Three seasons

Yesterday afternoon I went down to the lake for a brief walk—it was -9° C but the sparkling sun called me.  I wrote a short poem and took a few photos:

Three seasons converge—

On dusted glass gems

smooth branch shadows lean

over brown leaf scatter

as faithful spring buds swell.






Tiny frogs

Mulch startles,

lifts,then falls silent,

tiny frog.


Pebbled brown,

in stones and clover,

tender life.


Two recent prompts from Carpe Diem fit perfectly with a recent garden observation and a spring photo.  I am linking to Carpe Diem #1049: Fish and Frogs and Carpe Diem #1048: Stones.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is the place to be if you like to write and share haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms such as choka and kikobun. It’s a warmhearted family of haiku poets created by Chèvrefeuille, a Dutch haiku poet. Japanese poetry is the poetry of nature and it gives an impression of a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water.

Limestone tower endures

Shoal Tower, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Drawn by the water reflection, I took this photo last year from the docks of Confederation Basin Marina in downtown Kingston.  I have since learned that this is a Martello tower, one of four built along the St Lawrence River, to defend Kingston and the entrance to the Rideau Canal leading to the capital city (Ottawa).  Back in 1847 there were still border tensions. Martellos were small armed forts built by the British to defend their interests around the world.  Pointed roofs were not typical but were added to Canadian towers for snow protection.

Limestone construction is a common sight in Kingston, a city steeped in history.  Needless to say, Shoal Tower is a National Historic Site.

Of another time

limestone cannon house remains

a haunting presence.

Life flows on

in presence of past


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Beyond the shadows

a sunny sanctuary

yet it’s cooler here.

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Postscript: This week I took many photos of scenes framed by trees or grasses in response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Frame’—and have been enjoying seeing photos of framed views taken by other challenge participants.

A second spring

Mullein flower tips

Golden tips

August dew ushers

second spring.


I spotted these flowering Mullein tips this morning.  From a distance they look like a splash of gold.  It has felt like a second spring around here lately.  Sprouts of green grass are emerging from the brown carpet, small flowers are blooming where growth  had halted in the dry heat, and seeds I recently planted are sending up shoots.  Just a few rains have helped, and my personal theory is that cooler nights releasing moisture from the hot daytime air make a big difference for plants.  Our mornings are very dewy.

Haiku Hub Badge copyright TJ Paris 2016 I’m linking to TJ’s Household Haiku: Gold.  TJ Paris, host of this weekly event, provides an open-ended haiku prompt including a word and photo.  This week’s photo is a beautiful golden canola field in Australia.  Everyone is welcome to join in.

TJ Paris is also founder and facilitator of the new Haiku Hub, a community of bloggers who enjoy writing and reading haiku.

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Mullein plants prevail


Seeded swords soar high,

slash radiance, touch soft clouds,

joining earth with sky.

This year mullein plants have taken center stage in my backyard. Despite the drought they haven’t yet turned brown.  The haiku following my  August 18 photo is inspired by  ‘cut’ from TJ’s Household Haiku.

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Morning weavers

Friday morning, when I looked out the window around 7 AM, the sun was shining.  When I got up around 8:30 and pulled the curtain open, I was in for a surprise: a white mist had descended.  I stepped out onto the front porch and there a huge spider’s web was suspended from the front railing across the porch for about three feet.  I tried to take a photo but there wasn’t enough contrast to highlight the gossamer web.  Then came the biggest surprise:  I stepped out into the front yard and there, a multitude of webs were suspended from the stalks of chicory plants.  I have never seen anything like this!

I tried to capture the event using my humble Iphone camera and wrote a haiku:





Under morning mist

stealthy artisans at work

weaving silken nets.

My experience fits into the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Rare, an invitation to post ‘something that stands out from the everyday’.

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