Ring-necked Pheasant

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© Andrea Petersen
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I must walk today and tomorrow, and the day following...Luke: 13: 33
We saw this Ring-necked Pheasant yesterday as we were pulling out of the end of our driveway...My first attempt of taking its picture was not successful as it was raining outside and my camera just wouldn't focus through the raindrops on the wind shield.. We got as far as town and my husband remembered he had forgotten something at the house, so we turned back and who should we meet in the driveway but the Ring-necked Pheasant and this time I got a shot of it walking very quickly through the weeds into the field. It was still rainy and misty outside so the image has a dreamy quality.

In 2002 I wrote a poem about another ring-necked pheasant I met in our driveway as I went for a walk and here it is:
On my morning walk today
I met the respected presence
Of a Ring-necked Pheasant
Waiting in the driveway..

I walked this lane so quiet and pleasant
Trotting in step with the gentle pheasant.
Alas! but he would soon alter his course,
Gaining speed as he flew ahead to lead
On a road less traveled thru' the weeds.

Greeting us first was the Common Mullein
Who normally wasn't so solemn or sullen;
To retort in a tone strident with distaste
"The Bull Thistle is a TOTAL DISGRACE
He is picking on Queen Anne's Lace!"

Along the side of the grassy path
We spied a bit of sassy wrath...
The bristled purpled Bull Thistle
Pursed his prickled full lips,
To blow his stinging whistle
In cursed' wicked snippets,
So to bow the lovely face
Of Queen Anne's Lace!

As we strode past the mean thistle's rift
With the modestly shy Queen Anne's Lace.
We hurriedly started to quicken our pace;
When a curtain parted to reveal indeed
Honorable merits of a real pistil weed
To at last give spirits a much needed lift!

We witnessed the star shaped leaves,
From some of its wildest cucumbers,
Link thin vine arms divine by God to plead,
In words known to their faith and creed.
While they hurled to scatter their seed,
They marched to pray in humbled numbers
For a world of Love and peace.

At the end of our walking exercise
My friend, the ring- necked pheasant
Offered to bring a selected present.
He said, "turn your back whilst I fly away;
Then open your eyes for my big surprise."

When I looked again,
the pheasant was gone;
And in his place
was a perfect weed;
Encircled in a ring
of star- shaped leaves,
Was the loving face of God!

Poetry by me AJP
Composed August 12, 2002

*My poetry in more recent years is not as long-winded as I have
learned to shorten the words...but I was inspired when I wrote this
poem and the words came easily.

15 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    I'm so glad you were able to back and capture this gorgeous bird!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    What a fabulous capture of this beautiful bird Andrea.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    This just shows what determination can go, Andrea! Your photo of this pheasant is very beautiful and colorful!! Very nice capture!!!

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    Lucky for you,....these birds don`t stand still very long,....any shot at all of these beautiful birds is not easy,..

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    Wow...what a gorgeous bird. Had you lived in the city, you might not have seen him! :-)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    This looks like a painting. I love it!! Fabulous poem!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (26 Apr 2010):

    Beautiful colours, my sister has a family of them in her garden and they come right up to the house looking for food, they also eat the fallen apples and sometimes scratch the potatoes out of the drills lol..

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (26 Apr 2010):

    WOW!!! look at those colors!!! great capture Andrea

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Apr 2010):

    great capture and your poem is fantastic!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (26 Apr 2010):

    The pheasant is so beautiful, I love the various shades of color in its feathers! So glad that you got to photograph the bird after all.

  • Julie V McKinney

    Julie V McKinney gave props (26 Apr 2010):

    Wow look at the colours on this strange bird! How amazing, I am so jealous

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (27 Apr 2010):

    A great quick shot! He is a beautiful bird. His markings look as if they have been painted on. Your poem should be published. Wonderful.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (29 Apr 2010):

    Thank you for your outstanding contributions to JPG, Andrea.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (2 May 2010):

    I SO agree with Dick on this one.... you are such a "gift" to us all........ such beautiful words and outstanding photography :~)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (2 May 2010):

    Thank you all so much for your kind words..I appreciate your comments.

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