A Trilogy in Nature

Things happen in threes, right?

First there was the silver lining.
Have you ever seen clouds with a silver lining?

A hummingbird traveled from flower to flower.
I never get to capture this on a video,
hummingbirds are far too swift,
yet this one waited for me.

Sunlight has always been a beautiful pleasure.
When it is mixed with shade and shadows
it becomes even more beautiful, rolling in and out.

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
~E.B. White~


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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86 Responses to A Trilogy in Nature

  1. Ritu says:

    Beautiful, Jennie!

  2. Darlene says:

    You have such a lovely yard, perfect for you! Great pictures and words.

  3. For those who take time to look will discover the many beauties that are in front of me 24-7-365. Cheers to you for looking! Have a good week!

  4. Really beautiful. Perfect place to be in the sunshine.

  5. beth says:

    so much wonder all around us if we just keep our eyes open, beautiful post, Jennie

  6. Yep, I agree, that hummer was inviting you into his/her world – waiting for you to capture a slice of life for all of us to appreciate.
    Your shasta daisies and snaps are a delight, too!

  7. quiall says:

    Lovely Videos, thank you for sharing. Nature is always looking for a balance, light and dark, hot cold.

  8. Great trifecta, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Glad that hummingbird cooperated and stuck around long enough to get some publicity. Loved that video Jennie. And, everything DOES happen in three’s…at least for me.

  10. Glorious images and videos of summer! It’s lovely there and the pool look so inviting and cool too.

  11. I remember once seeing a silver lined cloud. It was an unusual situation.
    A friend of mine had been killed that day in a car accident. She always had a big smile!
    It was cloudy all day. Near sunset I looked to the west and saw this beautiful opening! It really was unusual! I took it as a sign and said goodbye to her.

  12. beetleypete says:

    I am jealous of you having hummingbirds. Do you put feeders out for them? I would.
    We have had a little too much sunshine in Beetley today. It is still 37C (98.5F) at 5:15 pm, and may stay at 24C overnight. Ollie is flat out, and my wife is sleeping soundly on the sofa. It is almost too hot to do anything, so I am sitting in front of my PC with a fan blowing on me.
    If I had your pool, I would be sitting in it, drinking a glass of wine. Maybe even sleeping in it! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Many people put out hummingbird feeders, but we don’t. They like red flowers. We don’t see them often, so catching one on a video was a first for me.

      Yes, your heat is horrific. The news here says it is 102 at this moment, but that might be London. Yikes!! I recommend putting on a bathing suit and staying wet by going in the cold shower, and then sitting in front of the fan. I am very lucky to have a pool, and we will be in it when we hit 98 on Wednesday. And wine will be nearby. 🙂

  13. Three beautiful things to be grateful for Jennie.. ❤

  14. I particularly like the hummingbird video. I never seem to be quick enough to take a picture or video of a hummingbird.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Thankfully we had a good downpour today which we needed. They had actually alerted us that Connecticut was in a mild drought. Loved your images. One of my favorite parts of now living on the East Coast is watching those puffy clouds blow by.

    • Jennie says:

      We’re getting the much needed downpour right now, just in time for a heat wave over the next few days. I do love watching the clouds as they pass by.

  16. Don Ostertag says:

    Love the videos, Jennie.

  17. Dan Antion says:

    Lovely videos, Jennie.

  18. Carla says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Jennie. We need to stop and appreciate the everyday things.

  19. petespringerauthor says:

    Beauty is always there if we just take the time to recognize and appreciate it. Well done, Jennie!

  20. TanGental says:

    Love me a good cloud, especially ones that look like the love child of my uncles beard and whipped cream. But the best thing here? Your bonkers fish decorating your pool. They look like water gnomes. Given what I know of you, you must have named them. I think your public deserves to know a little more about your shoal, how they came to be swimming around your pool. I await the next explicatory post…

    • Jennie says:

      You know me well…yes, we named our fish.🐠 I will have to do a blog post. What a great description of the cloud. You are the wordsmith, Geoff.

  21. I once was sitting alone in the backyard, enjoying a cool breeze as the day shed its head, when a green hummingbird zipped up and hovered in front of my face, dancing left to right and back again. I cautiously and slowly raised a hand, extended a hand, and held still. After several seconds, the bird settled on my finger. It stayed maybe five seconds? I can’t specify because time seemed to get lost. When it left, it shot away as if it’d suddenly remembered an appointment. But that visit seemed like a magical gift.


    • Jennie says:

      Yes, that was a magical gift! I have tried many times to extend my hand to a hummingbird, ever so still and slowly, but no luck. You have a great memory tucked away.

  22. Lovely photo and video clips, Jennie. I love hanging out in the shade on a summer day. And a cute little friend you have there in the flowers. 🙂

  23. Splendid, Jennie! Lovely thoughts and wonderful videos. Thanks so much for taking time to do this. Hugs on the wing.

  24. Simply beautiful, Jennie! Thanks for sharing these wonderful impressions! xx Michael

  25. Chaya Sheela says:

    Beautiful pictures.
    Love the quote, ““Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~E.B. White

  26. Audrine Max says:

    love that quote by E.B. White. you have such a beautiful place, it’s perfect.

  27. dgkaye says:

    All of God’s splendor. ❤

  28. Chiru says:

    Lovely pics and wonderful thoughts mate..

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  30. KiannaKitter says:

    Your garden decor is iconic 😀

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