Happiness is…

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Happiness is combining my love of photography, nature and words. These days, I’m feeling so thankful for the beauty that surrounds me and for the respite it offers.  Here’s hoping that your summer days are also filled with natural wonders and time to appreciate them.

turtle final

lumbering* on land
within sun-dappled pond
snapping turtle glides
casting submarine shadows
a whisper amidst lily pads

©Molly Hogan, 2019

dragonfly

cloud walking

snowy egret
cloud walks in rosy shallows
daybreak mystique

©Molly Hogan, 2019

kingfisher

kingfisher’s wings
brush the river
reality meets reflection

I miss the shot
-too dark, too blurry-
but hold the memory
crystal clear

©Molly Hogan, 2019

Make sure to stop by Margaret Simon’s blog Reflections on the Teche today. She’s hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup with a beautiful, poignant poem, crafted from a stolen title.

*Thanks to Catherine Flynn for this word choice!

32 thoughts on “Happiness is…

  1. Thy are all so beautiful, Molly. I’m especially fond of the lovely alliterative language in your turtle poem- perfection.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    Dragonfly days
    sun-dappled reality
    meets reflection

    (found haiku)

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  3. jacqueslebec says:

    This post left me with a really good feeling, thanks.

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  4. Linda Mitchell says:

    These are so beautiful. I get so much joy from your photography and love for combining with good writing. Ahhhhhh, summer. Time to refresh! I’m pretty sure Dragonfly Days is my favorite…but it could change.

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  5. lindabaie says:

    I started to think I would comment on the dragonfly pic & poem, but then I saw the egret, but, but, then the kingfisher. I spent a lot of time on the beach watching ibises & egrets, enchanting! As are your poems, Molly. You are lucky to have such beauty so close. “cloud walks in rosy shadows” – wow!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Linda. Bird watching is addictive, isn’t it? I was so excited the other day to see a siege of herons fly by. (I had to look up that collective noun!) I feel fortunate when I see one– six at a time was a real treat!

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  6. katswhiskers says:

    These are beautiful, Molly. I thought the egret one was my favourite – but I don’t know if I can really pick a fave! That cloud walk in rosy shadows is gorgeous. But so too are crystal clear memories of missed shots. And dragonfly days… Lovely!

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  7. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Your combination of photography and words is stunning. Your post leaves me feeling peaceful. Thank you.

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  8. Dragon fly days! Love them. Playing pickleball last Sunday morning, we saw a legion of dragon flies hopefully filling their gullets with mosquitoes.

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  9. I think what amazes me most about your photography, Molly, is that you always seem to be in the right place at the right time! What’s more, you seem to capture poems as effortlessly as you capture photographs.

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  10. These are gorgeous, Molly! I especially love the snowy egret photo and poem.

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  11. Tabatha says:

    Your photos and words make me happy too, Molly!

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  12. cweichel says:

    Your words and images remind me that our world is a sacred place if only we slow down and really see.

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  13. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, you have shot so many beautiful photos of a great variety of natural wonders. Your poetry is a wonderful match. I love the dragonfly days. Perhaps, you would like to share that one in my Embraceable Summer Gallery collection.

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  14. Beautiful and rich collection of images and poems Molly! I especially like your dragonfly poem, as Rebecca Herzog and I did a summer poetry swap about dragonflies this week. But ah the ending of the kingfisher is lovely too, thanks,
    “but hold the memory
    crystal clear

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  15. maryleehahn says:

    Just…wow! Your joy in creating is our joy in receiving! Those photos — especially the heron “cloud walking.” And your words — especially the lumbering, whispering snapping turtle.

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  16. Wow Wow Wow, Molly! So many great lines here:
    casting submarine shadows
    cloud walks in rosy shallows
    reality meets reflection

    I don’t think you missed the shot at all! Thanks for these gifts.

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  17. haitiruth says:

    So beautiful! My favorite is the reference to the missed shot. As a photographer/poet myself, I can relate! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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