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OctPoWriMo2019 Day 13 — The Sycamores of Sweet Street

Lovingly I see the sycamores of Sweet Street They flow along as kin to build a canopy Mottled skins and royal crowns, side to side and down Who could be beneath their boughs and consider frowns? Along the blocks we stroll, in perfect shade are we. Looking up are jewels of light between the leaves… Continue reading OctPoWriMo2019 Day 13 — The Sycamores of Sweet Street

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#MM Saturday Mix — Cry for the fallen

image link The twelve city commissioners were each direct descendants of the original city leaders from a hundred years ago. The closed leadership system had grown stale at least fifty years ago, but the citizens had been demoralized for longer than that. The word sterile came to mind. The commissioners cared about two things and… Continue reading #MM Saturday Mix — Cry for the fallen

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Thursday Doodads — Flora & Fauna out back

An abrupt early afternoon thunderstorm blew through here and then it was back to hot and muggy.  Not nearly enough rain came down.  It's staying in the air.  I did get a chance to walk out back today and check on things.  Mostly good, some things of concern.  Some pictures and videos.  Hope you enjoy… Continue reading Thursday Doodads — Flora & Fauna out back

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Janet and The General

General Sherman Janet was the original climber of General Sherman, a giant sequoia that is, by volume, the “largest known living single-stem tree on Earth.” Janet had lived in Tulare County, CA since she was born. She grew up five minutes away from the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park. As soon as she could… Continue reading Janet and The General

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Weeping Willow

Winter's ice cubes cling, infesting willow branches that twist, snap, and fall. https://youtu.be/km3JeaXEXmE A picture can't do this justice.  The tree is massive and so is the limb that fell. Below are a couple photos of the pine tree also in the yard.  Other parts of the country are used to ice storms, but we… Continue reading Weeping Willow

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simply squirrely

taken 11/17/18 rough squirrels nest caught late fall's intricate white web imprisoned safety They come down from the trees to gather winter stores, but much of the time they are curled in their cozily constructed leaf nests.  The variety who lives in this nest are the lesser-known Green Squirrels, originally brought from Ireland as honorary… Continue reading simply squirrely

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Poetry Day 31 — One

Today's prompt, the final one for OctWriPoMo2018, is Endless. The form I chose is cinquain. It's been very satisfying writing a poem a day for this challenge. The picture with today's poem is one I drew based upon a dream I had not long ago. One Endless life death cycle arising, setting sun, joy and… Continue reading Poetry Day 31 — One

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Poetry Day 14 — If I Were Me

Part of the prompts for today's OctPoWriMo I chose to follow are, "If I Were Me" and a shape poem.   It probably won't show up as a tree on small screens!   An oak tree takes hundreds, if not thousands, of years to grow from an acorn and into a mature tree. Nobody questions it.… Continue reading Poetry Day 14 — If I Were Me

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The Daily Prompt — Neighbors

image link   In the little red house across the alley behind my house, and next to the vacant lot, lived an older woman who routinely complained that we needed to trim branches of the oak trees that crossed our shared property line.  Checking with city ordinances, we learned that she was free to trim… Continue reading The Daily Prompt — Neighbors

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The ‘Big Tree’ that Survived Hurricane Harvey

Trees are my friends. I have had a love affair with trees going since I was a small child. I regularly climbed the Stanley plum tree in my back yard. Our laundry was hung on lines strung between two oaks -- in both our yard and in my grandparents' yard. There was a spindly looking… Continue reading The ‘Big Tree’ that Survived Hurricane Harvey