Action

V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #78: Action

In the paddock
waiting
he senses
her
Where
over there
head held high
he gallops
A fence
he stops
She is
there
He gallops
this way
and that.
A mare
He senses
waiting
in the paddock.

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Also for LPM – Photo Adventure – Rural Life

Inferno

Pic and Word Challenge #214 – Inferno

The helicopters
give warning
The inferno
is about
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Look
thick smoke
rising
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The inferno
descended
swept by winds
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Orange sunsets
tell a tale
fear running
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Also Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Hope

Realm

Ragtag Daily Prompt Sunday: Realm

 

On winds so high
circling
floating
surveying
his realm.

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Watching with eyes keen
soaring
seeing
surveying
his realm.

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Descending on powerful wings
diving
swooping
finding
his prey.

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Devouring his meal
ripping
tearing
eating
for survival.

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Again into the sky
circling
soaring
surveying
his realm.

Survivors

Here
on this land
standing tall.
Proud warriors
oft with
spears aloft.
To them
fire
brings renewal.
A symbol
of hope
of strength.
Come
my friends
they say.
Let us
rebirth
these lands.
Grow
among the
blacken soil.
Take
the ashes
goodness within.
We shall
once more
be homes.
We shall
once more
be nurturers.
Standing tall
on this land
here.

In August 2018 (the Grass Tree on the left – you can just see the spear rising to the sky180828_blog challenge_water_grass trees_home_august 2018
A few days agograss trees_burnt_fire_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
In 2014 The Spotted Gum tree trunk is the same as the one in the previous photograss trees01_home_named_june 2014

Xanthorrhoea or Grass Trees

They are ancient hardy plants that survive poor soils and respond to bushfires by flowering!!
Grass Trees are slow growing. They increase in height around 25mm or one inch and in some cases, in better soils, can grow 80mm or around three inches a year!! The Grass Tree in the foreground of the burnt ones is over 2 meters or about eight feet tall.
They survive fire as the growing point is under the ground. They have a root system, where microbes called mycorrhiza surround the roots in a symbiotic relationship bring nutrients to support growth.
The trunk is a mixture of the old leaves and a resin that they exude. The length of the skirt can indicate the last time a fire went through this gully. Compare the top and bottom photos.

Ref – https://www.bushheritage.org.au

Feet

Debbies One Word Sunday: Feet

Many feet
walk
march
dance
run
climb
Many feet
hop
skip
jump
kick
shuffle
Many feet
mine
yours
theirs
Many feet
Some animals – a Goannagoanna foot_home_named_feb 2014
A Koala191003_blog_challenge_scratch_koala3_claws
and where feet can go191229_blog_challenge_one_word_sumday_feey_sculpture_shoes_boots
or just hang
graffiti_shoes_lismore_named_march 2017

Sights, smells and sounds of fire

The air is thick
with smoke
vision a grey white haze
the fires smell
invades the house
and nostrils
sounds of helicopters
startle the birds
bucket swinging
it flies overhead
water it cries
a blessed relief

helicopter_bucket_fires_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

Weekly word prompt: Giving thanks

 

Home

Debbie from Travel With Intent’s One Word Sunday: Home
Is your home
brick
reinforced
and made strong
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Or is it
wooden
with other materials
holding it togetherosprey_nest_named_lawrence_sept 2014
Is your home
small
and sometimes feels
a little crowdedfantail young02_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Is your home
high-rise
where you can
see the world
osprey nest_named_chindara_august 2015
Is your home
comfortable
and colourful
a place to sitfig bird_male_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015
Is your home
an apartment
where you share
your space with others
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No matter what
your home is made of
there is always
the constant renovations
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A Bridge, They said

The word prompt from Kate at Aroused for Friday Fun: Bridges

The bridge
They said
was easy.
The bridge
crossed water.
No
They said.
The bridge
traversed
the land.
No
They said.
It is easy
They said.
Lay down
on your back
They said.
Now up
hands and feet
stay there
They said.
Push up
your stomach
They said.
It is easy
look
a bridge
They said.
Collapsing down
body aching
No
I said.

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