Autumn’s Arrival (Haiku Series #156)

Bless You!

Allergy time peaks

Summer moves into autumn—

Ragweed in full bloom

Golden, flowering ragweed sprouting everywhere.

Splendid Transition

Summertime fading

Crisp, cool mornings signal change—

Autumn’s billboard colors

Autumn colors Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.

Poetic Time

Autumn comes knocking

Where have all the song birds gone?

Morning’s quiet peace

Quiet morning along the trail at Chestnut Ridge.

Treasured Moments (Haiku Series #131)


Morning awakens

Cloudless, sunny, biggest sky—

Spring brings refreshment

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Calming, windless day

Journey skyward toward heavens—

Giant trees stand silent

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Bubbling whitewater

Creeks and rivers, energized—

Mountain snow melt flows

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Still on Watch

Deserted, severed tree trunk

Shattered by storms long ago

Splitting this giant in two

Forsaken now in its woes


Nature’s hand calling the shots

Drawing dark cards from the deck

Standing alone, slowest death

Trying to salvage this wreck


Deformed snag appears lifeless

Yet, God calls this wildlife tree

Standing proudly, still on watch

Nature’s snack bar waits for free

Living nearby, log still lives

Covered with lichens and moss

Home for God’s smallest creatures

Termites, beetles . . . march across


Jagged stump remains on guard

Below the ground, roots still thrive

Life holds on, another year

Perseverance to survive


Around the dark, scuttled tree

Racing to reach sunlight first

Young saplings growing skyward

Cycle of life, marked to burst

All of the photographs were taken at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park, which is located just outside of Canal Winchester, Ohio.  I frequently walk this park during the fall, spring, and summer months with an occasional hike in the wintertime.

Mister Sycamore



Far older than every one of the neighboring trees

Standing taller than many, all take notice and see


The prized King of Walnut Woods reigns today

Calling him Mister Sycamore, his subjects say


With branches elevating up towards the sky

Measuring his girth, takes many hands to try

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Many visitors walk by and stare in amazement

Standing as the park’s landmark, a monument


The Woods change from season to season

Watching over all, is the King’s main reason


He holds on to his leaves longer in fall

Guarding the land in winter, always tall


His leaves take some time to fill out in spring

Providing ample shade in summer is his thing


His expansive canopy of branches spreads wide

Peeling off sections of bark, creates whitish sides


His heir, the Prince, waiting in the wings

Rising lean and tall by a creek, he sings


Farther away, a thick grove of younger ones wait

Dreaming who will grow to be the tallest, so great


Mister Sycamore loves many Bible stories

Lifting Jesus up in total and brilliant glory


The story of Zacchaeus climbing a Sycamore tree

Being much too short for Jesus to find, there he be

Ohio’s biggest recorded tree is an American Sycamore found in Ashland County near Jeromesville.  The tree is at least 200 years old, stands 88 feet tall, and measures 326 inches around its circumference.  To read more and see photographs, use this link: