Animals, Environment, Haiku, Poetry

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

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Africa, Animals, Environment, Haiku, People

Haiku-mix

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

Animals, Environment, Haiku, Poetry

Yellagonga Regional Park

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.
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Environment, Haiku, Poetry

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)!

 

Animals, Environment, Haiku, Poetry

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.