Monthly Archives: December 2011

W is for Water

Along the Box Canyon Trail,
water flows,
in some places even creating a waterfall.
Or at least falling water.

6 August 2008

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V is for Veins

That is probably not the botanically correct word,
but that is what I see in this flower,
seen near Tumbleweed.

15 July 2011

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U is for Uphill

Some trails at Ghost Ranch go uphill,
even more uphill than this one.
Hopefully the summer of 2012 will
bring a better illustration of uphill.

8 August 2008

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Which way to Mordor?

Some run marathons.

Some swim.

Some bike.

Others view.

A tradition at our house in the days after Christmas, at least most years, involves viewing Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

It makes for a long day. It makes for a fun day that involves – marveling at the cinematography, deepening an appreciation of the artistic accomplishment, anticipating favorite lines, giving thanks for friends as good as Frodo’s, wishing for a birthday party like Bilbo’s (at the age of 111), renewing a desire to visit New Zealand, and more.

Today the marathon began. It will fill the day.

Which way to Mordor?

See you along the Trail.

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My own set

Last night, while browsing through the sale candy at my local grocery store, Eric came across this intriguing item. One fine day, perhaps I will have a set of my own.

See you along the Trail.

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T is for Thistle


This one has posted before. I have tried to avoid repeats, but it continues to intrigue me. It grew outside of Tumbleweed where Tricia and I were staying this past summer. What struck me then and what has remains with me is how much this one plant┬á – not there by design but simply because of its tenacity – reveals. I wrote the following last summer and repost it here.

Unbidden,
a thistle grows in the yard,
a sturdy, prickly weed.
Unasked,
its green and purple hues
reveal
a simple mystery:
life,
death,
life to be,
triangle of eternity.

16 July 2011 (date of picture)
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico (location where poem was written)

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S is for Snow

Pedernal has had more snow in its day.

Pedernal has had more snow recently.

Someday I hope to have a camera with me when I see that.

For now, that little strip gives Pedernal a slightly different look.

24 October 2010

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R is for Rainbow

Not sure anything needs to be said.

24 August 2010

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Christmas Day 2011

Christmas Day brought our usual visit to Solon where we ate way too much great food, exchanged gifts, and played games. The New Castle contingent arrived on December 24 and stayed through lunch. The Grove City folks arrived a bit before noon. We pulled in about the same time.

Before leaving, “the children” (and one of their college roommates) posed for a picture.

Tradition.

See you along the Trail.

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Q is for Quiet

The pace slows,

shadows lengthen,

the moon rises,

the quiet speaks.

2 August 2009

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