Naturalist (2021-08)

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Foglight on Wiley Slough

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In the Time of Quiet,
Time of shortened days,
In winter’s fog near freezing,
We longed for Morning’s haze.

Wiley Slough so quiet,
No sounds, no one but us;
In the Silent Stillness,
A Heron!  Tip….toed….through.

Frozen by Her beauty,
Standing still as reeds,
I watched as She stepped into,
Foglight!  On Wiley….Slough.

Now Summer rushes forward,
No masks, no shuttered doors;
When I miss the Quiet,
I imagine Her once more.

–poem and photo by Ellyn Thoreen

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