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Poetry Sunday-Nature Never Sleeps



Nature Never Sleeps


The chilly, yet refreshing, rain has stopped.  Gray clouds linger keeping a nip in the air.  Migrating red-winged blackbirds still arrive, and mix with resident chickadees and goldfinches.  Woodpeckers strike at the dying ash tree while robins, who have remained, look for berries.  So many birds come in waves, so late this autumn.  Is this a portent for the coming of a mild winter?


And the juncos are here now too.  These ‘snow birds’ arrive with the close of fall and the first snow.  Their feathers match the dark winter sky, as they flit from place to place clearing the garden of seeds.  These feathered visitors are all here for their early morning feeding before going about their day, flying south or finding a warm spot to linger.


No matter, all are welcome here bringing pleasure to this gardener even as winter gets closer, and the garden sleeps.  Nature never does, thankfully!



Soft birdsong rising

With the fiery eastern light,

New day has begun.



 © Donna Donabella 2015



The visitor’s to my garden were many this fall.  Some were late in visiting, and a few new surprise critters stopped by.  These observations led me to write this Haibun.  You can read more about the specific garden visitors in my Wildlife Lesson post from last week.  It continues to be unseasonably warm here as I await winter’s coming.
RURAL Donna1


December 1st started my Seasonal Celebrations meme for the change of seasons.  Check out my post at Gardens Eye View, and join in the celebration of the change of seasons, no matter where you are on earth.  You can also read an excerpt of my Winter story in the latest issue of RURAL magazine.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

junco collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday and with Kara@A Spirit of Simplicity for her Tuesday Afternoon meme.




If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 







Special Note:  The pictures here are of Dark-eyed Juncos who visit the garden from late fall through early spring.  These birds come right around the time of the first snow, and leave as spring returns.



I leave you with a few additional words about the wonders of nature and garden visitors.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. December 6, 2015    

    What a great Haibun. There is nothing better that to live your life observing nature, the seasons and your welcome visitors.

    • December 9, 2015    

      I couldn’t agree more…and I am so pleased you enjoyed the haibun Robin!

  2. December 6, 2015    

    I love this glimpse of paradise…

    • December 9, 2015    

      Isn’t it amazing what can be sen right outside our window.

  3. December 6, 2015    

    Such a pleasant start to the day!!

  4. December 6, 2015    

    Soon we will put out a bird feeder… Birds is such a great thing if you have a woodland garden

    • December 9, 2015    

      Amazing creatures to watch in person…better than any screen or device.

  5. December 6, 2015    

    Once again such an uplifting and joyful post…i love how you condense your thoughts into the parting poem/haiku….thankfully nature can be counted on to keep rising…bringing the sun and the birdsong and another day…thankfully

    • December 9, 2015    

      I feel such gratitude for your wonderful words Jae Rose. And I think without nature, where would I be….

  6. December 6, 2015    

    I soo adore that picture 😀 a lovely and graceful haibun Donna 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • December 9, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sanaa…it just seemed to ebb and flow with the critter activity I was observing.

  7. December 6, 2015    

    Love the descriptions contained in the prose portion of your haibun. And the haiku is the perfect garnish.

  8. December 6, 2015    

    Nice haibun! And, oh, I do hope it means we will have a mild winter!

    • December 9, 2015    

      Well it has been a most interesting December so far as temps are near 60 for the next 5 days or so….

  9. December 6, 2015    

    Such gorgeous photos. I so love the winter birds!

    • December 9, 2015    

      Thanks Sherry…there is something so very special about our winter feathered friends.

  10. December 6, 2015    

    I have experienced this same thing… the birds coming for the winter. I also like how you combine fiction and poetry here.

    • December 9, 2015    

      Thank you Matthew. It is a fun form that I should try a bit more often!

  11. December 6, 2015    

    Warm wishes Donna and thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love…

    • December 9, 2015    

      My pleasure gillena! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  12. December 6, 2015    

    No she never sleeps. Dozes somedays, but it still working. Always working. With incredible results…
    Thank you so much for these glimpses into her work on your side of the world.

    • December 9, 2015    

      She is a tireless one indeed….glad you enjoyed a bit of a glimpse of our winter birds.

  13. December 6, 2015    

    I do like this winter haibun! How blessed it is to be able to be so close to nature and all she gives us. And that she never sleeps. Wonderful.

  14. December 6, 2015    

    Nature never sleeps it is always awake with life and beauty and you have captured life in the garden no matter what the season. I had to read it twice. Poetic loveliness

    • December 9, 2015    

      Very rich praise indeed that you read it twice…much gratitude for these wonderful words!

  15. December 6, 2015    

    Once again, love the photos and your words. I am definitely a bird person,


    • December 9, 2015    

      Much gratitude Elizabeth, and what’s not to love with birds….adorable and so interesting.

  16. December 6, 2015    

    Yes a happy hopeful post is most needed and appreciated….

  17. December 6, 2015    

    Love this haibun – and the photo/haiku piece is lovely as well. Always a pleasant to visit your blog, Donna.

  18. December 6, 2015    

    It feels like a mild winter here too. There are lots of birds that fly through and chirp as they nibble on things I can’t see. And the year round Annas hummingbirds are so cute. I left the fountain in my courtyard running and they like to take a drink and bathe. It’s adorable. Thanks for visiting my blog. Love and hugs.

    • December 9, 2015    

      Welcome Grace…I am so happy to see you here. I bet those hummers are very grateful to you. I am so grateful for all your support my friend both here and at Gardens Eye View. I have been loving your garden views with those stunning flowers still coming.

  19. December 7, 2015    

    you combined sound and vision so well in your haibun which is just as it should be for wakeful nature though I love the description of Juncos with ‘feathers [that]match the dark winter sky’

    • December 9, 2015    

      Ah I am so pleased that this was an effective haibun Laura…the male juncos are such a stunning deep gray with a white belly…beautiful to see them against the snow.

  20. December 7, 2015    

    a truly lovely start for the day! there certainly are a lot of feathered friends around. 🙂
    there is such a feel of calmness in this haibun.

    • December 9, 2015    

      I am pleased you noted that…it was the feeling the birds exuded as I watched them.

  21. December 7, 2015    

    I too ponder how nature never sleeps and love it. Thanks for naming, feeding and welcoming the birds, welcome travelers as they are.

  22. December 7, 2015    

    I always love coming to visit your site, and you always reward me! What a cute little bird!

  23. December 7, 2015    

    We also have Juncos in NM, but they appear just a little differnt.

    • December 9, 2015    

      Oh how wonderful…I love how similar birds appear a bit different in other parts of the country….so very interesting.

  24. December 7, 2015    

    Thank you Donna. Your blog is always a treat. The birds are so beautiful and the haibun does them justice.

  25. December 7, 2015    

    A magical description! And fascinating to me, to imagine all those varieties of birds unknown in my country. 🙂

    • December 9, 2015    

      That is the fun of blogging Rosemary, isn’t it…. when we can share other parts of the world with each other! 🙂

  26. December 8, 2015    

    I am so glad that nature never sleeps, always bringing us something fresh and new to keep us inspired 🙂

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