February Dusk and High Water

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High Water just before sunset on the St. Mary’s River in North East Florida February 7

dusk and high water ⓒBearspawprint2015  2.7.2015

dusk and high water ⓒBearspawprint2015 2.7.2015

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So Hot

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We sweat, itching in the sweltering hot swamp.
The humid summer air a burden, seeming more
Heavy than our torpid bodies can bear.
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My own screeching tinnitus is amplified
By the insect’s constant whine, the decibels
Overwhelming the earth’s hot wildcat scream.
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The pristine river is here guarded by acres
Of steaming thick river mud, and warm to the touch,
Mosquitoes and ticks sentinel the lost paths.
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The river invites. Swim at risk in the soothing
Red tannic waters, home to alligators, poisonous
Cotton mouth snakes, snapping turtles, gar fish, eels.
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Pollen, dust, and ashes float suspended in the
Turbid damp air, filling sinuses, eyes, mouth,
Unbreathable, coating surfaces with thick gray green.
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The longed for cool of the evening shall only arrive
Hustled by howling cyclonic storms, while local
Inversions trap the heat, cooking all with pressure.
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A small jeweled humming bird hovers, unconcerned,
Before me, then flits away, the tiny nest hidden.
With gratitude and cool well water, I rinse my face.
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Bear . . . 06.20.2014
ⓒBearspawprint 2014

April Morning

Every Day Is Earth Day

Rainy Day Walk

 A nice day for a walk
With much to see all around
I was quite happy for the rain
To keep the skeets down
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Bear … 03.29.2014

ⓒ Bearspawprint

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Water mist in air
Nice walking day for a Bear
Alert and aware
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Bear … 03.29.2014

ⓒ Bearspawprint

 

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skeets = mosquitoes.

February 17 & 18 Photos — Home

These photos are close to the St. Mary’s River, on the East bank, Florida side.  The river flows North here and is a little high, though it has receded quite a bit in the last few days.

Bear … 02.18.2014

There is smoke in the air from farmers and their Spring brush burns.

Bear … 02.18.2014

Here, close to the river it is  darker  so that plants bloom a little later than only a mile or so away.  Still there is new growth and green and a few buds.  Even here in the shadows the sun filters through bringing the new growth.

Bear … 02.18.2014

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