More than words…

I express my love of nature in words, especially with poetry. I share what I’m seeing and feeling in written form, but I also capture moments in pictures. Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve taken over the years.  All but three are local photos.


A Hawaiian sunset in Kauai, a smoky sunset over Nevada City, CA, and the sun peeking through the trees in Nevada County, CA by the Yuba River.


A whale in Alaska, the Yuba River in Nevada County, CA, and a rainbow over the coast of Kauai.


Ananda Tulips Nevada City, CA,  Donner Summit (Sierra Nevada near Truckee, CA), snowstorm by the Magical Trail, Nevada City, CA.


Donner Summit by Bridge (Sierra Nevada by Truckee, CA), D.L. Finn taking pictures at Yuba River, Nevada County, CA.


  1. Still no rain. We’ve been having an unusually warm November. There are winds predicted this week. No idea if this means power outages again, but definitely increased fire danger. Still doing my rain dance!
  2. The Monthly Newsletter goes out Wednesday. Watch for it in your email if subscribed!
  3. Have you made it by the Spotlight Author tour? I’ve been having a lot of fun and sharing new “Finn Facts.” I also did a Blog Talk Radio Interview, too. You can click on the links above if you’re interested.
  4. I’ve crossed over the 30,000 words for NaNo. No idea where the story is going to end up, but it’s getting exciting. I lost a chapter overnight last week. Not sure how it happened since I have a backup in place. So that set me back a day. One of those things that led me in another direction.
  5. Next week’s blog I will share our family’s Thanksgiving Tree and some “leaves” or what we’ve been thankful for over the years.

Embrace your inner child with gratitude and share it. D. L. Finn


24 thoughts on “More than words…”

  1. Wow, Denise — you’ve been busy. Kudos. I love these photos. So many fabulous ones I could never choose a favorite. Doing that rain dance along with you and praying you get moisture, and less wind. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I have many favorite photos and memories to go with them:) Thanks for the rain dance! Hugs right back.

  2. The first photo with the palm trees and sunset made me go look at the cover of “No Fairy Tale.” I have to ask, was that book cover one of your photos? These are amazing! You have been very busy! I enjoyed all the stops on the Spotlight Author tour! And it was such a pleasure to get to chat with you on the radio show!

    1. Good eye, Jan. That is the same photo I believe used for the cover. It’s been a busy month, for sure, but lots of fun. I enjoyed every stop:) I really enjoyed our chat. You make it really easy.

    1. Thank you, Robbie:) I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty and i try to capture it. So many good memories in in those pictures. I was happy to you see on the tour and glad you learned some new things in the Finn Facts!

  3. I love your photos, Denise. Isn’t it great you could use your photo for book cover? I’m leaving to see my granddaughter tomorrow. I missed many of your tour stops.

    1. Hi Miriam:) I love when I can blend my writing with pictures by using them as covers. Hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful visit with your granddaughter! Thank you for your support!

  4. Beautiful photos, just like your poetry! I pray for rain so that the fires would be extinguished. Congratulations on reaching 30,000 words! Sorry, I’ve been working some long hours lately, and have not yet had the chance to listen to your interview. I will as soon as I get the chance.

    1. Thank you, Mark. I hope we get some rain soon. We are all busy and its hard to do all the things we want to i appreciate that:) Hope your week is starting off good!

  5. Great pictures, Denise. I wish I could send some of our snow your way and have it converted into rain for you! You’re doing great at 30K words for Nano, keep it up! xo

    1. Thank you, Eden. I’ll take snow, too! The fire seasons seem to get longer each year. Being over the halfway mark is exciting.

  6. Congrats on your NaNo progress! I am proud of you. I’m way behind… Sigh.. My sister lives in Indiana and is complaining about the unusually cold November. I won’t be moving there any time soon.

    1. Hi Jacqui:) Thanks. It’s not easy to force myself to write when I dont’ want to! But it certainly keeps you motivated to do so. Such extremes with the weather. I don’t think I’d handle the really cold stuff. Getting down to 20 degrees is about I’ve been around.

    1. Thank, Diana! I do love every season for different reasons. Although, its not easy to keep up the writing pace, I’m glad I did it:)

    1. Thanks, Jacquie! The poweroutages did miss us…yay! They are saying we have storms coming next week:) Might have that winter wondeland soon. I’m ready.

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