The Butterfly Effect

October 9, 2017 (282/365)

“You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.” - The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters. 

The butterfly effect is a scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. At Marquette, we were taught to "Be the Difference," to trust that the smallest acts of kindness, wisdom, and innovation have the power to transform the future. What a wonderful philosophy for educators! It is an awesome task that can leave one feeling a bit battered like that butterfly in this picture. But what could possibly be more important?

Mother's Day

May 14, 2017 (134/365) • Mothers Day

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." - Oprah Winfrey

I am blessed to be a daughter, a granddaughter, a goddaughter, a daughter-in-law, a godmother, and a beagle mom, and biology had nothing to do with any of it! Happy Mother's Day!


February 5, 2015 {36/365} Urchins

Once again, Mother Nature reveals herself as a masterful stylist combining color, print, texture, and shine to adorn these lovely sea urchins. Her beautiful pastels and perfect Fibonacci patterns eclipse the work of any grand couturier. Lacking a sandy beach to properly showcase such finery, I opted for the sparkle of powdery, white snow -- a celebration of opposites that transcends the rules of fashion. Natural beauty is never out of season.


January 16, 2014 Photo (016/365): "Lichen"

Do you see the resemblance?

I liken this lichen to coral "under the...tree!"

Maybe it's my desire to be in a tropical paradise rather than in wintery Wisconsin, but the lichen on this tree reminds me of undersea coral formations. I can almost imagine colorful schools of fish or funny sea turtles swimming among the crevices. Lichens are formed when green algae combines with a compatible fungus. The algae produces the food for the duo, while the fungus provides support and moisture. This codependent relationship is beneficial for both partners as well as for the surrounding ecosystem.  Lichens are able to survive extreme cold and heat to thrive throughout the year. A bit of research revealed that lichens can soak up excess gasses such as carbon monoxide from the atmosphere, thus serving as natural air filters. Some lichens even provide nitrogen to fertilize the surrounding soil. Since they produce their own food from moisture and sunlight, they do not compromise the health of the trees on which they grow.  In fact, I think that their lovely green-gray color and abstract shapes only add to the beauty and interest of this maple tree's bark.


January 13, 2014 Photo (013/365): "Once there was a tree..."

As I walked through the woods yesterday, I was discouraged by the lack of obvious beauty. I found little of interest to capture with my camera. However, upon further observation, I noticed the textures and colors of this old tree, its layers of bark and its amber drops of sap. I was suddenly reminded of one of my favorite children's books, Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree.

This old tree seems to have lost much of its energy, having shed its leaves, many branches, and much of its bark. Yet it still remains vital, providing shelter and food for birds and woodland creatures over this particularly harsh winter. Imagine what this tree has given in its time...What have you been given and what will you give in your time?

"...and the tree was happy."

"Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation...even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind."

- Leonardo da Vinci 


January 8, 2013 Photo (008/365): "Frozen Bubbles"

The temperature reached a balmy 5° F after school today with only -6° wind chills, so I attempted a little science experiment. The challenge is catching the bubbles before they either burst or blow away! 

  • Here are a few tips: Choose a calm day (I tried to freeze bubbles on Monday, but it was way too windy and cold!). 

  • Heat your bubble mixture before you go outside; it helps the bubbles last longer. 

  • Have your camera ready and experiment with angles and exposure.

  • Most of all, have fun!