Places and wonders that someday may yet I experience...

by Douglas A. Bauman, April 2005
Oh to be able to travel all day, and rest when only weary. To see a Red-eyed Treefrog in Costa Rica clearly, To experience the Aurora Borealis or northern lights of 2004, Perchance to happen upon Dogwood Buds in Ice once more. To live by the The snail's philosophy: To get ahead, you have to stretch yourself, And travel to places only visited by Santa and his elf. To photograph the most exquisite Red leaf on bark, Or snap a macro close up of a Thorny issue on a lark, Or freeze the instant Take off of a bird in Penang, Malaysia, Or observe Winter exposed in Black Hills Regional Park. Or wonderfully capture an Underwater bear, as if floating in the air. To view some Dancing snowy egrets in Redington Beach, FL, Or view a Crowned Crane, wherever they do roam, To see below Chinoike Jigoku (Blood Pond Hell): A natural hot spring in Beppu, Japan, Or to be On the look out at Florida's Alligator Island To see a Smiling zebra up close behind the lens, And visit a Pink Skunk Clownfish in its host anemone. To view a divi divi tree in Aruba at dawn early rise, And to grasp at dusk the Dancing cormorants in Ecola State Park, OR. To observe the pure clear colors of Monument Valley, UT, Or encounter a Red Eft Walkin' directly in your way. To view a spreading maple tree on a Windy November day, Or Flora of the Philippines, on yet another day. to capture a colorful Dragonfly resting on a flower, in macro mode photography, and linger yet an hour. To view a Zebra challenge, out there upon the plains, And next to see a Small canoe with a foggy day in Canada. A Sunflower bloom in endless field can bring a real delight A gecko in Hawaii can climb a perilous height. A Pensive primate at the St. Louis Zoo is something sure to see, As with Light and shade at Grand Sand Dunes National, The footprints were of me. And last but not least, for the words do end, but the journey continues with my wanderings, return yet again to Penang, Malaysia and view a mid-air mother bird feeding her two fledglings.
(written after seeing the 2005 finalists and honorable mention photographs of the Smithsonian Magazine photo contest)

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