Miniature Morning Glories

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Little trumpeters

Blasting silent sunshine songs

Concert ends at noon

Flowers close up and go home

Tomorrow’s show’s at sunrise

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Miniature Morning Glory Photos: Dwight L. Roth

These beautiful volunteers greet me at my kitchen window every morning!

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Shelter or Seed Pod

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I am always amazed when I see mushrooms spring up in the grass. These three sisters look like they are made of porcelain, but they are so fragile. Under those sheltering domes are pockets full of spores that will be dropped at just the right time. As the mushrooms dry out the pods open and drop their spores. They will lie there in the dirt until once again the right temperature, moisture, and heat will make them grow and as the cycle of life continues.

Fragile domes shelter

new life after summer rain

Nature’s fancy art

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’verse Mish asked us to write a haibun using the word shelter. I decided to try something a bit different with this one. They look almost good enough to eat!

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Sediments

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Today I worked on a lawnmower that would not run for a neighbor in our development. Some of you will recognize this as the carburetor bowl. As you can see it has dirt and sediments is mixed in with the gas. When the gas gets sucked through the carburetor to the cylinder those sediments clog up the jets and keep the gas from flowing, stalling out engine. Once the carburetor was cleaned and the gas tank drained, I added new gas and the engine started right up.

Summer lawns grow fast

Sediments keep mower stalled

Clean carb lets it run

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Distractions in life

Often stall relationships

Clean out sediments

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Dog Days of Summer

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August is like hump day for summer

Topping the hot rise of extreme temps

Starting the downhill chug into cooler weather

August is a month of anticipation

Vacation days coming to a close

as children and teachers anticipate

school opening sooner than they would like

August is anticlimactic in its celebrations

No fireworks, No flag waving, No Historic events

Even September gets Labor Day!

August is like the jet lag we feel

after a week’s visit from grandparents

Pleasantly exhausted, yet full of memories

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today, at d’Verse, Sanaa asked us to consider the lesser celebrated month of August. She asked us to write a poem reflecting on what memories we might have of this month.

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Summer Butterflies

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I just could not help myself today, when I saw these beautiful butterflies on my Zinnias. I kept shooting and shooting. and they stayed around flitting from flower to flower, poetry in motion! With my 200mm zoom, I was able to focus all the way in on them. These are some of the most beautiful butterflies I have seen!

Beauty flits lightly

from yellow to red buffet

Basking in sunshine

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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

Caribbean Getaway

Carribian painting

Mid-Summer and Fourth of July

Thought I’d take time for an Island get-away

Down to the Caribbean

Enjoy the ocean and feel the palm trees

swaying it the tropical breeze

A perfect day for a virtual get-away

It was only for a few hours

No heavy traffic to contend with

No long lines or airport delays

Just peace and quiet; there alone in the heat

And all I came back with was this painting

By some unknown artist

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Painting by Unknown Artist: Dwight L. Roth

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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