Today Jessica and I went to Bethesda Cemetery to walk around and take some pictures. Here are six pictures I took and one that Jessica took (it should be obvious which one Jessica took):
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Bethesda Cemetery with Jessica
Labels: Cemetery Photography, Jessica and Dad
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Wishes, just ten cents: A Haiku
Wishes, just ten cents
But to have your wish granted--
That's a whole quarter!
(I don't know if all of these little poems I've been posting here lately really count as haiku--they don't all strongly engage nature, there's not necessarily a seasonal reference, and they sometimes work too hard to achieve a specific line and syllable count, which is not actually what haiku is all about--but I have fun creating them, and that counts for a lot! I'm going to keep calling them haiku, however, for lack of a better term.)
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Saturday, July 25, 2020
I know this door leads: A Tanka
I know this door leads
Someplace wonderful, joyful--
Where light does not blind,
Nor do differences divide--
If only we had the key.
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Labels: Chris, Poetry, Tanka, Vines Gardens
Thursday, July 23, 2020
When I notice them: A Haiku
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Walking 'round the lake: A Haiku
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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Haiku and tanka: A Tanka
Haiku and tanka
Give us peeks into nature,
And I think this counts:
Since the dang lawn mower quit,
The grass can be wild a while.
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Saturday, July 18, 2020
New games at the park: A Haiku
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Friday, July 17, 2020
Ten degrees cooler: A Haiku
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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Across the park's lake: A Tanka
Across the park's lake
The dinosaur is drinking
Until a twig snaps
Prompting her to turn and flee
Leaving me to stare in awe.
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Labels: Chris, Poetry, Tanka, Vines Gardens
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Yellow-fringed flowers: A Tanka
Continue looking skyward,
And pay me no mind.
(I need not have told them that;
It's what they do anyway.)
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Sure sign of Summer: A Tanka
Sure sign of Summer:
Christmas at Hobby Lobby!
Tacky? Sure. But I
Prize this confidence we'll still
Be around come December.
(I hope that months or years from now when I re-read this, COVID-19 will be so far behind us that I have to put in a special effort to remember, "Now, why was it again I wrote that stuff about still being around in December?")
Monday, July 13, 2020
Modest pumpkin patch: A Tanka
Modest pumpkin patch:
It pleases us so to see
Your first summer blooms!
We pray you survive the heat
From now until Halloween.
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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Avoiding the sun: A Haiku
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Thursday, July 2, 2020
Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary
Today we went to the Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary, the recently-opened and much-improved (and under-new-ownership) version of what used to be called the Yellow River Game Ranch. The family who bought the property two years ago after the DNR shut it down has done a great job of improving it. Much of it is the same, but the improvements and additions are significant and much-needed; it feels better maintained, and the animals seem well-cared-for.
Here are a few of the pictures I took while we were there:
(It isn't all a petting zoo, as you might assume from these pictures; I just didn't get any good pictures of the parts that aren't.)
Here's Elyse taking a selfie among the bamboo:
One of my favorite parts of any such place is the gift shop, and theirs is pretty good. I didn't buy a T-shirt or coffee cup, but I plan to on a future visit; we did buy a unicorn cookie for Elyse (also some rock candy for Jessica, but I didn't take a picture of that).
Labels: Family Adventures, Nature, The Whole Family
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Redux
I came back to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center for a walk while Elyse is at Granny and Pa's and Anna and Jessica are having a Harry Potter movie marathon. When you approach the pond, the fish and turtles all swim over expectantly and look up at you with open mouths and make you feel guilty, even though there is a sign saying not to feed them, which I believe proves (1) fish and turtles can't read, and (2) a lot of people who come here ignore the sign.
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