The Painter Shifts ~ #010 February 2014 – Haiga/Haibun for Pixelventures: Signs of Spring (and NaHaiWriMo Haiku ~ Days 23 and 24)

©14 Avocado Spring 2 sml 6x



The Painter Shifts


usually the avocado tree is full of blossoms by mid to late-mid January. by February 1st this year (2014) there were no blossoms on the tree. not one bunch. not one blossom.

no blooms, no avocados.

avocado trees have it hard. it takes a lot for a tree to make avocados (which is of course how they propagate). the tree in this yard on average when coated with blossoms in January may produce five to ten avocados that are ready in August/September. 

they may be big. like three to five pounds big.  and I’ve had some weigh out as high as six to seven and a couple close to 8 pounds. yeah. a lot of avocado for one avocado. 

and then, one year this tree produced over sixty. big. weighty. avocados. how the heck did that happen?

one of the difficulties as I understand it, has to do with blossoms being weathered off before or just after they start becoming an avocado. rain. wind. mainly will knock them down by the dozens. 

it also takes bees on a mission. only the female avocado tree will produce avocados. however there has to be a male tree near by. close enough so that bees picking up pollen from the male tree will also visit the female tree. if this does not happen then even female trees will not produce avocados. 

it’s hard to tell a male tree from a female tree other than that one produces avocados and the other doesn’t. the problem is when someone has a male tree, after a while they realize it’s not going to produce avocados. so they cut it down. so they can plant another tree. hoping the new tree will be a female tree. this means very few male trees survive for long.  and of course all the female trees that are close to a male tree that is cut down lose that bee and male tree access. so they stop producing avocados.

yeah, it’s hard to be an avocado tree and produce avocados. 

by February 1st I figured there wasn’t going to be any avocados at all this year. no blooms. no avocados. 

a couple of weeks later February 14th, I’m sitting under the avocado tree. waiting for my tea to cool. I lean back. look up. wow. avocado blossoms. all over the tree. sheesh. just when I think I know what’s going to happen. the season leaps out and begins. late. and so what? a few avocados in September/October will taste just as good as they would in August/September. 

another notch toward the change of seasons. avocado blossoms.


green tea

my palette colors shift

into spring


Kailua Hawaii

February, 23, 2014


Altered Digital Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Nikon D80 Digital Camera
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12


This is my response to We Drink Because We Are Poets; Bastet’s Pixelventures: February 18, 2014 Challenge/Call which centers around Signs of the Coming Spring.


Haiku from days 23 and 24 for Michael Dylan Welch’s NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month on Facebook) follow. Through NaHaiWriMo we are encouraged to write at least one haiku a day for the month of February (or all year long as the prompts continue all year long too). Prompts can be found on Facebook—which are optional. I post my daily haiku as I post, which means I may post several days together in one post. The haiku are from the days as indicated although they may not represent all I write on these days. 



National Haiku Writing Month Feb. 2014

1 haiku per day or more



BEEHIVE is the prompt for February 23, 2014


the beehive

settles into a daily buzz

school bell





hockey players practice

for the Olympics 




players swarm

in front of the net

beehive hockey





BOAT is the prompt for February 24, 2014


window boat

between new and full moon

before I sleep





between new and full moon

the window boat



About these ads

17 thoughts on “The Painter Shifts ~ #010 February 2014 – Haiga/Haibun for Pixelventures: Signs of Spring (and NaHaiWriMo Haiku ~ Days 23 and 24)

  1. the story about the avocado blossoms and the digital image that goes with it are lovely but I think my favourite piece here is the haiku at the very end – it really captures that elusive emotion of classic haiku.

    • aloha Sanjukta A. cool. i’m glad you like it. yes, exactly, “the amazing mysteries of creation”.

      in my change over from one computer to another and my OS systems, i seem to have lost your site. if you get this, would you mind sending me a link? i may be able to track you down of course. and i’ll attempt that too. you are one of my favorite haiku-writers. and i miss seeing your work. aloha – r.

  2. Pingback: Pixelventures’ Photo Finish! February 26, 2014 | We Drink Because We're Poets

  3. Great post and love the haiga. I know that there are trees like the avocado tree. When I lived in Chad I had two papaia trees, one male and one female. Here in the north we tend to think of trees as not needing each other to produce fruit! I liked that bit of info about avocados! Thanks for participating with this fine piece of work. Ciao, Bastet!

    • aloha and mahalo (thank you) Bastet. yes, the avocado is not the only tree like this. i was still surprised when i began learning about it. it’s way fun to play in your Pixelventures challenge. thank you for hosting it. i may not be able to play every week, but i do often look. way fun. aloha.

      • whenever you can you’re always welcome love your work (or would that be play!) I was surprised the first time I began to discover that there are trees like that as well! fun idea! Ciao.

        • bwahahaha. yes. i suspect it’s when i play that my work comes out best. thank you for welcoming me when i get there. it’s always my intention to get there. i dont always accomplish all i intend to accomplish is all. ha. male and female trees. will we humans ever learn? probably not enough. might as well go after fun. fun on. aloha.

          • well…I’ve had people who come in late for the challenge, I post them anyway, just works out that way and specify that it was for an earlier prompt. none of the prompts really close here! anyway you drop by whenever you like! ciao.

            • mahalo (thank you) Bastet. yeah, i’m finding that being looser when i host works better. in some ways. altho i’m not so sure about hosting. i know it’s a challenge for me. i like playing tho. ha. fun. again. i’ll return. i seem to waft here. and then there and then over there. . . . life, i suppose. might as well go for the fun. again. aloha.

                • oh. you do host. already. pixelventures and your prompts is hosting as i see it. providing others with a prompt is a hosting activity. one that i appreciate. thank you. aloha.

                  • Well come to think about it you’re right there! glad you like those…I was thinking though of direct hosting on my blog…will look into that at some time, but for now, I’ve got too many things going. ciao!

  4. Rick, the “green tea” haiku is just outstanding! I apologize for the shopworn superlative, but I sent all my others to the cleaners…they won’t be back ’til next week. *g* Anyway, point made — you are in my Top Five haiku poets I read regularly, and you always come up with winners! Thanks for showing us how it’s done!

    Ron —

    • aloha Ron. thank you. oh, no worries—a positive comment is always welcome. i understand the challenge of always finding a unique way of saying very similar things. so if all the good ones are at the cleaners, just send a comfortable, well worn pair of work-in-the-garden jeans. those are often my favorites.

      it’s always interesting to see behind how we write haiku. i think we often share many of the same values and yet we each have different ones too. that’s one of the things that makes haiku intriguing to me.

      some day i intend to post a page with some of the things i value and look for in haiku writing. i suspect you will recognize many as i suspect a lot of them are on your list as well. fun. aloha.

  5. This ramification occurring because of fluctuations in weather effects all levels of nature and human nature. Avocados are one of my favorites. I’d be in heaven to have them in my garden. I’m saddened along with you about this issue. You really had them grow that big. Wow.

    • aloha Sally, yes, for all of our abilities to control we can still just barely predict weather, let alone control it. interesting perspective on the human condition.

      yes, again, i enjoy this avocado tree (and avocados in general) a lot. even with the challenges it’s always a treat to know it is there and what it can potentially do.

      yes. those were the sizes. altho those are not the biggest i’ve encountered. in Peru i encountered some that were even larger. a lot of store foods are not as large as they could be simply because people would not buy them for the cost. the people who produce the food cultivate for salable sizes. we do exert a lot of control over our world. but there are still some things we can not control. . . . which is probably a good thing all in all (imo).

      someday maybe we will be able to grow avocado where ever we live in all kinds of temperature zones. . . . fun on that. aloha.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 886 other followers

%d bloggers like this: