Thursday, August 15, 2019

late summer haiku

the first half of August
was mostly hot and humid here
the goldenrod  and  queen anne's lace
are taller than I am
chicory lines the sidewalk

the pond area behind our house is 
overgrown and just starting 
to look tired
colors  come and go
I was pleased to see a new plant
this year
willow herb 
do you know it? 
two friends identified it for me
one on the west coast of Canada
and the other on the coast of Maine

I am posting an old haiku 
to go with these new photos
it fits this month well

the pink in the bottom photo
is knotweed 

steamy August air
leaves us wilted and wishing
for a crisp autumn

Monday, June 24, 2019

summer haiku - blackbirds

we have more redwing blackbirds than usual
on the pond below our house this year
I run into this pair every day
they built their nest very close to the road
every time I walk by,
the mother bird
does her best to hurry me off
the male is content
to sing and pose in the reeds
occasionally  flashing the 
red patches on his wings

the sight and sound
of a blackbird singing
on the pond

the mother bird
readies for battle
I walk faster

Monday, June 3, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

spring haiku number three

spring is coming in slowly this year
the trees are a couple of week late
getting their leaves
we have had more rainy dark days than
sunny bright ones
the goldfinches check the maple every day
they are ready to start their nest
the tree isn't
the only places to hide
are the flowering bushes

a goldfinch
flies into the forsythia

Friday, April 26, 2019

an old poem


The voice of Spring is soft and eager
anxious for her show to begin.
She makes one last check
before her glorious exhibition begins.

The voice of Summer is full and proud,
the season is going well.
Her timing is flawless, 
her collection, ample and lush.

The voice of  Autumn is satisfied and slow, 
the grand finale is nearly done.
Scarlet and gold gold abound.
She knows this is her best work.

The voice of Winter is sleepy and content.
She had produced another successful season.
It is time to rest under her snowy quilt,
and dream of the coming spring.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

march haiku

I am posting a few of early morning photos that I took in March. 
They are in order time wise.

ice out 
a pair of mallards
fly in

in the goat willow
an eastern phoebe watches

 an icy wind blows
the trampoline next door

Saturday, March 16, 2019

spring haiku

high in the maple
the red squirrel scolds a jay
evening fog drifts in

the haiku above is an old one
the one below is new
no photo
it is all about sound

when I walked yesterday
the first sound I heard was the 
whirling noise that redwing blackbirds make
they are finally here!
down by the pond,
finches called from the willow
then I heard the cardinal!

the sound of spring
the first red wings whirl
a cardinal sings


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

bare tree haiku

The amount of light is growing each day,
I am losing the battle to be up before the sun! 

late winter 
a bright sunrise
longer days ahead

Friday, February 8, 2019

mammatus clouds?

my morning view was really stunning 
a couple of days ago
I looked up from writing in my journal
to this
 the color only lasted a few minutes
but that was enough for me
to grab my camera 
and get outdoors

I noticed that a photographer 
got a really good shot of
the same clouds 
at Old Orchard Beach (Maine)

After looking at the photos
on my computer screen, I am
wondering if they are
mammatus clouds
if so,
this in my first sighting of them

Thursday, January 24, 2019

super moon

frenzied yard song of
the crazy dog  next door
a full moon!

at least it wasn't a skunk
the photo above was taken at 7:01
the shot below at 7:29
the dog is resting indoors
thank goodness

Saturday, January 12, 2019

winter haiku ~ trees

naked birch beauties
flaunt their curves
zero degrees


soft maple brooms
sweep the bright winter sky
crows fight the wind

Thursday, December 20, 2018

winter solstice haiku

yellow light
breaks the morning
crows hold the tree

a yellow sunrise
the fat gray squirrel arrives
ballet on a branch

a gold horizon
 just beyond the evergreens
 starlings rise and swirl

Thursday, November 15, 2018

late autumn haiku

the birds have been interesting this week
the juncos are around everyday
the turkeys taken to the street
for their daily walk
 even stopping at the mailbox
I am wondering if they
are copying what they see

in the side yard
a flock of juncos
looks like snow

at the mailbox
four turkeys wait
no mail

Monday, September 3, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

august haiku

 filling the birdbath
this steamy august morning
a green darner lands

out of the night
the mockingbird sings
night songs

a gentle rain falls
on  this late summer morning
goldfinches don't mind