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One of the hottest places on earth is the Death valley national park in eastern California
Recent temperatures recorded there were 133°fh (56° C) 
When the extreme heat from the ground meets cooler air it causes refraction which creates stunning mirages.

temperatures rise on the death valley landscape ~ shimmering mirage Written 17th August 2020 For Strand completely new (27) poetry contest Sponsored by Brian Strand.

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Date: 9/18/2020 4:52:00 PM
Hi Tom, belated Congratulations on your win. Fascinating write. Never been out to California, but traveled around on the Eastern seaboard of U.S. Went to Thomas Jefferson's estate, it was impressive. Hope you're having a good evening. :-)
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Date: 9/18/2020 11:14:00 PM
Thank you very much Regina, still here in hot Turkey, here until 25th then home. Done a bit of touring on the west coast and been to Florida a few times, hopefully we'll get over again some day Tom Hope you're well.
Date: 8/28/2020 9:36:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. Thanks for adding the write up and picture with your poem. Few words with much said. Enjoy your win and day..........................
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Date: 8/28/2020 10:00:00 AM
Thank you very much Paula, im pleased that you enjoyed it. Hope you're well Tom
Date: 8/28/2020 6:07:00 AM
Sigh even here up north, temperatures are rising, ice is melting .......... Well said and congrats on your win
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Date: 8/28/2020 7:08:00 AM
Thank you very much DW, im pleased you liked it. Tom
Date: 8/27/2020 6:26:00 PM
Lovely haiku. Congratulations on your placement in the contest.
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Date: 8/28/2020 12:28:00 AM
Thank you very much Carol, I'm happy you liked it. Tom
Date: 8/27/2020 1:00:00 PM
So happy that your "death valley" found life on the winners list, Tom! Congratulations. Our "heat wave" is over for now - things have returned to normal August warm. Stay cool you and our Paddy who always looks for shade! Over Fork Over!
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Date: 8/28/2020 12:30:00 AM
Haha thanks very much Sam, greetings from Wales, no fear of a heatwave here, its been pouring with rain, the fall is definitely coming, over fork over. Tom
Date: 8/20/2020 6:21:00 AM
Clever write Tom, and frightening temperatures - temperatures up in North Africa have been in the forties, I wonder what will happen to us in South Africa as the temperatures this winter have varied from -2 to 26 degrees. Well penned Tom - good luck. Blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 8/20/2020 11:59:00 AM
Thank you Jennifer, when I was in Turkey the temps went up to 40c, I was struggling, luckily the air con was good in our car. Tom
Date: 8/19/2020 12:55:00 PM
I heard that it's the hottest place in the world ..It's really weird, but I've been hearing about death valley through many different channels.
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Date: 8/19/2020 1:27:00 PM
Thank you S. O. Last week they recorded the hottest temp since I think 1913 so it made the headlines, they say you can crack an egg on the side of the road and it will cook in no time lol. Tom
Date: 8/19/2020 12:41:00 AM
Wonderful haiku with the right imagery, Tom, no wonder it's called the Death Valley...
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Date: 8/19/2020 12:56:00 AM
Thank you very much Jo, dont think I'd cope with those kind of temperatures. Tom
Date: 8/18/2020 8:43:00 AM
Stunning Haiku filled with truth and beauty. Good luck in the contest. Chantelle hugs xx
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Date: 8/18/2020 10:02:00 AM
Thank you Chantelle, I was surprised to read that it is the hottest place on earth in the height of summer. Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 11:51:00 PM
shimmering mirage.. Wonderful imagery.. Good luck Tom..
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Date: 8/18/2020 12:47:00 AM
Thank you very much Jenish, it was one if the early pioneers that gave it its name because they nearly died there from heat exhaustion. Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 6:35:00 PM
Wow I shouldnt complain when its 90 degrees and humid. Thanks for posting Tom...
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Date: 8/18/2020 12:44:00 AM
Thank you very much Michael, its so dry there with so little rainfall, about two inches a year. Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 4:33:00 PM
I can picture it perfectly, Tom! We have had a "heat wave" for the last few days. Many people don't like the heat - I have loved it! I finally feel like we have had summer! Love the concept of the mirage - on many levels. Best of luck in the contest. Over Fork Over!
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Date: 8/17/2020 5:48:00 PM
Thank you very much Sam, I like a bit of heat but too much is unbearable, im built for the cold lol Over Fork Over Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 3:49:00 PM
I try to imagine this temperature and I feel grateful that I cannot. The hottest temperature I have experienced was 114 degrees and it was unbearable. A nice tribute to what is happening.
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Date: 8/17/2020 5:46:00 PM
Thank you Caren, anything above 40c I struggle. Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 3:44:00 PM
wow Tom, you've written a hot and steamy subject for your Haiku. lol Love it.
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Date: 8/17/2020 5:45:00 PM
It was Panagiota that inspired me, she's cooking in those extreme temperatures in California. Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 2:46:00 PM
111 here in my part of CA is evil enough Great piem for Tania's Contesf, Pangie xx
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Date: 8/17/2020 2:50:00 PM
Thank you Panagiota, phew, I don't know how you cope in that extreme heat Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 2:30:00 PM
Wow...I would probably melt in such temperatures, Tom! Here in Malta we grumble cos we're experiencing temps in the 90s F; luckily we live close to the sea, so a daily swim is something I look forward to daily. Regards // paul
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Date: 8/17/2020 2:49:00 PM
Thank you Paul, me too, I'd fry and die lol Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 2:26:00 PM
Lol, sorry Tom, I just posted a short poem with the same title. I'm sorry, I didn't know. Yours is better. Hugs, Catie :-)
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Date: 8/17/2020 2:48:00 PM
Thank you Catie, no apology needed, great minds think alike. Tom
Date: 8/17/2020 2:17:00 PM
I read of this today - what a wonderful poem to go with the pic - am SO thankful we don't get such extreme heat here!:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 8/17/2020 2:23:00 PM
Thank you Jan, I like a bit of sunshine but 56c I couldn't cope. Tom