Autumn’s gambol

The ancient eavesdropper

Autumn's Gambol

Water
plays with
a full deck
of leaves —
shuffling
and
dealing
them
downstream —
Autumn’s
gambol.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

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Currently in my quest through life, I am crossing bridges at work and at home.  My wife, Heather, is 23 weeks pregnant with a baby girl.  So far, the ultrasounds have been normal and her heartbeat is strong and she likes to kick box in the womb (much to the discomfort of my wife).  Heather is a trooper and will be an amazing mother.  We are both excited and are preparing ourselves for the adventures of parenthood that begin late January 2017.  Another change took place last week, just in time for the advent of Autumn. I started a new job at the North and South Santiam Watershed Councils as their shared Restoration Projects Manager.  This photo is of the beautiful Larwood Covered Bridge which is three miles north of Lacomb in the South Santiam Watershed.  Roaring River drains under the bridge and into Crabtree Creek just downstream (fun fact: this is the only river to flow into a creek, an oddity that was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not). Winter Steelhead, Spring Chinook and Pacific lamprey utilize the habitat for rearing and spawning.   I am driven to restore and preserve these natural areas not only for salmon and the community, but for my daughter to explore and enjoy in the future.   

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Autumnal meditation

The ancient eavesdropper

1897707_10100585896705336_5607490430784092650_nLie
prostrate
like a leaf —
meditate
with your
face planted
on earth —
find the
roots of
your peace.

Crossing
my path —
an
animated
leaf —
my heart
skips a beat.

Wind flurries &
flailing limbs —
a tree’s futile act
as leaves
f
a
l
l

out

of

its

grasp.

Discarded &
downtrodden —
tattered edges
& fading colors —
rain-soaked
leaves renew
their luster.

12249597_10100585255136046_587531297819316984_nRaindrops
puddle jump
like hydrophilic
trampolines.

12243507_10100586299518096_5501346782945669161_nA jumble
of sounds
litter the
forest floor —
colorful
language
textured
with life —
the
splendid
verbiage
of foliage.

The
elegant
pirouettes
of countless
leaves
tip-toeing
from canopies
onto life’s
final stage.

A break in the rain
turbid puddles stilled
birds drip down from
trees for a drink.

Dark glossy oblong pools
stacked sky-born shingles
mercurial raven feathers.

Leaves pitched
like festive tents
on our lawn —
slugs, worms &
newts awaken
& yawn —

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Wordless Wednesday (09/21/16)

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Knocking on the door

As if in a headstand
limber branches of a tree
break dance.

With
only
a shell
on its back
inching through life
leaving a trail of slime
I stopped in my tracks
& let the snail pass
I’ve got
time.

A frenzied squirrel
digs in our front yard
burying its secret
cache of seeds
by a plum tree
on a quiet street.

Flat as a pancake
the perfect river rock
skips for an eternity.

In every bite
the crunch of leaves
autumn apples.

A vibrant tapestry 
of extraordinary colors
fluttering aloft,
pulled by 
invisible strings,
seamless & free,
butterfly wings.

Raven-riddled skies
overcast & mysterious
feathers dripped
in brooding shadows.

The racing stripes
of a garter snake
speed past my feet
phantom limbs.

Flowers
plucked
by the wind —
wilted petals
falling from grace —
into an air of
indifference.

Deep inside 
a cave
of my design —
caught between
the heart &
the mind —
feeling my 
way towards 
the blinding 
light.

At random
inspiration arrives
knocking on the door
as we open our minds.

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Wordlessss Wednesday (09/14/16)

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Chasing shadows

The ancient eavesdropper

I captured 
this fleeting 
thought —
preserved 
its essence 
in words —
and released
the shadow 
of a butterfly.

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