May 14, 2015


If you've been following my blog for the past months, you know that my husband and I moved into our "new" house the day before Thanksgiving. Moving in at that time of the year in central Wisconsin, you do not know what exactly is growing in your yard. The mystery will remain until spring arrives.

One thing we did know before we moved in was that we had very old, mature pine trees of various varieties. A plethora of oak leaves on the ground gave mute witness to oak trees -- once again old and large -- that we would be able to enjoy in the warmer months to come.

Once all the snow was gone and the days became a bit more balmy, I was anxious to get outside to see what, if anything, was starting to come up. I was thrilled to discover in early spring that we had yellow and white/yellow daffodils blooming along the edges of our yard. 

While wandering the yard, I have come across numerous pinecones and oak leaves. I took advantage of these not-quite-signs-of-spring by capturing their quiet beauty in many of my photos. 

This oak leaf is my favorite one I've captured and posted to Instagram. At least, so far. I'm sure I will have oak leaves as my subject matter quite often. For some reason, I find them completely irresistible. 


As well as being a collector of natural beauty, I am also a collector of inspiring -- and sometimes humorous and irreverent -- quotes. I plan to end each of these Focus Friday posts with a fitting quote.

Focus on the journey, not the destination.
- Greg Anderson -



  1. What a beautiful copper leaf!

  2. Gorgeous! Enjoy the discovery of your new yard... Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we're looking forward to what you have to share next week. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  3. What a neat photo! I love this!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  4. Pretty. I hope you'll link up at

  5. Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party, how lovely! Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

  6. We live in Charleston, SC so we have a lot of magnolia and oak trees. They are the biggest, most beautiful leaves!

    Thanks for sharing your story at Inspire Me Monday!

  7. I really love this photo. The leaf is just so perfect, yet it's detached and dead. Like a fallen soldier. (Yeah, I can be a little morbid at times, but I DID marry a soldier, so....)

    Thanks for linking up to the Macro Monday Mixer. Hope to see you there again this week.

  8. Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!