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Moon/Sun Walk

The sun played peek-a-boo

with the moon today.

Borrowed some glasses and

saw it first hand.

I walked.  I saw a rabbit.

Haven’t seen any this year

where I walk.  They’re all hanging

out at the new veggie garden the

farmers are growing.  Don’t

blame them.  Pretty slim pickings

other years I would imagine–

dry dusty fields and whatever

they could find.  It was a little

rabbit–almost tame.  The

younger ones let you come

nearer.

The white egret I spotted flew

off as soon as I came into view–

at least 50 yards off.  Very

skittish.

I walked in the eclipse.

Dim outside, bright inside.

 

 

 

 

 

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field friends

I love the doves.

I love the mockingbirds.

The hawks.

The ducks, the geese.

The quiet, swaying

in hawk-like circles,

swallows.

More wing beats, though.

The lazy turtles,

more shy than

other animals with

fast-get-away wings.

All the other unnamed

birds I don’t know the

names of.

It’s just part

of why I like to

walk in nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leave It Be

Nature calms your brain,

challenges your ingenuity

to survive physical

hardships.

She encourages.  Just

look up from your mind-

dominated mindset

and see the answers to

your dilemma.

Distracting you from

disaster which is likely

not to happen.

Gear down on the fear.

What you think will

or might happen

isn’t even close to

what normally

happens.

Projection of

“persecution” and

failure aren’t

really close to

materializing.

Yet, somehow you

want to choose (being)

the victim.

Helpless and un-

willing to move a

finger to better

things.  Nature

helps you reset

& reboot for a new

shot.

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

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Nature Offers

I love the weather.

Nature and it are an

unbeatable combination.

No weather inside.

No scent of the pines.

Sun shining brightly

in my eyes,

from my eyes.

The crunch of brush

underfoot.

The wind cooling

my sweat–freely

giving its movement

to all who bathe in

it.

New growth–where

were you yesterday?

Preparing to pounce

on the world, today.

Who you meet on the

trail.

Isolated in your

house, none of this

is possible to

experience.

My senses are

assaulted by all

of nature’s vagaries

from moment to

moment.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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The Light of Day

When you’re in a hole

and it’s very black in

there, you start

digging

for answers, for light,

for air, space.

Even though your shovel

clanks against some

rocks

immovable, some,

you burrow around,

heading up

or at least you think

it’s up

and any ray of light

you grab onto for

encouragement.

No one knows your

hole like you.

You dig until you’re

out.

No one likes to be in a

dark hole.

View of Zion National Park from trail in high country, UtahC00471D-11

View of Zion National Park from trail in high country, Utah

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Evening

Some days the evening comes

more welcome than others.

Even though the day is about

to evaporate into sleep

and dreams perchance

keep you entertained,

it’s the sweet nectar

of sloughing off the burrs,

the excesses of living

each hour before,

that satisfies.

There’s not always a

slow enough lane

for your speed.

You run the risk

of being in everyone’s

crazy rush to

live the sunshine

hours more swiftly

than the limit

allows.

Yet you arrive

wholly unscathed

and happy to

be home no matter

the enjoyment of

the journey.

The Dark Hedges. Rural Beech tree lined road in Ireland.

The Dark Hedges. Rural Beech tree lined road in Ireland.

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Angularity

If I was a grasshopper

or a praying mantis

I’d work on my grooming

and polish my angular

head.

Who knows when another

of ‘my kind’ will appear

before my eyes dazzling

us both with our uniqueness.

We wouldn’t bug each other

as much if we weren’t bugs.

Our lives will be short

so we will make the

most of our days in the sun.

Food might not always

be plentiful but we will

make it through.

Nature is our source &

savior.

As long as we’re needed on

the planet, we will be here.

It’s good to go through

life with another angular

head who understands

you.

Peacock feathers

Peacock feathers

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Summer Heat

It’s going to be raining

heat rays

in abundance

soon.

Records may lose

their esteemed place

and a new year

will take over for a

while.  (For those

who keep track of

such things)

In the meantime,

nothing really

shuts down.

Business as usual.

Some may hole

up until more

clement weather

returns.  Or get up

really early to get

out in the fresh

air & sunshine.

The balance of

the planets’

environment–

in the short term–

rights itself from

extremes.  We recover.

Full moonset over Teton Mountains. Grand Teton National Park, WY

Full moonset over Teton Mountains. Grand Teton National Park, WY

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A Tree

If I was a tree I don’t know

if I’d grow so big as to not fit in the

forest without standing out so

conspicuously that everyone always

looked at me when they walked by,

I was so noticeable.

So, I might consider growing to

just ‘average’ height so I’d

blend in and be a part of the

forest & feel like I belonged to

something bigger than myself.

Sometimes, I’ve been watered so

intensively and been planted in

the best sun spot that my growing

took off into the sky unrestricted

& unrestrained.

I was destined, determined to be

the tallest, widest, most dense,

beautiful tree in the forest.

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Redwoods with path and big leaf maple tree in fall color. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

No one could come up to my

height & join my primo

basking ability.

Still in all, I was still a tree

and just because I was big

didn’t mean there wasn’t

a place for me in the

forest.

I’ll wait, happily growing

bigger & see who sits in my

shade, climbs my branches

for a better view and puts me

in their photographs the most.

 

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Help Along the Way

Why does that which one needs

come at the last hour?

Better than not coming at all.

Suffering contains within it

the mettle of resolution of long-

held difficulties–a kind of

trial by fire–to see if

you survive its harshest

lessons.

The tunnel always opens

up at some point–a cave

you may have to turn

around and walk out,

starting again at a

new point.

I’m glad the days are

packaged into 24 hr

intervals–a chance to

start again comes often

enough to help you keep

the faith until the

morrow.

Looking for a brighter day

to balance with the

darker ones that visit

to impart their lessons.

View of Zion National Park from trail in high country, UtahC00471D-11

View of Zion National Park from trail in high country, Utah C00471D-11

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

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