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By: EarlB , 1:03 AM GMT on October 27, 2013

Golden leaf patens float to the ground
All around me,
Once manna, their job feeding the trees
Is now done.

Discarded, each of these god-miracles
Is sloughed away,
Wind-beaten, bug-eaten litter:
Now, just colorful trash.

But trash turns golden
When well whisked
With the laughter of tumbling children.
Here's autumn's communion.

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:32 AM GMT on November 10, 2013
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4. EarlB
9:25 PM GMT on November 09, 2013
whoa sa...beautiful photo of the sun setting on
your msg! i'm familiar with that series of
books, there are quite a few states that have
been covered (or as a geologist might say
"uncovered" in that series. i have some from new
england, va, pa, etc.

in kansas, did you get near the konza prairie
area south of manhattan? oh, i have nice
memories about working in that area. more
rolling/modestly dissected terrain. i like the
prairie environment, but can see why some went
mad there.

welcome home to you!

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3. shoreacres
8:00 PM GMT on November 09, 2013
Well! If you're updating this evening, I sneaked in just in time. I was gone when you posted this. It was my turn to travel - well, I made it my turn - and I had two glorious weeks on the road, from Arkansas to Missouri to Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, where I've only scooted through a time or two.

One of my best souvenirs is a book called "Roadside Kansas: A Traveler's Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks". And my, did I see some rocks. Climbed a few, too, especially sites along the Santa Fe trail. I didn't see any buffalo or Indians or cavalry from those heights, but the view was pretty good. There are pics galore on my current blog.

Your poem's wonderful, a perfect evocation of the times I spent raking leaves with my dad. We had two huge maples in the front yard, and two elms. We divided up responsibilities this way: he raked and piled, I jumped and ran through. Then, he raked again. Communion.
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2. EarlB
7:53 PM GMT on November 09, 2013
Hi Dave,

I'm glad that you enjoy the blog and photos. As
you can see, the picture taking is secondary to
the writing (especially since I stopped traveling
with work). Is your dryness normal for that long?
I know that some parts of CA have a monsoonal
seasonality. April seems like a long time, though.
I guess El Nino has a lot to do with long-term

I worked out of Ames a time or two, I work for
NASA here on the East coast, at a facility at
Wallops Island (it's a part of NASA Greenbelt).

Don't know what sparked it, but there was a flurry
of activity today...I'm going to be updating the blog
this evening!

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1. DaveFive
11:52 AM GMT on November 09, 2013
Hello EarlB, I'm Dave from San Jose, CA. I like your blog and your photo's are great. The weather in San Jose has been precipitation free since April.
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