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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We missed Reddit’s Poetry last month because of the Covid-19 lockdown so I’ve decided to make this short video clip instead. It’s three haiku with a water theme that I found at The Haiku Foundation’s website. Each of them is overlain on one of my photos of Eastern Cape waterfalls:
Wally Swist’s haiku with the Upper Kowie Falls in Featherstone Kloof near Grahamstown;
Ron Moss’s haiku with the Madonna and Child Falls at Hogsback;
Bashō’s classic haiku with The Upper Tyumie Falls at Hogsback.
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.
The snow of yesterday on the Faluån – Gozan’s classic haiku
First snow falling on Södra Mariegatan bridge – Basho’s classic haiku
See the Faluån flow – Boncho’s classic haiku
There should be no need to say more – but comments and suggestions are welcome.