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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m linking toTJ’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.
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.
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: