Summer Harvest

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Spring garden planted // anticipating new growth
Tomatoes, beans, and a grape vines on posts
Sunshine and summer rains // sitting in extreme heat
Produce fruits and vegetables with Zinnias so neat
Now bees and butterflies share the bounty
Beauty worth waiting for, seldom comes quickly

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Photos: Dwight L.  Roth

Today at d’Verse, Victoria Sloto ask us to write a Quadrille of exactly 44 words using the word Garden. My little terraced  garden is one thing that has kept me inspired during this time. So much beauty and nature is all around us. It brings me joy and a few tomatoes and green beans as well.

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Bees and Butterflies


Bees and butterflies visit my flowers as summer heat soars into the mid 90 F.  As they float and flit from flower to flower, I amazed that nectar from a flower can provide enough food to create such beautiful creatures.

Natural beauty shines

Thriving on minuscule drops

Lightness of being

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iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Bees & Butterflies of Summer


Butterflies and bees are back again, enjoying all my colorful zinnias. Even the humming bird could not resist. It is wonderful to see them flitting from flower to flower, not worried in the least that I am standing among them taking their photos.

Flower magnets draw

Summer bees and butterflies

Beauty on beauty

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth



March Madness

Creeping in with the beauty of March is that madness that comes with the opening of tree buds and flowers. Pear trees bloom and maples push buds, making all those little helicopters that twirl their way down to the yard. The madness of it all comes not in the beauty, but rather in the pollen that floats through the air and coats my car windows with yellow dust. People with allergies go mad!
Every year it seems March madness takes over my head, fills my sinuses and makes me ache all over. I am recovering as I write from a week of misery that wants to stay with me. Even all the excess rain has not dampened “March Madness”.

Bees still in hiding
Tree pollen floats in spring air
Short circuits senses

Merril at d’Verse asked us to write a Haibun about March Maddness. This is not the basketball madness that we experience in the Carolinas, but rather other aspects of March that may drive us crazy. I chose the allergy season that comes every year.
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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Drink of Choice


Sip only the sweet Stuff
Why savor bitter gall;
making puckered faces…
spitting and sputtering…
when there is so much sweetness
all around?
Sipping is a choice we make.
Nourished from flower nectar;
Imbibing acid laced words.
What is your drink of choice?


Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today is Quadrille (only 44 words) Monday at d’Verse Poets Pub. The prompt today is sip! Lillian asked us to take it any direction we chose. In light of all the negativity in our country today, I chose to look at it from the perspective of where we find satisfaction; from positive people or negative ones. I had a cocaine addict once tell me everyone has their drug of choice!  For some, it is listening to other people spout their gossip and negativity. What is your drug of choice??

Swallowtail’s Anniversary


Every year about this time at the end of July

The swallowtail returns to grace my flower garden

Natures clockwork in a world with no thought of time

This year is different // half a tail gone // snack for a bird



Like a Rorschach print inked on only half a page

Still she flits and floats among the Zinnias mixing with the bees

Her handicap does not keep her from achieving her destiny



Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Frank, at d’Verse, suggested we might write a seven line poem to celebrate the seventh Anniversary of d”Verse~Poets Pub. I saw this beautiful swallowtail on my flowers this week and took a number of photos.  Here are three of the best.  Come join us at d’verse poets:


Hibiscus Flower


Intense beauty blooms only for a day

Dancing in the sunshine feeling the sway

Radiant colors of pink // blood red hues

Fragile butterfly wing petals emerge into view

Open wide to the world unparalleled beauty

Welcoming pollinators one and all to do their duty

Dipping into nectar sweet // genetic dust…

Creating a blend of pollen is a must

Assuring perfection continues down the line

As life goes on and seasons keep time

Such beauty beyond compare boggles the mind

Each flower living // one day’s life at a time

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Spring Around the World

AppleBlossom - Inge Wesdijk


Spring arrives in the northern hemisphere all around the globe.  I was communicating with Inge Wesdijk today, who lives in the Netherlands. She works with Karen O’Leary to edit Whispers. an online poetry publication. Poets from all over the world contribute to it.  She saw that I enjoy photographing flowers to put on my blog, so she sent me this beautiful photo of Spring apple blossoms in the Netherlands. She graciously allow me to use it on my blog, so this Tanka is for her.

Spring apple blossoms

Sweet fragrance to sweet taste

Rewards worth waiting 

Around the world they’re blooming

Fragile flowers // friends to bees


Photo contributed by: Inge Wesdijk, Poetry Editor for Whispers

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Pollinator Bees (a Haibun)


Bee Aware

My granddaughter received her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts, for a project she did with pollinator bees. Her project was to establish a bee garden of wild flowers on the campus of Winthrop University in Fort Mill, SC. She and her friends and family worked very hard to dig a plot, cover it with mulch and plant wildflowers. She also mounted a Bee Box in the middle with bee cocoons in it. The flowers grew and the bees hatched. The garden was a great success.  We are all very proud of her.

Pollinator Bees

In danger of extinction

The source of our food


Click on her blog and read the whole story starting in April of 2017.


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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