“According to this Almanac, as the full Moon in June and the last full Moon of spring, the Algonquin tribes called this the Strawberry Moon. “The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the north-eastern United States
This is the last super moon of 2021.
June’s full Moon is always particularly low in the sky, this can make it shine through more of the atmosphere than at other times in the year.
It won’t technically be pink or red but, according to NASA, its low position can sometimes give the full Moon a reddish or rose colour.
Hanging low in the sky
Luscious and full
Seems close enough to touch
O Succulent moon
If I place a plumb ripe strawberry
in front of your shining face
I can imagine
the sweet rich strawberry juice
dripping over my face
and into my mouth
before creating a long pink trickle
down my t-shirt.
Spring and Fall
are flip-flop seasons.
Spring flips forward towards Summer
and then flops backward towards Winter
Sometimes each week
but with surety each month,
the season advances forward.
Fall can fall forward towards Winter
and then backwards towards Summer.
It seldom fails to fall for it's ultimate
In the Southern Hemisphere
Flips-flops are reversed,
like water flowing
down the drain.
I got my honeysuckle blooming' on the honeysuckle vine,
An' the love is blooming' there all the time.
From New Orleans by Harley Quinne
Slender white or yellow flower
deftly pinched from the vine
by eager young fingers,
Pistil firmly pulled
through the bottom of the trumpet
extracting a single viscous drop
of clear shimmering honey
deftly siphoned by
a waiting tongue.
Waiting impatiently for the bee
to buzz off to the next flower
Arguing whether the white flower
or the yellow flower
produces the sweetest drop of honey
Repeating until all of the flowers
have been plucked
or we collapse to the grass,
by the overwhelming scent
of honeysuckle blooming
on the honeysuckle vine.
We were driving through the Virginia countryside early one Saturday in mid May and realized there was no honeysuckle to be seen or smelt. Hopefully our chilly Spring has only delayed one of the best natural perfumes of Spring. Finally smelt my first honeysuckles on May 17.
We've conquered Mt Everest
and left discarded oxygen tanks.
refuse, dead bodies,
and now the COVID virus.
We've been to the Moon
and left more than foot prints in the dust.
Flags, golf balls, and maybe a Rover or two.
We've been to space
and left thousands of items of space junk.
Occasionally Space sends it
hurtling back at us.
We have polluted our rivers with heavy metals,
our air with toxic vapors,
our airwaves with misinformation,
our oceans with plastic and other debris.
Prior civilizations have left artifacts behind.
We learn from examining them
and we call it archeology.
What will future people learn about us
from the trash we leave behind?
And what will they call it?
Blonde plume mane
dried brown scale-leaf head
red ribbon bridle
Unlike the Godfather memes,
I doubt this is the gift
that nobody wants
Not a loving tribute
to a pony-mad schoolgirl.
A gift to notable horsewoman?
A memorial to newly passed
beloved family pet?
A horse now joined forever with her owner?
So many questions;
the grave yet holds its secrets.
When the moon was full
its huge silver disc
rode the waves to shore
keeping me company
as the car sped along the highway
No matter how far or fast
the car sped along
the moon never left
until hills blocked
the view of the ocean
Each year on April 29th, National Peace Rose Day honors a well-known and fruitful garden rose.
The light yellow to large cream-colored flowers of the Peace rose have slightly flushed crimson pink petal edges. It is a hybrid tea rose that is hardy, vigorous, and highly resistant to disease.
French horticulturist Francis Meilland developed the Peace rose between 1935 and 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France to protect the new rose, he sent cutting to his friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States. It is believed these cuttings were sent to the United States on the last plane available before the German invasion.
The Roses of Sarajevo--
pockmarked roses on the street
reminder of a mortar shell
that burst and left a
where someone died
blood red paint
within the lines.
A remarkable picture from a video from a cruise ship of where the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean meet. The Straights of Juan del Fuego, at the tip of South America, (South of Argentina and Chile) is where the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean meet without mixing. Did you know that the two oceans do not mix? Watch the video that shows it to you. So why do these Oceans’ waters not mix? Because there is a huge difference in salinity between the clear water of the Pacific Ocean that comes from melting glaciers, is cool and low in salt, while the water from the Atlantic Ocean has a high salt concentration from many rivers along South America. Therefore, the two oceans have different densities, which makes the waters almost impossible to mix. Also, it should be noted that during stormy conditions, mostly in winter (summer in the northern atmosphere) there can be as much as a 6-foot difference between the two oceans. Now the question is which ocean is which? If you look in the background near the end of the video, you’ll see a landmass in the distance, that’s South America so the cruise ship was heading from West to East. The Pacific is Blue. and the Atlantic is muddy green.
He lumbers across the Florida golf course
snapping at any who dares cross his path
His bite is much worse than his roar or his hiss.
The sun warms his scaly back
but not his cold reptilian heart.
He doesn't care;
Nature made him that way.
He only sheds crocodile tears.
Water surges, rushes, swirls up the sand
each flow reaching further along the beach
until high tide
retreats, withdraws, pulls away
leaving a line of shells and debris where the ebb began.
As I pause to reflect on this
twice daily event
my breath synchronizes
with the hypnotic sounds
and sights of
the tide's lap dance with the shore.
The Earth Day 2021 theme is Restore Our Earth and features five primary programs. The Canopy Project, Food and Environment, Climate Literacy, the Global Earth Challenge, and The Great Global CleanUp.
Each time you plant a tree
you're adding to the canopy.
Canopies can be found
any place above the ground.
Eat green and eat local
save the environment by being vocal.
Please eat foods which are in season
taste and price are two good reasons.
Climate change is not a scam
It really happens and not a sham
Become aware about the climate
Don't monkey around, you alpha primate.
This year's challenge is the bee.
How many of them do you see?
If they do not pollinate
Food will cease at a very fast rate.
Cleanup air or land or sea.
What's in your vacinity
that needs a helping hand to pick
up the trash that makes us sick?
Key West is for the birds
so many different sounds are heard
Roosters crow any time of day
while pigeons coo, always on display
screeching gulls snatch fish or bacon
anything left out may be takin'
Squawking pelicans line the pier
whenever a fishing boat draws near
In the butterfly house on Duval
pink flamingos screech and call
while soft spoken doves are underfoot
along the path they quickly scoot
Waterfowl also quack and honk
Very at home in the Republic of Conch