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Stacy

Freedom lies in the seeds that I plant today; and I try to do so with some passion, some laughter and some finesse. ๐Ÿ“ท All photos are mine.

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Hello ig - friends, I'm taking a 'social-media break' for a bit and will look forward to seeing your photos when I return. Wishing you all a great week! ๐Ÿ™‹

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~ All Is Well ~ __________ "It's morning, and again I am that lucky person who is in it." ~ Mary Oliver __________ #sunriselovers #allthingsofbeauty_ #macroclique #macro_brilliance #momentslikethis #natureinspired #na_natures_art #shotwithlove #renegade_rural #visualsoflife

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~ Monarch Monday ~ __________ They love to congregate in the Baldcypress trees. I counted 16 resting in this one on Sunday morning. __________ #pollinatormonday #pollinatorhero #savethemonarchs #9vaga_butterfly9 #bd_pro #global_creatives #natgeo #conservation #naturephotography #theweekoninstagram

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I need coffee! __________ On the move, Monarchs continue to make their way through Missouri. __________ #pollinatorhero #savethemonarchs #ip_insects #loves_garden #9vaga_butterfly9 #nature #naturelovers #natgeo #conservation #naturephotography

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~ Out in the boondocks ~ __________ Ruby-throated hummingbird (female) found the last little bit of thistle. __________ #renegade_rural #tnhusa #dofnature #bd_pro #global_creatives #optoutside #natgeo #smile #naturelovers #naturephotography

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~ You had me at hello ~ __________ And then s/he sauntered out from underneath the foliage and posed for a photograph (swipe left). It's a Viceroy - often mistaken for a Monarch. They benefit from mimicking the Monarch by avoiding would be predators because a Monarch is toxic, due to its milkweed diet, while the Viceroy is non-toxic. Adorable! __________ #9vaga_butterfly9 #ip_insects #kings_insects #tnhusa #macroclique #natgeo #smile #macro_creative_pictures #naturelovers #naturephotography

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~ Sunrise ~ __________ Crops are still in, so it was just me and a lot of deer along the river last Sunday morning. It was so foggy until the window over the horizon opened. __________ #allthingsofbeauty_ #ig_eternity #marvelouz_world #maty_light #sky_brilliance #top_macro #igbest_macros #renegade_dark #moodynature #lovelydeadcrap #sombresociety #moodygrams #the_gallery_of_magic #heart_imprint #dofnature #global_creatives #fingerprintofgod #picturetokeep_nature #tv_fadingbeauty #filthyflora

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๐ŸŒป __________ The Monarchs are making their way through central Missouri. The photo is from a local community garden near where I live. And it's a male nectaring on a Mexican Sunflower. If you look close you can see where the black spot bleeds through slightly from the hind wing. There have been 6 - 10 around the garden throughout the summer. On Saturday morning there were 28 - I think ๐Ÿค“. __________ #pollinatormonday #pollinatorhero #savethemonarchs #bd_pro #macroclique #nature #natgeo #conservation #naturephotography #theweekoninstagram

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๐ŸŒป __________ We have several ruby-throated hummingbirds still hanging around including this beautiful girl. I love how she has those little feetsies tucked up. __________ #allthingsofbeauty #tnhusa #ig_eternity #macroclique #macro_brilliance #top_macro #igbest_macro #nature_brilliance #global_creatives #bd_pro #dofnature #the_gallery_of_magic #heart_imprint #na_natures_art #renegade_rural

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๐ŸŒฟ __________ A male Monarch found the milkweeds along the river Saturday morning. Migration is underway, and Missouri is a stopping point as they make their way south for the winter. And the good news is that in 2016 Missouri became the first state to develop a conservation plan specifically for monarch and pollinator recovery. It's a big lift, but the ultimate goal is to create, establish, restore or enhance 385,000 acres of habitat in the next 20 years. __________ #pollinatormonday #pollinatorhero #savethemonarchs #ip_insects #nature #naturelovers #natgeo #conservation #naturephotography #theweekoninstagram

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__________ Watching a much needed rain shower this morning and reading Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by poet, David Whyte. It's a thoughtful consideration of words and essentially how they influence our lives and the paths we choose. Of friendship Whyte writes: "friendship is a mirror to presence and a testament to forgiveness. Friendship not only helps us see ourselves through another's eyes, but can be sustained over the years only with someone who has repeatedly forgiven us for our trepasses as we must find it in ourselves to forgive them in turn. A friend knows our difficulties and shadows and remains in sight, a companion to our vulnerabilities more than our triumphs, when we are under the strange illusion we do not need them. An undercurrent of real friendship is a blessing exactly because its elemental form is rediscovered again and again through understanding and mercy. All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness. Without tolerance and mercy all friendships die..." Wishing everyone a happy week. __________

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๐Ÿฆ‹ ____________________ We've been seeing a lot of colorful Common Buckeyes the past few days. I think they resemble a painter's palette - named for the bold eyespots on the wings, and not for any relationship to the 'buckeye' tree. Really beautiful. ____________________

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๐Ÿฆ‹ Violet loves Monarch butterflies too. It runs in the family.

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๐Ÿฆ‹ ____________________ As the season of Pearl Crescents fades, I'm planting new thought seeds for autumn. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. ____________________

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๐ŸŒฟ ____________________ "The more you talk about things going wrong, the more you hold yourself in the place you don't want to be" is what went through my mind while listening to someone complain on and on today. Simply, you cannot beat the drum of unwanted and receive the wanted. And so I turned my attention toward a solution which, hopefully, was a benefit for both of us. It goes like this: make a list, a long list of everything you love and don't forget to include yourself make it a priority it's a vital component to success ____________________ Today I ๐Ÿ’š the unseasonably cool weather, Costa Rican coffee, pumpkin spiced oreos, Giant Swallowtails, Blackberry Lilies, Jake & Violet and me + you. Name something you love today, please.

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