Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Watery Constellations Connections and American Redstart

Down into the woods
rivulets overflowing
forming round bubbles

Water orbs suspend
acrobats on woven webs
beauty in free fall

Warming trends are real
inspiring thought and action
scarcity and melt

Millions go without
precious drops essential drink
huge global crisis

Flashes of color
American Redstarts flit
bright ideas grow

How can we all help
all life depends on water
heart and mind open

Water flows freely and abundantly here . . .  from the sky and in our Flower Hill Farm woodlands. Early morning  jewels of dew and raindrops are inspiring and quench my creative thirst. I can also imagine how someone in other parts of the world might gather these drops to feed a desperate life thirst. Global warming and water scarcity are connected. You might enjoy this National Geographic link to learn more. 

The protection of our waterways from pesticides and other pollutants is fragile and always under attack. 

Did you know? On June 22, 2011 the
 "Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee passed a bill (H.R. 872) that would limit the regulation of pesticides. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Gibbs(R-OH) and had passed the House on 3/31, would exempt applications of pesticides to waterways from the Clean Water Act. More than 1,000 waterways in the United States are known to be impaired because of pesticide pollution. The only committee members to vote against the bill were Sen. Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY). The bill now moves to the Senate floor, but Sen. Cardin (D-MD), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee's water subcommittee, placed a hold on it. " From NRDC

You can call your representatives in Congress to demand full protection of our water. Hundreds of drops of rain and dew remind me of constellations or the milky way. I like to think of our actions as engaged citizens in that way too . . . we are many and can shine like stars in the minds of our family, friends and leaders. 

Water conservation is imperative in the larger picture and in our daily lives. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Woven Tapestries of Flora and Fauna Overcast and Bright

Apple tree where Robins rear their young.

Empty Catbird nest

Catbird fledgling 

Soft single roses
please most in simplicity 
garden tapestries 

 Robin in earnest
through rain and sun weaving cup
 holding fragile young

Always a mouthful 
detritus and twigs for walls
upon apple branch

Squealing worms for all
clamorous hunger needs met
endless work for mom 

Abandoning nests
looking in the shrubberies 
fledglings stand alert

Catbirds build anew
no empty nest syndrome here
fresh cup add blue eggs

Butterflies take care
near the bottom of food chain
 needed sustenance

There is much ado about the garden with many fledglings here and there. If you would like to read and see the tale of the Catbird's first brood, please visit Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June Wildflowers for 'National Pollinator Week'

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Through years of labor
fields reclaim flower power
wild and native grow

Pollinators thrive
flying low through drifts of blooms
cups await their probe

All must be on guard
closer examination 
reveals hidden foes

She loves me loves not
camouflage in petals white
daisy death comes quick

Intricate seeds form
taking flight into landscapes
promising return

Beyond blooming life
scattering to 'the four winds'
onward odyssey 

Wildflower Wednesday at Gail's Clay and Limestone

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