Friday, October 25, 2013

Dawn's Early Light III

Soft clouds turn
gray to pink
as they gather
dawn's early light.
Aging cattails
frame the lake,
its water still warm
from late summer heat.
Ethereal vapors
rise like spirits,
drifting slowly
within silver fog.
Preparing to unveil
the now bold colors
as autumn deepens
into this bold season.
Time unfolds,
morning opens;
offering a fresh start,
another gift from God.
©  2013  Richard Havenga
You may also like: Dawn's Early Light  and  Dawn's Early Light II 

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Photo Location:
McCarthy Lake,  Kent County,  Michigan  (Michigan)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Father Nature's Neighborhood

I am blessed to live out here in the country. I want to share some of the views I found on a recent drive through my neighborhood:

Egypt Valley State Game Area

Wood Ducks

Pickerel Lake Park

Silver Maple

Wittenbach Farm
Drying Corn
Belted Kingfisher
Townsend Park

Blok Orchards

Pickerel Lake Park

Did you enjoy your visit?

Isn't Autumn awesome?

Which photographs are your favorites?

Thank you for coming to "Father Nature's" Neighborhood.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Aspen Fire

Walking along this shaded trail,
around the bend, on the ridge,
scattered among deep green spruce.

This sudden appearance.
This bright surprise.
I am stunned.

Captured by the light
of extravagant creation.

The Spirit summons.
Penetrates my soul.
Ignites a joyful song.
I feel recreated.

Aflame with passion.
Thankful for my vision.
Grateful for His presence.

I attend this aspen fire.
Let it grow.
Out of control,

words of praise.
© 2013  Richard Havenga
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Photo Location:
Grand Mesa,  (Grand Mesa)  Colorado  (Colorado

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October Morning

wind carries spent leaves
raindrops collect during the night
morning has broken

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Photo Location:
Townsend Park,  (Townsend)  Kent County,  Michigan  (Michigan)

White Oak - Quercus alba

Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Why We Live Here - 2

Here are two more reasons why we love to live in our rural area, by McCarthy Lake:

North Shore


South Shore

We are truly blessed. 

 You may also like to view : "Why We Live Here" - Oct. 26, 2012
Photo Location:
Grattan Township,  Kent County,  Michigan  (Michigan)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Only Silence Remains

Early light
flares in the fog.
The wide river
keeps gliding by.

Patient. Persistent.

Waiting for words
to emerge from
the quiet current,
I reflect
upon the silence.

Wait. Listen.

Like the veil of vapor
suspended above
the bed of moving water,
I gather
thin thoughts.

Temporary. Transitory.

The Spirit has spoken.
The words evaporate.
Only silence remains.

©  2013  Richard Havenga

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Photo Location:
Grand River,  (Grand) Kent County,  Michigan

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Voices of the Stars

After the river
spends the night
whispering, listening
beneath a ceiling
of stars,

I take an early
morning walk
with the river
still flowing
in smooth silence.

The silky skin
of water
now putting on
the soft fabric
of dawn.

Now dressed in daylight.
Hesitant to share
the nightly secrets
heard from the voices
of the stars.

Photo Location:

Flat River,  (Flat River)  Fallasburg Park,  (Fallasburg)  Kent County,  Michigan

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Last Dance

Listen to the leaves landing.
Soft as pages turning.

Each leaf,
after a brief
dance with gravity,
falls with grace
to meet its shadow.

The last dance.
The last page.
©  2013  Richard Havenga

Photo Location:

Fallasburg Park,  (Fallasburg)  Lowell, (Lowell)  Michigan (Michigan)

Sugar Maple - Acer saccharinum

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sassafras Statement

yellow in green woods
first indicator of fall
sassafras statement
 Want to learn much, much more? See: "Sassafras Class"
Photo LocationHome Woods

Sassafras - Sassafras variifolium 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Gifts of Gold

This fresh appearance
of golden arches flowering
signals summer ending,
autumn approaching,
September aging.

Gracefully curving
above stiff stalks
of bunched leaves,
tiny towers topped
with yellow flame.

Admired, desired,
gathered in a vessel
labeled "gifts of gold"
the comfort of memories
to keep, to hold.

Canadian Goldenrod - Solidago canadensis
Smooth Goldenrod - Solidago juncea

Photo Locations

Home Woods 

Townsend Park,  (Townsend)  Kent County,  Michigan  (Michigan)