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Early sets the winter sun
turning out the lights of day and
bringing frosty crisp night skies and
stealing away the last of earth’s warm breath.

Darkness grows ever longer
creating hunger in every creature for
return of tepid sunlight if even for
a few moments eked out mid-day.

Winter’s wanderer finds no solace
following the short-lived sun nor
discerns any path in darkened landscape nor
senses hope on grey morn horizons.

Darkness lengthens to cover day
until its weight tips the earth’s axis with
the battle between light and dark ending with
winter’s solstice declaring light the victor for now.

Tide of darkness ebbs and flows
washing earth and life pathway of
no one overconfidently striding out of
the other side of night.

Hunkered under coverings
made from earth, stone, wood and
wool, cotton, fir, leather and
set next to fire-filled stove

winter’s traveler marks the time
by the lengthening days that
warm tree, bush and ground that
spring to life with thawing sap.

Hope returns as light expands
filling up the hours of each day to
replace cold long nights to
give hope and light for every journey.

Timidly every creature tests marshy ground
each muddy path leading further into
days that longingly look into
the other side of night.

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

Winter Morning, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Winter 2007

Winter Morning, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Winter 2007 ©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2007)

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Delicate Purple Flowers, Deschutes River Trail, Oregon, April 2010

Delicate Purple Flowers, Deschutes River Trail, Oregon, April 2010 ©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

Protected in coveys during Winter,

the quail in pairs appear

to begin the rites of Spring.

Sounding to each the call,

chi-CAH-go, chi-CAH-go,

they seek shelter and nest.

Low lying brush provides cover

as mates prepare a shallow nest

to begin a new season of raising young.

Eggs laid in pine needles and dried leaves,

turns taken to care for the clutch

in hopes of young to guarantee a future.

Callipepla califonica walks proudly

in front of the young showing the world

a proud brood of offspring for a new year.

Father and mother alternate calls,

chi-CAH-go, chi-CAH-go,

for the chicks to follow.

Papa displays the larger topnotch,

a group of six small feathers arranged proudly,

allowing it to bob as he proudly struts.

Mother, with smaller plume,

antiphonally answers her mate

Chi-CAH-go, chi-CAH-go!

So, Spring has come to the shrub land

as the California quail arrives to

greet us with its rites of Spring.

(To hear the call of a California Quail, go to http://www.naturesongs.com/caqu1.wav)

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

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Small Beach Crab, June 2003

Small Beach Crab, June 2003 ©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

This is a long journey
Much longer than I planned
It is hard for me
Much harder to stand

And continue the trek
To higher peaks
But the trail beckons
And the unknown speaks

Let me rest here for a moment
Settle me down for a breath
Take in refreshment
Consult the map in depth

Let me lay back a few minutes
Rest my head upon my pack
Close my eyes to signs
That there is no way back

Lay me down upon the earth
The place I came from
The final measure of my worth
And domain where I am undone

I am tired so tired
Of ascending mountains
With winding paths choired
By saints at matins

But why complain to God?
Did he not craft the way?
Did he not define the path to trod?
Did not our sin bargain for the day?

Arising wearily to my feet
I set my face to what is required
And set out toward what I must meet
Up the trail, around the bend, past the next peak
But I am tired so tired

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

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Mount Rainier, Washington State, Summer 2003

Mount Rainier, Washington State, Summer 2003 ©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

Morning dampness fades away
before the warmth of your glow
as you chase away the dark.
Rising mists shrink back down
and return to pond and bog
as you rise.
Damsel fly and dragon-fly take wing
to skip along thermal winds
as you lift warming air.
Heat of day brightens the landscape
bending and waving the air
as you bake the earth in your heat.
My arms burn red and my brow spills sweat
as your bright yellow orb begins its descent.
Warm blankets of wind surround and swirl about me
as your globe touches the western horizon.
Evening coolness winds its way
over the darkening landscape
as you descend into darkness
leaving us anxious for your return
in the opposite sky
to begin for us
a new warm day.

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

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Golden Poppy Flower, Spring 2009

Golden Poppy Flower, Spring 2009 ©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

The rush of life into winter’s dead limbs
The warmth of sun on ice-covered ponds
Calls life to rush and move north

The snow melts away to boggy ground
The ice slips away to fresh rushing waters
And movement awakens under the earth

My limbs warmed and eyes brightened
bring a new spring in my step
Something rises within me and
melts away the dark of winter
Spring flows in my members
giving life and awakening love

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

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The parent’s greatest source of joy
may be the laughter of a child.
The giggley coo’s of an infant
learning to play peek-a-boo;
The cackley silliness of
a young child tickled and tossed;
The gurgley guffaws of
a young teen getting and playing jokes;
The open-mouthed joyful smiles
of young people at play with their siblings;
And the parent’s greatest source of joy
may be laughter born from a child.

Almberg Kids with Funny Hats, Seaside, Oregon, 2002

Almberg Kids with Funny Hats, Seaside, Oregon, 2002

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

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Natural Sand Sculpture on the Beach, June 2003

Natural Sand Sculpture on the Beach, June 2003 ©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

Grey grit sifted and filtered
washed and rinsed with
waves

Silky silicon folded and laid
molded and shaped with
wind

Soft silt lifted and moved
around and over with
water

Ground granite coarse and rough
worn and divided with
weather

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

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