Just back from a fabulous week
In Baleal Surf Camp, Portugal
Where the water was cold,
The kids stood up on their surfboards
The very first day,
The skies over the sand dunes
Were so wide and embracing
And the scenery wild
When the rain came rushing in.
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Chili peppers are measured in Scoville units,
With the spiciest pepper in the world scoring over two million Scovilles.
I think these red hot clouds would also score highly, don’t you?
And what better way to enjoy a vibrant sunset
Than with a good furry friend!
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Sometimes a sunset
Is so breathtaking
That all you can do
Is stand there humbled
And drink in all the wonder.
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Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.”
Many years ago, I woke up to an amazing sight:
Fields and fields
Of foamy clouds in the sky!
I had to stop and talk to those clouds
For a very long time.
(All photos from my archive of 2010.)
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I had planned to take my big camera into Stockholm to photograph the sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms,
But the hail and rain meant that the camera stayed dry at home. (All these photos were taken with my iPhone.)
I decided to revel in the pink beauty of the blossoms anyway,
And I’m glad I did.
The blossoms on the north side
Remained curled up in bud
While the flowers were blossoming on the south side,
Looking so fragile and pretty against the rain.
My spirits soared at the sight
Of a dreamy pink canopy weaved
Of dreams and petals.
“In the cherry blossom’s shade,
There is no such thing as a stranger.” — Issa
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A sure sign of spring
Are the tiny lilac beauties (wood anemones)
Blooming in the woods.
You can’t but help feel happy
When you see their merry heads
Nodding on the forest floor.
Their petals become paper thin
In the sunlight.
I notice a dry leaf glowing
Like a stained glass window.
These flowers are protected in the Stockholm region
So you’re not allowed to pick them.
I’m happy about that —
As their beauty remains for all to enjoy,
Spread at our feet like a blanket of dreams.
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When a storm draws in
With curtains of cloud,
It’s time to enjoy
The drama of the sky.
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The skies in February
Ranged from peaceful snowy scenes
And my favourite kind of sparkle —
Hoar frost in the early setting sun
To the jackpot of frosted branches
And gently falling snow.
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Today, I woke up to minus temperatures
A frosted blue sky,
And two furry posers down by the lake.
At last – a glorious dawn
Singing its golden promises
Of melting ice and beauty.
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Back in February, we took a trip to visit a new friend
Living on the shore of a large inland lake.
Some boats were marooned in the harbour
And people strolled out onto the frozen lake
To enjoy the view.
I felt all buoyed up
By the dazzling snow and sunlight.
Just as we were leaving,
The sun made a glorious spectacle of itself
Casting a golden glow over this winter’s tale.
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