A new camper joins our family! Layula has moved to a new home with our kids. Our new trailer is named Calypso! That was the name of Jacques Cousteau’s boat. He was a great sea explorer as you know. I don’t do boats so Calypso is my land explorer. We are on her maiden voyage at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. It’s beautiful today, and so quiet! The day after Labor Day and we practically have the park to ourselves. I look forward to our adventures together. I’m ready to head west and see the Grand Canyon, but Dan says “baby steps.” So Tennessee State Parks it is.
First morning light I interrupted a spider as she was weaving her web.
And speaking of weaving I just finished this weaving that I started a few weeks ago while camping. Seems I don’t get distracted by every day life when I’m in the woods.
Layula rides again! Dan and I took the long drive to Seven Points Campground on Percy Priest Lake. It’s about 15 miles from our house😁. Point is, I’m sitting in the woods on the lake listening to the cicadas. It’s a hypnotic sound. I am not in my house I am outside touching Mother Earth. GROUNDING!
We will be here for three days and I look forward to having a cocktail or two and seeing what the weaving masters will help me create.
Blue fairies dance on lighted wings
Searching the forest for magical things.
If you look you surely see
Blue fairies dancing beneath the tree!
First camping trip of 2019 for Layula! We named her after my fifth great grandmother who was a Native American from the Lumbee Nation. We are on the creek at Montgomery Bell State Park. Our goal is to stay in all the Tennessee parks. I call this glamping!
See the day through the eyes of a child. Always find the magic in each moment! Life is full of wonders! Today, let your inner child be free!
One lone tomato
Hanging on the vine
One lonely tomato
Waiting for her time
Early in November
One sweet tomato
This one is mine.
copyright Toni Dranes Hooper 2018
And flies fly,
Why can’t I?
Alcohol ink and mixed media on yupo paper
copyright Toni Hooper 2018