Traces of Memory ~ #008 February 2014 – Haiga/Haibun Thinking Week #5: Film Quote (and NaHaiWriMo Haiku ~ Days 15 to 20)

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Traces of Memory


it’s still winter. it’s still a time when i walk. okay, okay, some days in winter are great for walking. some days surprise me. 

i’m used to seeing a winter butterfly or two. they still delight me of course.  it’s hard to know exactly where their trail is in winter because there are so few the flight pattern can look random. still when i spot a butterfly one of my favorite things to do is stand in one place and rotate just enough to follow the path of the butterfly. i like to keep it in sight this way until it is so small i can no longer see it. sometimes this takes a moment or two. sometimes it can take as long as 10-15 minutes or more.

in the summer sometimes i lose track of which butterfly i’m watching. in the winter i can usually follow one until it’s out of sight a half a block or so away.

on February 11 this year (2014) i spotted several butterflies. i was however surprised to spot the bees. they were quite busy around a red blossom plant.

my mind shifted with the bees. it suddenly felt like spring. i felt like spring. i was ready to return to the house, pack picnic makings and find someone to enjoy the day at a beach. 

i like these little reminders of spring. they take me back to any number of springs and the ideas we creatures sometimes get at that time of year.


blossom to blossom

finding traces of spring

along with the birds


Kailua Hawaii

February, 19, 2014


Altered Digital Photograph

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


Haibun Thinking: Week #5 – February 18, 2014. My response to the Film Quote Challenge Prompt:

“Don’t forget – I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy,

asking him to love her.”

– Notting Hill

As I did not see this movie the context of this quote is unknown to me.


Some of my haiku on days 15 to 20 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 ku per day or more



BUSKER is the prompt for February 15, 2014


zoo fence

art buskers in the rain

people watch




BICYCLE is the prompt for February 16, 2014


I count the days 

between new and full moons

an iPad bi-cycle




BAGEL is the prompt for February 17, 2014


winter enso

another bagel on my iPad

this morning




BURRITO is the prompt for February 18, 2014


I bundle up

against a winter walk





BABY is the prompt for February 19, 2014


baby moon

the wing span of a bird

in the sky




winter baby restless before the storm




BLING is the prompt for February 20, 2014


winter bling

in the late afternoon

snow diamonds



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