Cloudy Overhead (Haiku Series #195)

Cat and Mouse

Clouds mask over joy

Morning sunrise hesitates—

Playing peek-a-boo

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Brilliant Transition

Escaping again

Stormy clouds migrate away—

Rainbow’s colors smile

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Big Show Coming

Clouds’ darkness building

Thunderstorms brewing tempest—

Restless night ahead

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Morning’s Arrival

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Another sunrise stirring

Playful sunbeams wakening

Night’s peaceful slumber fading

Nature’s gift deserves praising

 

Quiet, gentle breeze breathing

Summer’s garden rejoicing

Big sky’s blue hues revealing

Nature’s paradise smiling

 

Time searches, never pausing

Mysteries for exploring

Future chapters inviting

Nature’s narrative writing

 

Landscape’s tune humming

Joy dances, everlasting

Morning flows with each painting

Nature’s canvas, spellbinding

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Timeless Gifts (Haiku Series #191)

Joy

Good morning sunrise

Walking in nature’s garden—

Sunset shares her peace

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Symphony

Enjoy life’s journey

Nature’s melody plays on—

Blessed harmony

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Intermission

Day’s energy wanes

Setting sun’s refreshing drink—

Twilight standing still

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Charles Swindoll Quote

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Within a matter of hours night will fall, the dark sky will glitter with moon and stars, and sleep will force itself upon us.  Life will continue on uninterrupted.  Appreciated or not, the canvas of nature will go on being painted by the fingers of God.

From Psalm 108:5:  “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let Your glory be over all the earth.”

Landscape Thirsts

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Early morning rain drops in

Landscape thirsts for blessed drink

Graceful flowers dance and spin

Timeless pause while nature thinks

 

Tender leaf enjoys her bath

Gentle droplets trickle down

Soft grass carpets nature’s path

Destiny wearing her crown

 

Silence breaks from quiet mist

Terrain transforms with delight

Nature feels like being kissed

Peace fills every pore with light

 

Sky gracefully opens up

Rays of sunshine descending

Creator fills every cup

Nature never pretending

 

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Just Because

This post is filled with more personal memories of my native state of Montana.  Enjoy the photographs and poetic verses.  

The Madison River later joins the Gallatin and Jefferson rivers in forming the headwaters of the mighty Missouri River.

Breathtaking land of mountains

Framing endless prairies

Photographer’s dream

 

Never to be forgotten

Visiting roadway stops

Old West

 

Missouri River’s dramatic headwaters

Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson

River trio

 

Richest Hill on Earth

Echoing from Butte

Copper Kings

 

Time eternal stands still

Scenic Big Blackfoot

Fly fishing

 

Flowing waves of grain

Ready for harvest

Golden Triangle

 

Bear Paw, Tobacco Root

Land’s shining mountains

Explorer’s gems

 

Gold and silver’s motto

Oro y Plata

Treasure State

 

Two Dot, Wolf Creek

Hidden on maps

Smallest towns

 

Forgotten back country byway

Terry to Brockway

Badlands wilderness

 

Snow covering mountain peaks

June’s special gift

Spectacular surprise

 

Feeling absolutely, totally free

Timeless Big Sky

Open invitation

 

Visiting “Last Best Place”

Montana each summer

Just because

   

Early June photo of the snow-capped Crazy Mountains just outside of the community of Big Timber.

Summer Heats Up

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Dog days of summer arrive

Sweating from moist, humid heat

Corn lifting up to heavens

Backyard grilling offers eats

 

Morning sun heats up quickly

Sweltering hot by high noon

Swimming pools usually packed

Closed by afternoon monsoons

 

Workers staying hydrated

Drinking water without end

Temperatures set record

Weather refusing to bend

 

Landscape’s beauty quickly fades

Stressing out from endless drought

People’s patience wearing thin

Nature sends timely bailout

 

Everyone prays for relief

Welcoming cold front arrives

Brief respite from summer’s heat

Dog days now humbly nosedive

 

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Sharing Her Treasures (Haiku Series #188)

Standing Still

Beauty without words

Stirring each silent chorus—

Morning’s sunrise beams

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Patiently Waiting

Chilly summer night

Hint of early autumn dreams—

Calendar page turns

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Timeless Themes

Woven together

Composing her melodies—

Harmony praising

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Morning Sanctuary

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park offers an inviting morning trail, framed by a forest of trees.

Another morning walk

Nature’s invitation

Waiting sanctuary

Metro Park’s elation

 

Whether walking the Ridge

Or exploring the Woods

Life always tastes better

Forest feels like Sherwood’s

 

Courtly summer flowers

Moving with gentle breeze

Collection of colors

Inviting honeybees

 

Majestic trees shadow

Fertile landscape beneath

Time desires to stand still

Yet stirring underneath

 

Creation’s design breathes

Filling with fresh, new life

Tender, young trees sprouting

Praising newborn wildlife

 

A canopy of tall trees shades the trail below at Walnut Woods Metro Park.

Two of my most favorite places to walk in the early morning are found about 10 minutes from my home.  Central Ohio is blessed with many scenic metro parks, and two of the best are Chestnut Ridge and Walnut Woods.

Trivia’s Facts and More (7/23)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  Please note that the format has changed, and you are encouraged to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Make one word from these jumbled letters:

o    r    e    n    o    d    w

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The bobcat is the most abundant and wide-ranging wildcat in the United States.  Its name is derived from its stumpy (bobbed) tail.  Being primarily a nocturnal animal, males may roam up to 20 miles in a night.

Believe it or not, the alma mater of Big Sky Buckeye is Montana State University where the prized “Bobcat” is the school’s mascot.

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Answer to Brain Teaser Question

one word