Weekly Photo Challenge – Delicate

Tundra Lily by Cathy Ulrich

Tundra Lily by Cathy Ulrich

For this week’s challenge, I chose a macro shot of a tiny lily that I took while hiking on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. These flowers are about the size of my thumbnail and grow in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. The high alpine tundra hosts a huge array of flowers that are only visible if one gets out and hikes the trails and they epitomize “delicate” to me. That something so seemingly fragile can exist in such climate extremes simply astounds me.
Click on the image for a larger view.

The Return of the Light


The Golden Orb lives in the South
these days. Casting shadows
from dawn to dusk.

Daylight fades early and
appears late and the color of the day
changes to cobalt skies.

The shortest day looms but
the day after is longer.
All festivals, 
regardless of their religious origin
celebrate the return of the light.

When the time is right,
you will come back, dear light.
The Earth turns and the
Northern Hemisphere is yours
once again.

Awards Post

I’ve been racking up a few blog awards recently and it’s time to acknowledge them, share a little bloggy love and pay it forward. I’m always touched when someone recognizes my blog and thinks enough of it to send me some attention. It’s one of the many reasons I love the community here on WordPress. Also, there was a period a few months back when life took over, so if you’ve given me an award and I missed it here, please forgive me.

I have turned into a bit of a rebel, so when it comes to blog awards, I really don’t follow the “rules.” After all, the point of these, I think, is to spread the love and learn about new blogs along the way, without creating a sense of obligation. So here’s what I like to do: recognize those who have nominated me, share a few unknown facts about myself and then nominate a few others who can accept some, all, or none of the awards that I’ve mentioned here.

The Liebster Award:


Lexa at modeljourney.com and Daan at ifkknrokk.com both nominated me for this award. Lexa is a fashion model and writes of her adventures in that world. Daan is a social networking expert and talks of his life in The Netherlands in his blog. Thanks to both of you for including me in your illustrious list of nominees!

The Reality and Shine On Awards:


My dear friend Crystal at crystalnuding.com sent these two awards my way. Crystal’s uplifting blog offers advice and insight to a life of enlightenment and happiness. Thank you, Crystal!

The 2012 Blog of the Year Award:

Blog of the Year Award 6 star jpeg

Mimi at WaitingfortheKarmaTruck.com nominated me for this award. Mimi’s blog is filled with love, wisdom, humor and an occasional music video. She sparks lots of wonderful commentary as well. Thank you, Mimi!

I encourage you to check out each of these great sites. And enjoy!
So to share a few unknown things about me (or things you might not know anyway):

  1. I am a foodie, gourmet cook and love great food.
  2. I hold a degree in Industrial Design and love color, design and graphics
  3. My favorite music is jazz, but I also love classical music and rock music
  4. I’m an avid reader and my favorite genre is historical fiction.
  5. I’m a shoe collector. Zappos is my best and worst habit.
  6. I love to ski, but also enjoy snowshoeing and I’m hoping we get snow soon!
  7. I would never jump out of a perfectly good airplane to skydive, but I feel very comfortable scuba diving 100 feet below the surface of the water.

Here are my nominees for any or all of the above awards. Take them and share or not:


There are so many others that I could include but I do encourage you to check these out. Now that I’ve been blogging for awhile, my “following” list has gotten longer and longer…

Search Term Verse – #2

Arrow Crab by Cathy Ulrich

Arrow Crab by Cathy Ulrich

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