Wednesday, January 19, 2011


"Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."

~ Indian Proverb

January Full Moon
'Great Spirit Moon' ~ Obijwe

Lone Leaf on a Branch

One leaf left on a branch
and not a sound of sadness
or despair. One leaf left
on a branch and no unhappiness.
One leaf left all by itself
in the air and it does not speak
of loneliness or death.
One leaf and it spends itself
in swaying mildly in the breeze.

~ David Ignatow

"The fall of a leaf is a whisper to the living."

~ Russian Proverb

Winter Dew Drops

"Man's life is like a drop of dew on a leaf."

~ Socrates

"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain."

~ Henry David Thoreau


fer said...

Beautiful photo with the dew drops.
And great quotes.

Marysol said...

Awe-inspiring quotes, and accompanying images!
Perfect wintry post, querida. Love its tranquil beauty.

Carol said...

Dear Joey, Thank you for this inspiring post! Stunning photo art and the quotes and sayings are touching and beautiful. Food for deep thought!

imac said...

What a beautiful Moon, really love your work.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, love the beautiful photos and wonderful quotes to think about.


D said...

Lovely, simply lovely! Do I repeat myself?

Cat said...

Beautiful as always Joey...I just love your moon images...they are so must be patient ;)

Shady Gardener said...

You posted a photo of a moon that caught my eye quite some time ago... your photos and quotations are wonderful, Joey!

Chloe m said...

You reminded me that tonight is full moon. We won't even be able to see it, it is snowing.
These are unique photos... I like the quotes as well, Joey.

Unknown said...

The perfect, peaceful way to wind down a day and evening, Joey. It's overcast here, but I'll hold your moon in my mind's eye as I drift away like a leaf on a breeze...

Andrea said...

Hi Joey, awesome photos as always. The leaf photos looks so touchy to the emotion, maybe just for me though. I love H David Thoreau too, in fact i have his quotation in my profile. Nature is really our best friend. thanks Joey.

Anonymous said...

Cool work with the textures..

joey said...

Thank you, fer. It's that time of year when minds wander ...

Thank you, sweet Marysol. You have been in my loving thoughts. In another life, I think you were a poet :)

So generous with your insightful thoughts, thank you, dear Carol.

Thanks, gifted behind the lens, imac!

Thanks, Eileen. The day are long ... time to think :)

I know how you too love the moon ... thank you, dear Di.

How kind, Whimsical. Thank you. I am a moon lover ... spellbound by it's beauty!

Shady, you are a dear and thank you. Yes, I often post moon shots ... often artsy/surreal and not as they appear to the average viewer :) I'm a bit quirky (but you know that)!

I do hope you get a glimpse, Rosey. I'm heading north tomorrow for more snow and, hopefully, besides entertaining weekend guests, some snowshoeing. Thank you for your kind comment.

Overcast or not, jodi, the beautiful moon is there shining on all of us. Besides our fondness for each other, another connection ... sleep well :)

Am beside you in your lovely comment, Andrea. Thank you. Moved by the snow, lonely leaves that tell a story, and the moon ... my thoughts wander ... so me :)

Anonymous said...

Joey, you did it again! Oh, the sheer beauty of your words and your images...!! I particularly liked the words by David Ignatow. i'd never have imagined such creativity with a leaf/leaves. Salute!

Paul Garden said...

As gardeners, we revel in lush landscape and can't wait to prune unsightly plants.

Yet there is a poignant beauty in a lone leaf hanging on a branch.

Thanks for the great quotes and pics, joey.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Your images with beautifully selected poetry are magical. I am very guilty of not walking in others shoes, and am constantly trying to do better. To me the Ignatow poem speaks to aging, and I hope I am that philosophical when I get there.

Kala said...

I love your texture work dear Joey!

Gardens at Waters East said...

So enjoy the photos of leaves. Have many original pieces of art with leaves and nature. All give me wonder and delight at the beauty of the simple leaf. The Winter photos are great. Right now here on the shores of Lake Michigan, lots of snow and cold, but even now there is beauty in the simplicity of the plants. You might enjoy seeing a few of the photos on my postings. You can check them out using Google search engine: Do enjoy. Jack

Rick said...

Love the quotes joey, and the moon shot is a beauty ! Creative work with the leaves.

joey said...

Thanks Visioplant ... great fun :)

Kanak, you are such a dear and joy to know. I'm honored by your kind words and simply knowing you, dear friend :)

Welcome Paul Garden ... visitors, especially from across the sea, are always a delight. Thank you. It was a joy for me to visit you too :)

I'm there, Carolyn, wishing/striving to be as beautifully philosophical as Ignatow. So enjoy connecting ... thank you.

Thanks, dear Kala (we share a mutual admiration society :)

Welcome Gardens at Waters East and thank you for the intoduction ... I did indeed enjoy my visit ... many of my favorite things.

Thanks, Rick. Fun to step 'out of the box' :)

Rose said...

I love how you can take something as simple as a leaf, Joey, and turn it into a work of art. Hope you are staying warm!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Another beautiful post Joey, and I love that Thoreau quote, it's always been one of my favorites!

joey said...

Thank you, dear Rose. I'm touched by your comment. Well, warm is about minus 10 (we are at the lake)! It's frigid but winter beautiful.

You are a dear, Clare, and thank you. Life a bit crazy so delighted to catch up ... my heart is with you after reading your last post.

Gail said...

Another stunning post! When you offer a photography class I want to be sure and sign up! xxoogail

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Lovely photos, Joey. We did a full moon snowshoe in hopes of capturing some good pics but the clouds rolled in and stole our view of the January moon. Saw on FB that you're enjoying a lovely weekend at the lake? Stay warm my friend...

Anonymous said...

You've managed to take the starkness of winter, and turn it into a thing of beauty!

garden girl said...

Wow Joey - beautiful photos, wonderful quotes.

Sunita Mohan said...

Beautiful, gasp-inducing photos, Joey. So lovely!
And I loved that quote about the whisper to the living.

buyffxivgil said...

Deep and moving quotes plus wonderful photos equals wonderful reflections. The Moon never fails to amuse me very mystical indeed.

joey said...

You are too kind, dear Gail. Thank you. Same goes for you when you teach :)

Thanks Kate! It was so cold ( -11 yesterday morning). We did not snowshoe! But hoping to return next weekend ... so perhaps! BTW ... so happy for your good news :)

Thank you, Robin, as you did on your last post :)

Thanks Linda ... stay warm :)

Dear Sunita, you are so kind. Thank you. BTW - your orchids are stunning!

Always mystical for me too, buyffxivgil .. thank you.