Green Pine and Clay

Collecting droplets
fall onto pale, pink cheeks.
Familiar fresh
of rain just poured
smells of green,
sweet pine, clay earth.

Muddy depths flow beneath,
eddies pool, murk
rushes alongside.
Heron stalks, prances,
delicately stabs.

Oh, to be a river creature,
sliding through,
skirting around,
swimming between.
That weightless
freedom, that
chilled connection
of being one.

The Luckiamute on a rainy, cloudy Sunday afternoon!

In a recent haiku, I shared a photo that I snapped of the sun setting over the Luckiamute River in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. My husband and I frequent the nearly 5 mile hike that winds around picturesque fields, curves through lush forests, and boasts a number of perfect spots to sit by the Luckiamute, Willamette, or Santiam River to take in the beautiful scenery.

One of the things I love best about this hike is that it’s different each and every time we go there. The photo in my last post was taken on a warm and clear evening a few weeks ago. The above photo was snapped yesterday, a dreary and rainy Sunday afternoon. The time of day, the weather, the lighting, the season, and so many other factors come into play that make this scenic spot ever changing, drawing us back for more.

There are so many locations like this throughout the Pacific Northwest, throughout Oregon. Spots that remain uniquely breathtaking regardless the season or weather. I love going back to a location again and again, knowing that each time I’ll be presented with something new and surprising, yet just as beautiful as the last time.

What about you? Do you have any favorite, inspirational places that you frequent that are constantly changing and evolving?



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