Spring Break

Winter.

Here in the good old USA, numerous folk are “enjoying” the style of winter that is often considered the exclusive domain of International Falls, Minnesota and their robust Canadian friends further north.  Temperatures are brutally cold, well south of freezing, accompanied by ye olde insidious wind chill and ample amounts of that white stuff that wanted to be rain before Mr. Freeze squeezed its little liquid heart. While the Canucks and Minnesotans may shrug it off, for those less accustomed to this winter thuggery I offer a Spring Break – a reminder of things to come.

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Haiku in Shades of Gray

Afternoon Visit
In A Japanese Garden
Feeling Shades Of Gray

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Following A Path
Entry To Serenity
Nature’s Softer Side

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Branches Twist And Turn
Tendrils of a tree’s soul
Gives Calming Patterns

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A Mossy Clearing
Pagoda Climbs To Heaven
The Maple Watches

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A Glyph Guards The Frame
Of Quiet Tea Ceremonies
House With Autumn Moon

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A Solid Presence
Ancient Anchor To The World
Crafted Wall Of Rocks

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A Gentle Dripping
Calming Sounds Refresh The Air
Stress Draining With Water

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An Old Tree Provides
Patterns Of Bark And Needles
Beauty Of Aging

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Sandy Sacrifice
The Buddha Faces Tigers
Garden Of Stone

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Lake Of Raked Gravel
Geometric Distances
The Islands Ripple

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Winding Stairs Climb
A Rocky Hill Surrenders
The Spirit Ascends

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Miniature Vignettes
For Pondering Natures Soul
Garden Says Goodbye

Abiqua Falls

THUMP! Thumpity thump, crash, thump thump.  The rock (or rocks?) continued to bound down the cliff I was hanging onto as the seconds rolled on, reminding me how far I had to fall should I lose footing with the other foot as well.  Once I found a new foothold to replace that sizable sounding rock I’d knocked free I looked around for my wife – she was somewhere below.

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Crystal Rhodies, Take 2

A year ago I took you on a tour through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in Portland. I had the best of intentions at the time, bringing along my digital SLR and extra lens, but upon arrival discovered I wasn’t fully loaded for bear – I’d left the SLR’s memory card at home and was obliged to shoot with the phone camera. This year we went again, and I remembered all the good gear.  Did it make any difference?

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