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Acrostic Character Nature Outdoors

Waking Up

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Acer tree in back garden, Salford

He’s been Napping for a while

in the garden, trying his

best to ignore the chill of the winter wind

each day he’s counted down

raring to show off his new coloured plumage

next to the evergreens

and now, its happening as his

trunk and branches begin to wake up and sprout

in a sign that things are warming up

outside, just in time for some

nice warm weather , picnics in the garden and return of the birds

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Acrostic Autumn Nature Poetry Seasons

Changing colours

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Acer’s changing colour scheme (Image by Inky, Camera: Sony H3311)

A Sign that winters on the way

Up in the trees, the leaves colours are changing

There hangin’ on to their branches for dear life but

Unless you haven’t noticed – greens have been swapped for

Mostly Reds and Browns, with yellows inbetween

Note though – occasional splashes of crimson – Christmas coming early ?

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Garden Nature Poetry

Blossoms

Salford, 25th March

Spring has definitely sprung

The rock gardens resident birds

Announced it…the acer is in bloom they chirped

Rejoicing at the sight of little pink buds

They don’t look much at the minute but

Eventually, the wind will stop moving the branches and the

Red and pink blossoms will start to appear

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Poetry

The return of Spring

Salford, 12th March 2019

I hear the mercury creeping up the kitchen thermometer

but the boiler’s having none of it

steam rising in the cold air from his friend , the kettle

white mist still apparent from outside

while red skies mix with blue as evening falls

and the evergreens move in the breeze

whilst behind a spruce – an acer’s branches sing

“We’ll be waking up soon

Announcing the spring!”

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Nature Poetry

A Japanese Maple in Salford

Salford, 2nd March 2019

The Japanese maple – taken last year

Winter wasn’t kind to our friend round the back

Who was anchored to the rocks by its roots

The evergreens kept a watchful eye

As it sat there dormant in the wind rain and snow

Till one day last week – a clarion call

from our feathered chums returning from their homes in the south

“Spring’s arriving, the sun’s getting warmer”

and our little plant from the far east

began to wake up – and grow its buds

The birds they all cheered – and the wildlife revered

For as they did cheep – out of slumber the maple creeped

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Garden Nature Photography Seasons

Prolific : Tale of a tree

Prolific

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Salford 19th April 2018

My “little” Acer tree, in the back garden of the house

beginning another set of flowers to signal Spring

We bought it from a garden centre in the pennines , quite a few years ago now, and planted it alongside a couple of dwarf conifers and perennials to give the back of the house a bit of colour!

It was caught out by a really hard frost and snowfall in March, when it should have flowered then.  The mercury in the thermometer refused to budge, so it slept on till the Easter Holiday, and while i celebrated my birthday – one or two of the flowering buds popped out to say “Hello!”.  Soon it’ll be covered in lovely pink and white flowers, and (Northwest English Weather permitting) they’ll be there to brighten up the back garden all the way through summer and early autumn – when it’ll lose its foliage and it’ll prepare itself for the following spring.

Camera Details : Nikon D3100, No flash, Natural light, Yongnuo Prime Lens 58mm