beams.
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I stood on my back porch. It was wet from the rains that night. I saw the rising sun beaming rays that fanned outward over the land and sky. I ran to get my camera and when I reached the porch I was so happy to see it was still there. It was even brighter that before.
And this cloud personified an elephant head with eye and trunk, and open mouth. It appeared to be trumpeting into the sunlight and sunbeams at sunrise over my farm in Cedar City, Utah. In the photograph below, the clouds are casting a shadow over the mountain and the sunlight is shining on one of the summits.

 I felt that desire beam out of my heart to see the rays reach beyond the barn and then let it go.

You can see the sun lighting up the summit of the mountain in contrast to the cloud shadow cast over the landscape.
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I took my dog, Windy, for a walk shortly afterward. As I looked towards the mountains I saw streams of sunbeams pouring out of the clouds over the mountains and down to the earth and some of the beams lighted the countryside with golden circles. I was amazed at the speed in which nature obliged me. I didn't have my camera and committed the glorious scene to memory so I could possibly paint it. It was so glorious and covered the whole range.

 Windy enjoyed her walk and as I brought her through the kitchen door, I decided to get my camera and see if I could take a picture of the canyons to make my painting more accurate. a thought entered my mind that the rays may still be there. I walked along the farms and noticed the beams were still there. Remarkable ! 

Sun beams pour out of the clouds over Cedar City, Utah.
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I got that feeling again like I was in direct communication with Nature.  I appreciated the sunbeams this morning so much that Nature gave me more to appreciate ! It was magical ! I was able to take a photograph also and see more sunbeams. They were the largest display of sunbeams I ever saw. you can see that they extend into the sky and to the right and left of the mountain range. Wow ! Click *

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Deborah 'MOON" Moen

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Prarie Rain


Rain falls over the mountains like veil separating day and night in Lund, Utah.
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"Have you ever seen the rain
falling down on a sunny day?"
by John Fogerty, Sung by Credence Clearwater
Well, have you?
The first time I saw rain falling from the sky at a distance was when I was in Yellowstone. I did not know what it was. Curious dark curtain stretching across the hills and valley it was. The memory of that is still etched in my mind or wherever our memories are kept. Some of us live in cities where the buildings obscure the sight of how the rain falls. We may smell that musty earthy scent of rain as it begins or enjoy the fresh clean air and sometimes sniff in the refreshing scent of pine needles that have broken off the branches. We see the water drops splat on the pavement and may look up and catch the slant of rain falling and also see the dark clouds. We can hear the rain drip, drip, dripping from the roof tops and trees.

Rain that falls from the cloud and evaporates
before hitting the ground is called Virga. 
Photo taken by Deborah Moen
But oh the sight of rain coming down from
 a big cloud  in the distance is a thrilling sight. Sometimes the wall of rain looks like a white wedding veil and sometimes it looks like smokey dark curtain. If the wind is blowing, the wall of rain will walk over the countryside. You can tell if the rain is coming near you or away from you. I so love the rain and how it squeezes and oozes out of the clouds.
 I feel the rain is mysterious. I have read this water is the same water the wooly mammoth waited in when it stood in the lakes and swam in the oceans. And to think of how the water on land actually becomes a cloud gives me goosebumps!

Cumulonimbus Cloud: Cedar City, Utah Photo by Deborah Moen
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Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
By John FogertyCreedence Clearwater Revival
Someone told me long ago
There's a calm before the storm
I know; it's been comin' for some time.
When it's over so they say
It'll rain a sunny day
I know; shinin' down like water.
I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain?
I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
Comin' down on a sunny day?
Yesterday and days before
Sun is cold and rain is hard
I know; been that way for all my time.
'Til forever, on it goes
Through the circle, fast and slow,
I know; it can't stop, I wonder.
All of a sudden I am remembering all these songs about the rain that I listened to when I was a teen. I hadn't yet seen a wall of rain and these songs were fun to sing and listen to but the lyrics now mean so much more to me. Like a fine wine those lyrics and melodies fermented a great appreciation for Nature and most certainly became one of the reasons I am here. Dreams and desires do come true, you know.

Iron County, Utah Photo by DeborahMoen
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Baby The Rain Must Fall 
By Glenn Yarbourgh
Some men climb a mountain,
Some men swim the sea,
Some men fly above the sky:
They are what they must be.
But, baby the rain must fall,
Baby, the wind must blow,
Wherever my heart leads me
Baby, I must go, baby I must go.
I do not love for silver,
I do not love for gold,
My heart is mine to give away,
It never will be sold.

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The more you appreciate Nature
 the more there is to appreciate.


Over and out here,
Deborah (Moon) Moen, Nature Lover

PS Catch this great example of Virga ( rain that evaporates before it hits the ground). Sometimes the wind blows and makes them look like commas. Write your own message inside this Greeting Card of Virga Clouds with positives words in a subtle heather print.
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