Tree bark closeups–Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Abstract’ , I am sharing tree bark photos that I took on March 30, 2016.  I was attracted to the rich colour blends, shapes, and signs of new life.  The photo challenge this week was to share images that feature shapes, colour, and texture rather than specific ‘objects’.

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April 22 Full Moon on Earth Day

April full moon is known by different names according to Farmer’s Almanac:

Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon.

Pink moon is an exciting name as it conjures images of a pink orb lighting the night sky–however, the moon isn’t pink in April. Pink blossoms, moss pink, and wild ground phlox are features of this month–though not yet in my neighborhood.  Here is a Japanese garden in full  bloom with a carpet of moss pink.

Moss pink at Yachounomori Garden in Japan; Photographer: Tanaka Juuyoh
Yachounomori Garden in Japan; Photographer: Tanaka Juuyoh

Sprouting Grass Moon does apply to my surroundings–slowly, but surely, yellow fields are turning green.  Egg Moon references spring fertility or the size of the moon.  The April full moon is the smallest of the year–as the moon is at its greatest distance from Earth.  Fish Moon?  I’ll leave that interpretation to those who are in tune with the lives of fish.

This post is in response to my fascination with Native American Full Moon names.  Coming up: May, month of Flower Moon.  Happy Earth Day!

Spring dance–First day of spring!

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Dance’ I  feature dogs dancing and prancing at a local dog park.  And today, March 20, is the first day of Spring, also known as the ‘Spring Equinox’  (Northern Hemisphere) or ‘March Equinox’.  Happy Spring to my northern neighbours and Happy Autumn to my friends in the South. As of today, day and night are roughly equal in length and in the Northern Hemisphere, daylight hours will increase up until Summer Solstice in June.

I took these photos at a local dog park on a sunny day in early March.

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Autumn of life

In response to The Secret Keeper Weekly Writing Prompt #25: ‘reach, shot, intense, flaw, spring’):

Take #1: Free form

Autumn of life,
spring of creativity,
childish wonder
still intact,
Imagination
 within reach,
shot with memories,
broken dreams.
Blinders slipped,
illusions faded,
personal flaws glimmer,
Intense longing
for understanding simmers,
Life vapours
steadily waft to eternity.
∼

Take #2: Nonet


In life's autumn, creativity
springs from fresh opportunities.
Through carved channels and hidden
nooks, brisk waters reach old
and new wisdoms, shots
of folly too,
flaws glimmer
in-tense
flow.


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Morning sunlight through a window

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Wrapped snug in soft fleece,
Golden sunlight warms my view,
chickadees flit by.

You may notice that the chickadees flitted too quickly to be caught in the photo. The prompt words are ‘tight’ (snug)  and ‘warm’. Please visit the prompt post to find out how you can join in and to find links to other responses to Ronovan Writes’ Haiku Poetry Challenge #85.

Sunday morning stroll

Life gives life,
A path, no promise,
Pulsing beats
resonate,
Walking minds visit old times,
entertain new views.

In response to Weekly Writing Prompt #24 from the Secret Keeper. The prompt words, to be incorporated into poetry or prose, are: ‘walk, old, promise, view, beat.’ My form is a Shadorma. Happy Sunday!

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Snow Season—Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Seasons’.

For the last three days I have been shovelling–first there was the front walkway and driveway so we could go to town.  Then I had to move huge mounds of snow from the back deck and drainage pipes all around the house. This will not be news to regular readers, as my last post focussed on my experience shovelling 2 to 3-foot snow drifts. Tuesday’s blizzard also brought sub-zero temperatures.  Lake Ontario is finally frozen:

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To walk around the perimeter of my house, I wore snowshoes.  This way I sank only one foot down instead of several feet.  This picture shows my snowshoe trail down to the buried compost bin, and the next shows my snowshoes.

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Finally, I would like to share the hidden beauty of the light blue glow from deep snow holes and crevices.

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