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

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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



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