My Top Three Favorite Nature Images of 2021

There were so many excellent Fall color photos this year, so they dominate this list. This was taken near Tumalo Falls near Bend, Oregon. This is part of several series of Oregon Fall photos and there others tied for first with this one – maybe better for full on color, but the path in the photo really helps make it interesting.

A real surprise – taken next door at home – our neighbors smoke tree. Proves you can find beauty in your own back yard. I couldn’t believe how many different colors this short tree (bush?) Had. There are at least a handful of others in this series tied with this one.

There was a gutter in the street in Moraga that caught my eye on a bike ride and was a tree that turned color early. By itself it was awesome, but I really liked the treated version. This is because many times even the best photo falls short of what our eyes see in the original scene.

Copper

Now you've really gone done it
Keeping my Fall Color Dream alive
Here its almost Christmas
Yet you still survive

You know I'll take it
I'm a kid in disguise
Stay young forever
With eyes opened wide

A rich coppery red
Your color astounds
I'll try to explain it
Very earthy like ground

Satellite Constellation

It's warmth and beauty
Like a Satellite Constellation
Surrounds me
Comforts me

Just yards from my bed
The Smoke Tree
Has sugar plum foliage
Dancing in my head

Five leaf pedal power
Color clusters
Bathe mine eyes
Like a bed of spring flowers

More Tales From The Smoke Tree

Some entity
Is trying to keep me happy
Maybe that entity
Is the Smoke Tree

A fascinating species
Cousin of the Sumac
Sumacs from my youth
This memory takes me back

Newton, New Jersey
Youthful days in the woods
Next to our house
In our neighborhood

We used sumac branches
As swords
With garbage can lids
As shields for Kings and Lords

3000 miles away
Also near Route 80
Funny how a highway
Defines me

But I digress
Isn't it funny
What a tree can do
When I reminisce

Beauty in The Past Tense

I had a tree
That had gorgeous
Multicolored leaves
It was a scraggly tree

A sad Liquid Amber
Barely hanging on
I should have cared for it
Now it's gone

It was in our forest
Amongst the canopy
I thought it wild
- That it didn't need me

Yet for years
It offered it's leaves
I suppose as a way
To get attention from me

The moral of this story
Is open your eyes
Take care of all things
And you'll grow wise

Buckeye Christmas Tree

The Buckeye Tree With Christmas Ornament
There's something 
That I missed
All these years
A new source of bliss

I opened my eyes
Lo and behold
Up in the trees
A new story to be told

What had seemed
Like just a Winter Tree
Now took on new meaning
At least new to me

While others shiver
In the Winter cold
With my camera
I'm mining gold

With all leaves gone
Autumn's leaf shroud lifted
What is underneath
Makes me feel like a thief

In this special scene
Less is certainly more
What I see now
I didn't see before

You stay forever young
When you open your eyes
Things you never saw
Are a new surprise

Golden Gingko

Golden Gingko
Don't tell me
You've heard this one before
Your golden leaves I adore

Against the sky
Of Royal Blue
You send a message
That rings true

Although your leaves
Are green during summer and spring
Its your yellow golden leaves
In autumn that really sings

New Day Sun

I’ve been playing Cello for 1 1/2 weeks so far. I have my first lesson via Zoom on Monday, and my Niece is my teacher. Pardon the songs lately because I’m a rank beginner, but trying to write songs for Cello is a fabulous exercise. Even though I’m getting older, it’s like the new light of a new day – learning something new makes me feel much younger.

No matter how young or old
You can do whatever you want
If it comes from your soul

If it's from the heart
You will succeed
Jump right in and start

With a song on your lips
And a whistle in the wind
No one can sink your ship

The Day Fall Fell

Today was the day Fall Fell
The last leaves of Autumn are on the wing
Cars had Christmas trees on the roof
Soon it will be time to sing (Auld Lang Syne)

Today was the day Fall Fell
The ornaments and lights are going up
Thanksgiving was great fun
Life with you is a Golden Cup

Today was the day Fall Fell
Happy Birthday my Dear
My life is wonderful
With you, and every year

A Walk in the Park

The more positive I get
The better I feel
When in my youth
That was the real deal

When you were young
You lived for the weekend
Not a care in the world
So much energy to spend

You were oblivious
To the news and world events
You were in your own world
It was heaven sent

When you looked around asking
Where might love be found?
Driven by raw hormonal power
With your head in the clouds

The days grow shorter, alas
Seek out those carefree days
If mind over matter is true
We might revert to younger ways

Take a walk in the park
See the light, not the dark
Remember how youth felt
Try to rekindle that spark