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Snow Geese in Winter Flight

We drove by a pond in Arkansas near the Tennessee line and saw all of these snow geese congregating by the 10s of thousands...possibly 100s of thousands. They are very sensitive to noise and as we drove by they flew up into what looked like a gray tornado wave of swirling wings and loud calls. We came to learn that these beautiful birds are considered pests further north for their habit of congregating in large numbers like this and eating everything in sight...then leaving remnants! Beautiful creatures in flight and on the ground in the pond swimming...and just mesmerizing in congregated confusion of flight, especially near sunset. Apparently THEY know what they are doing...and hard to get close to or to sneak up on! I have never seen so many wild birds in one place at the same time...and as we left they were still flying in from the horizon in all directions...just crazy!


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Reflections On A Question Not Asked (JHWatkins)


I would not worship nature,


watch the firestorms

of evening Eden’s

colliding with collars of stars,

bordering the spreading blankets...

flowing......floating on mist.


Here deep spells

speak to rising hearts

of early years... tears...

and beginnings,

failed then


in fading light.


Many the meetings in mirrors,

Reflection souls,

Broken and healed,

Sing out, having heard the cry

Wishing, then wondering-

Then washed by

colors of the night.


I would not worship nature

but cry quietly at

whispers of deep dreamy forests

drumming with wooden warmth

lost in caverns,

ascending in autumns,

forsaken in fragments


flames of the glowing day.


Come now,

softer than nature,

with wounded revelations,

Waves of somber subtle summers,

winters, and springs-

Come straighter and stronger,

on strict lines of deft decisions

resting by quietest waters

of heart streams

that have come home

to the

fountain of the universe.


James Watkins 12-31-08

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Taken on December 30, 2011