poetry and prose about place


with 33 comments

This blog space will be devoted to poetry and prose about ‘niche’.  I’ll include poems and stories about human space: home and away, past and present.  I’ll write to explore some of the place-based themes I love: laughing and talking with friends, growing and gathering food, wandering in forest and field, and travelling to other places.  Because I am a biologist, I’ll also write about wild plants and animals, and the spaces where they live and interact with one another.

I also illustrate my posts with my pencil drawings and paintings.  I love to draw and pencil is a very obliging medium.

Right now, I’m posting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday … so visit often!!

please visit my website at


'purple violets'




apple orchard in spring

Written by jane tims

July 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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  1. so pretty 🙂

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    May 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    • The violet watercolour is one of the first I did and it remains a favourite. The purple violet is our provincial flower in New Brunswick.

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      jane tims

      May 24, 2017 at 10:09 pm

  2. Gorgeous artwork–are those African Violets? They remind me of my late grandmother.

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    Azul Zaffre

    January 30, 2016 at 4:09 am

    • Hi. They are related. These are ‘Purple Violets’, a wild flower. They grow in our lawn. My grandmother kept African violets too. Thanks for your comment. Jane


      jane tims

      January 30, 2016 at 4:36 am

  3. I am engaged in a virtual bike trip across the US & Canada (Washington state through Canada to Vermont). I am cycling on a stationary bike and using Google images & Street Views to tell me about the places & pass through. It’s connected to my efforts to write the stories contained in 3 hope chests full of 19th century family letters & diaries, based in Vermont. I admire all that you are doing with ideas about place and art. I am blogging about my experience with virtual travel, and I want to share information about yours & others I have discovered. I have shared your blog and one watercolor on my site, and I hope this will bring you more admirers.

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    Jenny Sayward

    December 29, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    • Hi Jenny. Great to hear from you. I am now cycling (virtual) the length of the Saint John River, beginning in Maine and ending in city of Saint John. Great way to see places. I like your idea of linking it to history! Jane


      jane tims

      December 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm

  4. Love the drawings … and the fact that drawing is the passion outside of the career.

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    May 2, 2015 at 11:35 pm

  5. Beautiful drawings.



    December 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm

  6. Hey there Jane, what’s up? Just randomly tuned into your blog and I liked what I read so I gave you a follow. Come see what’s on my mind over at, and if you like, join in the fun! Have a great day 🙂



    October 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    • Hi Jacob. Thanks for following my Blog. I am looking forward to reading more of yours. And, Happy Birthday! Jane


      jane tims

      October 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  7. Hi Jane. I’ve nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award. If you choose to accept, please go here:


    Jane Fritz

    May 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  8. It was a pleasure to meet you today Jane. Goose tongue greens and cactus berries. Indeed.




    May 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

  9. Hi Jane,
    I enjoyed the sparse but energetic style of your poetry, and the accompanying images. Your expertise adds another dimension as well. Am now following your blog. All the best, Stephen.


    Stephen James

    December 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    • Hi Stephen. Welcome. and thanks for the comment. I hope you continue to enjoy my work. I’ll visit your site as well. Jane


      jane tims

      December 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

  10. Hi Jane,
    Random compliment of the day — found your site today (spotted one of your *wonderful* landscape sketches while searching for info on the pink variant of Nymphaea odorata!) and just wanted to let you know I’m really enjoying exploring your posts. I think we share the same web of interests (art-science-poety) and our passion for environmental observation. Wishing you all the best,


    Kathleen M. Heideman

    November 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    • Hi. Glad to hear from you. I’ll visit your site too. Please come back often! Jane


      jane tims

      November 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  11. Hi Jane! I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”!



    June 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    • Hi. Thank you very much. I am glad you like my posts. I will have a look at the award and continue to try to live up to it. Thanks again, Jane


      jane tims

      June 21, 2012 at 7:38 am

  12. I love the idea behind this blog. I, too, am interested in place, and I like the way you describe it here. Your images are beautiful. Can’t wait to explore your blog a bit more!


    Emily B

    May 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  13. I can’t wait to get further acquainted with your work – what I’ve seen so far looks fascinating! Nice to meet you!



    Louise Jaques

    February 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    • Hi Louise. Welcome. There is lots to see… hope you find it interesting. I’ll visit your site too. Jane


      jane tims

      February 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

  14. You’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂


    C.L. Sostarich

    November 15, 2011 at 8:38 am

    • Hi C.L. Thank you for nominating me and saying such nice things about my Blog. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Jane


      jane tims

      November 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  15. I am very pleased that I stumbled upon your blog. I love have how you use examples to show what you are writing and expressing. I look forward to more!



    October 15, 2011 at 6:32 am

    • Hi. Welcome. I had a look at your site. I like the short story so far, and the creepy mirror. I look forward to reading more. Jane


      jane tims

      October 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

  16. Hi Jane, thanks for including the link to your blog! I’m off to start my day but am planning to come back here and read some of your posts – your pictures have already enticed me to return when I have a little more time!


    Barbara Rodgers

    August 8, 2011 at 9:11 am

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