Mimi Gardenerd


A Moment in Nature American Kestrel


May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out. – Irish Blessing

A Moment in Nature Lesser Black-backed Gull

“May your joys be as bright as the morning, and your sorrows merely be shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.

May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to keep you happy, enough failure to keep you humble, enough success to keep you eager, enough friends to give you comfort, enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness, enough wealth to meet your needs and one thing more; Enough determination to make each day a more wonderful day than the one before.” – Irish Blessing

A Moment in Nature Wood Stork

The stork has long been viewed as a powerful symbol of birth and new life, most notably in the story of how babies come to be. As with new life, these giant birds also symbolize new beginnings that are about to take place in your life, whether physically or spiritually.


A Moment in Nature Reddish Egret

“May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.” – Irish Blessing

A Moment in Nature Semipalmated Plovers

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far -Irish Blessing


A Moment in Nature Palm Warblers

May you be poor in misfortunes, and rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness, from this day forward,
May good luck be your friend, In whatever you do,
And may trouble be always, A stranger to you.

A Moment in Nature Eastern Phoebe

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far – Irish Blessing

A Moment in Nature Common Gallinule


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart -Helen Keller

A Moment in Nature Gray Kingbird

May the road rise up to meet you – Irish Blessing

On my morning bike rides I stop to photograph and/or film nature, flora and fauna to better my understanding of the nature around me. My purpose is to share my passion of natural history with others through photographs, video and art. However, this morning, I feel I must write this message to the universe in a need to pay forward this random act of kindness I recieved.

I was feeling weighted down with negative vibes and I went for a bike ride to release them and then I dropped my bike on a trail which added physical pain to my already troubled heart and mind. As I limped my bike back down the path to a place to lick my wounds, I saw these signs. Random acts of kindness posted on the street posts along the path. I photographed them one by one and during this simple process I was returned to my natural state of Stoicism. I wanted to pay it forward, to help another, to recognize the spirit that helped heal my wounds.

Thank you for reading,

Be Kind.