Friday, February 28, 2014

Fragments of Poetry 12

Winter dawn is the color of metal,
the trees stiffen into place like burnt nerves.

From: "Waking in Winter" by Sylvia Plath - (Collected Poems© 1981 - Ed. Ted Hughes 

Photo Location:  Kent County,  Michigan

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

El Greco

El Greco  (1541 - 1614)

Photo Location:  South Valley Farms - (Almonds)  Wasco, California  

Almond - Prunus dulcis

Click on photos to enlarge, click on El Greco, and Almonds (above) to learn.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Photo Haiku - Bird Series 2

watchful and ready
perched and crouched for the next strike
stalker in wetlands

sudden appearance
black and blue package of life
focused alertness

plump with plume on head
a curved exclamation mark
explodes into flight

You may also enjoy: Photo Haiku - Bird Series  June 14, 2012

Photo Locations:

1. Corkscrew Woodlands,  (Corkscrew)  Estero,  (Estero)  Florida (Florida

2. Home Woods,  Cannonsburg,  (Cannonsburg)  Michigan (Michigan

3. SaddleBrooke,  (SaddleBrooke)  Tucson,  (Tucson)  Arizona  (Arizona


1. Green Heron - Butorides virescens

2. Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata

3. Gambel's Quail - Callipepla gambelii

Friday, February 21, 2014

Meadowlark Music

Photo Location:  

Battle of the Little Bighorn National Monument,  (Monument)  Crow Agency,  Montana (Montana)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Proposal "P"

To produce a package for a time capsule that would portray my place on this planet, I provide these preferences:

* the puffy pouch of a Pink Lady's Slipper

* the pleasure perceived from a rainbow prism

* a Prickly Pear piercing the desert air

* the pounding percussion of a Pileated Woodpecker 

* trillium petals peppered with pollen

*  powerful roots pushing and probing below the Ponderosa Pines

* a pastel painting of pink petals

* the pacing pulse of a Phoebe in April

* the peculiar parts of a Pitcher Plant

* a penstemon propelling scarlet trumpets

* a pensive place beside a peaceful river

* particles of pollen packed in a bee's pouch

* a patch of pretty poppies

* the parallel leaves of a pixelated palm

* cumulus piling along the perimeter of the prairie

* the passion to prepare a persuasive, perceptive poem

* the patience to proclaim praise in a penetrating prayer

©  2014  Richard Havenga

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Next

The heart, the soul, the mind,
are searching for
a home, a rest, a sanctuary,
while looking
down the road,
down the trail,
down the stream,
for the next
opportunity, desire, dream.

The next
time to

©  2014  Richard Havenga

Photo Location:

Cataract Falls,  Marin County,  (Marin)  California

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Gift

Click on photo to enlarge.

Slash Pine - Pinus elliottii

Photo Location:

Estero,  (Estero)  Florida (Florida)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Work

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Weeping Willow - Salix babylonica

Photo Location:

McCarthy Lake,  Kent County,  Michigan  (Michigan )


Life Application Bible - New International Version (Bible

published by:  Zondervan Publishing House - (Zondervan)  Grand Rapids, Michigan

Friday, February 7, 2014

May You Walk

May you walk through woodlands white with Trillium. 

May you walk through fields purple with vetch.

May you walk in the under-story green with Mayapple.

May you walk in the dunes tan with sand. 

May you walk in wetlands cinnamon with fern.

May you walk through the seasons of your life attentive and alert, with a joyful sense of gratitude. 

Photo Locations:

1 - 3  Ada Township,  Kent County,  Michigan (Michigan)

4 - 5  Home Field,  Kent County,  Michigan

6 - 8  Home Woods,  Kent County,  Michigan

9 -  Great Sand Dunes National Monument,  (Dunes)  Colorado  (Colorado)

10 - Whitefish Point,  (Whitefish)  Paradise, (U.P.)  Michigan

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Do you love this world 
you were born into?

Have you noticed the gifts

strewn across the land?

Hidden from most,
discovered by you.

Others oblivious,

indelible for you.

In addition to
your awareness and reverence,

you have a touch of 

poetry in your soul,

and an intense love of the land 
in your heart.

©  2014  Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park,  North Dakota  (North Dakota)
2. Galatin Range, Livingston,  Montana (Montana)