Photo Challenge: Transient

A hand flattened to shade my brow,
questioning the late-afternoon glare
diced with shadow, not certain I
should trust my wind-burnt eyes.

How to make sense of a tropical
memory skimming across this
land-locked farm, are those
pelicans on my prairie pond?

They’re rare visitors floating with
mallards and mergansers and Canada
geese. The herons are suspicious of
sea birds breezing onto our prairie

grass ocean but it’s fine, they’re
just like us, awkward and dazzling
creatures migrating across shared
lives, resting awhile, then pushing on.

Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo–I enjoy twisting these macro prompts to share our micro life here on the Colorado prairie. I take these photos with my phone, on my farm. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)


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0 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Transient”

    • This pond is always a delight when it comes to bringing visitors. We tell the change of season by who is there and who is gone. Thanks Karen.

    • I seem them every few years, west of here, but not usually on my pond… they don’t like to migrate over open ocean, I read. They’re smart that way.

  1. I still remember my surprise when I saw my first pelican on a Colorado lake. How lucky to have them right in front of your doorstep. Your poem is beautiful.

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