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Competing with a calm muggy breeze, hummingbirds visit our garden daily during the long searing Mississippi summer months. They bring a gift of joy to our world while flying through the day in a joyful jaunt on whispered wing beats and iridescent plumes. Hovering on a flurry of air, dipping into the blaze of blossoms the hummingbirds empty the flowers and then suddenly vanish in a fleeting blur – then, pivoting on a whim return for more.

Catching a glimpse of hummingbirds darting and dancing in a downpour is especially thrilling. They love the rain.Below are a few images of some playtime in the rain.



















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Updated: Sep 3, 2020

The soul mingles in the warmth carried by the sun. As we dance in our life toward the best love, the best time, the best place, we do it one step at a time. Here’s to doing all of that, all the time, with you.

Between a soft twilight and dazzling dusk, the medieval old town of Lüneberg with its red Brick Gothic–style buildings reveal an illuminating history both remarkable and stirring. The salt of the earth is found here. Life is dependent on the salt found deep in the fissures of the earth surrounding this rousing, robust city. Lüneberg is awash with color and charm. You can feast here. Feast on your life.

Whenever you find yourself in Germany's Lower Saxony region visit Lüneberg. It is a must-see.

5am and the town slowly begins to stir.


Fed by the Elbe river Lüneburg lies on the river Ilmenau.


The old harbor from the Brausebrücke bridge.


Medieval records suggest Lüneburg was prospering as early as 956 AD.


The houses in the historic quarter were built above a salt dome.


Lüneberg's historic centre was spared destruction during WWII.


Watermills and windmills dot the countryside surrounding Lüneberg.

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Updated: Aug 1, 2020

“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.”

Dianthus (Caryophyllaceae)


As the old darkness drained into a new dawn, the clouds, sable and full, began a gentled release of its burden.


The drops fell silently in thin lines on the earth. There was no scarcity of beauty that drizzly day in the garden. The rain drops danced through a quarrelsome sky as they passed through spears of light jabbing the earth.


“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.”

Wendy's Wish Salvia (Sage)


What follows are some of the images we captured in our summer rain-soaked garden.

Shasta Daisy Becky (Leucanthemum×superbum)


“Some of my pleasantest hours were during the long rain-storms in the spring or fall, which confined me to the house for the afternoon as well as the forenoon, soothed by their ceaseless roar and pelting; when an early twilight ushered in a long evening in which many thoughts had time to take root and unfold themselves.”

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)


Ladybug (Coccinellidae)


Let the rain fall upon you in silver liquid drops.

Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)


Blue Jean Baby Cajun Hibiscus (Malvoideae)


Tree Fern (Dicksonia Antarctica)





Sweet Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)




Blue Anise Sage (Salvia Guaranitica)


Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia Laciniata)


Rosa Montezuma (Grandiflora)


Sunpatiens Rose Pink (Balsaminaceae)


Ruby Throat Hummingbird ( Archilochus Colubris) on Blue Anise Sage (Salvia Guaranitica)


House Finch (Haemorhous Mexicanus) + Geranium (Pelargonium)



Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia Laciniata)


Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)




Hibiscus (Malvaceae)



Geranium (Pelargonium)


Male Ruby Throat Hummingbird (Archilochus Colubris)



Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)


Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea Glabra)




Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)



Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)


Ladybug (Coccinellidae)


Ruby Throat Hummingbird ( Archilochus Colubris) Above a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)


Lantana (Verbenaceae)


Blue Daze (Evolvulus Glomeratus)


Scaevola ( Scaevola Aemula)


Mexican Petunia (Ruellia Simplex)


French Hydrangea (Hydrangea Macrophylla)


A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.


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