Reclamation

In the winter of 2018 and 2019 the gas company excavated about a hundred foot clearing and installed a 12 inch natural gas line six to eight feet deep! We were devastated to see all of the beautiful trees being turned into wood chips. When they were finished they installed thousands of feet of black plastic silt fence all around the work site to prevent run off into the waterways.

The fiber mats that were put down on both sides of the stream must have been filled with wild flower seeds. When summer came there appeared a large number of yellow Daisies and Black Eyed Susans all across the bottom. The grass they sowed came up and the area began to recover.

This past week they came in with a small track hoe and pulled up all the steel fence posts and ripped up the black silt fence. They loaded it all on a small four wheeler truck hauled it all away. The damage they did was minimal. Now the area can completely heal and we can again see the beautiful flowers bloom in the bottom along the creek.

Gas line scars healing

Man’s destruction disappears

Flowers bloom again

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Abiding Love

In the cold of winter, we said, “I do”

with December snow on the ground

and candles burning brightly.

And now my love,

winter is fast approaching;

And, after fifty-one years

we’re still together.

Our abiding love lives on

“till death do us part”

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today is Quadrille Monday at d’Verse. Lisa asked to use the word abide for our prompt and write a poem of 44 words. She gave us various uses of the word, one of which was the old hymn Abide With Me. That took me back to the songs of my childhood. I decided to use write in reference to love. The end of December will be fifty-one years for us. It just seemed fitting to write of our abiding love; resting on, depending on, secure in the vows we made so many years ago.

I took these flower photos at about 3:30 this afternoon, blooming in my back yard on November 30th! Who would believe? Frost comes again tomorrow morning.

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Where Earth Meets the Sky

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Today I sat beside a stream
Watched a Titmouse take a bath
Listened to the birds that sing
While ants crawled on the path
Flowers bloomed in warm sunlight
Tall and strong with heads of yellow
Swaying there with smiles so bright
Nature’s garden is waving hello
The air was cool // the sun was hot
Above my head the willows sigh
In the shade’s my chosen spot
‘Tis a perfect place I sighed
So there I sat the morning out
While bees buzzed round close by
Thought to myself // no need to pout
Where earth meet the sky

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Nature’s Resilience

Crocus

In my flower bed I saw that daffodils were pushing up through the ground, in spite of the fact that we had snow five days ago that shut everything down for three days. When I stooped down to take a close-up photo, I discovered that there was a hidden crocus blooming among them.  How amazing to see nature’s resilience.

Nature’s Resilience

Winter showed herself with snow and ice

Closed down schools as airports de-iced

We were cautious // afraid to come out

For fear we might fall or get stuck while in route

We stayed all cozy and warm in our house

Crocuses and daffodils hid quiet as a mouse

The sun came out with snow on the ground

Kissed shoots and warmed leaves in beds all around

Excited and thrilled flowers opened their petals

Showing hope of spring in those cold shadows

Daffodils

Nature has cycles that each year never miss

Flowers bloom early with the bright sun’s kiss

No matter the cold or ice or snow

Nature is resilient // as spring will soon show

 

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Photos taken today with my iPhone!  Dwight L. Roth