Tag Archive: Haiku

Sanctuaries Lost

I have been writing quite a bit lately, but have not found any photographs to use.  This weekend will hopefully be full of photographic adventures, although it will be raining with gusto here, we are experiencing spring storms.  These are very unseasonable; leading me to believe more strongly that we are predominantly unconsciously slowly transgressing our planet, and it is kicking up a stink (deservedly)!

Once again, my husband Paul took this wonderful, thought provoking photograph, leading  me to write this haiku poem.  I really love haiku poetry.  It is succinct, therefore promoting depth.

Sanctuaries lost


Haiku: Water Dragon

I haven’t written a haiku for a long time, so here it is; once again a photograph taken by my husband Paul!

Water dragon


I am really enjoying messing about with Powerpoint, making posters with past and present photos and poetry. I have another foursome. Haiku attached to photos taken by my husband Paul (the dragonfly) in the regional park and some photos I took in Bali (monkeys in a monkey forest park and an Indonesian komodo dragon), I also spotted this lizard in Kenya, when we went to Sudan and stopped in Kenya for a few days break. I posted these poems I wrote a while ago now, hope you enjoy the re-hash. I am once again experiencing lean times with my writing.
Haiku mix


I have written a haiku attached to another photo I took at Monkey Mia. Emus traipse around the grounds, and saunter along the beach, enjoying the sunshine and the company of people holidaying in this absolutely beautiful place; I love my country!

Those who have been following my blog from the beginning know that I love walking through the nearby Yellagonga Regional Park; a protected bush land and lake (Lake Joondalup), not far from our home. Western Australia (particularly the city of Perth) has been really good at keeping protected areas of native bush land interspersed within suburbia. Therefore we get to see native wildlife, from kangaroos through to birds of all kinds, right on our doorstep (this also means getting visits from venomous snakes during the spring and summer months); which is not a problem for me, as I love seeing snakes and other reptiles in the wild. I have written and posted quite a few haiku attached to wildlife photos my husband and I have taken over the last couple of years. Here is a display of four favorites, attached to favorite photos that I have posted in the past.

Haiku: Trees

I wrote this haiku a while ago. My writing recently has been somewhat stilted (again).  I took the photo, yet again, at the Yellagonga Regional Park.  I was peering into trees above, I saw a hole (bird hollow).  There is always the anticipation of seeing a little life popping ones’ head from the opening.  It wasn’t late enough to await the boobook owls.  I get such a buzz when I spot one; unfortunately I get so excited that I don’t get time to take the shot, I fumble the camera, can’t adjust the lens….. (excuses, excuses)!


Haiku: Sentinels

I took this photograph at the Yellagonga Regional Park; as those who regularly read my blog know, this is a favourite place of mine to walk and photograph.  I have been laying low this past week; believe it or not, I have a novel on the boil; although I have only recently made my way back to it, putting it on the back burner, as I often do with many things I start ( I think they call it procrastination, correct me if I’m wrong)….

I love birds, particularly Australian Cockatoos.  Pink and Grey Galahs are prevalent across Australia.  They are also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapilla).  Unfortunately, not all of our Cockatoos are as prevalent.  I have attempted to photograph the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris); sadly this endemic, Western Australian bird is endangered.  This grand bird has a  wingspan of up to 110cm, and can weigh around 520 – 790g (large for a Cockatoo).  It is endemic to the South-West of Western Australia, as it feeds predominantly on native proteaceous plant seeds, such as Banksia, Hakea and Grevillea, and secondarily on seeds from myrtaceous plants such as Eucalyptus and Corymbia.   Major threats to Carnaby’s Cockatoo include clearing of their feeding and breeding areas for housing, destruction of nesting hollows (people using logs for firewood), competition with other species for nesting hollows, and illegal poaching (they are a big-ticket item on the black market).  There are 13 species of Cockatoos in Australia.

I wrote a haiku for this photo I took of the Pink and Grey Galahs I love, although they are prevalent, they are still special.

I connected this haiku I wrote to a photo that was taken on the 2009 trip we made to Patuet, in South Sudan.  I don’t know who in our team took this photo.  It could have been either Dr Ian Everitt or photographer extraordinaire, Bena Wandei.  I love the way the photograph depicts the livestock farming in the tropical wet and dry climate of South Sudan.  Temperatures are high throughout the year, with a dry season from November to March and a wet season from April to October.  The wet season arouses the earth, the country side becomes alive; yet the water and the earth are quickly dried up with the onset of the somewhat shorter dry season. South Sudan’s major water resources are the Nile (White and Blue Nile) and its tributaries, and aquifers. A large part of South Sudan is covered by wetlands at favourable times of the year.  We were in Patuet in late February, the hottest and driest time of the year.  The shepherds still herd their goats, sheep and cattle; nothing much grows this time of year, fresh fruit and vegetables are non-existent.  The well is the only local water available, the water tank dries up quickly.  The hot, dry conditions trigger seasonal human and livestock migration to more permanent water sources (the toic), which serve as dry season grazing pasture, and for some ethnic groups, such as the Dinka, they also serve as fishing grounds.  The people  living in Patuet are of the Nuer tribe, they are predominantly cattle herders.

Haiku: Komodo

I love reptiles with a passion.  I even have a tattoo of a lizard on my back (not displayed for all to see).  Australia has some of the most amazing reptiles in the world, including the salt water crocodile.  We have some great goannas (also known as ‘Monitor Lizards‘); the largest of these is the Perentie (Varanus giganteus); they can grow up to 8.2 ft or 2.5 meters long; but these reptiles are fairly hard to find, as they are found in the arid desert areas of Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. They live in rocky outcrops and gorges.  Perenties are the fourth largest lizard in the world, after the Komodo dragon, Crocodile monitor and Water Monitor.  A common Australian Goanna found everywhere across Australia (even in the suburbs or local bushland) is the Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii).  They grow to an average length of around 4ft 6 inches or around 1.4 meters.  Our son Phil works in a plant nursery not far from home, he sees them walking around the nursery.  I mentioned the Komodo Dragon, which hails from Indonesia.  When Lisa, Tania and I went to Bali, we visited the reptile park, I took a photo of a Komodo dragon.  I have written a Haiku for this photo (yet again), hope you all enjoy it!

Haiku: Dragonfly in Spring

Paul took some photos of several dragonflies at the Yellagonga Regional Park.  I once again, connected one of these photos to a new haiku I wrote.  I am enjoying  putting photographs to my poetry.  This was taken in spring last year (not that long ago).  Sadly it is almost the end of summer here in Australia.  Fortuneately, the seasons do not adhere to the man-made calendar.  I am hoping we can enjoy the warm sunshine for a little longer yet.  I saw a green dragonfly the other day, but unfortuneately didn’t get the camera out in time (the excuse of my life)!  So here’s another blue one that Paul caught close up.