Far From Canada
- Jean Gregory Evans
Far from Canada, fifty-five Canada Geese
follow the first of the famous flock
and fall into fancy formation
while honking farewell
and flying over Franklin
in the fleeing fading light
as the fevered flamboyant fiery sun
falls further into the far foothills
and the full form of the foreboding filigree framework
of a foriegn tree affirms fate.
The foreign tree is not a native of North Carolina and is considered an invasive species. It is Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa), a species native to China. The tree on the left, this individual tree, has been one of my favorite trees to photograph. The Princess Tree is fast growing and lives a short life compared to the many native hardwood species. Recently my favorite tree fell to the ground during a storm. I miss it.
On the evening this photo was taken, I was enjoying the tree and the sky when the geese came honking by. Oh, what a sweet moment!
Photo taken in Franklin, North Carolina, USA.
SONY DSC-H5 1/40s 6mm f/5.7 ISO-125
© Jean Gregory Evans