Garden Variety

In my garden
Lizards scurry
Past the flowers
In a hurry

Then they stop
Doing their pushups
Stick their tongue out
Leave abruptly

Chirping babies
In the birdhouse
Sing for supper
Mother Titmouse

Father Titmouse
Back and forth
Bringing food
From backyard source

Rhododendron

There's a Rhododendron
That grows near the creek
It just popped up
During last summers heat

It was part of a clan
Of like minded plants
They looked very thirsty
I caught them by chance

Now they are tall
And about to bloom
They want to thank me
For watering their roots

January Surprise

I’ve been learning how to play Cello the last 8 weeks. All of my songs since then have Cello instead of the usual Bass Guitar I used to play.

This is the first time I’ve ever written an entire song using the Cello. Huge shoutout to my niece Nisha, my Cello teacher and a fantastic one at that!

Its always wise
To open your eyes
Else you'd miss that
January Surprise

The start of the year
Usually unclear
New beautiful skies
January Surprise

Look up not down
No need to frown
Mustard on the rise
January Surprise

The Moderns at Dingmans Ferry Bridge

Just below
A little ridge
Across the Delaware
Spans a tiny bridge

A peaceful river crossing
Dingmans is its name
Used to have a Ferry
That's its only fame

Some say its haunted
Its just quiet and still
For some its too much nature
That gives The Moderns chills

Subtle Winter Scene

In between the vineyard vines
There is mustard popping up
Brilliant yellow carpet green
My very favorite Winter Scene

Some may say there is no Winter
In Northern California
I know that's just not true
Snowy mountains are my proof

In the valleys near the coast
Winters subtle but its there
Creeks are running grass is green
Its such a lovely Winter Scene

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.

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

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

Colorfall

Thankfully
I was proven wrong
Still hanging in there
Colors prolonged

The colors fall
Like water over a cliff
In time for Thanksgiving
What a gift

I'm on the prowl
Eyes open wide
For scenes to capture
On my bike ride