Last Shot 12/31/19

final caduceus

I thought I would finish out the year with a shot of one of my diamond willow walking sticks, Caduceus. I love working with diamond willow; its easy to carve and has a mix of beautiful grains. I usually give them away; I like carving as a hobby, not a money-making chore.

Also, I’d like to add this disclaimer concerning any and all resolutions I may foolishly spout circa New Year’s Eve:

The resolutions

I may make

Are unabashedly

All fake;

There’s not a chance

That they will take,

But what the heck–

They’re fun to break!

Happy New Year!!


–Photo by me

Haibun: At Twenty Below


I’m out for a hike in the woods on this frosty December morning. It’s about twenty below (F) out here, so I’m quite encumbered with layers of clothing. It gives it all a surreal feeling, like I’m walking on the moon.

The snow under my feet makes the same crunching sound as my corn flakes did earlier. My breath freezes instantly on my beard.

I feel sorry for the deer and other animals out here that have to endure this cold for months to come. I know they have winter coats, but so do I, and I’m freezing already!

I crunch my way along, wondering how snakes could possibly survive this.


when out in the snow

at twenty below, even

your shadow turns blue



–Photos by me