Angel wings paint the sky

Angel wings paint the sky

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5:37 PM, August 11, 2016

Rays shine down from above

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5:38 PM

Clouds mottle, drama swirls

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7:28 PM

Watchful eye peers downward

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7:28 PM

Over parched yellow fields

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7:29 PM

Orange sun yields to dusk

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8:16 PM

Angel  wings paint the sky

Rays shine down from above

Clouds mottle, drama swirls

Watchful eye peers downward

Over parched yellow fields

Orange sun yields to dusk.

Linking to Skywatch Friday.

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Morning question: will it rain today?

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Dark turtle swims yet

celestial inferno

foreshadows more drought.

Lately, storm clouds offer no guarantee of rain.  We’ve had no rain for at least a week and though The Weather Network predicted a 70% possibility of precipitation Friday night, none fell on our patch of ground.  Standing outside in 30 degrees, throwing precious groundwater on the garden feels totally futile.  Yes I am complaining.

P.S. I saw dark clouds all Saturday after taking this morning photo—there was no rain–not a drop.

This post links to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning and  Skywatch Friday.

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Sunset path

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Today I tried out a new challenge, Magnetic Poetry Saturday Challenge hosted by Doug of Elusive Trope.  Gazing at words offered by the Magnetic Poetry nature kit and my photo of a recent sunset, I came up with this:

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Wander

through wild summer,

behold shine and wither,

let squirrel, insect rustle there,

make light.

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Tribute to July Full Moon on Tuesday July 19

The moon will be completely full tomorrow night.   July Full Moon is known as Thunder Moon or Buck Moon according to Native North American traditions.  Buck Moon relates to bucks growing new antlers in July—an event I haven’t had the fortune to witness.  Thunder Moon of course reflects the frequent rumblings and flashes of lightning at this time of year.  Where I live (Ontario, Canada) threatening black clouds have been a common sight:

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Other features of July  are recognized in other full moon names:  Rose Moon, Hot Moon (on average July is the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere), and Hay Moon (hay is cut and harvested after dry summer days).

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 To conclude, a July poem:

Lightning

flashes thunder,

rolls of hay, ice cream days,

dripping heat, childhood memories,

July.

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Rainbow without a storm

Yesterday I looked up while working in my garden and was surprised to see a rainbow.  We were expecting rain, but only a few tentative drops had fallen—in the end there was no rainstorm that evening.  There is probably a scientific explanation for the rainbow, having to do with high humidity and rainfall not far away,  but I prefer to remain mystified, feeling that something special happened: a rainbow without a storm.

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Sky gazing–haiku

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My eyes lift skyward

storm clouds conceal sun designs

trees bask in spring breeze.

In response to Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #88. The prompt words are ‘lift’ and ‘plan’ (design). Please visit the above prompt post to find out how easy it is to join in.  You’ll also find links to a wide variety of haiku using the prompt words.

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Rose layers light the sky

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Darkened trees,
branches reach upwards,
mottled rose
lights the sky,
snow-laden billows ascend
relieving my gloom.

Second response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge: ‘Shadorma’ A Shadorma is a six-line poem using a syllable count of 3-5-3-3-7-5.  This shadorma has only one stanza, but the number of stanzas is unlimited for this form.

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