Icy wind picks up
Pulls leaf free from snowbound hold
Underfoot no more

Today’s wind was favorable for the leaf that was snowbound last night. The leaf was blown free of its icy hold, left lying peacefully off to the side of the trail no longer underfoot. Below is The Who’s “I’m Free” live in 1977 to celebrate the leaf’s luck of the draw.

Daddy owl eyeing me through a tangle of twigs.

This American Coot was foraging on the sandbar. Then it started to take flight and decided against it.

pTerodactyl trying to hide behind a tumbleweed.

Venus at dawn under clear skies.

After having cloud cover for most of the day, these were the last few clouds hanging around at sunset.

50 thoughts on “Free

  1. How wonderful! The leaf did not get crushed. While it is in repose, may it continue its adventures. As for the rest of the photos. Absolutely lovely!

  2. Ahhh, the next chapter is sealed, the leaf made it. Congrats to the leaf, epic song choice, and gorgeous pics, Tim. The last one of the sky is my favorite.

  3. Leaf’s freedom can, actually, be somewhat compared to Tommy’s. Great choice of song. Can see why Pterodactyl might think tumbleweed could hide him. Great gallery Tim.

    • I was thinking about the Tommy/leaf comparison and decided I should include the song. The pTer was funny. He rarely tries to hide. Thanks, Maj & Sher.

    • The Sandias (which means watermelons) turn pink to red most evenings. That “hill” is 11,000 feet about sea level. Thanks, Roberta.

  4. Always loved the Who. It brings back memories of many years ago. My older brother sneaked out of the house to go to a concert of the Who in Brussels. My parents didn’t know he was gone. The next days were not pleasant for him…

  5. Hooray for a free leaf. Deserved such a beautiful haiku and the Who singing for it! The cranes play in a blissfully colorful place. How much paradise can we take?!!! 🙏🙏🙏

  6. A beautiful collection of photos and poem, Tim.

    Coots are among my favorites. We had clear skies last night and a relatively clear morning today. It’s down to 30 degrees but should warm up into the 50s according to the forecast. It hit 65 here yesterday.

    • Thanks, Lavinia. it was 14 this morning, and it’s supposed to get to 45 today. it hit 40 yesterday.

  7. Hmmmm, The Who eh, well …..
    Trees try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my anthocyanin)
    Just because we turn brown (Talkin’ ’bout my anthocyanin)
    Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my anthocyanin)
    I hope I die before I get frozen (Talkin’ ’bout my anthocyanin)

    • “Maybe you all will just b-blow away (talking about your flatulation)

      Nice lyrics. Do you have a complete parody? Anthocyanin cajones in the c-c-cold are no fun. Thanks, Brian.

      • Unfortunately, I’m not that creative to do a complete parody – not to mention I had to refresh my high school biology education to come up with anthocyanin because photosynthesis wasn’t working – I do like your flatulation addition hehehe.

      • There are a lot of three syllable words that could be substituted for “generation”. You have me stinking about making a parody.

  8. Well, the brown leaf lives to fly for another day…perfect poem for your pic. The crane photos look almost like pastel paintings. They give off a peaceful vibe. And what could be better than a song by The Who? I never saw them in concert, but my husband did (before he was my husband) several times. They’re still his favorite group.

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