Empty Chairs

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The large hotel across the street from ours had a beautiful patio filled with white tables and chairs. It appeared to be an ideal place for a wedding reception. When we visited Mackinac Island the end of September, the weather was clear and sunny, but the crisp morning air let us know Fall was already here. Although we saw two different wedding parties, none of them chose to have an outdoor reception. It was two weeks away from the shutdown that takes place over the winter with many of the local businesses.

Guests stay warm inside

Cold white tables sit empty

Waiting for snowfall

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Haibun Monday at d’Verse Poets Pub. Linda asked us to write a Haibun that references Autumn.

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Doves in Winter

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It is always interesting to me when people feel the need to put little jackets on their dogs or blankets over the backs of horses. I may be totally uninformed, but I think,  “Why would you do that?  What about all the other creatures in nature that spend all winter in the freezing cold. They all adapt to the temperature changes with thick hides and hair or fluffed up feathers and a high metabolism rate that keeps them comfortable. The dove above sits on my deck rail, right in the snow, and seems to be quite comfortable as he watches me eat my breakfast. You can see all those fluffed up feathers insulates him very well!

Mourning dove eyes me

eating my breakfast cereal

Not phased by cold snow

 

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth