Tag Archives: nature

Weekend Sky

Sky feather clouds

I took this pic (original is at the top left) on Thursday afternoon and thought it would be fun to play with. I cropped out the buildings and street to focus on the sky. I really love the feathery clouds!

Posted for Hammad’s Weekend Sky.

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Smattering

Dewdrops

They say all good things
Come in small packages:
A bit of fine chocolate,
The quick whiff of jasmine,
An unbroken seashell,
A delicate hummingbird,
The purr of a kitten,
A few kindhearted words.
A smattering of dewdrops
On a miniature blossom
Glisten like tears
At the return of the dawn.
One night at a time
Is how I get through—
Each, a minuscule victory
Since I lost you.

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Written for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt.

Flower Smile

Carlsbad flower fields

I had such a wonderful birthday weekend, full of family and fun and hugs and smiles and delicious treats. One of the cool things we did was visit the Carlsbad flower fields. This is where they grow a rainbow ocean of blooms to sell to flower shops and grocery stores. It was an incredible experience to see all the beautiful blossoms in one place!

Flowers

There were also food vendors, plants for sale, and a great cover band. Truly lovely.

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Posted for Trent’s Weekly Smile.

Lunch [fss]

Sea lion

Jack got that all too familiar sick feeling in the pit of his stomach when he finished the last piece of his lunch. Oh no, he thought, and retched it all back up on the rocks.

I told you so!” Sally barked.

Freakin’ sea lions, Jack grumbled to himself. Always think they know everything. But he had to be nice to Sally because she knew where the choice trout hung out. “You were right. Again,” he admitted. “That was a disgusting human, not one of the piquant seals I love.”

Sally nodded and lionsplained. “It’s easy for you sharks to mistake one for the other. The humans look a little like seals in those wetsuits, and let’s face it, you guys don’t have the best judgment. But I’m sorry your lunch is ruined, Jack. I’ll help you find some trout for dinner later, for I am an expert fish finder. Try not to get in any trouble for the next few hours.”

Jack rolled his eyes and stared at the seabirds winging across the sky. If only he could be freed from this watery hell and grab up some delicious land food, like a goat or a golden retriever, mmm. Oh well. He dove back into the depths.

A lost baby tuna approached him. “Pardon the imposition. Do you know the way to San Francisco?”

Jack gave her his best shark smile. “Follow me.”

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Written for Fandango’s Story Starter.

Confidants [100 words]

bee

The bee buzzed a secret to the rose, who swore she’d never tell. But the days grew cold and her head drooped low; the burden became too heavy for her withering petals. She whispered the words to a vagabond crow–what could it hurt, this wandering bird? But he sold the news for a scatter of seeds. The tree promised to keep the secret to herself. She did until the sweet southern wind came around once more, tapping at her door. Her blushing leaves gave the secret up to him.

This is why there’s no honey this sad, sad spring.

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Image from Pexels.

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Shadows of Silence

Willow tree pond ducks shadows

The line of ducks is quiet
As the willow weeps beside me;
We have formed a strange alliance
In the shadows of this silence.
River ripples blue and violet,
Untroubled by a conscience;
Forgetting is asylum,
When my mind becomes an island.

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Written for Go Dog Go Cafe’s Tuesday Writing Prompt and Twiglet 272.


Cherry Blossom Dreams

Cherry blossom park bench
Image from adventuregeek.co.uk

Pink-petaled carpet welcomes eager feet, and blossoms scent the air with possibilities. Golden butterflies shimmer like sun-kissed wishes. One snowy egret stands sentry at the pond, while fat green ducks float by serenely. Our hands touch as a squirrel demands our attention, his tail fluffed, and onyx eyes begging for a treat. Alas, our pockets are empty of nuts and seeds, but our hearts are full of Spring’s sweet song.

Cherry blossom dreams
Linger long in memory
After love has gone

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Written for dVerse Haibun Monday.

Better or Worse [fpq]

Sunflowers

Will children born today have a better or worse life than their parents? I think the question is will they have a life at all? Would a devastated planet even be worth survival? We’ve all seen dystopian movies, and that may soon be reality for the few who escape the initial nuclear onslaught. It will make all our debates about gender identity and too much social media immediately irrelevant. The children of dystopia won’t have to worry about doing their homework. A murderous monster has his finger on the button, and we are all holding our collective breath, hoping for a miracle in the land of sunflowers.

Last time the world fell
For a Jewish male savior
It ended badly

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Haiku written for Fandango’s Provocative Question, Eugi’s Weekly Prompt, and Haibun Wednesday.

RFP9: Sunflower

Woman hat sunflower field summer

Welcome to my Random Friday Prompt! This week, let’s work with a sunflower theme. Poems, flash fiction, personal essays… all are welcome, and there is no time limit. My haiku is below and I look forward to reading your work.

Resilient beauty
Scatter your seeds on the wind
You will rise again

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Hypotheticals

Mountain lake hikers

“What on earth would possess such a vibrant young woman to jump off a cliff?” Ned mused as he took in the beautiful view. “Even if she were depressed, simply hiking up here should have put Carolyn in a better mood. I know I feel great! How about you, Nancy?”

Nancy shrugged. “I feel good, but I don’t think you understand depression, Ned. It’s not cured by seeing a pretty lake. Carolyn had been spiraling down for months and her pride was completely destroyed when Curt walked out on her like that.”

“I’m glad you’re so much more grounded,” Ned said, unzipping his backpack. “Hypothetically speaking, if I were to serve you with divorce papers today, you certainly wouldn’t jump off this mountain, would you?”

“Of course not.” Nancy smiled at him. “I’d push you off. Oh look, a bald eagle!”

Ned quietly closed his backpack and focused his camera on the bird instead.

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Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.