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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Winds of October

On the way to Fort St. James

the pavement
near the road's edge
is covered with autumn's gold

helped by a vigorous wind
the cascading leaves collect
in shallow drifts
below the trees they adorned

just days before

as we drive
we begin to anticipate
seeing the loosened leaves

come alive
skipping and dancing their way

across the street
with every passing car
they lift and swirl
for seconds only
before they come to settle again
in some other spot

If we happen to be the passing car
I look back to see

that we have caused
the golden leaves to dance


Cottonwood Trees at Stuart Lake
Fort St. James, B.C.

It was very windy and bitterly cold when we arrived at the lake. We hadn't thought to bring our hats and gloves, but went for a short walk anyway. My fingers became numbed taking pictures, and we hurried back to the warm car to have our picnic lunch inside.
The lake was extremely choppy, and the gulls had a difficult time flying against the wind.