Bark – Tanka poem

Bark

Protects hidden hearts

With tough layers of texture

Clinging and peeling

And revealing small glimpses

Of tenderness deep within

Finding grace

Finding grace. Green & white at Metolius River headwaters 27Nov2016

Headwaters of the Metolius River, Oregon

Rivers make their own way
Flowing
In a steady direction
Turning
When they find obstacles
Rising
And descending towards
Finding
A unique form of grace

Weekly Photo Challenge – Graceful

Snowfall makes

Snowfall makes
Mountain ranges on branchesSnowfall on spruce 14Dec2017

Snowfall makes
Stars burst forth belowSnow4 11-24-2015

Snowfall makes
Logs into letterspaulinalk2-4oct2016

Snowfall makes
The roughest spots smoothWinter juniper

Snowfall makes
New tracks in ancient placessnowfall makes Snowshoeing near Mt Bachelor 29March2016

Fall Foliage Fireworks: Weekly Photo Challenge

Fall foliage at Doris Lake, Oregon 20Sept2016

Fall leaves
Bursting with color
Explosions of warms and cools
Reflecting the last rays of summer
On a quest towards the
Cold crispness to come

Weekly Photo Challenge – Quest

Grounded 2: Notice the world beneath you

Notice the Thermophiles Yellowstone NPk

Look beneath your feet
And notice

Colors blending Yellowstone NPk

Notice the textures
Notice the colors blending
And bold

Textures Yellowstone NPk
Near Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone NPk

Bold and brilliant hues
Bold and distinct edges
And patterns

Ridges Yellowstone NPk

Patterns of cracks
Patterns of smoothness
And transitions

Notice the Pebbles Yellowstone NPk
Transitions Yellowstone NPk

Transitions moving towards new
Transitions moving in a rhythm
And beat

Notice everything at Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone NPk

Beat into the earth
Beat into your memory
And soul

I am re-posting one of my favorite posts in celebration of one year of blogging and 100 entries. Hope you are enjoying my blog!

Embrace them

Fox kit, Yellowstone National Park

Fox kit at Yellowstone National Park

A gust of wind
Can take them away
Embrace them and guide them
With gentle breezes

Words: A poem on Sticks and Stones

Words
Sharp and cutting
Smooth and soothing
Colored by what surrounds them

Words
Forked and dividing
Fibrous and fortifying
Defined by what surrounds them

Words poem on sticks & stones

Words
Tangled and eroding
Tranquil and tempering
Embraced by what surrounds them

May Showers, High Desert Flowers

A desert can be desolate
Arid and barren

Spring showers
Splash colors

Of brilliant hues
Amidst the sand

Painting with a delicate brush
From a palette of rainbows

Tiny Oasis: A Haiku about a starlily

Starlily or Sand lily, Leucocrinum montanum
Sand lily, Leucocrinum montanum

Tucked beneath the sage
Reflections of stars above
Shine forth from the sand

Flocking to Malheur in the Springtime

In the Spring, the flocking begins.

Flocking to Malheur Ross's Geese, Chen rossii
Ross’s Geese, Chen rossii

Flocks alighting,
Optics focusing.

American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus
American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus

Nature’s fireworks on display
Exploding in a timeless rhythm.

Say's Phoebe, Sayornis saya
Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya

Wings fluttering,
Voices trumpeting.

Flocking to Malheur Birdwatchers
Malheur Birdwatchers

Welcoming visitors to share
In a celebration of Spring.

Flocking to Malheur.

Easter cottontail

Mountain cottontail

Mountain cottontail, Sylvilagus nuttallii

In the sagebrush sea
Where bunchgrass waves in the wind
Alone he grazes
Nose twitching, large eyes gazing
Cottontail punctuating

Peace Tree: A message from Nature

Peace Tree

This peace tree was seen in my backyard. Please share this image and the words I wrote to go along with it.

Grounded – A poem of the Earth

Grounded Notice the Thermophiles Yellowstone NPk

Look beneath your feet
And notice

Colors blending Yellowstone NPk

Notice the textures
Notice the colors blending
And bold

Bold and brilliant hues
Bold and distinct edges
And patterns

Ridges Yellowstone NPk

Patterns of cracks
Patterns of smoothness
And transitions

Transitions moving towards new
Transitions moving in a rhythm
And beat

Grounded Notice everything at Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone NPk

Beat into the earth
Beat into your memory
And soul

Winter Sunrise captured in words and visions

Winter Sunrise

Winter Sunrise

Cool snowy blankets
Boldly contrasting branches
Frame an immense sky
Blinking awake in deep blue
Blushing in flashes of fire

New Year: An optimistic reflective poem

New Year - Black-tailed Deer. Olympic National Park, WA
Black-tailed Deer. Olympic National Park, WA

As the new year approaches
You can choose to look down and back
Or up and forward

Chickaree

 

Agile climbers

Mischievous thieves

Scolder of treetops

Digger under leaves

Clouds

Clouds…

Obscure what was once clear

Release things that burden them

Blanket the cold nights

Shine brightness on what’s to come

Surround us in the divine

Fall’s Laughter

Close up of maple

Fall begins with joyous laughter and warm caresses that

Nod and wink as they cloak you with a touch of frost

Standing there entranced, you are enveloped by color

FallLaughs2Cool greens evolving into explosions of vibrant

Yellow, orange, and crimson

North winds swirl about you encircling you

FallLaughs4Wrapping you in the scent of remembrance

Snaps and crackles sound under your feet

Inviting you to grab handfuls and throw them into the air

FallLaughs3You smile as the coolness surrounding you is

Warmed by a shower of brilliant laughing tones

Emanating from falling leaves readying themselves for winter

Stronger than the Wind: A poem of resilience

Stronger than the wind Coopers Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk at High Desert Museum

Sometimes you will be happily flying along in life when – WHAM!

A gust of wind comes out of nowhere and hurtles you to the ground.

Pick yourself up, preen those damaged wings, and remind yourself

You are stronger than the wind.

Branches

Cling on to leaves all seasons

Brilliant leaves dropping in fall

Profusions of big, bold flowers

Flowers that are quiet and small

Cones that depend upon fire

Tiny, but intoxicating cones

Juicy, sweet abundant fruit

Fruit that is dry as a bone

Delicate and ephemeral

Resilient and strong

Twisting and rough

Straight and long

Furrows in the bark

Bark peeling and red

Running near the surface roots

Deep-reaching roots that are more widespread