You may remember a few years ago when Where’s Waldo was popular. A page packed full of pictures was given and you had to find the face of Waldo in the mix. Well, today I had a similar experience with my hummingbird. She came to visit my Red Salvia blooming along my sidewalk. I got my camera and snapped a few photos. When I went back to look at them, it was like finding Waldo. She was moving so fast and blended in with the leaves so well, it was very hard to find her. Do you see her in each photo feeding on my flowers?
Wings humming high speed
Dipping into each blossom
Sweet nectar of life
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
Sorry for the less than sharp photos! This was taken from a distance and cropped severely!
Today at d’Verse, Sarah asked us to write a poem from Greek Mythology that included some aspect of Persephone and her comings and goings to Hades in the underworld. The myth is that when she comes she brings spring and summer for six months, but when she goes, everything dies and remains so for six months. I thought trees are a great way to illustrate that by observing their rings.
Now we know why Punxsutawney Phil does not predict the end of summer. It is too hot for him to crawl up out of his hole. Mid summer was a beast this year, with temperatures above 90 F most days. Wildfires blazed all over the Northwest, sending smoke our way as weather fronts drug it across the country.
August has slipped in already with the promise of cooler days this week. When this month ends, Fall brings on Nature’s fashion show and I am ready. Seems like each season ends just in time for us to look forward to the next one.
Tap-dancing on sand
August brings cooler promise
Farmers harvest corn
For our d’Verse prompt today, Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haibun reflecting on the month of August. When August comes we know summer is on its down hill slide into fall!
Since it is too hot for man or beast outside, I decided to work on a book to help kids write Haiku. It has 24 pages of full color photos, with a guide and space to write their own Haiku under the photo. Teachers and parents both could use the book. Great for kids from 9 to 90! Homeschoolers could enjoy work through this as well.
Writing Haiku poems
For kids from nine to ninety
Photos; Dwight L. Roth
If you would like a free pdf. copy just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the hole they started in the center tree. This was in the back of my yard, about fifty or sixty feet away. I could watch them making their next from my living room chair. I watched as she sat on the nest, but I never saw the babies leave nest. The next year they moved to a different location and the squirrel moved in enlarging the hole so much that the whole top of the Maple tree broke off in a storm. I shot the photos with a 200 mm telephoto lens and then cropped them even more with the Windows photo editor.
This happened in the spring of 2017. I posted this poem after watching all this take place. I hope your enjoyed my rerun of this one.
My little one dollar sale rack hibiscus paid off with a gorgeous bloom. Amazing how it has put out a flower in the middle of the summer on a 95 F day. It did not last long in this heat, but long enough to get a photo. And… there are more buds waiting in line to bloom.
Today at d’Verse, De Jackson asked us to write a Quadrille (exactly 44 words) using any form of the word stream. I just got home after sitting in traffic lines at the local Charter School. Seemed like every child’s parent was there, lined up in both directions, to pick up their child. Took me fifteen minutes to go a mile through the stream of traffic!