Nature Preserve


Saturday morning stretches into late afternoon with woodpeckers flitting from one bare tree to another. They're hammering echoes across still waters while sounding their presence. Fallen trees become balance beams for my feet to maneuver like a gymnast as I make way along the water's edge.  My eyes squint against the sun to find two red tailed hawks screeching above my head.  They're circling February's blue sky. After watching the hawks fly away I continue walking.  Alongside the green-brown waters snatching briars vie for my attention temporarily holding me in their tiny fingers. Gently, I release myself from their hold.

13 comments:

CountryDreaming said...
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CountryDreaming said...

Well my goodness. If it were me, I'd have to rewrite part of your Saturday adventure. After your sentence: "Fallen trees become balance beams for my feet to maneuver like a gymnast as I make way along the water's edge."

I'd write:

"Ker-SPLASH !!!

"Wiping water from my eyes with a brown jacket sleeve like a wet dog, I squint against the sun to find two red-tailed hawks screeching with laughter above my head ... "

Sounds like you had a satisfyingly relaxing adventure under glorious blue skies and warm winter sun. Great photo, too! :-)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Woodpeckers, hawks and fallen tree balance beams - you did well to keep your balance!

ms pie said...

the most beautiful of beautiful.. i can reach out and touch the coat of your calmness as you walk through this wonderful engaging scene... blessings upon blessing to you and your family dear friend....

Bill said...

You covered so much territory with so few words. Beautifully written. I have a complete picture in my mind. Thanks.

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Thank you for taking me along. I love your prose and the beautiful photo. It transported me.

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Al said...

Wonderful, both the photo with the dead tree reaching towards heaven, and the prose which takes us along.

Shifan said...

Hi,Glorious Sky is making sharpness of your photo. This photo shows natural relaxation.

Kay said...

Aaaah... This is so beautiful.

Wanda..... said...

Lovely scenario you painted with your words. I experienced the viewing of a hawk circling in a blue sky also this past week.

Mary said...

I was drawn into the writing...very descriptive! I like CountryDreaming's comment and I would probably have been in the water with her :-)

Travis Cody said...

I could cover the image, but still see it in your words.

Rose said...

I really like this!