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Macro Monday 2: Autumn Leaves

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Autumn leaves brighten a sidewalk in Fort Collins, Colorado.
 
 
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October: A Wilderness Walk


October. The month of the dead and the dying.
 
As I shuffle through the arroyo, I keep dropping to my knees. An onlooker might mistake me for a pilgrim making my painful way to Lourdes. But the healing I seek cannot be found at some distant, holy shrine. It is here in the dust at my feet: palo verde twigs snapped off by windstorms; brown clumps of parched grasses; and small stones quickly losing their warmth as the daylight fades.
 
I pause before some tattered sunflowers, bleached and bitten by the unforgiving desert sun, to quench my thirst. Words from a letter written long ago come to mind: “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…” (1 Corinthians 1:28, Revised Standard Version).
 
Low and despised is nature’s detritus in the wilderness, but it heals my battered spirit as I kneel in awe and wonder before it.
 
While three crows argue,
I gulp tea from my thermos—
autumn’s first chill wind.


 
  

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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Autumn Shadows

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An old ironwood tree casts autumn shadows in Yuma County, Arizona.
 
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Macro Monday 2: Leaf

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An autumn-hued cottonwood leaf in summer, Riverside County, California.
 



 
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Haiku My Heart: Blaze

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A car’s side mirror reflects autumn colors, Inyo National Forest near Bishop, California
 


forward or backward
a blaze lights up the mountain—
autumn afternoon

 
Haiku and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blaze

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Animas River near Cedar Hill, San Juan County, New Mexico
 


Autumn by autumn
a blaze along the river
outshines every sun.

 
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Sunflowers

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


Deepening autumn—
the dowdy old sunflowers
put on their last show.

 
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Knife

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Jim Harrison’s final book of poems, Dead Man’s Float
 


Light from the window
knifes Jim Harrison’s poems
this autumn morning.

 
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Dowdy

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Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


First week of autumn—
the dowdy old sunflowers
put on their last show.

 
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Waiting

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Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016
 


deepening autumn—
grasses among gold aspens
await the first snow

 
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