Red Clay ~ #009 May 2014 – Haiga and Haibun for Phoneography Monday: Macro

©14 Mud Hike Shoe 2 sml 6x


Red Clay Hug


very little rain falls now. spring rain swept this way most of the night. the trail starts about fifteen yards off the highway. it’s noticeable when i know it’s there. the trail moves briefly up a moderately steep climb. then criss-crosses a ridge along the top. ending at a set of World War Two bunkers—pillboxes. with a grand view. up and down the coast.

this is the Pu’u Ma’eli’eli hike. a relatively short hike. depending on conditions and experience.

the first segment runs under a canopy of tree branches. wet clay stays wet here. for a while. along the ridge there are spots of sunlight.

that first stretch is soggy slick with puddles of water. i’m careful. still. one foot spins out. and plop. down i go. face first. in the red slop. facing up hill i didn’t have far to fall. i catch myself on my elbows. i’m ready to laugh. a planet hug. a moderate slathering of traditional red clay. my forearms are wet in red. so is the base and side of my camera. glops of red clay adhere to my white t-shirt. i add more as i wipe my hands.

i think about it before i get up. i take my time. then continue on. reaching the top. i borrow a camera. click click. my shoe doesn’t look like it nosedived in the red muck. the breeze is cool .the views are spectacular.

the trail dries out a little before my return. i’m careful. i slip a little less. i make it down without another mud bathing episode.

bird song fills the trail. a mongoose or two scampers across the path. okay, a few mosquitoes too. wild orchids. strawberry guava—i eat a couple. a red fungus-like carnivorous plant (small, not like i’m in danger). an active bee hive. in a crumbling tree trunk. the hike is a lot of fun.

i may need to return. the red clay doesn’t come out in the wash. i’m thinking i’ll tape off the word “HAIKU” and even out my t-shirt coating. heck. even that’s fun.

red clay spring
above the planet curve
I sit for a moment



Altered Photography

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • Apple iPhone 5s
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

My response to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro for Monday May 12, 2014, found on the Lens and Pens by Sally blog.

Below are the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge themes for each Monday of the month:

  • 1st Monday: Nature
  • 2nd Monday: Macro
  • 3rd Monday: Black and White
  • 4th Monday: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, or Travel). 
  • 5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.



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