Nature

Plant life, animal life, and happenings

A gorse seed

Popping pod propels the seed, each has little tasty ‘lump’: ant out foraging to feed those within its nest, can clasp, – jaws like claws can grip and grasp
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Ants

The extraordinary little ant with tunnels underground, or linking up the many rooms within a leafy mound. Their heads are big with strong sharp jaws, their waists are very tight;

Beauty on a Dungheap

Bobbing flight, dips out of sight, and up – ‘peep bo!’ then duck below. Perching on the pile of muck, wagging tail perfect stance to give a chance for photo-shot.

Bird-feeder Drama

Big fat pigeon sees birds upon the feeder, stalks around below like the avian leader, poking round for pickings, quick to espy ‘crumbs from the table’ when they float from high.

Car journey, Sat 2/2/12

The air is sharp and bitter, and icy branches glitter. The dome above pale blue and clear and cold, well-sugared views around the car unfold, gaunt trees reach up like scratchy brooms to sweep,

Cloudy Cameos (IP)

Mystery of misty moisture: shadows scurry, shower flurry, filmy fluid falls to earth fuelling food’s future growth. ******* Herringbone and candy floss – patterns picturesque across
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Conkers

Conker, lying on the ground, are you waiting to be found – while you’re hard and shiny still – by a little boy who will hoard, delight in you, but may bore a hole so he can play

Creeping past the equinox

Greening hawthorn, lush thick meadow, willow tinged with greenish-yellow, from the earth now leaves emerging softly-edged mosaic-like covering for the bank, as yet anonymous,

Creepy-crawlies

I do like bugs*, and snails and slugs, but slugs are slimey to hold in your hand, and bugs are tickley, and may defend themselves, by a nip or sting,
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Cultivate or Strangulate (IP)

(of gardens, real and allegorical)

Daffodil Bands

… so successfully announcing …

Essential Sunshine and Showers (IP)

Lying, listening to the rain, welcome, restful soft refrain. Water falling, filtering down and filling spaces in the soil: seeds soon swelling … reaching for the sun …

Is there a moral … ? (IP)

A fable lazy lizard lived in the valley of the Lugg; too lazy to reach out to catch a nice nuitritious bug. He grew more weak, less slick and sleek – when danger was perceived

The Heatwave (IP)

It melted the tarmac, and buckled the rails, it dried up the pond, but the well never fails, it bleached out the lawn, left the farmers forlorn until a breath of a breeze

The Times they are A-Changing (IP)

… The stuffy indoor atmosphere, and sluggish thoughts and tension escape into the stratosphere and clear the comprehension …

Trickling trick

Life’s biochemistry, infinite mystery: but we hear imaginative history of decay in reverse, arising complexity: ‘So it has been’, some say – a thing never seen:

Disasters

One day there won't be any more disasters

The Male Mandarin Duck!

A colourful drake!
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Moschatel, or Townhall Clock (Adoxa moschatellina)

Tiny ‘Townhall Clock’: pale, slight and delicate, each face a duplicate, – miniature so rarely seen, dainty structure, tender green, flowers arranged on slender stalk
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Is it a butterfly or … ?

Is it a butterfly or … is it a moth?

Honey Ants

waiting until their needed!

Lady’s Smock (Milk-maids or Cuckoo-flower)

Gangly stems on damp clay-ey verge, sun-bleached smocks like a milky surge of many small flowers, lilac-pale; Milk-maids wave in a soggy vale. Lower leaf-stalks with leaflets rounded,

Primroses

Clusters of smudges pale yellowy-cream, dappled on banks and in woods, in between the trees, on the ground, soft and delicate smiles, rosettes of fresh leaves, climate gentler awhiles.

Seashore

— busy land of extremes

Mysterious Lichens

Fluffy tassels smoky-green …

The Great Wren Escape

courtesy of Springwatch 2011

The Limitations of Science to study the past

Science is investigation of recorded information, experimenting, testing theories, giving thought to awkward queries, and alternative suggestions, never jumping to conclusions.
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Seals

Smooth and shy, and hard to spy peeping from the water. Watch them gliding, swimming by – agile under water. When they leave the sea they heave – pull with each front flipper,

Queen Wasp's thoughts … during early May

I slept through the cold in a snug little nook. I woke, drank some nectar, then flew for a look, – to scrape scraps of wood from a post or a pole,

The Great Delusion

“Everyone believes it! – it must be true!” “Scientists have proven it!” – No!, that they cannot do! some may feel that it fits quite well,

Quirky Meadow Saffron

(seen, Aug 2009 Merbach Hill)
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Snowdrop

Bulb which grows when cold – two spears protrude and elongate, – the year’s first noticeable growth from still, apparent death of winter's chill. A single stem extending soon,
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Pussy Willows

Slim and silky, silvery slippers, furry-ears peep, pushing open brown bud scales on Sallow branches, satin catkin flowers ripen. Those on male shrubs soon show yellow –

The purple emperor butterfly

The purple emperor butterfly lives in the canopy, quite high; no flowers up there with nectar sweet, so what is there for it to eat? When aphids suck the sugary sap

The Weasel (IP)

based on a Welsh poem called ‘Y Gwenci’ (The Weasel) by R Williams Parry, that I liked very much (content and poetry) in my childhood. I stood transfixed (not knowing I was watched)

Lesser Celandine

Shining yellow celandines (sun reflected as it shines): mass of stars on hearts deep-green (lovely background of the scene – leaves with softly wavy edges,

Springing Back to Life — nature (IP)

a patchwork collage through spring, from verse already posted

From a window

screeching kerfuffle …

Woodland blue

Sea of vivid blue, trees above with new leaves emerging through swelling buds; and cream windflower clusters seem foaming on the swells – woodland flooded with bluebells.

Evening Light after Rain

Glittering evening sunlight casts banding shadows, stark contrasts – golden gleam, and flowers vivid. Earlier, skies were sombre, livid – hours of drizzle, torrents rushing,
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Rabbits! (IP)

Unwelcome explosion! a plague population: they ate the fruit, and nibbled each shoot, they cropped the corn, great swathes were shorn: the farmer’s annoyed, his labour destroyed.

Floods

River rushing, water rises, flood-weight pushing, – power surprises, moving cars and caravans; tree comes down, nestlings drown, … but towns in turmoil …

Garden Bindweed

It winds, and binds, entangling, and strangling … insidiously, inconspicuously …

The Wood-Wide Web

No world-wide net to gather ‘facts’ … inside the soil unseen it spreads

Harebells

Splashes of harebells waft and sway – sky-blue skirts in the grass at play! Deep-red foxgloves stand erect – sentinels the troop protect. Vivid in the evening light,

Silver swish

Glimpse of silver, swish and skitter, fish-like darting, wriggling slither; little harmless insect flitter, – do you cringe, or jump or shiver? Disliked lodgers little matter

Night noises (IP)

With a sniffle and a snuffle, and a sudden snort, the silences of darkness are rare and short, there’s a giggle and a gurgle, and a low long growl, a hiss, a hum, a murmur,
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The Skylarks Rise Again

When farmers sowed their crops in spring the skylarks were abundant – … untroubled by a growing crop, or mowing chop, or fox or stoat, they’re nestled on …
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Tree-line, rewindings

from Pentathlon Leaning bent upon his stick, he gazed upon his tree, stark, – struck by lightning a while, now gnarled, its history in his mind unfurled …

Living Tapestry

From lowland lake to moorland bleak, in wood and hedge, high mountain peak, on roadside verge, and rocky shore, through cracking concrete factory floor (disused), and shielded city nook:

Sudden Snow

silently, softly, smothering, enveloping, quieting, soothing, hushing, confining all of the noise and the rushing. Flakes cease from falling, children erupting – chance of rare playground,

The calm after the storm (IP)

A whirling storm brought battering harm. A sudden stillness, quaking calm – glittering drops of rain left hanging, tiled rooftops askew, bits dangling; and tentatively emerging

Watching Raindrops

Plip! plop! watch the water drop … … sight and sounds that soothe … circles interlocking, mesmerising dreamy rocking, lulling lullaby.

City Traces (IP)

The nest of a falcon, pigeons galore, squirrels collecting and burying their store. But we miss the high hills, and the countryside sound, and pine...

Autumn Hush and Dash (IP)

Summer sward now lies forlorn neglected, soggy autumn lawn, mounds of rotting apples, slushy on the ground, a bounty, mushy (crawling insects,...

Wood Sorrel

Early spring wood floor-cover: trifoliate leaves, each leaflet heart-shaped – unlike clover sometimes fold along their middle (shape pyramidal), at...
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Losses and Gains: Clywedog* (IP)

*pronounced Cluh- wed - og a valley flooded in 1967 by construction of the tallest mass concrete dam in Britain Lost farms, lost homes, a harrowing...

Xerocoles* (IP)

*(a term some seem to use for animals adapted to live in the desert – with the heat and scarcity of water) … The desert lizard goes, too fast to burn its toes …
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Poem of the week

Slowly emerging, January to March

Bleached and scruffy verges, scrawny, thorny, de-fleshed hedges; a flush and blush of green suffuses the roadside edges, while the hedges’ twigs grow...

Cowslip

Little standard lamps wave softly, tiny chandeliers, loftily bearing golden, glowing tops buttery pashmina cups; motorway’s monotonous verges...

Visiting Slimbridge

[birds, ducks, swans … and …!]

Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon, Utah (IP)

spectators eyes inhale the sight … and ‘oohs’ exhaled from inspiration, and ‘aahs’ of awe – lungs’ expiration …

Nuthatch

Stubby black dagger beak, stuck to sooty bandit eyestrip on head which merges with its body – elongated bulb-like bird, plump, sleek, steely-blue...

Snake's-Head Fritillary

Flocks of wafting chequered bells mauve or white – and on the latter’s dress the chequered pattern lies a watermark impress. Abundant, when in spring...

A monkey nut drama

The squirrels were busy kept coming to bury monkey nuts found far away. A bird table’s wealth embezzled with stealth? the drama was watched day by...
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Long-tailed Tits, or …

Hedge Mumruffin , Fuffit , pinkish fluffy ball Long-tailed pie , Poke Pudding , twittering, chattering call. Acrobatic flits, dart around the shrubs...

Hedgehogs

Fat little snufflers searching through leaf litter …

Dull-day Lamps

Daffodils are glowing though the sky is glowering. I’m glad that they don’t close …
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Morphing Treescapes

The view of trees so gaunt and grey along the road, is giving way to softening tinge of green transforming … … until we see fresh beauty in autumn colours … and silhouettes on winter skyline …
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Marsh Marigold

Splash of giant ‘buttercups’ – King Cups bold, on the dark and boggy bank, glossy Marigold. … blazen in the sunshine – loud contagious laughter.
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A ‘Mayfly’ Day … (IP)

– early evening swarm above the stream – mating mayflies shimmer; with the setting sun eggs descend, mayfly die, and are no more until … nymphs hatch...

Prickles Please (Poetry Monthly)

The last hedgehog in Herefordshire ? … only 1 in 5 people in the UK have ever seen a hedgehog in their garden. No wonder – 95% lost since the 1950s...
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A Bleak Interlude

Dark, bleak day – drizzle and downpour, nipping out-door … but tomorrow … ?

Fly Free For a Day!

… free from all that pressure for a short and flight-y future:
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Flowing … (Poetry Monthly)

The water seeps and flows through earth and rocky cleft, down narrow gullies flows, through fields meanders, grows …

Puffin's puffling

Eyes of surprise, a freak-striped beak can’t squeak or speak with those fish in its beak – stowed in a row with their heads in a fringe for the...
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Stumpy Toddy (Wren)

phenomenal the sound … huddle in numbers to protect from killing cold, by cuddle
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Dumped Gold

(seen yesterday, when parking behind a Care Home) Neglected, thrown down out the back: grubby, dumped, forgotten sack, bathed in sunshine, soaked by...

The Green Blush

Roadside curtains, dusty dry, of tangled trees – when driving by through March they still seemed spent and sere, but now we’ve watched green blush...
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Drizzle and Dandelions

Driving in the drizzle, dripping trees obscured by mizzle, road awash, and frequent splash, sodden grass and swirls of rain – wipers swish on ‘fast’...

The Handkerchief Tree*

Surprise amongst the trees – waving hankies fluttering in the breeze – no artificial ‘prayer’ flags these – doves shine shimmering in the sun? …

Springwatch!

… wave your wings to say, ‘Goodbye’ …
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The Old Oak Chair

… the hidden, tunnelled maze of subways down below.

All aboard! the country bus

[The BBC slow real-time country bus ride] Lovely slow ride, we seem to glide … no dash, no tension, no road rage, no rush.

Two mornings

[first morning:] Veil of mizzle, myopic vision, hemmed in, dozy … oppressing, depressing. [next morning:] Shell-blue sky, all’s a-glitter … de-stressing.

Watching, not touching!

I do like bugs*, and snails and slugs, but slugs are slimey to hold in your hand, and bugs are tickley, and may defend themselves, by a nip or sting...
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Autumn Tingeing

Sunshine glints on autumn tints:

Autumn Colours (i)

Green sugar factories now dismantled with approaching cold …

The ‘Icecoming’

Tall-shaders shed … and floating feather-rain …

Frost and Sun

…their frosty shadows shrink

Fog!

A milky shroud, damp cloud, muting, hushing, smudgy trees emerge …I feel enclosed …

On Winter Bleakness

A sodden, dreary, weary gloomy day; cloud-ceiling low and leaden …. decorations delicate, sublime … breathtaking sunset fire …
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Earth Colours

Dark brown, white … green up … spattered, patterned red, yellow, pink, blue … yellowing … (a burst of red, rust, gold) … earth-brown … the next green flourish.
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Awakening!

Stark, dry brown trees and hedges: a warm green blush spreads, gradually suffuses – astonishing expanding leaves unfold, push, squirt from tiny lumps...

Spring has sprung (at last)

Daylight lengthening, sunlight strengthening, weakening winter’s grip, but temperatures dip … shout spring has sprung!
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Early April Flowers

White wood anemones, bright-wide in the sun sparkling sprinkled on the woodland floor, while bluebells prepare their blue spring haze; …

Short Evening Stroll

Sharp air, evening sunlight …

Variety

Not too cold, and not too hot, breath of cool air when we’ve had a lot of beating sun for days and days – gardens need rain for the flowers to blaze...
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Ch-ch-ch-ch

Chuffed at change in chiff-chaffs chicks … (based on a comment by Michaela Strachan on Springwatch this year)
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Evening Song

Rich, deep trilling, chuckles, gurgles twirling …
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Soothing

A quiet, sheltered, hidden glade with dappled light, and ample shade; in days of scorching summer heat, the soothing green a filtering screen of...

Reaching

(photo 1) A stricken tree, its bones survive – grey, honed they reach, and taper high to poke the blue, like twisting roots upon the sky.

Reflective whimsey

(photo 2) Autumn colours in the pond, high blue screens the fish beyond, swimming in the depth below; will the sky soon overflow down the weir,...
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Impediments to reaching the treasure

Thorny tentacles entrap feet or legs to tangle, trip … little juicy treasure perch just beyond precarious reach.

Micromys minutus

Bright bundle of gingery fur climbing, clambering dextrously up and down and through the tall grass and reed stalks …

Evening Sky

High sky gold touched fluff …
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Autumn Beech Leaves

… shining beech trees …

The humble …

Slithery, wriggly soil aerators, food for blackbirds, badgers, raptors …

Oak Apple

Oak apple rosy, nursery cosy: wasp larva fed free by host oak tree.
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weather whatever

Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, whatever the weather, wherever …

Winter Wonderland

Trudging through the snow – like royal icing fresh – sinking softly at each step … will they have to stay the night? will replacements reach? …

Winter Wonderland (2) Sunshine

Blue sky and sunshine, soft snow glitters; warm light, air cold. Walking into town, hard-packed pavement centres – safer foothold on the snowy edges...
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"Goblin Gold"

(or 'Schistostega pennata' ) A disused rabbit hole – what will it hold? about a foot inside, maybe some – goblin gold! In semi-darkness, shines a...
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Morning mist lifts

misty … mist rising … sunshine sparkles
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Brown February

Brown etched trees scratch the grey, scattered brown sere seeds still hang suspended here and there; balls of mistletoe, coloured greenish-yellow by...
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Mesmerised

[This is a revision of a piece I posted some years ago, and based on a Welsh poem called ‘Y Gwenci’ (The Weasel) by R Williams Parry, that I liked very much (content and poetic skill) in my childhood.] “I stood transfixed, just stared ahead, I could not move my gaze or tremble, shake …

Growth Spurt

Springing forward to the sun … embryonic leaves enlarging through protective scales emerging from their winter hide-away now they seek the light of day …
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Trumpeting

Bare bones stand lifeless, gaunt and sere – the wood is dark and drear. … a yellow blast is trumpeting from sparkling gold that spring is back –

Spring Yellows

Even when the day is dark primroses clump on the bank, softly smile, and deep in the wood by the muddy stream marsh marigolds glow a deep butter...

Dandy Lions

Dandy lions in a crowd, golden laughter lines the road; yellow pom-poms dot the lawn … ‘See this garden, Mummy, can’t we these lovely flowers plant?'
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Living with …

We get armour-plated armadillos, miniature; at night-time slugs find squeeze-through aperture – stretching, slithering with slimy, shiny trails – ugh...

May Sky Melody

Burbling song resounds around the dome bubbling, erupting exultantly two little lungs breathe in, pour out in synchronous duet bursting, echoing over...

Treasured Mud Oasis

Turning vehicles have lowered little carpark’s centre, scoured – heavy rain brings spreading puddle, slowly shrinking to the middle – irritation, but...
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Identification – non-native?

Seeds to attract nectar-loving wildlife … search our many flora books … maybe?
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Brightness without burning

Sitting sheltered in the shade, Leafy filters cool the skin, soothe the eyes, and thoughts within …
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Our golden, fiery ball

Boldly arcing across the blue, rivers a-glitter, sparkle anew, colours awakened, vivid the scene (– moonlight just paints with a silver sheen), rays...
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Of Limpets & the Ebb and Flow of Stress

(Littoral life) … inter-tidal ecoZone – metaphorically
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Storm

Rain ground-pounding lashing, lightning flashing, booming sound of thunder crashing – winds howling gales bashing rifting, lifting; water standing...
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Inter-tidal life

This was written for my children long ago, to try to capture the underwater scene change. I posted it some time ago as simply ‘Seashore’, but thought it was worth reposting for the August topic of Poetry monthly.
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Quince

Misshapen shiny pear with clinging fluffy hair, bright yellow, perfume sweet – too hard and tart to eat raw – flesh cut and chopped cooks, mushes...
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Autumn Splash

A final fling from flavonoids, and …
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Cosmos

A single bloom within a brilliant patch, a single bloom the eye to catch, and draw to see the delicate shape of each pink petal, hued around the...

Chirpy, Cheeky …

Cheeky chipmunk’s cheek-pouch cache … bright-eyed fat-face packing, stacking winter stock.
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3 Wintry Haiku

wilted world … friends foregather… Snow, softly …
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Bare beauty

Trees with costume windswept, lost, stretch their branches sculpted, – bare and beautiful, upthrust, from grounded trunks, well-rooted – earth-bound branches …
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Pitch Black

How often have you ‘seen’ full darkness of the night? … running, stumbling, helpless, humbling …
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Avocet

So elegant …
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Snowdrops

Pure pearls emerge from winter’s earth, out of decay and wilting drabness, dearth of colour, life, growth …

wintering in warm Britain …

Turnstones – not shown in photo!
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Seasons Connect

… The sunshine weak … ’til seeds awake … the seeds awake …
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The fruit of the elm

That favourite, lovely shade of lemon-green patterning an end of April shell-blue sky, pale posy bunches, taut tissue coin-wings …
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Speedy Connections

… so much in the blink of an eye, or a flicker of thought.
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Mistletoe

Orchard trees bare of their leaves … with these tangled green orbs we now see suspended dressing the winter skeletons; these squatter plants with …

Unseasonal Hail!

Under fire from pelting ice granules, like gravel chucked, crunching underfoot – soon melts, sun shines, briefly.
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Golden Blast at the Roadside

Sudden spillage on the verges, orchard, lawns – molten gold explosions, splashes, brilliant swarms: dandelions’ moment, reflecting sudden sunshine...
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Bog Brilliance

Dark and dank and waterlogged – … secluded haunt of otter shy, sheltered from intrusions idle – sunshine flag gives indication, … no invitation to wander pleasantly up yonder … enjoy my lemon brilliance …

Ethiopian de/re-forestation

They cleared the forests to grow more food … Arboreal ‘islands’ remain … believing they are stewards of God’s creation … maybe soon ‘islands’ will expand to link up once more