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Winter Games

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Winter Games

Just before noon after a cold wet morning, the sun broke through, lighting the undersides of the towering clouds hung over the mountains, in an otherwise flat grey November sky.

And then they came - tumbling from the clouds - their calls echoing each other ...

 sunlit clouds
capping the mountains
raven calling

Chasing, tumbling, up to thirty or so birds, soaring and spiralling up, until just small crosses in the sky, then falling, wings closed, only to shoot upwards again. Time and time again. Winter games.

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Ashley
November 25, 2020 9:13 pm

A wonderful image and verse! Also, great to hear the Raven call.

Ashley
Reply to  Clive Bennett
November 26, 2020 5:55 pm

When the time is right, goodness knows when that will be, you will have to give me directions. I look forward to visiting Anglesey again!

Deborah Vass
November 26, 2020 6:47 am

I wish we had ravens here, they are such magnificent birds. A spare and beautiful piece.

Sandra
November 26, 2020 9:59 am

Ah, yes! Beautiful image! My solitary close encounter with a raven left me in awe of these birds. We rarely see them in the immediate neighbourhood but the rooks and crows offer similar sky dances. Always a joy

cathytea
November 26, 2020 4:35 pm

This is lovely!

cathytea
Reply to  Clive Bennett
November 26, 2020 5:07 pm

That’s a fantastic goal. And an almanac approach, with one or two a month, is wonderful! Congratulations! I certainly looked forward to each of your posts!

JCHome
November 26, 2020 6:41 pm

Nature at its best. Birds soaring against an ever changing sky. An incredible display

Andrea Stephenson
November 29, 2020 8:31 pm

I would love to see and hear ravens in the mountains – they seem to have such a timeless call.

Sabishī
December 2, 2020 3:44 am

Ravens play!!! I love it!! Beautiful haiku. I will display it in the Garden! Thanks, Clive!

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December 2, 2020 4:28 am

[…] This hokku was composed by Clive Bennett, and can be found in his blog, Art In Nature. […]

Josie Holford
December 5, 2020 10:03 pm

Such a strange sound. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before.