lizbrownlee – poet

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Author Archive: Liz Brownlee

O is for Orangutan

Orangutan . The canopy breathes its whisperings quietly, clouds down drip trip jagged paths where gleaming, teeming greens wrap time between the rains. . The man of the forest reaches two ways to grasp loosely sprung swung branch from branch, he is light upon the forest, . through flowers like birds, blurred birds brightening . …

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N is for Night Heron

Night Heron photo by Paruula on Flikr. . . Night Heron . Night heron unhooks his hunch to seek . lucent-eyed fish dark-blinded, sleek, . precise as starlight, steps the creek, . sharp crimson eyes and black-knifed beak, . reflection-less he’ll slice the deep, . fish stunned then swallowed still asleep. . . Black-crowned night herons …

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M is for Moth – Moon Moth

Photo by © John Saxon on Flikr. . Luna Moth . As slight as moonlight on a leaf, . her fleeting life is just as brief, . she takes her form from air and flight, . negotiates the chinks of night, . she flies alone, unknown, unseen, . wafts the skies in palest green, . …

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L is for Leveret (baby hare)

Leveret by Laurence Poulange on Flikr. . Leveret . His coverlet, sky, he nestles flat there, ears lowered over his stillness and stare, . till dark wraps the stars, safe hidden where he’s a patch of earth fur, this little brown hare. . Hope kite, hawk or owl don’t sudden the air; his only defence …

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K is for Kingfisher

. The Kingfisher . The kingfisher drinks sun for glistening feathers blue light and sunset, . his flight along the river is fired from the glitter and shimmer of water. . Feeding only on sleek silver and glare, . he dazzles momentarily like lightning, . then disappears. . . The kingfisher’s feather pigments are actually …

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J is for Jaguar

Photo of Jaguar by Jannick Turbe on Flikr. . Jaguar Yaguar ‘he who kills with one leap’ – Native American  . Under the rainshine trickles of green fanned canopy, . she moves as smooth as shadow clouds . and leaves the ground as still, . her flesh is light and slides her bones, . her flame …

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I is for Invisible!

The eye of an Australian giant cuttlefish, taken by Richard Ling on Flikr. . Cuttlefish are a type of mollusk, and are masters of disguise. They have the largest brain in comparison to their size of any invertebrate. This photo shows the gorgeousness of the colours they can achieve. They can disguise their appearance in …

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H is for Hue – The Secret Miracle of Birds

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) by Ralph Arvesen, Flikr. . The Secrets of Birds . In the blue of a feather is another, . variations indiscernible, but not to birds, . invisible in-betweens . of every green and green and red with blue, . colour is light is all, they see UV, . a secret universe of hue, …

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G is for Gorilla

Photo by Christoph Würbel on Flikr. . . The Gorilla . He uproots then peels banana trees, the inner fibres delicately stripped, . gently borne from inner secrets to his lips. . Beside him, the leaves look overfull of sun. . Beside him, the humming grasses and the massive trunks seem insubstantial, . but his …

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F for Fritillary (F number 2)

Well, I forgot that Sunday was a day off – and put up ‘F’ on Saturday night. So here is ‘F’ number 2 – Fritillary, an exquisite butterfly. . This beautiful photograph of a Gulf fritillary is by Ralph Daily on Flikr. . Fritillaries . Fritillaries, fritillaries, have butterfly fragilities, they flit and flutter by …

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