September Song

photo by Pixabay

Summer’s over; autumn’s here; fire season’s over, and the heat wave has subsided. With the diminished risk of sunburn, I set out for a twelve mile hike around the lake– my first long hike of September, finally.

Sacramento Sun
Raises pink and orange hues
Happy hippy hike

Strolling through the old olive grove, the phrase “gold country” comes to mind. Shoulder-height gilded grass grows above various shades of fall foliage. Wild turkeys roam an open meadow between the ancient gnarled stumps.

photo by Julia Yolk, Pexels

Purple olive blooms
White pine cones, blue acorns nest
Golden needled beds

When choosing a path, my feet gravitate towards sound. Running water, chirping insects, all signs of life; I am not afraid.

Lavender lined ledge
Star thistle crickets crackle
September songs spun

Down by the river, thousands of water fowl congregate on a single large rock, each hoping to catch a freshly spawned Chinook salmon or rainbow trout.

photo by Diego Madrigal, Pexels

Large blue heron lands
Amidst hundreds of seagulls
Eagles overhead

As I aim my camera to the left, I hear a loud noise to my right. What was that? A large goose landing on the lake.

Canada geese crash
Rippling river reflection
Autumn migration

Silently sauntering solo through the blue oak foothills, beehive and cougar sightings remind me that I’m never truly alone.

photo by Pixabay

Written for Haibun Monday: September Song by dVerse

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Beautifully written Sylvia

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    1. thank you, Sadje πŸ™‚

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      1. Sadje says:

        My pleasure

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  2. blindzanygirl says:

    This is the most beautiful post I have read in a long time, thank you for posting

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    1. thank you so much ❀ ❀ ❀ thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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  3. Ron. says:

    Haibuniicious! Thanks for bringing us along.

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    1. Thanks, Ron πŸ™‚

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  4. kenhume31 says:

    Wonderful Sylvia, beautiful pictures painted! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜β€οΈπŸ‘

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    1. thank you so much, Ken ❀

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  5. A beautiful haibun Sylvia! The shift in temperature brings so much new life and opportunities for hiking in nature where we are never alone. Thank you for letting us walk along with you here, Xenia πŸ’œ

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    1. Thank you so much, Xenia ❀

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  6. Grace says:

    How beautiful nature is with her gentle creatures and landscape. Lovely writing to share with us.

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    1. Thank you, Grace ❀

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  7. Mish says:

    You had me at “happy hippy hike” but this builds so beautifully, with the constant reminder that nature is a trusty companion.

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    1. Thank you, Mish ❀

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  8. A happy hippy hike!! I love this haibun, Sylvia. It’s a real stunner. 🍁

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    1. Thank you so much, Colleen ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. You’re so welcome.

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  9. forestbather says:

    Beautifully written.

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    1. thank you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Dawn πŸ™‚

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  10. Yes, just lovely! Each poem and reflection is moving! I can place myself in each description! πŸ’“πŸ’“

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    1. Thank you so much ❀ ❀ ❀

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