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A Summer Day Hiking Dream

Sun beating down

a hot summer day

longing for cool comfort

along the trail way

 

Suddenly I hear

while turning  around

a trickling noise

then a roaring sound

 

Following the path

a cool mist on my face

relief from the heat

I quicken my pace

 

Allowing my feet to dangle

in the pleasure of the rapid

another world appears

which mystical creatures inhabit

 

A chameleon appears

changing colors in the rainbow

finding food on a rock

his pace is quite slow

 

Down a bit further

a fish jumps along the bank

performing acrobatics

his movements are swank

 

A duck appears

bathing in the mist

diving and shaking his wings

doing the twist

 

Back to the real world

refreshed from the rapid stream

thankful for the inhabitants

of a summer day dream

 

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Scintilla: Mischief in the Mud

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Gathering close to the water

scintilla of mischief in the air

fresh rain produced mud

adventure with a flair

 

Coming closer

mom turned around

siblings near

close to the ground

 

Siblings close to the puddle

excitement in my eyes

just one push

will ire arise

 

Pushing the first one

oh so much fun

hit face first

the others begin to run

 

Getting up

my sibling chases me

running through the mud

sounds of glee

 

Mom grabs my neck

then we both fall

covered with mud

silliness for all

 

Chided into the lake

dunked until clean

adventure was fun

should have heard them scream

 

Quiet now

lying in the shade

mom watching closely

mischief well played

 

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Redux: Awakening in the Spring

geese drinking water in strawberry park april 24

 

Spring brings a redux

of all forms of life

waking from a winter’s sleep

geese, squirrels, and other wildlife

 

Bringing antics

associated with the young

so much laughter

some are high strung

 

Watching the water

goslings learn to swim

playing follow the leader

diving on a whim

 

Seeing a fish jump

their eyes fill with wonder

attempting to catch one

missing as it goes under

 

Marching back to the nest

it’s time for a nap

mother tucking them in

under her wing wrap

 

Wonderful spring day

redux in the park

relaxing as children play

listening to the dog’s bark

 

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Permit: Turtle on a Log

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The tree permits 

the turtle to share its space

laying in the sun

filled with God’s grace

 

Enjoying the 

coolness of the morn

it is a wonderful life

where the turtle was born

 

A peaceful environment

sharing with other wildlife

a nature filled park

there is little strife

 

The turtle is startled

there is laughter on the trail

he jumps in the water

a leaf becomes a veil

 

Again feeling safe

he crawls on the log

now sharing the space

with a frog

 

The park is peaceful

nature welcomes all in

a cool spring day

to be enjoyed within

 

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A Fishing Tale at Lakeshore Park

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It is early and the sun is slowly beginning to rise as William and I pack our things for a morning fishing adventure at Lakeshore Park. This park is located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir and is our favorite fishing hole. The fish are spawning this month and we hope to catch some perch.

We arrive at the park and set up the fishing poles and chairs by the bank of the reservoir. There are other people along the bank with their fishing poles and a few in boats not far from us. It is a friendly and optimistic group this morning. There are several people who have caught fish and are using buckets to house the day’s catch.

It is not long before one of our bobbins goes down in the water. I quickly pull on the pole to pull the fish out of the water.  The fish fights as it comes out of the water trying to escape the line but all goes well and out comes a medium size perch. It is a beautiful fish that is admired before being delivered into the bucket. William puts new bait onto the line and the pole is once again in the water.

I decide to explore the park while William watches our fishing poles and lines. There is a group of geese in the park this morning. The wildlife in this park is fun to observe and photograph. The geese are happy to see people in the park because of the food that is given to them. They will deliver quite a show to get free food. This morning someone is feeding them bread while they strut and show their glory.

My observation on the morning stroll is the marina across the bay. The boats are pretty sitting in the docks. People will be in this marina all day taking rides in the boats. I enjoy taking photographs of this area. The people are fun to observe. There is usually an interesting and diverse group sharing stories of the day .

boats on marina lakeshore park april 10

The marina is also home to some of the reservoir water life. Ducks and geese split their time between the marina and park. The reservoir water between these two points provide abundant food and shelter for the birds. The marina is a place where alligators have been spotted as well. There have been some days when alligators will swim between the boats searching for food.

Alligators have become more common in this area through the years. They are mostly harmless unless disturbed. I have lost more than one fishing pole when an occasional alligator has decided he wanted my fish. It is better to let them win the prize than risk life and limb for the fish.

It is time to check on William and the progress of the fishing poles. He has caught two more perch and has decided to try catching fish along the shoreline. Sometimes the fish will come extremely close to bank in the spawning season. I sit down and watch the other fishing poles as he walks down the bank.

There is a snake in the water this morning. He is quite large and colorful flowing through the water. Usually they will pass by people unless disturbed. I sit quietly and let the snake swim by the poles without moving. Snakes are poisonous here and not to be taken lightly.

My bobbin on the fishing pole is going down again in the water. I pull on the line to bring the fish in to shore but pull too hard. The fish gets away and now my line flies through the air and is now stuck in a tree. An entertaining site to see for observers as I try to get the line out of the tree. William returns and saves the day by retrieving the line. The line gets new bait and is returned to the water.

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We have some new visitors as a hawk tries to get his lunch in a nearby tree. He is climbing the tree with a squirrel. The squirrel is faster and more efficient in the tree than the hawk. The hawk struggles for a while and then moves on to try for easier game. The squirrel then returns to a safer spot on the ground.

Up a tree jess

Following this spectacle is a group of geese with their goslings going toward the water. These birds are protective of their young and do not allow anyone near them. They are entertaining to watch as they cross the park to the water. I take a photograph and return to watch the fishing poles.

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The morning ends and the temperature has risen. It is now hot on this day and time to return home. William gives our fish to some of the remaining fisherman. We enjoy fishing but do not keep our catch. Most days the fish are either put back into the reservoir or given to people around us.

We pack our things and return to the truck. It has been a peaceful and beautiful outing with nature providing food and recreation. William and I look forward to our return on another day.

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Saturday Football

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A crisp fall morning

there is football in the air

barbecue on the table

sweet spicy aromas with a flair

 

The fans are waiting

for the game to begin

teams with a rivalry

each expecting to win

 

The stadium is full

the game begins with a flair

cheering this afternoon

a goal line ball in the air

 

It is half time

the band begins to play

marching in formation

a grand stand this day

 

Second half begins

more touchdowns to be found

cheering crowds stand up

excitement on the ground

 

The game is over

the trash talk begins

fans having fun

only one team can win

 

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Strawberry Park Wildlife

 

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Skipper’s Apple Pie Caper

Skipper

The apple pie

across the picnic table sits

warm with an aromatic scent

Skipper eyeing it

 

He employs a caper

catching the air with his ears

flying high in the air

coming oh so near

 

Skipper’s mouth open

flying next to the pie

grabbing it quickly

before anyone can spy

 

He hits the ground

rushes next to a boat

carrying the pie

no time to gloat

 

The pie looks good

such a wonderful prize

he grazes upon it

a feast for the eyes

 

The pie tastes good

now it is all gone

time for a nap

on the lawn

 

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Pink Flamingo Caper

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The pink flamingo

riding along

enjoying life

singing a song

 

With his yellow bicycle

turning flips in the air

continuing to do capers

each with a flair

 

He stops for a soda

a cold drink to go

tossing ice in the air

throwing things to and fro

 

A bright summer afternoon

excitement in the air

the pink flamingo turns flips

causing people to stare

 

He stops at a cafe

his feet now on land

the bicycle is parked

while he listens to the band

 

More capers to come

it is beginning to rain

more fun to gain

on the yellow bicycle again

 

 

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Scampering Squirrels

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Small gray squirrels

scampering across the land

chasing each other having fun

marching like a band

 

Not worrying about today

gathering nuts along the way

playing in the community

laughing through the day

 

Climbing to his nest

high in the trees

resting in the summer sun

God providing for all his needs

 

It’s beginning to rain

a storm is near

trust in God

there is no need to fear

 

The storm is over

the sky is clear

scampering down the tree

his friends reappear

 

Playing again

they begin to scurry

living life fully

without any worry

 

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