Nature’s Spice

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The mighty oak spreads high overhead against the sky

Loaded with thousands of acorns turning from hues of basil

to crushed chili pepper topped with shades of anise and coriander.

Leaves turn to cinnamon and paprika as they fall to the ground

to be crushed in a mortar of earth and ground with pestle of feet

bringing richness and spice, nature’s seasoning, to the soil below.

Acorns carpet bomb overwhelming the ground like falling peppercorns

Seeds for the future guaranteeing new growth

Providing food for squirrels and deer throughout the cold winter.

Some put down roots for the future of us all.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Merril asked us to spice up our poems today by choosing three or more of the spices from a list she gave us. She said it could be related to cooking or how ever we wished to use them. I decided to use the metaphorically in nature.

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Labor Day

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Labor Day

Every day is Labor Day for my little Downy Woodpecker

All day long he comes to my suet feeder eating his fill

Back and forth he goes and sometimes she comes too

Sinking their beaks into fat, they pull out seeds

Emptying cage

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Since this is Labor Day in the US, Lisa from d’Verse has given us the word labor as our Quadrille prompt. I can see, from my recliner, my cute little birds coming and going all day long enjoying the birdseed and suet cakes I put out for them. They labor very hard until all the good seed is gone. They flutter around in dismay when it gets empty, waiting for the refill. Reminds me the way government and politics sometimes works.

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Digital Woolly Worm

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I saw a green wooly worm today

sitting very still and pretty

Not your usual orange and black

but little itty-bitty

A digital worm I supposed,

from all those black antennae

I wondered what channel he listened to,

for there are so very many

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Quadrille day at d’Verse… the prompt is Wrap.  

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For more information on the American Dagger Moth click here:  

http://redandthepeanut.blogspot.com/2010/10/american-dagger-moth-caterpillar.html

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/american-dagger-moth

 

Hummingbird Feeding

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I planted a Purple Hyacinth outside my kitchen window, and it is now blooming. The beautiful purple blooms have attracted the hummingbirds. i have seen them a few times as I come and go in the Kitchen. This evening a female hummingbird was flitting about among the blossoms gathering nectar. I got my camera and thought I might get a shot or two, but she stayed and kept posing for my photos. I was very excited to get these beautiful shots to share with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Purple flower bloom

Inviting my hummingbird

Temperature soaring

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

https://www.thespruce.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-identification-385991

Sunflower

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Each year, volunteer sunflowers grow under the bird feeder outside my kitchen window. This year several came us and are growing well. This is my first bloom of summer!

Sunflower seeds drop

Some take root growing up tall

First flower bloom smiles

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

 

A Nest in My Hat

“You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair”/hat ― Martin Luther

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I have an old straw hat that I wear on hot sunny days as I mow the yard.  When I am done, I hang it upside down between two shelf braces in my garage. My garage door is often open as I am in and out of the house. Seems my little wren wondered into the garage and found my hat a perfect place to make a nest. Last week when I decided I needed it to mow the yard, I took my hat down and this is what I found. This is the second time I found a nest being made in my hat.

Straw hat inviting

little wren, “Come build your nest!”

Squatter evicted

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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The Natural Air Conditioner

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As I stay in my house with the air conditioner running full blast, I dream of a return to the natural cool found in the Pisgah National Forest. Trees are Nature’s air conditioner, and the cool water of the mountain waterfall is more refreshing than any artificial cool.  The rocks above show the upheaval of the Earth’s tumultuous past, while downstream the water flattens out to a wonderful calm place for people to swim.

Summer heatwave

Making birds and people pant

Dreams of a cool stream

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Photos of Looking Glass Falls: Dwight L. Roth

Summer Squall

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Summer Squall – Winslow Homer

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Summer squalls blow through

Nature’s waves of nausea

Unstoppable force

Powerful, yet soon passing

So thankful when things calm down

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Today at d’Verse, Merril presented up with an Ekphrastic Poetry prompt.  She gave us several paintings to choose from to write our poem.  I choose Summer Squalls by Winslow Homer.

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