Flowers: Pictures and Poems

This post highlights pictures from WPClipart, which is a well-organized Public Domain site, with an education focus.

“Fringed gentian”

I wrote these two poems earlier this year:

reading poems
by Emily Dickinson
flowers I know too

reading poems by Emily
a new flower for me –
the gentian

“Hydrangea BW”


now that I know
their name
I see them everywhere

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Nature Photography – 2

A red tulip in Spring garden light – May 2015

Lake Michigan in Wisconsin – May 2016

By the garage – May 2017

Honeysuckle by Lake Michigan – June 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Favorite Short Poems – 3

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

S ilence
E nlivens
A nd
S olitude
O pens
N ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

SEASON and the Bible verse from Ecclesiastes are from our large print book, Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Favorite Short Poems – 2

new growth
on evergreens
dinner with old friends

Summer 2010

late September
and time with old friends
afternoon sun
shines on leaves
turning gold


These two poems were written for friends from Northern Illinois University and Northeastern Illinois University – we stay in touch and I am grateful.

Ellen Grace Olinger


many years
needed to write
a poem
in a few minutes

I may think about something for a long time, write a few notes, and then a poem seems to write itself. Reading many authors also is a great help, and practice. Always learning.

Ellen Grace Olinger