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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


we have a new crop of milkweed
thanks to all the rain last week
I am seeing two or three
 monarch butterflies
 every day

lots of beetles, too

even some swallowtails 

Monday, July 9, 2018

black eyed susans

while some of the wildflowers wilted
in last week's heat
the black eyed susans 
stood tall

we live in a small circle of houses
with an open area and a pond
I often take wildflower photos 
in the grass and in the
wild area around the water

the mowing crew the association uses
came to do the grass a couple of days ago
I was delighted to see that the 
clump of flowers below had been mowed
around instead of over!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

solitary sandpiper

we had a visitor to our little pond 
this week 
I originally thought it was 
 shore bird
but one of my birder friends 
told me it was a solitary sandpiper
you can read about them here

Sunday, May 6, 2018

early May hailku

spring has finally arrived in Maine
I have put away my snow shovel and brought out my gardening tools
the yard is full of birdsong and the sound of children at play

morning fog
a flash of orange
new leaves

 early May
 trees dress for summer
the oriole's song

Thursday, April 26, 2018

haiku- walk

this haiku is from several years ago

a morning walk
through pine scented woods
thoughts streaming

Monday, April 16, 2018

small things from the sewing room

 more macro practice
this time
 from my sewing room
I love the way
the glass headed pins look
the wool pincushion photographed well, too
it is a fair isle square my daughter made for me
many years ago