Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 31: Blue Moon

I confess I slept through this morning's partial lunar eclipse. But I did admire the moon in the middle of the night as it was lighting up the post-snowstorm sky. This full moon is a blue moon, being the second full moon of the month. It was also, technically, a super moon, meaning it was at a closer point to Earth in its orbit (perigee). A lot going on in the sky as the moon was setting and the sun was rising.

Blue moon setting.
Constellation of oak leaves
scattered on fresh snow.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 30: Snowing

Swirling snow—
only the undaunted crows
remain visible.

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29: Pregnant moon

Gestating moon,
what will you give birth to
two cold days from now?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28: Hawks

To keep myself amused on long drives, I sometimes keep a tally of all the Red-tailed Hawks I see perched along the roadside, watching for prey. 

Measuring the miles—
from Kittery to Camden
a seven-hawk drive. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 27: Fox sunrise

Fox barking at dawn
leaves another line of tracks
across the snowy lawn. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26: To roost

Above the library—
learning how to read
the vast flock of crows. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

January 25: Sunrise

Breath-taking sunrise—
if I have to be awake,
at least there’s that.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 24: Downtown

Sidewalk conversation.
Pigeons flying from one roof
to another. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 23: Bulbs

Frost on the window.
Undeniably phallic
amaryllis bud.

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22: Spying

Black pieces on a white board—
what are the crows up to
across the river?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January 21: Wildlife

Dead of winter.
In my morning coffee
a drowning fruit fly.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January 20: Winter Zen

Buddha of the porch
remains serene
with a lap full of snow.

Friday, January 19, 2018

January 19: Out

Sun on fresh snow.
Titmouse’s dog-whistle
calling me outside.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 18: New Moon

Slender new moon.
Deer stretching their necks to feed
on cedar boughs. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 17: Red on white

Cardinal in a snowstorm.
Finding hope 
in the smallest things.

January 16: Crows

It’s not by accident
that three crows gather
in a tree over my head. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15: Evergreen

Rhododendron leaves
tight green fists clenched
against the cold

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 14: Ebb

Late afternoon, ebb tide.
Silhouettes of feeding ducks
drift out of sight.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January 13: MLK, Jr. Weekend

Holiday weekend.
Voices of river and rain
blending in the dark.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12: Meltwater

January thaw—
sounds of running water
even our thoughts fluid

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 11: January thaw

January thaw
snow dripping off the eaves
something loosed in my heart

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 10: Here

out of the car
confronted with Orion
where I’m supposed to be

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9: Outside

After days of single digit and subzero temperatures, it rose into the 30s today. I actually paused to appreciate being outside. 

Shoveling gritty snow
rush of traffic
goldfinches singing

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8: Perched seal

Waiting for the moment
when the rising tide 
floats the seal off its rock.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

January 7: What lies beneath

Transfer station.
Could be anything
under those piles of snow.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 6: We ponder the meaning of cold

Zero degrees all day.
Chimney smoke a flat pennant
pointing south.

Friday, January 5, 2018

January 5: Finches at the feeder

Eleventh day of Christmas—
snowstorm gave to me
two finches feeding.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

January 4: Tracking

Across the harbor ice
tracks of a squirrel
visit a lobster boat. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 3: Moonset

Sky flushed with sunrise.
Behind the retirement home
setting moon still bright. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2: Awake

After midnight
long shadows of trees
lying across moonlit snow

Monday, January 1, 2018

January 1: Wolf Moon

After midnight
fat old moon slips easily
into the new year.