sunshine

Blooming

The flowers

everywhere you look

are coming out

to show the world

their colors.

Some are late bloomers–

their time is yet to come.

Nature gradually

terraforms the world

of blossoms

a little here

a little there

not all at once

except now

it’s trying to beat

its own record

rainfall & sunshine

year!

 

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sun here and gone

the sun played peek-a-boo

with the clouds

I was  glad to see it when it came out

sad and cold to see it go back into

hiding

not willing to be observed by those

below

all are below the sun, none are

above it

we don’t look down on the

sun

when we try it disappears behind

the earth always remaining

equal to or above us never

allowing it to be looked down upon.

 

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Stump Top

The goose just look at me

standing alone atop the lopped

off tree trunk at the river’s edge.

I said “hello”, an unusual

place for a goose to perch.

No one was going to crowd him

out of his place or encroach upon

his freedom.

“I, King of this mountain”

he seemed to express,

so I tried not to

disturb his somewhat

peaceful presence in

our unexpected encounter.

Or it could have been

a “her”.

Star Gazer Lily close up.

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Sunny Days

Sometimes the sun

is not ashamed to show

her face.

Mother Jones and Mother

Earth appreciate that.

As well as the little humans

who crawl on her face

like ants.

Sometimes she hides.

Not afraid to show

her face but hangs

out in privacy

anyway.

The ants get along.

The humans

survive.

And the sun keeps

shining,

nevertheless.

 

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Starlight

Days come

Days go

The wind blows

The stars

wait

their turn

to shine.

The sun

is there–

no days off

no r&r

animals

sleep in

weather just

changes–

is always

on the job.

 

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awake

I should be asleep.

Maybe I am

and I don’t know it.

This is all a bad

dream.  Some of it its.

I’m still waiting

for Nirvana.

I see glimpses

like peeking through

the breaking clouds

the sun appears

momentarily

& then burrows back

into the sky–

a hole in heaven

it resides

sharing its warmth

& bounty

at its discretion

not mine.

Dream or not

my eyes are open

or seem so

so I guess I am

awake when

I should be

asleep–tomorrow’s

another day.

Yellow Spider Mums with white branches.

Yellow Spider Mums with white branches.

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Winter

Winter doesn’t seem bleak to me.

I know it isn’t as colorful

or warm as other times of

the year–or even sunny.

It is just there in all its

stillness

standing guard over

the season-

a castle with many

guards, at peace in itself,

still, somber, composure.

It waits patiently

for things to start

happening–I wish

I had that kind of

patience!–more

visitors, ‘showing

off’ for them

and bearing

the fruits of inactivity

in the more dormant

times.

Snow covered trees with sunrise. Oregon Cascades

Snow covered trees with sunrise. Oregon Cascades

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A good day

Foggy, cloudy & cool

turned to warm, sunny

and blue.

If we waited long enough

the sun would dominate

the “pesky” fog that cast

somewhat of a ‘gloom’ on

the day.

I can see my shadow! I

exclaimed as we walked to

lunch!  I can make a

rabbit with my hands!

It was all good until we

had to go back for the

tickets for the drawing

at lunchtime.

Gathered up, on the way

back & excited to get

to lunch I said,

don’t…but too

late…as she rounded

the corner…run…

I mumbled to

myself.

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce  National Park, Utah

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce National Park, Utah

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Breakthrough

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Close up view of fall colored aspen trees. San Juan Mountains. Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado

It was cold & dreary

then the sun broke through.

There was still blue sky above

white, puffy chiffon-like clouds

floated by as carefree as the

wind they rode upon.

It warmed our souls, not to mention

our body, that selfless sun.

We played like it was summer or

spring–anything but the

cold winter day it had been.

The fog kept us company

earlier to remind us of our

place, and that it’s not

nice to (try to) fool mother

nature or anyone else’s mother

as if we really could.

So the sun had its way

with us while we learned

new games in bliss and joy

out from the stifling confinement

of 4 walls–a roof and a floor

“box” living–never meant

for humans or any other animal

for very long and they were out

of there, back to nature feeling

at home as anywhere else they

could build.

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

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Nature

Nature is steady.

She never ‘modernizes’.

Comes out with a new

& improved model

next year.

She’s stable & changes

slowly, if at all–from our

perspective.

She’s always there.

You never have to hunt her

up.

She doesn’t hide.

A foggy day may

obscure her obvious

beauty but under those

wraps, she sparkles

and shines in the bright

sunlight.

Low tide  pools and rippled sand at Bandon Beach, Oregon

Low tide pools and rippled sand at Bandon Beach, Oregon

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