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