Among Pitch Pine Blossoms ~ #004 July 2014 – Haiga and Haibun

©14 Stationary Flight 6 sml 6x



Goose Pond Eye Catcher


a dart. flies past my shoulder. my head on a swivel. eyes racing to catch up. to. . . . something. constantly. a few feet behind the movement. i see the blur. rise. in my peripheral vision. it stops. midair. momentarily. and then it’s off again. hummingbird. among the pitch pine.

bee flight is fascinating. hummingbird flight. . . . i have to suspend my belief. stand in awe. and hope to keep up with my eyes. 

in Ecuador the iridescent green. red. blue. white. black. yellow. purple creatures. were the size of large robins. a couple dozen. maybe more. humming. like electrons. around a tree. for hours. each morning. backlit. against the intense Andean sunlight. acrobats. thirty. forty. sixty feet into the sky.

here. on the cape. they are smaller. sparrow size. still. they capture my attention. as if they had cast a spell. i want to hold on to what i see. even in disbelief. for as long as possible. 

this one floats. among the pitch pine blossoms. twisting. turning. hovering. up. down. backward. forward. among the needled branches. a free form exploration. resulting in breakfast. 

and then it’s gone. in the stillness. i ache for it’s return.

eventually. i turn. toward the pond. the flight pattern still darting. dipping. dance-halting. pausing. in my mind. i wander the trail. down to the water. where the sound of waves. lap. against the shore.

I pause along the trail
among pitch pine blossoms
this stationary flight


Altered Photograph

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


Clearly I have broken one of the infrequently questioned tenets of haiku with my writing here. For the time being, I’m going with it.

  • Haiga as I see it is image which includes haiku as part of the image—image and haiku as one work.
  • Haibun as I see it is prose or poetry (other than haiku) plus one or more haiku.


An Update Regarding My Presence:

Almost immediately upon my return from Cape Cod (and Goose Pond) a week or two ago, (and with about 24 hours notice) I was invited to participate in a collaborative event project on The Public Blogger site (Kendall F. Person) via Kelly Lewis of Kelly’s Wandering Mind. The event is entitled “The Meaning of Life” and has expanded to three episodes week by week. The finale is scheduled to go live this Sunday at 12:01 AM PST. As per instructions and process I do not know what will happen exactly. I’ve only known something of my part in each episode of the event—my contribution, although not how it may be used. Or even what might be included or excluded. The process intrigued me and I plunged into the collaboration, contributing visuals (which along with other events has been demanding enough on my time that I am just now getting back to posting here on my own blog—19 Planets). There is one more contributor to all three episodes of “The Meaning of Life”: Neavada Dames who posts through Miss Opinionated: Letting Go of Gone. Music is also included in the events—by different people or groups for each episode. If this intrigues you, and I hope it does, click on over to The Public Blogger Pre-Show and see what has happened and will happen in the conclusion of this series. Thank you.

Although I am still on a slightly off schedule for a few more weeks this summer, I hope to get back to more regular postings here week by week now—including another 30 Days of Haiga in September (will it be with haibun too?—heck if I know; although I hope to find out). Thank you for continuing to watch my explorations and to explore with me. Aloha. Rick.




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