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Bald Eagle

I saw the first Bald

Eagle I’ve ever seen

where I live today!

I had to look twice.

I thought maybe

somebody with a

very long ladder

posted a picture of

one on the top

of this dead-limbed

tree!

Another man came

running along with

his well-behaved,

unleashed dog and

jaunted up a steep

hill and was gone!

I have a knee that

doesn’t need to slip

and fall, so I didn’t

follow him, but now

I know the way.

Little 5-6 year-olds

were playing baseball

with helmets & uniforms

(it’s 100 degrees F today)

running around the bases

to their heart’s delight.

Parents are so dedicated!

Other than that–oh,

another guy came whizzing by

on a orange-colored rent-a-bike

like there was no tomorrow

and looked slightly miffed that

he had to take his eyes off the

trail to wave back to me.

What you see when you get up

early to beat the heat!

Bald Eagle. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

Bald Eagle. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

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Unlearning

Being true to yourself

may be

a different experience

to many.

I am inspired occasionally

to just put away

rules, habit, many things

that rule my life,

to supposedly make it easier

to run.  And they do.  I don’t

want to learn how to drive a

car or ride a bicycle all over again

each trip out.  I already know.

But when creativity enters

into the equation, all that goes

out the window.  Or most of

it.  How can I differently do it?

hmm.

We all have energy, time challenges

even constrictions.  So within

those, now how can I make it

different and interesting &

fun?

I need to be first to do something

I think, not second.  I need

to stand on my own two feet.

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Bumble bee feeding on thistle flower. Hall’s Canyon National Recreational Area, Oregon

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Choose

If you’re having

fun

in a serious world

people

don’t take you seriously!

They think you’re a

frivolous fool

not able

to get down to “business”.

But what do they know?

What’s it like

to give up

your fun

for some stranger?

That’s what I thought.

Not fun.

You can choose your life…

or not

hmmm…the “or not” doesn’t

feel like much fun.  🙂 🙂

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Crossing the line

I want to break out

of the mold

the die

I was cast in.

Reach over the fence

unlock the gate

and walk through.

To a new field–

of dreams…

pleasant ones

I can grab

and embrace

and hold tight

to

for a while

until it’s time

to let go again

and wander

into a new field–

of dreams…

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

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The Hare and the Turtle

“No, you can’t go, you need to rest.

You’ll over do it.  Already it’s a painful

adjustment to increase your exercise

to an aerobic 45 min. session everyday.”

Yes, it isn’t easy to start when you’re

not used to something.  But I took

it one day at a time to see how

far I could go without injury,

crashing, etc.

So far, so good.  My tendency to

“push” and criticize to look for

“perfection” had to be let go.

Slow worked better than I thought.

Lighter weights were a good workout,

anyway.  I can always move up.

I tend to injure going too fast

or pushing too hard.

So, all the voices in my head

are being stood up to for the

vaporous, substance-less, negative

imaginings they are.

I feel better about myself running.

Going slowly until my

conditioning improves makes it

possible.  Thank God!

 

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Rain Run

Went for a run in the rain.

I knew it would clear up

but I couldn’t wait…

The rain is quiet.  No one

ventures out in it (if they’re

in their right mind!)

It’s just you and the

animals–most of them

are hunkered down, too.

Frogs are star players–hidden

but heard.  Of course, the

ducks are saying, “what

kept you so, rain?”

Just me & the wind and

the rain.  Hopping around

puddles–no tracks

but mine appeared.

 

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Love and Passion

I wish there was someone

to lay with

now that I’m ready…

Why didn’t I think

of friendship before?

now that I’m 3 qts. low

on the essential oil

for smooth performance

and to keep my vehicle

from self-incinerating.

Such a steamy passion

envelops my being.

I come with a body

the spirit takes care

of itself normally

the body has to

seek out its needs

and make them

known to another

in love and embrace

cuddle until two

become one

being going

with the flow

of love and

passion.

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Going to Work

Staying home

has its plusses.

You get to ‘rest’ a lot

compared to a day at work.

But guess what?

I never thought I’d yearn

for a day of work.

As much as I like walking

in nature,

a day at home

seems rather empty

and unfulfilling in a way.

But just like sleep, we need it

apparently–at least I do–

or the rest of life is not very

rewarding–as much of it

as you can see with your

eyelids half-open and

brain on ‘conserve resources’

a kind of screen-saver

consciousness, without

adequate sleep.

So tomorrow I will try to

make sense of the day

trying to draw out the

wisdom of young ones

who will help me see my way.

Northern Anchovy (Engraulis anchovy). Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon.

Northern Anchovy (Engraulis anchovy). Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon.

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On a Walk

No.  I don’t have time for a walk, today.

Yes you do!  Get your butt out that door

and go walking.

Who knows what’s out there that’s new

or changed from yesterday?

I saw a tree that went (belly) roots

up as it fell over.  I don’t remember

seeing that before.  No strong wind

yesterday that I remember.

My memory is good and I’m very

observant–don’t like to miss a

thing I can take in with my eyes.

So the next time I visit a place,

years later sometimes, I remember

how it was then & I can see all the

changes.

I don’t remember this tree on its

side, half way in the river but

my mind is busy these days

with “problems” or puzzles I

try to sort out while I walk, so

I could have missed it, OR

I am just really waking up

to getting out of myself &

becoming more aware of the/

my environment.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Photography © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

 

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The Hawk

Perrigrin Falcon. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

Perrigrin Falcon. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

The hawk doing his aerobatic

maneuvers had no awareness

of me watch him in the distance

as I walked through the field.

He was just having the best time

swooping barrel rolls almost

were like falling off a log to him.

To keep from getting dizzy and

‘falling out of the sky’ must

have been built in for generations

or he just practiced a lot and

loved flying.

Some hawks are more keen with

their eyesight, some just

like to sit up high and observe

all below for the tiniest mouse

to make a wrong move!

This hawk was a navigator

goggles on, scarf blowing

in the wind he was willing

to fly circles around the

nearest cloud or tree just

for the rush of wind past his

face beak forward, feathers

back, claws ready in case

dinner presented itself–a tasty

distraction.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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