Two Poems from the Riverside, 6/12/2014


Yellow Sally

The Yellow Sally is a stone fly
about an inch long
The trout love them
as does the black phoebe
who’s found a new perch out in the current
on a big log newly arrived at the tip of the island
The Yellow Sallies fly on four wings
looking like little Chinook helicopters
When they hatch during high water
as we have right now
they deprive the trout of the chance
to grab them off the surface
and me the chance to catch the trout
on a dry Yellow Sally pattern

 

Cottonwoods

The wind is blowing the cotton
out of the cottonwoods
Back-lit by the setting sun
so many seeds set aloft
seeking water wherever it may be found
There’s a line of seep springs
in the hills across the river,
each supporting it’s own grove of alamos
(as cottonwoods are also known in the Southwest)
A collection of alamos is called a bosque
We live along the Bosque stretch
of the Rio Grande

rio grande river near taos new mexico

Black Phoebe (photographed in California)

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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