Monday, November 19, 2018


With gratitude to John D'Amico

How many hundreds
of thousands
of dark green spires 
of Lodgepole Pines
needle the sky
in this broad basin?

Highlighted by November snows,
they clothe the rising foothills,
stand perfectly vertical
on steepening slopes,
climb to the timberline
on North Arapaho Peak,
withstand winter winds,
remain ever

Serve as models of perseverance
as we bend under life's strains,
lean into biting winds,
fade from once colorful selves. 

Yielding to the years,
weathering with grace,
faithful to the end.

Tapering, arrow straight
pointing to heaven

A thousand thousand
points of praise.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. 2. 3. - TabernashColorado

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


"When I am, as it were, 
completely by myself,
entirely alone, and of good cheer...
it is on such occasions that ideas
flow best and most abundantly." 

~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Photo Locations

American Avocet

1. Gilbert Water Ranch - Arizona

2. Mono Lake - California

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Smuggler

I have detected winter
being secretly smuggled in;

fringed on the edge of leaves,

collecting in low-lying fields 
as fingers of frost,
filigreed on arching grasses.

We all knew it was coming,
so we allowed the smuggler
deeper penetration
into our lives.

Putting on our clothes
of protection...

accepting the present...

dreaming of the future.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationsTownsend Park

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Silver the Wetlands

Late into autumn,
after the hard frosts,
dark brown cattails
silver the wetlands.

Seeds as light as air,
prepared for flight,
on the next breathe
of November wind.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations

Monday, November 5, 2018

Cradle the Clouds

Rolling fields of ripened corn
cradle the clouds of autumn.

A brief burst of morning sunshine
illuminates the horizon of trees.

A dark gray cloud ceiling
contrasts this ripening season.

Long leaves of field corn

wave their brittle arms.

The cold present blows
away the warm past.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location:

1. On the Kent County / Ionia County line - Michigan

2. Lowell Township - Kent County, Michigan

Thursday, November 1, 2018

slow dancing

Loose columns of vapor;
ephemeral silver spirits
in translucent gowns,
slow dancing to 
autumn music. 

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Mc Carthy Lake - Grattan Township - Kent County- Michigan

Monday, October 29, 2018

Living Water

"Even if the externals of life resemble a drought, inside we have the ever-flowing living water of the Holy Spirit. Of all the word pictures employed in the Bible to depict the Spirit, a river of living water ranks among the most powerful. He is seen as the source of vitality and abundance in our lives. Like a continually moving stream, He flows through us, performing His sanctifying work of transforming us into the image of Christ."

~ Dr. Charles Stanley
In Touch (Daily Devotional) - August 31, 2018

 Photo Locations:

1. Arkansas River - Buena VistaColorado

2. Blackfoot River - MissoulaMontana

Thursday, October 25, 2018


late October field
a solid wall of cornstalks
before the combine

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Grattan Township - Kent County - Michigan

Monday, October 22, 2018


geese gliding through trees
waiting for the fog to lift
prepared for take off

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: McCarthy Lake - Kent County, Michigan 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Container of Grace

As dusk dims
the day's light,
the evening wind sighs,

My day has  been spent
and waiting,
and listening.

Collecting images.
Gathering words.
Trying always
to behold the Glory.

the camera with the pen;
my eyes with imagination;
my mind with inspiration.

Waiting for this
container of grace
to be filled,
then poured out

onto this page,
so that my blessings
may be shared
with you.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy: "Searching for Grace" ~ October 23, 2017

Photo Locations

2. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

3. Rogue River ~ Rockford, Michigan

4. Townsend Park - Kent County - Michigan

5. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

6. St. Malo Catholic Church - Allenspark, Colorado

Monday, October 15, 2018


A galaxy of silk.

A geometric pattern
designed and created
to capture prey,

and my attention.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Filaments of Silver

From inside these
concave containers,
gray and brittle,
pale purses hold
filaments of silver,
iridescent in sunlight,
waiting their turn
to escape
on the wind.

Waiting to carry
with patience,
the flattened seeds,
chestnut brown,
to a new setting,
with wind
their escort,
with time
their ally.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Canon Township - Kent County - Michigan 

Monday, October 8, 2018


With the hungry curiosity
that opens young minds,

and the intrinsic value
of observations outdoors,

Let us all return with
respect and gratitude:

to the woods and wetlands,
to the fields and prairies,
to the lakes and rivers,
to the meadows and mountains,
to the oceans' shores;

relevant with wonder,
resonant with mystery.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy one of my oldest posts from my first week of blogging: 
Find Your Place ~ April 10, 2012

A special thanks to: Ross & Chanda Peterson; Jess & Max Causer for permission to photograph their children. 

Photo Locations:

1, 2, & 3. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

4. Payson, Arizona

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dancing Light

The slant of sunlight
is caressing
the surface of the stream;

this film of wavering water
dancing with liquid light,
reflects upward, 

shimmering the undersides of leaves,
reaching out like warm hands
just above the cold current.

Captured by this dance

of light and water,
I cannot turn away.

Must stay:

to feel 
what the Spirit is sharing,

to learn the language,
to translate the dance
into words.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location

Townsend Park - Kent County - Michigan

You may also enjoy: "Dawn's Early Light III" ~ October 25, 2013

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hope of the Heron

with the pearled light of dawn,
on strong, broad wings,
he lifts into a soft rain.

Wings the color
of this overcast.

A few drops fall
from the tips of his toes
to dimple the surface
like countless other raindrops.

He flies away
with a hope
as large as this lake,
or the next one.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy these Great Blue Heron poems:

"Heron Dreams"  ~ April 13, 2013

"A Trace of Hope" ~ July 9, 2018

Photo Locations:

2. Murray Lake - Kent County, Michigan

Thursday, September 27, 2018


The older man you saw sitting alone
on the shore of Lake Michigan was me.

You may have noticed my running shoes were off.

I had already run five miles that morning.

Did you notice how quickly I scanned

the sharp line of the western horizon,
with my head, with my eyes?

Left and right, back and forth,
trying to discern the slight
curvature of the earth.
So slight, but perceptible.

Feeling the immensity
of our planet.

Alone, but not lonely.
Sitting on the soothing shore.

Content to write a few words
on a scrap of paper found
in my back pocket.

While my bare feet
grade the soft sand
warmed by the September sun.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location

North Beach Park - Ferrysburg, Michigan

You may also enjoy six Haiku @ "Photo Haiku ~ Michigan"

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fragments of Poetry 21

"... the pine trees 
were brushing themselves
against the sky
as though they were painting it, ..."

excerpt from the poem: "Thinking of Swirler" 
from the book: Evidence by Mary Oliver © 2009

You may also enjoy: 

Fragments of Poetry 20 ~ February 28, 2018

Fragments of Poetry 19 ~ November 28, 2016

Photo LocationBuena VistaColorado

Thursday, September 20, 2018

rich flame burning within

May you grow
from a wealth of
ignited by the
of the Holy Spirit
with creativity
your soul.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy: "Something to Keep ~ Something to Give Away" - Dec. 11, 2017

Photo Locations: