SOL19 Day 6 Shrub Steppe

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Raven’s call

from the wooden fence post

leaning over the slightly drifted snow;

Coyote’s yip

far off,

digging in her

sagebrush den;

Bald eagle’s alarm

a cry

atop

the Ponderosa Pine;

Cougar’s silence

while pacing

’round a herd

of white-tail deer.

Quiet now,

hear these

as the white and brown blanket

of winter, and

layers of steel blue

clouds

pass over

where

soon

arrowleaf balsamroot

will bloom yellow as the sun;

Pursh’s locoweed”s

purple blossoms will

sprinkle the hillsides

along with lupine’s purple spikes;

Walk carefully over

hedgehog cactus

waiting for it’s bright pink

petals.

Be always listening

to the call of the wild.

 


 

Photo from near Belvedere WA

on the edge of the shrub steppe stretching into the Okanogan Highlands.

Photo and Poetry by Sheri Edwards

4 comments

  1. Sheri,

    Beautiful visuals brought by your words. I for one, can’t wait for the winter to be over and Spring to be here. Best wishes.

    Purviben

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