Category Archives: Place

Killdeer

Vivid warmth in the ridge winds
today’s distant problems
keep a brisk pace
while Killdeer run ahead
giving away their secrets

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Anemone

When spring winds blow

and the frost evaporates into sunlite

the Pasque Flowers make a push

the annual awakening

for a most hopeful appearance

despite the deserts adjacent

and the tanks of chemicals

property of the new paradigm

when spring means less

less than it did under a century before

Puncture Cloud

On Sundays I like to walk around new places, take it in, just to get the smell right, or to find new shadows. The crisp autumn makes my head feel light, sunlight makes me flush. Sunday, the day to notice things that go by too quickly. On Mondays, I sit in a chair, and spin.

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People’s Climate March, Midtown NYC 9/21

The people gathered along coordinated routes, organized and grouped by devotion. Estimates exceeded, hoping to be noticed, a representation of 1:100 assumed. Now will we dust off our eyes to trim a few watts, a few degrees, a plastic cup or trip to the store? An economy with many comforts, the first to look down at bright screens, while worlds away suffer by oil lamp, or oil military.

 

all photos © D. Barron

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Soft Shoes

The left-behind, always on the fringe, but once recognized, lived again and again.

Yes, the modern world is this bad.

But an ability to see behind, beyond the scrim, a beautiful reckoning.

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Slow down and look around

Photos taken at Breidel Coulee, La Crosse County Wisconsin

on August 27th, 2014

1. Monarch Butterfly on Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset)

2. Spur Throated grasshopper (sp.?) on Helenium autumnale (Sneezeweed)

3. Variegated Meadowhawk on Scirpus atrovirens (Dark-green Bulrush)

4. Various insects on Asclepias incarnata (Rose Milkweed)

 

Seeing

When humid air rests on arms, bare for the first afternoon in half a year,

life begins to happen, and bored eyes begin to re-explore,

the sacred spectacle of time.

(April in the marsh)

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The early pollinator

A Syrphid fly visits Pasque Flower on a windy spring afternoon.

What can you do, in a seasonal desert,

but search for perfection, means of living or dying,

not by illness, or natural selection,

but the economists algorithm.

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Tundra Swans

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Tundra Swans on Mississippi River pools, near Brownsville, MN.  (click to view photo-stitch then click again to view at 100%)

A brief visit, chased by freezing winter. Driven by a pursuit of food, open water, and protection. Over 20,000+ Tundra Swans rest in these pools, refuel on tubers, then continue the migration to Chesapeake Bay. A reassuring legacy that sacred routines manage to exist on an increasingly imbalanced and fragmented planet.

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