Wednesday, May 20, 2009

As Gold


I love to see the surface of a lake, smooth as glass--
unbroken by nothing more than my reflection, gazing over it.
A field of grass in the morning,
still beneath the silver sheen left by last night’s moon—
the clear sky, cold and dark.
No steps yet there--mine alone to enjoy.


Mounds State Recreation Area, Indiana

Eastern Kingbirds

Golden Shores

But, in a space created for others,
that there should be a child, splashing, calling out,… and laughing.
Tells me these places are loved—
and will be saved for years to come.


Crayfish Chimneys


Families Fishing

Riches as Gold

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13 comments:

TSannie said...

What a beautiful place!

I've seen mounds like that and now know they belong to crawdads! Another mystery explained. Thanks!

Michelle Johnson said...

Another beautiful place, Nina. You express it to others well. I'm impressed with how tall that crayfish chimney is. I've never seen them that tall before. My favorite picture in this series is the lone tree (Golden Shores). Have a nice day.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Sigh. Beautiful pics, beautiful words...

Kelly said...

...I know from reading your posts I look just a little deeper at everything I see, searching out what I might have missed before. You have a unique eye, and I'm learning from it.

scienceguy288 said...

Great colors on what seems to be an absolutely exquisite day.

Deborah Godin said...

Makes you wonder if (and hope they are) people are aware they are making memories, family histories and such...

NCmountainwoman said...

What a beautiful place. I do hope there are children to share this place with their own children and grandchildren.

Barb said...

I have never seen crayfish chimneys - so unusual. Why do they build them? Your pictures of the park are golden!

White Flower Art said...

Wonderful words, fantastic images -- love the greens & yellows.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Barb--Crayfish build chimneys in order to dig down into the water table. They breath with gills, and therefore must create a low enough burrow, to be covered in water.
The chimney is the result of their digging--the height of small balls piled up indicates how low they've had to go!

dAwN said...

Beautiful post of gold!
your words are always bits of gold!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have a friend that lives in Anderson. We have been out to Mounds before. A lovely place.

Kathiesbirds said...

I'll never get over seeing the crayfish chimmenys at your house, Nina. I had never seen them before and I found them amazing! So, why didn't I take a photograph? I don't know! It looks like you had a great time in Indianna. I do hope the future generations will love and protect these areas.