• Category Archives haiku
  • Beauty and Neglect

    The jasmine blossoms
    try their best to cover up
    the peeling white paint

    Yes, another haiku. I couldn’t resist! This jasmine-covered archway stands in front of a yard near our house. I love that it tells such a story of hope and decay, beauty and neglect.

    As always, please feel free to share you own original haikus in a comment, below.


    image: taken with Nikon d700, 50mm lens, aperture 4.5, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/100 second

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  • Haiku – Sunflower Petals

    The yellow petals
    arranged like rays of the sun
    greeted the new day.

    In my mind, the connection between haikuphotography and mindfulness runs deep. I will be talking about haiku in greater depth in an upcoming post, but for now I’d like to remind you of the basic form of haiku:

    line 1: 5 syllables

    line 2:  7 syllables

    line 3:  5 syllables

    Of course, there are many variations on this theme, but, in general, this is the format taught in American elementary schools and the one I grew up with.  Writing haiku can be contemplative, entertaining, humorous, insightful and deep.  Sometimes all at the same time.

    When is the last time you tried your hand at writing a haiku poem?  I’d love to have you share your favorite creations.  If you need help getting started, here is a very random opening line for you to add to:

    The kitten’s soft purr…

    and, for dog-lovers:

    The puppy’s wet nose…

    Now it’s your turn.  Can you add a line with 7 syllables and a line with 5 syllables to complete the haiku? Please feel free to share your haiku(s) in a comment, below, if you feel inspired to do so.

    Have fun!  I look forward to hearing from you!

    image: taken with Nikon d7000 camera, micro-Nikkor 60 mm lens, aperture f/3, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/40 second


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