BP: Wales Haiku Journal: Autumn 2021

The autumn edition of the Wales Haiku Journal has just been released. Thanks to the editor, Paul, this pedometer geek writer had a haiku selected for inclusion. It is as follows:

nature hike

our footsteps silenced

by pine needles

~Nancy Brady, 2021

To read all the haiku selected for the autumn Wales Haiku Journal, check out http://www.waleshaikujournal.com/autumn-2021. Paul has selected poets from around the world; it is truly a global journal.

Thanks Paul for selecting one of my haiku; it is appreciated that you found something in it.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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4 Responses to BP: Wales Haiku Journal: Autumn 2021

  1. Jules says:

    Ah…I’ve been on those kinds of walks. I’ve several pine that are ‘shedding’, but it is a joy that they are green all year.

    Most of the maple leaves are down and I’ve spotted several squirrel nests I didn’t know about 🙂
    But I think without leaves the hawks can see them too! I know hawks have to eat too.

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    • It is amazing how pine needles carpet the ground, deaden the sound, and remain green for some color in the winter.

      Most of our leaves are down around here. The ginkgo trees golden fans mostly drop all at one time (within a day of each other); the maples still have a fair amount of leaves remaining. Our linden trees, service-berry trees, locust tree, and our birches have shed their leaves however. In fact, I raked up the leaves today while Rob mowed the grass (hopefully for the last time this year).

      The hawks around here do have to eat. We have a neighborhood Cooper’s hawk that preys upon sparrows and other smaller birds. He watches the bird feeders and picks them off. On the other hand, the crows and blue jays start screaming when they see him/her. That warns the sparrows as well. He gets a few every so often, but with the early warning systems…well the hawk moves on.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, JP.

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      • Jules says:

        For most of the summer the crows found pickings somewhere else. But I saw some today. I’m not sure if seeing me at the window scared ’em away or the Jay sitting on the same branch the feeder hangs from.

        The hawks here, tend to go after the squrrels and voles. I haven’t seen the Cooper’s or any other hawk go after another bird.

        Best to you and yours – Enjoy Thanksgiving 🙂

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  2. Just saw two crows a few doors down from us. One on the neighbor’s fence, the other on the sidewalk eating something. They flew off before we got there. I had hopes of getting a photo (had the camera with me, but I couldn’t get the camera up in time), but to no avail. I never realized how big they are until we were up close.

    We have some hawks (red-tailed, shin-shank) who go after small animals, but the Cooper’s hawk definitely goes after small birds like sparrows. The first winter we were living here, I saw some kind of hawk grab a mourning dove and carry it off. The dove was trying to get away, but to no avail. The hawk picked it off when it was eating from our feeder. As Rob said, “It is a bird feeder.,” but I certainly never thought of it that way until then. I know the neighborhood Cooper’s hawk checks out all the feeders for his meals, I have several photos of the hawk lurking nearby (in our crab-apple tree or on the fence a few feet away). I have also found feathers and bird feet nearby as well.


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