Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
As a child, I would hide away
Within the venerable civilization of trees
There was an invisible line at the edge of our property
Once crossed, all yelling and fighting would cease
I would step into
The flute-like call of a soulful owl
The rise of loquacious locusts
Like steam after a summer rain
And then their sinking hush as I drew near
The creek spilling through pine roots
Weaving around fallen trees
Creating swirling stages of leaves dancing
Ceremoniously, at the end of their day
Like the wind-up music box ballerina
That played Lara’s Theme
The pine needles, bark, and cones that scented my bare feet
Wafting woodland perfume
Infusing a musty certitude
I used to wonder
About never going home
About living on dew berries and Honey Locust nuts
Like the people who lived here before
About pine bark boats
With a leaf for a sail
Where would it end up?
Making birds, nests, and eggs
From the creek bed’s clay
I lived in the moment
Though, it eventually dried and crumbled
And I cried
Now, I keep returning to the forest
Searching for that world
Where I lived in the moment
But my head won’t be silent
Yelling and fighting, though I live alone
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The falls on Hurley Mountain Road. . . all froze up. This photo was taken on Feb 5th, 2007.
Hudson River - photo taken on Feb 10th, 2007
Hi I am a new poster here! I was invited to add some blogs here & was so pleased to be able to contribute!
I love taking pics. . . especially of nature/wildlife to share;)
I am a photo-freak for sure!! I have 1000's of pics. . . and I got a new camera this year (Jan 2008) . . that I LOVE . . . but I did a BAD thing & cracked the screen! :( bummer. . I gotta see if i can get it fixed, or I'll be shelling out for a new again . .
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Snow on my geraniums
Snow on my mint
Most of the snow melted as soon as it landed. I had to be quick ;]
"One exciting day last summer, a group of Campfire kids found a
dragonfly nymph climbing up a branch along the Bog Trail. Suddenly it
began to look strange. The back enlarged and it appeared to have what
the kids called 'eyes' under its skin. The back of the thorax
(shoulders) burst open and the adult dragonfly began to slowly emerge.
All of us watched transfixed as the dragonfly crawled out of its
nymphal skin and ever-so-slowly pumped a fluid from special reservoirs
(the 'eye-like' structures) under its skin d into the abdomen. It
gradually elongated and became exquisitely thin. Finally, after
beating its wings several times, the dragonfly suddenly flew rapidly
away. The children and I were thrilled!" 1982 (Photo from Stoney Creek
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
This first pic was taken where we spread my husband's ashes. It's a place called The Turkey Roost, but lately we just call it The Well, because the wild turkeys don't seem to roost there anymore.
Same place, looking from a different direction.
The old knotted live oak on the dirt road up to the house.
Just wandering through the pastures. The cows followed me around until I got back to the house. I guess they thought I had food. It was funny, though, they wouldn't get too close. They have over 600 acres on this ranch.
Mistletoe on a Texas Mesquite.
Thanks Mary for putting up the new monthly themes. Sorry I dropped the ball on that one. I just forgot. The Mistletoe is my winter evergreen for this month's theme, but I have to admit, I'm just now getting in the fall mood ;]
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Leaf Lady (Gail)