1
August

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret
Click to enlarge image
Photo: Richard Stephen 30-July-2013

No comments yet

31
July

A Bee About His Business

Busy Bee

A Bee About His Business
Click to enlarge image
Photo: Richard Stephen 30-July-2013

No comments yet

29
July

Shasta Daisies

Shasta Daisies

Shasta Daises
Click to enlarge image
Photo: Richard Stephen - 1-April-2013

The Daisy – On Finding one in Bloom on Christmas-day
by James Montgomery

There is a flower, a little flower
With silver crest and golden eye,
That welcomes every changing hour,
And weathers every sky.

The prouder beauties of the field
In gay but quick succession shine;
Race after race their honors yield,
They flourish and decline.

But this small flower, to Nature dear,
While moons and stars their courses run,
Wreathes the whole circle of the year,
Companion of the Sun.

It smiles upon the lap of May,
To sultry August spreads its charms,
Lights pale October on his way,
And twines December’s arms.

The purple heath and golden broom
On moory mountains catch the gale;
O’er lawns the lily sheds perfume,
The violet in the vale.

But this bold floweret climbs the hill,
Hides in the forest, haunts the glen,
Plays on the margin of the rill,
Peeps round the fox’s den.

Within the garden’s cultured round
It shares the sweet carnation’s bed;
And blooms on consecrated ground
In honor of the dead.

The lambkin crops its crimson gem;
The wild bee murmurs on its breast;
The blue-fly bends its pensile stem
Light o’er the skylark’s nest.

‘Tis Flora’s page, – in every place,
In every season, fresh and fair;
It opens with perennial grace,
And blossoms everywhere.

On waste and woodland, rock and plain,
Its humble buds unheeded rise;
The Rose has but a summer reign;
The Daisy never dies!

No comments yet

8
July

Veronica Speedwell

Veronica Speedwell

Veronica Speedwell
Click to enlarge image
Photo: Rick Stephen - 3 July 2013

No comments yet

10
June

Serenity – a Haiga by Richard Stephen

serenityhaiga_web2

Serenity
Photo: Richard Stephen – 7-June-2013

No comments yet

29
April

What is Haiga?

7848818_f520

With the ever-rising popularity of haiku, you may have seen haiku paired with art. The art could be a painting, a sketch or even a photograph. As you might expect, there’s actually a name for this and it’s “haiga”. Haiga is a natural and wonderful extension of haiku.

A Traditional Haiga:  A Little Cuckoo Across a Hydrangea by Yosa Buson.

A Traditional Haiga: A Little Cuckoo Across a Hydrangea by Yosa Buson.

The word means “haikai drawing”, and it is a style of Japanese painting that merges both image and words. They are typically painted by haiku poets and were accompanied by a haiku poem. Haiga celebrate simple, yet profound observations of the everyday world. While traditional haiga were painted using traditional Japanese implements and methods, haiga styles vary widely and were often quite unorthodox.

Traditional haiga are still produced today. However, many contemporary artists, particularly in the Western world, create haiga with modern technology coupling haiku with digital imagery, photography or other forms of media. See my attempt at haiga at the top of this post. Other examples of excellent haiga can be found on Sannel Larson’s blog, Sannel’s World of Poetry. Please give it a look and don’t forget to leave a comment. Bloggers live for comments! 😀

No comments yet

14
April

Photinia Blossoms

Photinia

Photinia X Fraseri
Click image to enlarge
Photo: Rick Stephen - 13-April-2013

No comments yet

8
April

Good Monday Morning Rainbow

Good Monday Morning Rainbow

Good Monday Morning Rainbow
Click image to enlarge
Photo: Rick Stephen - 08-April-2013

4 comments

4
April

White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow
Click image to enlarge
Photo: Rick Stephen - 01-April-2013

No comments yet

2
April

Ladderback Woodpecker

Ladderback Woodpecker

Ladderback Woodpecker
Click image to enlarge
Photo: Rick Stephen - 01-April-2013

No comments yet

« Previous Entries     Next Entries »

 
Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: