Wild Flowers Blooming

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A year ago, they put a large gas line through the right of way behind my house. Big track hoes came in and cleared a hundred foot pathway, taking down trees and stripping everything bare. The pipe was buried six to eight foot deep! They were very careful not to disturb the little creek that runs across just behind me. When they were done they seeded the main areas with grass and clover. The wet area below me was covered with a large fiber mat that must have had wild flower seeds in it. They grew and bloomed last summer and this year they are back blooming everywhere. These are some photos I took this morning.

Orbs of sunshine fill

reclaimed excavation scars

Brings me lots of joy

 

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iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

 

Wild Rose Country

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The Desert Rose of the Southwest has a first cousin in the Northwest. On the planes of Alberta, Canada the Wild Rose grows abundantly. In fact, in the 1930s it was chosen as the provincial flower. Alberta is now known as Wild Rose Country. It is amazing how they thrive and bloom in such a dry and hostile environment. Frank Tassone, asked us to write a Haikai poem that eludes to the Desert Rose.

Desert Rose blooming
Freely on desert and plains
Reminds us to bloom
Wherever we are planted
Beauty thrives in harsh places

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Desert Rose from Frank Tassone Haikai prompt.     (mamavacado)

Fragile Canvas

 

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Today I saw a Hibiscus bush, loaded with blossoms, at the end of a driveway. Some were blooming and some were wilted in the summer heat; while others were shrivled back into a roll. I am always drawn to these beautiful flowers, so I had to stop and take a couple of photos with my iPhone. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Bits of sunlight art

Sprinkled on  fragile canvas

For my eyes only

Rolled up // stored away at dusk

Tomorrow it will be gone

 

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iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Nature Returns

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Last fall the gas company cleared the right away behind our property. I was sad to see the trees go and the topsoil removed. They buried a twelve inch natural gas line and then covered it over with the original top soil. A couple of months ago they planted grass over the whole thing. The attempted to leave the natural wet areas unchanged, leveling and covering it with mesh netting to protect it.  The grass grew and the natural growth came up through the mesh. Today I found wild flowers once again blooming. Nature’s resilience is amazing.

Whatever we do

Progress scarring the landscape

Nature blooms through mesh

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

 

Fragrant Breeze

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Lilacs bloom fragrant
Perfume carried on the breeze
Summer’s almost here
Poppies sway // ripples flowing
Gently across Flander’s Field
Reminder to us
That war is filled with blood-shed
Poppies bleed blood red

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Written for Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge Fragrant Breeze. He also reminds us of the anniversary of D-day and suggested we incorporate that as well.

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A New Day…

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Easter Lilies bloom

Announce a new day dawning

Love wins // Grace for all

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Frank Tassone  asked us to consider the lily in our Haikai Poem for Easter Sunday.  The lily has long been a symbol of Easter.  Its beauty is a symbol of purity and new life. Hopefully your day has been a rewarding and inspirational one.

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Spring/Fall Flowers

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With all the rain and warm Fall weather, the azaleas are blooming today. I saw several bushes with blooms all over them.  Other flowers seem confused as well. This week I saw flowering pear trees blooming! Perhaps someone needs to inform them it is not spring!!

Spring blooms in the Fall

Azaleas opening

Put them back to sleep

 

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iPhone photos unedited: Dwight L. Roth

One Day

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The hibiscus flower blooms only for one day then dries up.  I am amazed that such beauty is so short-lived. Yet it opens in all its splendid glory making the most of that one day in the sunlight. If you or I were only promised one day of life, would we stand out and shine? In reality one day is all any of us have to make a difference. There is no promise of tomorrow. Let your radiance shine as you live each day.

 

Intense deep beauty

Blooming only for a day

Summer’s gift to us

Just like the World Cup winners

Shining only for a day

 

Frank Tassone’s Hiakia challenge was to write a piece that alluded to the FIFA, the world cup championship games in Russia this week. Since I know nothing about the world cup, I will compare the winners to my beautiful hibiscus that blooms only for a day and then is gone. Only the photos remain to tell the tale!

#Haikai Challenge #37 (6/19/18): Fifa World Cup #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

Patience…Nature’s Rule

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Patience… Nature’s Rule  (a Hai bun)

In our world, we bow down and worship instant gratification. We find the opposite is true with nature. Since time began, nature has been patiently going through its annual cycles and seasons.

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time and a season for everything, a time for every purpose under heaven. Nature teaches us to be patient and wait for the right moment. The buds sitting in each joint wait for the sun, rain, and light to be exactly in sync before opening.

Sometimes we think we must make things happen in our life instead of waiting for the time to be right. Rushing things usually ends in disaster. The prophet Isaiah tells us, Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.  There is a lot of wisdom in waiting for the right time to bloom. You will know when everything is in sync and the time is right.

Stump of each dry leaf

A bud full of potential

Waiting patiently

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Victoria Slotto Kicked off our week with Haibun Monday—No Ko Me—Tree Buds

“In Japanese the word pending is implied in the Kigo, No Ko Me--tree buds. The bud holds so much potential, the possibility of the tree becoming all that is was created to be.”

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