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    Sunshine rain or cloudy, early middle or end of year
    From dining room or verandah, hammock lawn chair or bar
    Always time to pause and soak in sights and sounds
    Of nature so near so real unchanged
    Birds, dozens of species always here, displaying and singing
    Mating calls and territorial rants competing
    Pick your favorite any time of day, sight sound or habit
    Clay Coloured Robin, Melodius Blackbird, Oropendola, Toucan
    Elegant Bare Throated Tiger Heron often on the lawn
    Patrolling then snapping up his meal
    Hunched down Yellow Crowned Night Heron, digesting last nights crabs
    Piercing calls of the Brown Jay, bush policeman or PiamPiam known
    Piampiam my email same as the bird, warning of our nature invaded
    Howler monkey family in the tree out front
    Big old male indiscreetly guttural, asserting family mate and habitat,
    Proud prehistoric male Green Iguana, in mating color nodding, bristling
    Intruders beware; I’m big and bad,
    Crocodile sunning on the dock, wide open jaws ready for unwary prey
    For half the year huge trees display, brilliant tropical colors rotating
    Full crowns of mauve yellow orange pink and lavender,
    Flamboyant flaming orange above and carpeting the ground,
    Seeds drying exploding and flying carry on nature’s silent survival role,
    Grand Olde River green and clear, or silted brown rolling slowly by
    From mountains valleys and jungle to sea and shoreline carrying
    Tarpon Snook and Jacks to blend fresh water life with salt.
    All this and more, here to enjoy at the River Lodge
    The Belize Olde River Runs By It.

    Mike Heusner  October 8, 2011

     

    "Grand Olde River green and clear"

     

    "Flamboyant flaming orange above"

     

    "From dining room or verandah, hammock lawn chair or bar Always time to pause and soak in sights and sounds"