shortening day

December 3, 2020 § 4 Comments

an upward glance

bare branches darkening the silence

releasing the moon

~

dead butterfly

February 26, 2018 § 2 Comments

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dead butterfly

still bright

in the winter sun

~

on a scottish loch

July 20, 2016 § 4 Comments

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on a scottish loch

the soaring eagle

brightens the mountain

~

midwinter

February 6, 2016 § 4 Comments

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beneath leafless trees

on frozen soil

unwanted feather

~

 

Image courtesy Yukio Kondo

knowing

January 26, 2015 § 11 Comments

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 suddenly i see

that

beauty

is

simply

a

moment

of recognition

~

 

Image courtesy Diane Cook and Len Jensel

artistry

December 24, 2014 § 27 Comments

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low winter sun

spreads shadows in the sand –

soon

the

chill

wind

~

And a Merry Christmas to you all

xxx

Image courtesy Barry Long

after dawn

September 27, 2014 § 11 Comments

beautiful-swan

 

 

a single swan –

wings

chase

away

the

morning

mist

~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy Alex Saberi

now

August 30, 2014 § 4 Comments

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  ephemeral blooms –

 a reminder

of life’s transience

~

papaver

August 14, 2014 § 10 Comments

blackopium-poppy

after they flower

the opium poppies –

haunt me

~

Image courtesy Opioids.com

thief

June 20, 2014 § 17 Comments

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on an ancient path

a rare plant

of startling beauty –

deadly parasite

~

For those who need to know…I was excited to find a few of these plants a few weeks ago whilst walking a disused railway track to Walsingham Shrine in Norfolk. I suspect the path had once been an ancient pilgrimage route.  Broomrape is a stealthy thief, lying dormant for many years until a suitable host appears. The plant contains no chlorophyll, so it steals water and nutrients from its chosen victim, eventually killing it. It is fond of tomatoes, sunflowers, celery, beans, aubergines, etc., and causes crop failure all over the world.

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