Unmovable Rock

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Spring is all around us, spreading pollen as leaves and flowers flourish. The joy of springtime is not inhibited by human crisis! Rocks remind us that what is solid is unmoved. As we lift prayers and hope for those working on the front lines of the Coronavirus, we must remember that the words on our coins are not just a nice saying, but rather the solid rock of our faith… In God We Trust!

Beauty rises high

above all // glorious Spring

Rocks remain solid


Photo: 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.

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Summer bees and butterflies

Beauty on beauty

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth



Good to the Last Drop


I found this bumble bee on my zinnias yesterday. He was working intensely gathering nectar from the flowers as he moved from one to the next. I had to ask my self, “How many drops of nectar does it take to make a bumble bee?!
Beautiful bumble bee
Oblivious to his surroundings
Draws nectar from each little yellow flower
Doesn’t realize he is part of an ecosystem
Simply wants to stay alive
Gathering and shedding pollen as he eats
Continuing the food cycle from year to year
Sweet nectar brings life
Good to the last drop



iPhone 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

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