poetry and prose about place

about Jane Tims

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Hi.  Welcome!  Thank you for visiting.


photo by J.D.R. Beaudoin


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I am a botanist and writer, living in New Brunswick, Canada.  I have been writing poetry for about twenty years and I have one poetry book (‘within easy reach’ 2016 Chapel Street Editions), 84 poems, one magazine article, one short story and one review published in 23 literary journals.  You can find my poetry in the Dalhousie Review, Galleon, New Quarterly, the Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, all rights reserved, The Cormorant, Whetstone, Green’s Magazine, Canadian Stories, The Amethyst ReviewRiver Revue, and elsewhere.

I have rather diverse interests and these are reflected in my training.  I have a B.A. in History and Anthropology, a B.Sc. in Biology (botany), and an M.Sc. in Biology (forest ecology).  I am also a planner and have my Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and my Registered Provincial Planner certification.

I have been a member of a local writing group known as Wolf Tree Writers for 20 years.  We meet monthly to read, write, and critique one another’s work.

I am also a member of the writing group Fictional Friends.  We also meet monthly and often invite a local writer to attend our group and contribute to our learning. we have produced a chapbook of our writing (‘butter and eggs’ 2015).

I often include black and white pencil drawings with my writing and, sometimes, paintings in watercolour or acrylic.  Visit my Gallery Pages to see my work.


portrait by Scott Hamilton (artboy68) as part of his 100 portraits project

I practice my writing daily and this Blog has been a wonderful opportunity to work on my prose and poetry in themes, and to share my writing with more people.  It has also helped me practice my drawing.

me, writing about nature, at the 2011 Maritime Writer’s Workshop (Photo courtesy Deborah Carr)

Written by jane tims

August 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

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  1. Thank you for reading my Mothers Day Poem. I enjoy your beautiful artwork. beebeesworld


    May 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  2. Your drawings are lovely-thanks for reading my blog!


    May 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    • Hi. Your writing is compelling because it is based in experience. Thanks! Jane

      jane tims

      May 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

  3. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Blossom in the wind haiku-I enjoy your site and hope to read more-i have a hard time keeping up AND writing sometimes!! beebeesworld


    July 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm

  4. Jane
    I am an artist in Kentucky and I paint traffic lights. I would love your permission to paint the traffic lights in the fog. I will be showing my art in an exhibit in Savannah GA in Aug of this year. Please feel free to contact me. travelrv@hotmail. Would love to get started.


    Jon Walker

    June 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    • Hi Jon. Yes, you have my permission. I’d love to see the finished piece. Those traffic lights greeted me every day on my way to work (I’m now retired and doing some paintings myself). Glad to help. Jane

      jane tims

      June 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

  5. I found your blog on Subhan Zain’s great fellow bloggers-we have a lot of common interest, botany, art, poetry, prose. Your blog is a resource in and of itself-impressive, beautiful, inspiring. I enjoyed viewing it, the chicory caught my eye-one of my favorites and so often over looked as a “weed” It is a beautiful and useful wild flower/plant. I will follow your blog and invite you to check mine out and follow it as well..beebeesworld.


    July 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

    • Hi. Welcome. It’s nice to meet a kindred spirit. I’ll visit your blog too! Jane

      jane tims

      July 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

  6. Hi Jane – I found your site looking for ideas how to draw reflection on water. I just wanted to say I love your pencil drawings! They are so delicate and beautiful. I am a like minded creative but my ideas are very much driven by educating children as I am a music teacher, and currently in the process of putting a video together about Mary Kingsley’s travels across West Africa. (I have a site if you want to see the sort of thing I do. (Not a plug!) Anyway, thank you for the inspiration!

    Sam Dixon

    March 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

    • Hi. I’m glad you like my drawings. Water is hard to draw and I find different artists take different approaches. I will go look at your site. Jane

      jane tims

      March 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  7. Hi Jane. I’ve just found your blog and love it. I enjoyed seeing you at the workshop on Monday; your shared experiences were very useful to me. I just started my own blog yesterday!!


    February 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    • Hi! I am so glad you started your Blog. I will visit there and see what you are writing about. The course helped me a lot too, but I will probably never learn how to Tweet. Jane

      jane tims

      February 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

  8. Peaceful, pleasant, inviting poetry & drawings; very fine blog site…

    Lindy Lee

    January 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  9. Very well done, Jane. Love your site. Thank you!

    df barker

    December 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

  10. Hello Jane, thank you for all of your wonderful posts. You are on my top favourite 15 blogs listed here: Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more!

    Best wishes,

    Eve Redwater

    December 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    • Hi Eve. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your vote of confidence! This is high praise because your poetry is some of the best I’ve read! Jane

      jane tims

      December 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

  11. No kidding…I felt like I had found treasure after coming across your blog and taking a tour of your work! In a very real way, I have found treasure in my opinion! Thank you for sharing! I’ll certainly be back!


    December 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    • Hi. I’m glad you enjoyed looking at my work. I’ll have a look at your site too! Jane

      jane tims

      December 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  12. Hi Jane
    Just checked out your blog, very interesting. I subscribed.
    I have a very young blog :
    Mostly nature oriented


    November 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    • Hi Jim. I just looked at your blog and you have some interesting themes. I like your reminiscences.. they recall some of my own memories! Jane

      jane tims

      November 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

  13. Hello Jane,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my poems. I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

    Best wishes,

    Eve Redwater

    November 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    • Hi Eve. I like your poems and I’ll be by to visit again! I’m sorry you can’t have a cat where you live. I’ll have another posting about my cat Zoe sometime soon. Jane

      jane tims

      November 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

  14. Loving the blog. I too find that blogging makes a perfect frame for poems and images. And Oh How I Love Canada!! A country of natural inspiration if there is one!


    October 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

    • Hi. Do you know, we have a bird, the White Throat Sparrow, whose song is “I love dear Canada, Canada, Canada”? I hope to learn lots about Scotland from your posts! Jane

      jane tims

      October 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

  15. Jane is a most wonderful lady. I have interacted with Jane for a few years at work. Always pleasant and respectfull of others. Jane brings a smile and often a giggle with her to meetings in addtion to her insights and creative wisdom. Love your blogs Jane, you are an inspiration.

    an old freind 🙂


    October 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    • Hi! Thanks for the kind words. Glad you like the Blog! Jane

      jane tims

      October 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  16. Hi Jane, I found your blog through Watching Seasons. Looking forward to reading your work.

    Best wishes, from a poet in Wisconsin, USA!

    Ellen Grace Olinger

    September 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

    • Hi Ellen. Welcome. I’ll have a look at your site too. We missed Wisconsin during our 2002 cross-Canada and USA car trip, but I was there when I was a little girl. Jane

      jane tims

      September 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

  17. You can’t be stopped! A real blogging machine! 🙂


    September 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

  18. Hey Jane,

    Love the blog. My favourite poem and picture combo is Jewel Weed. Not a plant that we studied in University, I always thought it was touch me not. There is an abandoned church close to our house and I think it would make for a good picture and source of inspiration. There are three graves there among the blue berries and the woods which are creeping back in. joanne

    joanne glynn

    August 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    • Hi Joanne. You are right, Jewel Weed is also called Touch Me Not. I find the variety of names factinating and I love to know why they are named as they are. I’ll check out the church. Jane

      jane tims

      August 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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