The Silence of Elephants – a haiga

I found this lovely haiku by Ingrid Baluchi when I was recently browsing through back issues of The Mamba Journal – it’s the Africa Haiku Network’s online publication that comes out twice a year. Right away I knew I would like to put it to imagery and – fortunately – we had already booked a visit to Woodbury Tented Camp at Amakhala Private Game Reserve. Our ranger (Brad Louwrens) was extremely helpful in positioning the vehicle during our game drives and that was a big help in getting the video clips I needed to make this haiga.

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Three classic winter haiku set to snow-scenes on the Faluån, Dalarna

There’s a zen to nature photography and haiku that I’ve wanted to work with for quite a while. So here’s something from me which is rather new. Three snow scenes intended as small dialogues between classic winter haiku and my own photographs. The pictures were taken during last week’s snowy weather and they are of the Faluån – that’s the river that runs through Falun connecting Lakes Varpan and Runn in Dalarna, Sweden. The haiku come from a small website 12 Haiku That Reflect on Zen Buddhism.

There should be no need to say more – but comments and suggestions are welcome.

Hadedas and Catching Flies: two more haiku

The first of these haiku was written at home in the early morning. The second could have been anywhere.  I guess they should be called Hadedas and Catching Flies?

Hunched like nuns in the coral tree

They cackle at dawn

Hadedas

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Basking like a seal on warm black rocks

Mouth open, mind free

Catching flies

Two haiku: for summer and winter

It’s been one of the warmest, sunniest winter Julys that I can remember in the Eastern Cape.  Which perhaps inspired these two haiku:

Hail stones on a hot zinc roof

The young lovers kiss

Summer storm

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On the bay window of old mens’ smiles

A woodpecker taps

Winter sun

Maybe one day I’ll come up with Spring and Autumn to make the whole cycle?