A Pause


Beautiful pauses,

Cloaked in fragrant petals bloom,

Life is not a race.


Happy Hump-day! I’ve taken a few pauses lately, to photograph some of the wonderful things in our backyard. This little butterfly (or moth?) caught my eye recently. It didn’t move much, so I’m assuming it was enjoying its own little time-out, soaking in some sun and nature’s beauty.

That’s about all for now. I’ve got a little time on my hands before the three day weekend here (but who’s counting anymore), and I’m looking forward to catching up and sharing some cool garden shots.

Peace & Love!

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Cloak & Race

Intersection

Lonely Street crossing,

Foggy mind, vision unclear,

Trouble lies in wait.


This haiku almost sums up some of my recent thoughts. Who would have thought that it could be done in just eleven words. Ha! “Isolation can be dangerous” is another way to say it.

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to use this image and saw the opportunity here—so I snagged it. Another one from the camping trip; driving through Pismo Beach in the rain.

That’s all for now. Happy Saturday!


Word of the Day Challenge: Lonely and RDP Saturday: Trouble

Femme Fatale

black cat

Cold-hearted feline,

Smugly bats her eyelashes,

Struts across the lawn.


If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that my Haiku was written for our cat “Gypsy” who thinks she rules the roost (and likes to ignore people). BUT, she was nice enough to pose for the featured image, so I’ll cut her some slack.

We love Gypsy. She waits at the front door and signals us with the cutest and meekest meow, so we’ll let her in. Then she sashays her way straight to the back door and waits again, for us to let her out to the backyard. I guess she’s too good to use the gate. Ha! Anyway…

Thanks for reading.
A good afternoon to you all!
—Janet

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Cat and Bat

Moonlit kiss

Perfect Date

Steakhouse rendezvous,

Moonlit kisses for dessert,

Icing on the cake.


This is a bit foreign to me since dating is NOT in my vocabulary at the moment, but what the heck. Now that I think about it, I don’t know if anyone is really thinking about dating right now.

I do think, however, that this Haiku is a nice distraction.

A reminder of simpler times and special moments.


Written for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge: Steak and Cake

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Abstract Blue Lights

Child’s Play

They’re coming for us!

Swords blazing bright, fight or flight…

Get out while you can!

It kind of ruins the mood when I try to explain everything, but this Image and Haiku are just too weird to NOT have something to back them up.

The base of the abstract is a jungle gym at a neighborhood park. After some distortions and effects, I thought it was perfect for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Bright & Fight.

It reminded me of watching my sons play years ago—or my grandsons now, for that matter—so the Haiku is a reenactment of how one of their imaginary invasions might play out.

With everything else that’s going on right now (like we’re living in the twilight zone), a visitation from extraterrestrial beings might not be such a shocker!

Anyway, thank you for reading.
Be safe and stay healthy!

—Janet

On the Bay

Drop-ins at the Bay,

Laugh and Play Pitter-patter,

Welcome intrusion.

Last night I decided that using borrowed images, or upcycling my own (which I’ve done here) is about all I can handle at the moment. Besides my old laptop looking tired, programs are running WAY to slow lately. This one’s an old photo from South Texas, jazzed up with new effects.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I only have so much patience when it comes to waiting for my hard drive to catch up with me. I may seem nice, but last night I was cussing like a sailor. I’ve had it!

Maybe it’s my laptop, or maybe it’s the internet, but I refuse to watch that little blue wheel of death spin around anymore. It’s time to give Photoshop a rest. I’ll be shopping for a new PC in May, so—until then—I’m going to focus on my lifestyle changes, journaling, and some creative writing.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Bay & Play

Giant Fruit

If people could shrink,

Food would last so much longer.

That’s just what I think.

Written for the Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Shrink & Think

That was a tough Haiku! There was no getting around those two words without using some kind of humor. It’s not my favorite, but it DOES go with the featured image.

I went through my old posts and found an image that I’d forgotten about. It was a photograph of an orange on our tree, and a drop of dew that I caught in the frame. I changed the colors and effects just a bit to make it slightly different from my original. Since the hand I added gives the illusion that the fruit is either very large… or the hand is very small, this Haiku kind of wrote itself.

It’s way too late at night to get into some of my thoughts about the COVID-19 madness. Food shortages are real around here… probably not something to laugh at. It’s hard not to think that us common folk are being manipulated.

But… that’s a another story, for another day.

Peace & Love. Stay safe. Be healthy. Pray.


—Janet

Two Flowers

the Shutdown

In the Quietus

The earth’s music could be heard

We stopped to listen


In this period of quietus, I’m working on photographs of almost every flower we have in our yard. These are in a pot near the front porch. I was drawn to the splashes of dark pink, and the way they contrast with the bright white petals. Nature’s display of diversity.

There are silver linings and hidden treasures in everything we encounter; all we must do is listen and look.

Written for the Word of the Day Challenge: Quietus

Red Sunset

Red Sky at Night

Heaven’s bursting light,

Curtain of Crimson and Gold,

Darkness lies in wait.


Tonight’s Everything Red is a recycle/redo of a glorious sunset and a Haiku. Photograph was taken with my cellphone, from outside one of my classrooms. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I saw the sky light up in red. It was so beautiful I had a hard time concentrating after that.

Off to slumber now…

Sweet dreams!

Roses

Nostalgia

Butterfly kisses,

Sweet memories, pure and chaste,

Taste of innocence.


Today’s Everything Red is another recycling project; a collage of red roses with a guiltless white. It stands out like a sore thumb… the white sheep of the family. There’s some symbolism there I’m sure.

Reusing the old arouses nostalgia… it’s a great way to bring new life to things long forgotten. I think I’m psyching myself up for something here… a little dream chasing, perhaps. Time will tell.

Anyway, this Everything Red Art and the Haiku were created for the Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Chaste & Taste

In the Quiet

Beauty comes to rest

In the quiet of the day

Gently, with no force

I had to share another photo of the butterfly that stopped to visit yesterday. Mainly because I took so many pictures, but also because while standing on the grass to get the shots… my ankles were eaten alive by what I can only assume were mosquitoes.

I guess even beauty has its price!

Peace & Love!!

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Beauty & Quiet

One-Way

Kindness lights the fire

Winds of change begin to blow

Compassion ripples

The featured image is another one of my experiments in portraiture. I’ve been looking for ways to use partial faces, to make the portraits more abstract. My goal was to give it an urban feel, kind of like a piece of street art. The subject is my grandson.

The phase I’m going through at the moment is thinking of ways to visually communicate—incorporating my art with some kind of “statement.” I don’t think I made it there (yet) with this portrait, but it was my inspiration for the Haiku, so it all worked out.

My statement: Start a Ripple!

That’s about all for now. Peace & Love to you all!

Haiku Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Ripple & Wind

the Boardwalk

Footprints left behind,

In the ocean of my mind,

Memories captured.

—Janet
Haiku #6

I’ve shared this image before, in Pier Madness, but it was severely manipulated and I don’t like that version anymore. The girl taking the iPhone pic is an old schoolmate, and our friendship was the inspiration behind the Haiku.

It’s still raining, and they say it should continue for a couple more days. I’m actually loving it (my comfort weather), but we’re keeping an eye on the news. Some of our friends live in areas that were damaged by fires recently, so you just never know what’s coming.

Into the Unknown


Haiku #5

Enigmatic Path,

Shadows and light intertwine,

Past and present merge.

I found several old road trip photographs while (still) sifting through my archives. I believe this one was taken in Utah. My boyfriend (at the time) wasn’t one to make pit stops, so my head was hanging out of the window most of the time—taking pictures—when we traveled together.

I thought this was a good candidate for the Which Way photo challenge today. The fact that you can’t see where we’re going; only where we are and where we’ve been was the inspiration for the Haiku. Maybe road trips really ARE a bit like life. And relationships.

The rain did, indeed, arrive today and we had some exciting lightning and thunder earlier this afternoon. That being said, I’ve put off my errands for now, and hope to get to some of the word challenges soon.

Which Way Photo Challenge: January 31