Hepatica while riding at Pleasant Valley Park in Grafton, Wisconsin
Stopped and write this poem during my first ride of spring. Working at a nature center has the benefits of now beginning to recognize the plants along the trail.
WordPress being WordPress it didn’t retain intended line breaks, so I suppose I’ll let you imagine where they exist.
Grinning in the sudden fragrance
of last year’s Christmas pines
winding now scenic trails;
a lemonade of civil engineering
in the echoes of the town dump
bike tires lean past
Wild Leeks leafing amidst moss
as the auburn of Wood Betony
stretches it’s floral tentacles
nowhere near an octopus ocean.
I crouch down, saying hello
to the pinkpurple Hepatica.
Blood still thick with last month
body baffled by this new mercury
panting gladly for a breath
within the leaves of last year
I’ve been out practicing photography more at Riveredge Nature Center this spring. Comparing my recent pictures with pictures from last year, it’s exciting to see how my work has grown. Lots of practice.
Spring, fall, and winter are great because of all of the shadows. Until the leaves drop again, summertime is for flowers on days without too much direct sunlight. Have a look at what I’ve been up to below.
Got out to take some pictures on the trails at Riveredge yesterday morning. Here is a Palm Warbler that stayed still for just long enough.
And here are some of the folks out social distance birding…
Something about this bench was so inviting. Maybe it was the surrounding sun. 😉
Here is our Spring 2017 Birds edition of our quarterly
Panorama publication at Schlitz Audubon. Give a read about migratory warblers, why feathers are so special, land improvement projects, and more.