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Welcome to my photo journal blog! Here are my first drafts of poetry & prose inspired by my nature photos fresh and #NewThisDay

#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

Milkweed Blossom

Milkweed Blossom

I wait until the wind gusts settle down

on this morning. Through the trees

beyond the brook, after the swamp

opening into the meadow, I too am glistened

as the milkweed, with rain.

While I stood here, in the open, lost in myself,
I must have looked a long time
. . .
It is here. At a touch of my hand,
The air fills with delicate creatures
From the other world.
— Excerpt from: MILKWEED James Wright, http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/poetry/poetry_in_motion/atlas/amherst/milkweed/
Milkweed flowers - Asclepias species produce some of the most complex flowers in the plant kingdom, comparable to orchids in complexity.
— Wikipedia
Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. If monarch eggs are laid on plants other than milkweed, the caterpillars cannot survive and ultimately starve to death. Monarch caterpillars rely on milkweed plants and that’s why female monarchs choose to lay their eggs on milkweed plants.
— US Fish & Wildlife

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2017 unless otherwise attributed