(extra)ordinary wanderings


Experience the best in rural rejuvenation by simply strolling down a gravel road with eyes fully open, senses aware. Shy wildflowers greet the observant walker from their hiding places in the waving fringe of ditch grasses. See the bright face of a fresh dandelion next to the seedy puff of an elder bloom on its way out. Pluck and inhale a sweet clover blossom, then poke stem through a buttonhole for country-style boutonniere. Note erratic flight of white cabbage moth past buds of wild roses soon to blush pink. Taste surprise dust devil whipped up by wind.  Follow the cry of killdeer as it fakes broken wing to drag trouble away from nest. Listen to red-winged blackbird sing heart out for his mate from perch atop road sign. Hear familiar crunch of gravel beneath favorite walking shoes. Feel spirit lift when raise eyes to the open skies. Go ahead, try to predict the weather!




photo by lynn

you can see for miles

evening walk on gravel road

full of life’s secrets











Link to d’Verse Poets haibun Monday.  Wrote something similar May 9… hey, i like to walk!


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sarahsouthwest
    Jun 12, 2016 @ 02:07:26

    It’s nice to see an evening haibun this week. Thank you for sharing your walk with me. My landscape is all curves and deep, steep valleys, so I envy you your big skies.


  2. lillian
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 06:41:09

    ooooh thank you for this lovely rural walk this morning. Reminding me of my Iowa walks the three years especially when we lived out in the country on 15 acres! Especially love that young upstart dandelion next to its elder wispy one! 🙂


  3. Bryan Ens
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 22:21:45

    The open country is always such a nice change of pace. We realized that we don’t get out of the city often enough when on a recent drive through the country, my 5 year old son pointed to one of the roads and said, “I wonder why there aren’t any sidewalks…”


  4. Bodhirose
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 19:15:26

    This is wonderful, Lynn! I love all of those seemingly insignificant, extraordinary things to be found on a walk too.


  5. kanzensakura
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 17:29:46

    Oh how I love this walk with you! All the sights and sounds, the smells…just glorious


  6. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 14:54:58

    This is so lovely and refreshing, the wonder of nature to heal at the end of the day. Ahhh!


  7. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 10:23:06

    One can never be bored when trending on gravel to take all of the marvels along the way. There is so much to discover and to see. Rightly said lynn!



  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 09:43:34

    Oh nothing like a walk (or bicycle ride) down a gravel road… so much to see… and so different (and same) from one part of the world to the next.


  9. Patti
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 09:04:55

    Nice description of the gifts of nature you see on your walk. Such walks are rejuvenating indeed.


  10. Grace
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 07:40:40

    I love to walk too, smiles ~ Admiring the nature bounty from your walk, so refreshing to read this morning 🙂


  11. Julie
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 07:07:15

    YES!! Lovely. I am familiar with all on your lovely walk and cherish them each.


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