Nature…


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This tree is made up of 5 different pictures in order show the whole thing. I wonder how old it is?

Mother Nature, what wondrous pictures you paint
with your palette of colors so bright
each different in their own way
depending on the light
which too has its own shade
at different times of the day
from the soft tinge of dawn
to the bright skies with the sun so high
to the evening quietly closing into night
and the moon and stars to show the way.

Green the most beautiful color of all
lasting until the Fall
when the colors change to a very soft brown
as the leaves come tumbling down
and another season comes to a close
not everything giving up its glow
as evergreens show their true worth
adding color to Winters birth
which is nature’s harshest season
and only she knows the reason.

The snow and frost are soon to appear
covering everything with a blanket of white
lasting for six months of the year
hiding everything from sight
with the brave evergreens doing their best
to provide color with as much zest
waiting for the something big to appear
and the snow to melt and the cycle complete
and another Season is nigh
as Winter goes out with a sigh.

Spring arrives and with it new growth
tiny flowers are quick to appear
and soon they are followed by buds all around
with the start of painting a scene
with everything new and fresh and green
and flowers burst forth to add to the charm
and the birds and animals building new nests
and the cycle completes with every new round
as the Seasons progress until the day
as Nature has finally found the way.

Written 8/13/2018

Summer is Here


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Our bit of Spring has come and gone
with warmer weather and birds on a song
green leaves and wildflowers bursting forth
to show off their colors for all they are worth.

Too short a season is our Spring
and all too soon hot weather will bring
temperatures in the hundred degrees
enough to bring a man to his knees.

Yet we manage every year
to live with the heat and to appear
that it doesn’t really bother us
used to it all with little fuss.

We work outside or play our games
or take long hikes no thought remains
that inside is where we should really be
trying to feel cool in the A/C.

For being outside in the Summer heat
is not really an impossible feat
you just have to think ahead
a hat and sunblock and water instead.

Do I like one hundred degrees
compared to say a winter freeze
and I would really have to say
I’ll take the summer in Texas any day.

Written 5/27/2018

Texas Heat


Texas heat and what it can do

Texas heat and what it can do

It’s July already and what do you know
Mother Nature is running a little slow
so far the weather has been cool and nice
and we have not yet sacrificed
in order to be outside in the heat
as so far it’s been a real treat
ninety-five or six has been the high
and it has not climbed up to the sky
as one hundred degrees we have not yet reached
although  we know it’s not far away
and we are hoping that each succeeding day
the temperature will rise ever so slow
even though we all know
that one hundred degrees will come soon enough
and then we will know that summer has arrived
making it tough to be outside
here in Texas.

Say Hello as you pass by.


Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country (Photo credit: Smalloy)

Texas folks are a friendly lot
probably because it’s so durn hot
as Texans greet each other they say
“Hi, how are you today?
Looks like another scorcher” they say
“I wonder if rain is on the way?”

One hundred degrees is nothing new
and higher than that it can go
for days on end it goes on and on
and rain is nowhere to be found
things dry up and wither and die
as the blistering sun up in the sky
beats down with an endless supply of heat
and still the Texans to each other greet
with a smile and the wink of an eye
say “Hello” as they pass by.

It has to be said they do not change
even if it’s pouring rain
as at that time so pleased are they
as rain does not often come their way.
Generally, when it does come
no light showers spread over time
nothing so simple as gentle rain
but instead it pours in almighty amounts
enough at a time a job to count
gully washers and inches at a time
for that is the nature of this State
and why Texans are a hardy bunch
it’s either feast or famine,no light lunch
we get it all or nothing as that is the way
and we still say “Hello” as we pass by each day.

Texas does not have seasons as such
instead of four there are only two
it’s either Summer for ten months of the year
shared with Winter which has so few
that it hardly counts except
in that time  the weather can change
instead of it being one hundred degrees
it can be cold enough for it to freeze.
Even with frosty breath as they speak
“Good Morning” they say as they peek
out from under fur hoods and hats
as cold weather has changed their clothes
as bundled up on their way they go.

Texas winter it has to be said generally lasts a couple of days
of really cold weather and sometimes some snow
to make children’s eyes all aglow
As they play in the snow and angels do make
or a snowman if enough of the white stuff has fallen.
This does not stop the friendly folk as they pass each other
in the street, as with a smile, a nod of the head or a cheery “Hello”
it has to be said that Texans are the nicest people.

In the morning everything has all gone
and the temperature rises in little degrees
and bit by bit and day by day
Winter is fast slipping away
and then all of a sudden Summer is here
Frosts are all gone and with it the rain
the temperature goes up before we know where we are
back to one hundred degrees is the norm
as another three season just true to form
have slipped on by and it’s Summer again.

Still the Texans to each other greet
with a smile and the wink of an eye
say “Hello” as they pass by.

Welcome to Texas Weather

Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country (Photo credit: Houstonian)