About bigskybuckeye

Born in the Big Sky Country of Montana and now living in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Richard is the creative mind behind Big Sky Buckeye. Retired after 40 years of teaching, I enjoy writing, photography, traveling, and following a healthy lifestyle.

Haiku Series #11

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Blue Crab

Maryland Cream of Crab Soup–

Dreaming of blue crab

Always delicious!

 

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Drawbridge going up along Maryland Avenue in Cambridge, Maryland.

Waiting

Cars all in a line

Waiting, seems like forever–

Drawbridge raised up high

 

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Quiet River

Twilight in darkness

Lights dance on water’s surface—

Tranquil and undisturbed

Encouraging Moment

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Step forward today and experience growth in some part of your life.  Today will create a precious memory.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated May 19)

Welcome to the Gallery

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Visiting a shop in Montana’s historic Virginia City, a person just might happen to find this fine gentleman offering greetings to all who drop in.

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A foggy, misty morning outlines a beautiful framed image of a spider’s web between the posts on the Big Run bridge at central Ohio’s Walnut Woods Metro Park.

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A roadside stop allows a moment to capture the scenic view along Interstate 15 in Montana between Great Falls and Helena.  A highway bridge that was constructed in the 1930s is visible at the bottom of the narrow valley.

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Arrival of flowers marks the return of spring to Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.

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Montana’s Holter Lake offers many types of recreation for anyone with a boat.  A small marina is shown (from the summer of 2018), and the lake is located near the small community of Wolf Creek. 

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is well-known for its outstanding array of wildlife from around the world as well as its animal conservation efforts.  The “Heart of Africa” exhibit displays the African savanna as one might find it . . . filled with village life, giraffes, zebras, and so much more.

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A final look back at winter as shown near Lone Mountain in the Madison Range near Big Sky, Montana.  As one looks at the far peaks in the background, think of the snowmelt that will soon fill the raging whitewater in the Gallatin River.

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Summer shadows greet any walker at central Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.  This photo was taken from a trail through the trees into a grassy meadow.

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This summer garden comes from Billings, Montana at the Moss Mansion, which is an historic house now maintained as a museum.

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With winter fading away in favor of the spring season, thoughts will soon be thinking of beautiful wild flowers and rich green fields.  This photo was taken last summer at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park in central Ohio.

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My youngest daughter and her husband completed a winter hike into Hyalite Canyon south of Bozeman, Montana.  The popular recreation area is located between the Gallatin Canyon and the Paradise Valley.

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The Polar vortex and repeated snowstorms in central Ohio have made the winter of January-February, 2019 one to remember.

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The beauty of western Montana is captured at Holter Lake, near the small town of Wolf Creek.  The lake is a popular summer recreation destination as seen in this photo from late July of 2018.

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These Canadian geese seem immune to the polar vortex and snowfall in central Ohio.

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A February snowstorm moves over the summit of Lone Mountain in southwestern Montana.  The Big Sky Resort occupies the mountain, which is well known for its first-class skiing in the wintertime.  

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Ohio’s winter blankets the ground with a fresh coating of snow.  The Canadian geese on the pond don’t seem to mind winter’s arrival.

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Pioneer Falls in the Spanish Peaks of Montana’s Madison Range is expertly captured by my daughter and her husband on one of their wilderness hikes.

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An early autumn sunset dazzles and amazes as night arrives in central Ohio.

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Central Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park in full summer foliage.

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My youngest daughter and her husband are avid skiers.   They took this picture of Blaze Mountain in the Spanish Peaks of the Madison Range of southwestern Montana.  They have skied the backcountry ski line a few times during the summer.  The beautiful and long snowfield fills a small gully that runs down the northwestern face of the mountain.  Skiers have to hike to the snowfield, but for an avid skier, it is well worth the effort.

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A view of downtown Billings, Montana from this past summer.  Notice the smoked-filled sky in the background; the smoke came from fires far from Billings.

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From Walnut Woods Metro Park, the landscape has changed from the bright colors of autumn to the gray and barrenness of the coming winter.

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Summer’s clouds create shadows that cover part of the vast countryside near the Little Bighorn Battlefield in southeastern Montana.

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A nesting pair of Canadian geese prepare to make a new home this past spring.

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Autumn’s leaves have fallen, and winter is on the way at central Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.

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Soon the mountains of the Big Sky Country will be filled with snow just as seen in this scene from last winter near Lone Mountain at Big Sky, Montana.

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An autumn sunrise illuminates the beauty of Ohio’s Walnut Woods Metro Park.

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Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park during mid-summer.

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A late July view of the Gallatin Valley, just outside of Bozeman, Montana. 

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The images and traditions prior to the start of an Ohio State University football game.  This photo was taken by my daughter who attended the game with her husband.  

Welcome to My Writer’s Corner

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Writer's Notebook

Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are poetry. You are welcome to sit a spell and find something that you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

Featured Posts

Perhaps you are in the mood for some short poems inspired from my recent visit to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Big Sky Buckeye also includes a couple of his photos with “Haiku Series #11” and “Elfchen Series #5.”  Enjoy spending some time with my writing and photography.

In addition to the poetry, view another journal entry posted on May 19 in “Encouraging Moment.”  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are invited to read a quote updated on May 11 from an American evangelist and publisher in D. L. Moody.  He describes how to find peace in our lives.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  Central Ohio is blessed with a marvelous metro park system.  The parks offer excellent opportunities for walking and photography.  Check out the new photograph added  on May 19 in the Photo Gallery. 

Recent Posts

You will find a variety of poems from the past few weeks. Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems and writings can be found in the archives.  Enjoy!

Preserving His Saints

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When life’s eventual calamities gather and appear

Providing safe refuge, God emerges without fear

Our Lord remains sovereign over His domain

Assembling Christians to worship in His name

Rock of infinite refuge and mighty fortress to see

Hearing God’s Holy words, coming to rescue thee

Dark and evil situations linger and wait to thrive

Offering worthless promises, the Enemy strives

His hollow assurances hide a dishonest net

Waiting to capture us, continually a threat

Righteous wisdom and truth reside with our Lord

Witnessing our sinful afflictions, like a river to ford

God never gives up on anyone, never makes a fuss

Standing between the Enemy and his devilish lust

Our Lord commands us to deposit trust in Him

Allowing His countenance to shine through sin

Abundant goodness will reach out from Heaven

Hearing our supplications and prayers, so driven

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comes to save

Defeating forever sin’s darkness and the grave

His glory spreads to cover each corner of the earth

Saving our resurrected lives with a heavenly berth

All confidently march in spirit to accept His grace

Seeking Christ’s salvation, with rich mercy to taste

Our Lord comes again to preserve His saints

Prompting all Christians to be faithful mates

God stands ready, listening to everyone’s cause

Sacrificing Jesus for us, we kneel without pause

Our Father wants His children to be saved

Desiring that all will return to Him one day

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The foundation for this poem comes from Psalms 31 and 51.   Here are a few of my favorite verses from them.

  • Psalm 31:3-4:  “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me.”
  • Psalm 51:2-3:  “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

Do you have a favorite verse or verses from any of the Psalms?  You are invited to share it in the comments.  

 

Waterfront View

Maryland is a welcome location to visit, and the city of Cambridge provides several beautiful and relaxing waterfront views.  Big Sky Buckeye’s bride grew up on the Eastern Shore.  Enjoy the poem as well as the photographs.

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore beckons one and all

Traveling to Dorchester County as its final call

The immense Chesapeake Bay patiently awaits nearby

Inviting the spacious Choptank River to always drop by

Choptank refers to a former Native American tribe

Assimilating into society, today they no longer thrive

Night’s darkness transports stillness into the chilly air

Raining lightly as water flows into a creek with care

Cambridge Creek stands ready around the clock

Creating a home for numerous small boats to dock

The inner harbor used to play host to larger ships

Processing seafood and more to load at a fast clip

Morning light arrives at the peaceful creek

Waking up waterfowl and people who greet

Canvasback ducks convene at their winter home

Sharing space with seagulls, never being alone

Activity stirs up quickly around the picturesque creek

Preparing crab boats, for delicious treasure to seek

A small sailboat motors quietly down the water’s chute

Passing beneath the raised drawbridge with a salute

Peace and tranquility return there every night

Illuminating the calm harbor water with lights

While the impressive Choptank drives its waters along

Advancing always toward the majestic Bay, like a song

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You are invited to read a previously published poem dealing with nature’s waterways: