A little chilly today, but beauty is everywhere.

Title: Icicle
Dark grey clouds come rolling in.
Wind chases the warm thoughts out.
Shelter needs to be quickly found.
Now’s not the time to be out and about.

And then it fell,
Fell so quietly.
Snow coming down
Covering all so softly.

Isolation imposed upon the scene.
Books, chores, fires to make.
Wool and flannel do their part.
Now’s the time for plans to break.

Cold is short lived.
Snow begins to melt.
The icy grip
Is no longer felt.

Except hanging there for all to see
When the weather is not so fickle.
On the edge of freeze and flow
Is the most ravishing icicle.

Dressed in blues and greys
While really quite clear.
An object just created
Which I hold most dear.



Here is something you don’t see every day. My camera rig (mostly myself) is challenged capturing these glorious birds. And since they (and their owners) were such great hosts, I left them a poem. Enjoy.

Title: A Starling for Kate
On the wind, soaring in the sky.
Free to hunt, free to fly.
Mastering skills hard to teach.
With each flight, extending the reach.

Flying, flying despite the weather.
Kept aloft by auburn feathers.
Even if the prey is missed.
No question returning to the fist.

A bond has been made
Too strong to fade.
Writing a great chapter
Between human and raptor.



Progress is being made on the big adventure, however there is a delay. I can be of value helping my brother move, so I am. Also, I have a Black Belt review coming up at the beginning of March. It is a two day affair. I’m thinking I need to put in some serious preparation time. Good thing I’m retired. Besides working hard I’m going to squeeze in more and longer trips to the studio in Salt Lake City.

Speaking of which, I just ran down there for a couple of days of lessons. I used the opportunity to finally, actually sign up with Airbnb. Then I looked for places. What choices. I chose a place to try to maximize the chance of an adventure, a goat farm. Here are some pictures and the entry I left in the guest book.

If you need an Airbnb stay
And want to mix in some hay.
Then you have to try Jayme’s place
Where she has made you space.
Head out and enjoy the big town
Or just get out and look around.
Hear the grunts, barks, baas and clucks.
The only thing missing are some ducks.
But there is a wildlife area past the rear
Adding up to a stay that is superior.