View From the Mountaintop

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Oh, the view from my mountaintop

Exquisite and grand

Satisfying to say the least

The valley below under my feet

My little three room oasis at my back

Breakfast on a rock

Just off the front porch

Neighbors are the songbirds that dare live so high

Blue sky and subtle white clouds at eye level

Bow a little to see lush green

The snow up here is a little deep

The wind a little abrasive

But that’s okay

Seven short steps to my fireplace

That sweet fragrance of burning wood

Crackling as it performs its duty

I’ll do a little writing today

Maybe head out later for a nature photo shoot

Perhaps I’ll paint the distant mountains beyond

Or author a new tune on my acoustic

Definitely get in an afternoon siesta

Lots of choices and opportunities today

Just like yesterday

And tomorrow

And the day after

The Woods

I took this picture a couple of years ago. Notice the small deer in the center.

I love the woods. It’s a year round pleasure for me; Hiking, hunting, just clearing my mind; It’s the serenity and peace and quiet I look forward to the most

I don’t always have an agenda in the woods; Does one really need it? Sometimes I go just to sit and listen

You never know what you might see in the woods; A deer, a bear, somedays the shape of a tree or the odd formation of a rock will suffice

Is there a good acorn crop this year? Beechnuts? Berries? There’s always something to find out in the woods

The woods are where I’ve learned the most from my dad; He learned from his dad; I hope to pass the knowledge down to my son; Teach him that there is much more to life than deadlines, appointments, competitive sports, and video games

Many a man or woman have asked me the question, “How can you go out in the woods and just sit there all day?” To which I answer, “How can I not?”

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