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Move the World

Move the World

Mister Lincoln Rose


Move the world. “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

Enjoy this fragrant Mister Lincoln rose; the first crop this season. Roses nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson @DawnToDuskPhotos.

The Act of Giving

Fragrant Rosemary

Fragrant Rosemary

The Act of Giving

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” –Robert Collier.

This spring, I am transplanting most of the new perennials I planted last spring and summer. A daunting task.

The nurtured plants grew to their next stage – success! I need to transplant this Trailing Rosemary plant already after it outgrew this container after one year.

The Rosemary leaves release a sweet fragrance when brushed, then I use the dried leaves and make sachets. I will add dried Lavender leaves for another sachet, and share them as special gifts for my family and friends.

I nurtured and grew the Rosemary and Lavender plants over time and now I am giving them away as special sachet gifts. Success, the act of giving.


Open Space, Conservation, and Preservation

 Open Space, Conservation, and Preservation

IMG_2795The mountaintop view was thrilling. While witnessing the valley from the mountain I saw a different perspective; one of open space, conservation, and preservation. I thought about how large our city spreads over so many miles and how blessed we are with abundant open space.

IMG_2823To see expanses of greenery in our suburban setting vs. a more urban concrete landscape made me feel proud that our community knows that this is a healthier environment.

In our city and our county, our planners and voters preserved open space for the enjoyment of its community members to wander, dream, inspire, and to release our worldly concerns. It’s working.

IMG_2055Pockets of open space are broad and sometimes small but just the right size for people to have enough elbow room to share some greenery, sunlight, shade, wildflowers, boulders, wildlife, grasslands, and woodlands. In our region, we do not have to travel a great distance to find this green relief.

We preserved most of the ridge tops without housing or office buildings growing on them. Instead, they are ridges with forests, woodlands, grassy meadows, and hiking trails for humans, dogs, horses, and bicyclists to exercise, relax, decompress, and to play.

We have local nature organizations that IMG_2739preserve open space for native plants and wildlife in the form of marshlands, which are a vital chain in a healthy ecosystem. While others return former dairy cow meadows into green belts surrounding communities. We secured natural woodlands, pockets of redwood forests, beaches, streams, creeks, and lakes for future generations to visit and recreate.

It is an ongoing business to conserve and preserve our natural environment in our community. We are all responsible for these natural landscapes to maintain a healthy ecosystem, which includes humans, not merely wildlife and natural habitats.

IMG_2120In the last century, we reserved large parcels of open space while some most recently as the last month by forward thinking people.
Through our conservation, we saved bird nesting sites, wildflowers, butterflies, elk preserves, clapper rails, native grasses, sand dunes, redwood trees, and additional forms of wildlife and habitat species that are thriving in their environment and playing their role in the natural ecosystem.

“In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” –Thomas Jefferson.

Take some time to see a different perspective, your new view will be inspiring in matters of principle through conservation and preservation of our open space.

Sharon Michaels Interviews Dawn Marie Carlson, Author

Fuzzy and Romeo Adventures - The Mysterious IntruderSharon Michaels Interviews Dawn Marie Carlson,
Author of Fuzzy and Romeo Adventures – The Mysterious Intruder on Blog Talk Radio

Sharon Michaels interviews Dawn Marie Carlson, Author of Fuzzy and Romeo Adventures – The Mysterious Intruder. You are invited to listen to my interview about my new book Fuzzy and Romeo Adventures tomorrow with Sharon Michaels, Sunday, June 14th at 3:30 p.m. PDT.

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Imagination Encircles the World

Imagination Encircles the World

IMG_3197“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
–Albert Einstein

Great ideas change the world. Listening to the sounds of a pair of mourning doves perched on the pine branch outside. Quite musical. Photo of begonias grown by Dawn Marie Carlson. Use your imagination, change the world.


Action is the Real Measure of Intelligence

pink geranium gracing the rain barrel

pink geranium gracing the rain barrel

Action is the Real Measure of Intelligence

“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”
–Napoleon Hill.

Yesterday, I took quick action while the late afternoon light was perfect for photos of my garden flowers. I always document the garden and flowers so I know what is working well or not and to remember their beauty on a dreary winter day. This ordinary pink geranium looks bold and glamorous high on top of the rain barrel with the arched stucco wall as a frame behind it. Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson.

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cyclamen, stock and pansies

cyclamen, stock and pansies


“Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.”

Photo of Cyclamen, Pansies and Stock flowers nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson. Enjoy the happy, smiling Pansy faces.


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Great Actions

peonies may 2015

peonies may 2015

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”
–Theodore Roosevelt.

Peonies from my sister’s garden, photo by Dawn Marie Carlson.

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Golden Moonlight

moon rise by Dawn Marie Carlson - Dawn to Dusk Enterprises 2014

moon rise by Dawn Marie Carlson – Dawn to Dusk Enterprises 2014

Golden Moonlight

Golden moonlight – watch the waxing crescent moon tonight while it’s 35% visible (on 5/23/2015). Learn something about the night sky – then share it.Today, it rose this morning at 11:11 a.m. and sets at 12:19 a.m. The moon becomes more visible each day until it reaches the full phase on June 2nd (Strawberry Full Moon) then it begins the waning phase until there is a new moon (not visible) on June 16th.

I viewed the crescent moon in the southwestern night sky this evening at 10:00 p.m. and observed bright Jupiter nearby and further to the right Venus shone boldly in Gemini.

Perhaps you will notice it this evening or another evening; sadly, most people don’t visit the night sky or can even identify or locate a constellation.

I studied Astronomy at Sonoma State University and it was a fascinating subject although I had inspiring professors. They enthused their students with the subject by taking us on a mini-field trip to the building rooftop to observe the night sky and identify the cosmos. I’ll never forget it. We were enthralled and we were able to discover nebulas, galaxies, planets, constellations, double stars and more.

amateur astronomer

amateur astronomer

A few weeks ago, I was at a plaza running errands late in the afternoon and I met a fellow amateur astronomer who had his telescope equipment arranged for viewing sun spot activity. He was sharing the experience for anyone who wished to observe and several people came by, youth to seniors and me with my nephew Sean. The astronomer was friendly and generous while he discussed his telescope equipment and the sun spot activity with everyone.

third quarter moon - August 2014 - Sean Carlson

third quarter moon – August 2014 – Sean Carlson

Last summer, I took my nephew to a moon and astronomy viewing night hosted by Marin County Parks where an amateur astronomer brought his Meade telescope for moon and double cluster star observations. It was a memorable experience. The Park Rangers led a short night hike for the crowd of new astronomers and made smores in the large camp stove fire. As an experiment, Sean took a cell phone photo through the telescope and we were surprised it caught the moon with fine definition. He often mentions the astronomy evening and what a cool experience it was for him. Recently, he went camping with friends to see a meteor shower and I believe these experiences inspired him.

waning moon 2014

waning moon 2014

If you want to learn more about the night sky and what you might observe this week, visit Astronomy.com/observing. Then, when you look in the night sky, you can find and actually identify celestial phenomena. I use my cell phone which has a night sky app where I can point it to the sky and it will map and name the constellations, planets or special features in the celestial region I am observing. Fantastic!

So…take some time to observe the golden moonlight. Learn something about the night sky – then share it.

Photos by Dawn Marie Carlson.

Fuzzy and Romeo Adventures - The Mysterious Intruder“I suppose there were moonless nights and dark ones with but a silver shaving and pale stars in the sky, but I remember them all as flooded with the rich indolence of a full moon.”
–Willa Sibert Cather

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Believe in Your Dreams

Sonoma Labor Day 09 Chateau St. Jean Winery 010 (4)Believe in Your Dreams

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt.

Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson in Sonoma Valley.

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