7.25.2010

Hound's Tongue


when the winds come howling in
from a somewhat quiet day
instinct rises to the surface
alert to what may sway
first the trees are dancing
bending near the ground
then the rain is pounding
drumming as it sounds
hail blowing sideways
painting the earth white
electricity silenced
candles lit for sight
looking out the window
a mighty tree is down
thunder singing mighty
lightning near the ground
down the rain comes pouring
dancing on and on
wind departs
for it has done its job

~

the morning after
a stroll 
and I found the wonderful
Hound's Tongue:




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62 comments:

  1. Beautiful series of photos, Tammie! Love the wildflowers.

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  2. What a postive spin on the storm...hope it didn't cause too much damage!!

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  3. The photos and the words go well together...what a lovely post Tammie and your blog rocks!

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  4. Hounds tongue is totally new to me. It's lovely...at least in your photos.

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  5. unusual and lovely sandy

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  6. The flowers are so beautiful and unique and wonderful words too.

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  7. ...and oh, how the hounds drool
    and kisses the leaf that she holds
    and caresses the hand that kisses
    and the winking eyes that peeps
    at the beauty that lies
    at her feet . . .

    That's for you Tammy.
    Thanks for visiting!

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  8. thank you everyone! I love your visits and thoughts.

    Karen, It was indeed a wild storm and many trees came down in our valley! It took a couple hours work for someone to cut that tree off my shed roof. Firewood for next winter, not this.

    Lui, such lovely prose! Thank you

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  9. what a gorgeous plant... nice shots!!

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  10. such amazing wildflowers shots.

    Thanks for sharing

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  11. i've never seen this flower before. it's beautiful! and your photos are spectacular.

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  12. Great photos (and composition)!

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  13. Tammie I've never seen a little wildflower like that before - its so pretty. I like the way you have composed your last few photos aswell.

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  14. I've never seen Hound's Tongue before - it's quite beautiful. Your words so eloquently describe the storm. The shed wasn't damaged too much, I hope. We've had some terrible weather here as well last week. Hopefully this week all will be calm. Theresa

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  15. Ohmigosh what a tempest! Your words caught the fury of the storm, your pictures caught the aftermath. And the beauty to be found in a drenched and chaotic world.

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  16. Beautiful Photos...
    Love the pale green of the background...
    xo
    Andrea

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  17. Simply beautiful....the words and the photos!

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  18. ah, such beautiful images - and words! thank you, tammie! xo

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  19. Hound's Tongue! I love the name. Beautiful images. When a storm is over, the beauty that is left behind is so much more precious.

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  20. Hound's Tongue is a new flower for me. I enjoyed your pictures (and words) very much. I hope the tree didn't cause too much damage.

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  21. Tammie dear, this is such a beautiful piece, the rhythm is almost magical and the hope so bright!

    D.

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  22. Glad you stayed safe in the storm Tammie. Never seen that plant before - its beautiful.

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  23. Beautiful poem, love how its rhythms perfectly echoes the drumbeat of an approaching storm ... and what a gorgeous find you made after the storm: beautiful flower, too! Glad to see you back!

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  24. Such a positive mind-set...these are simply beautiful!

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  25. Enjoyed your pictures and words!!

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  26. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

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  27. Very, very beautiful, my friend. I love your close observation of the storm. I felt it. What a great meditation.

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  28. Dearest Tammie, I love coming here and discovering new things. So it's true that nature holds maybe a million little secrets that humans are not aware of?

    Such an intriguingly delicate flower... :)

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  29. Lovely photos and words. Thank you for sharing

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  30. Wow such breathtaking beauty!
    Lovely poem.

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  31. Beautiful flowers. They look very different.

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  32. Hi Tammie,
    So glad you are at home safe and sound (from your travels and the storm). Wow, it must have been fierce. It is amazing how those delicate blooms and stems could survive the rain and hail.
    Beautiful post!
    Very best wishes,
    Barbara

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  33. The details in these images are just outstanding!

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  34. My God, what a fantastic post! These photos are amazing...
    Lúcia

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  35. I hope your shed isn't too badly damaged, Tammie. Your photos of Hound's Tongue are wonderful - especially the second from last. The colours are magical. This post should take the 2010 'We Are What We Focus On' award!
    Janice. x

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  36. OMG!!! This pictures are fantastic!!! She looks like a magic flower, and the place is also very idyllic and enchanted.

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  37. Hi Tammie, You must be home from your trip abroad - just in time for a mighty storm! In the cadence of your poem, I could feel the wind, hail, lightening, and slashing rain. I have never seen this Hound's Tongue - so fanciful looking. I like the fallen flower on the leaf.

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  38. Hi Tammie!! I love these shots..what a stunning flower..I love the last one..upside down..Wow! Hope there wasn't much dammage!!
    Sorry I have been absent..the summer has been over full with stuff and I have struggled a bit with other things..but hanging in there! Is it hot over there...am thinking maybe I am ready for fall!!
    Hugs, Sarah

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  39. That last shot is my absolute favorite! So SWEET! Beautiful, Tammie, as always.

    Kristy (formerly SRZ)

    http://kodastotems.blogspot.com/

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  40. You are obviously an excellent photographer... this post is beautiful! Larry

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  41. I shall love going to the bush and seek out wild flowers with you.

    Your photos are so good.

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  42. Greetings Tammie...I am new to your blog but adore it already!

    What a lovely visual you've painted with word and then reinforce it with your specatacular photos!

    I've learned something new with Hound's Tongue!

    Blessings and Peace...

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  43. this is just adorable...fantastic photos!

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  44. This is a beautiful and interesting plant.We dont have it in maine.Does it have any medicinal value? I love your photography.You are very talented indeed. Thanks for sharing the beauty

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  45. Ah, Tammie--these are just exquisite. That last one--the petal lying on its face especially touches me.

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  46. Thanks for stopping by my blog on Sunday. I just returned from the mountains. These pictures are wonderful. I have never seen Hounds tongue before, it is a very interesting plant - thanks for sharing.

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  47. wow, glad no one was hurt, except the tree. terrific poem!

    thanks as always for your lovely visits and kind words!

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  48. ...it's been a while since I've come a knockin'--finally things are slowing down a bit and I can visit my blogging friends. These photos are gorgeous. I've never seen this flower. I bet you can only find it in the deep woods. As always, you've written a beautiful poem to accompany the photos...

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  49. ~intriguing little flower this is...i have never seen such a plant...the way you captured the soft yet intricate details in these photos is gorgeous...i l♥ve the fourth one down...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

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  50. very beautiful images indeed.

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  51. So gorgeous Tammie.. a spellbinding post of beauty! Just lovely! wow..I think I ahve missed some of your beautiful posts..time to catch up! Have a wonderful day!
    Kiki~

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  52. As always you have such fantastic pictures Tammie. That Road to Holy is stunning.

    What an interesting name for a most unusual flower!! I have never seen something like it before.

    I love that little cottage in the wood and would love to stay at a place like that.

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  53. Beautiful..Beautiful..Beautiful series of photos,my dear Tammie!

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  54. Oooh, wonderful words, I totally love storms. It's a good thing that house wasn't crushed :)

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  55. I hope the house is ok, I love it. And storms are so awesome, even the crazy wild ones. Or especially them

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie