Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26: 13 Crows

Neighborhood gang--
flock of thirteen crows
checking out the new home site.

Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25: Summer evening

Mist softens the mountains.
Waiting at home
a perfect avocado.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 24: Weskeag Marsh

My husband and I visited Weskeag Marsh this morning, a salt marsh in nearby South Thomaston that this time of year can be teeming with migrating shorebirds. Numbers were scant on the rising tide--just a handful of yellowlegs and "peeps" and a gathering of egrets almost out of sight in the back of the marsh--but it was a beautiful morning to stand in the fading weeds at the marsh's edge, soak up some sun, listen to the crickets, and just be.

cicada's long whine
reeds waver in heat shimmer
single yellowlegs

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 23: In the backyard

To preserve the health of both our cat and the surrounding bird life, our cat is only allowed outside for brief supervised forays of the backyard while wearing a harness and leash. We both enjoy these mellow respites in the green backyard by the river. Despite the restraints, she calmly eats grass and explores the lawn, while I do a crossword, read a book, or check email on my iPad...
 
Cat on a leash
hunts for crickets in the lawn.
I wait for your email.

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 22: Summer on the hill

Beers on the porch.
Waxwings catch flies in the field,
fly off together.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 21: Harbor

Dusk, Camden Harbor--
Osprey carries off a fish,
we wait to be seated.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 20: Summer day

August hay fields--
tractor makes long windrows,
green apples swell.