Gently caressed by the breath of the breeze, branches sway atop tall lofty trees. Restless leaves, to gnarled fingers, cling wondering what freshness the new day will bring. Hopping about on long leafy arms, fluttering feathers displaying delicate charms. Beautiful songbirds sing out their sweet melodies in the grand performance of natures sweet harmony. Bushy tailed squirrels running wild and free, clinging to the wrinkled flesh of ancient trees. Hole, nook and cranny in the bountiful bark filled with nuts for the winter, so cold and stark. A bashful Barn Owl hoots out in surprise at undergrowth disturbed beneath watchful eyes. Hidden horrors as predator and prey fulfil the will of natures hard ways. The staccato hammering of beak upon bark as a woodpecker keeps time in the woodlands heart. Adding to the rhythm of this wonder-filled scene in a solo performance on a stage seldom seen. The woodlands are alive with wing and wonder as the crowning canopy sighs and ponders upon days long past in the annals of time, with a mournful groan and a gentle sigh. * Written by Darren Scanlon, 22nd May 2015. ©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.