Tag Archives: haiku

Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird



Haiku 50

Magnificent hues

Flickering iridescence

Colour of summer




Under the Microscope

Bloom 1


Haiku 49

Sea anemone

The bloom of a fungal spore

Microbial germ



What is this?

Any of the above?

Bloom 2

Actually, this is the flower of my giant Eugenia tree, also known as an Australian Cherry tree.

The white spiky flower is out right now, along with the lovely red berries that you saw in Cherry Ripe last Monday.

Bloom 3

I’ve always thought them very pretty and not at all what you would expect to form those bright red ‘cherries’.


Isn’t Nature wonderful?


Ode to a Mosquito



Haiku 48

Little blood sucker

I slapped myself in the face

But got the blighter


Why is it that every mosquito I’ve ever known waits until you are just dropping off to sleep before it comes whining round your ear?

Last night a mosquito did this. I thought to myself, “Oh, for Pete’s sake!” and slapped hard at it, in a futile attempt to bat it away.

I slapped myself in the face, which was a bit of a surprise!

But I got the little blood sucker!


In the past I have even covered my head in my sheet and stuck my foot out for the mosquito to munch on – but it still comes buzzing round my ear!





Haiku 47

Light force from within

Emanating atmosphere

Golden after glow



Is this really the life force of the poppy we can see?

Or just my trusty Canon, with some trick of photography, in our harsh South African sunlight!


unaltered photo

Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass Window 1

Haiku 46

Sunlight filters through

Coloured chips of silica

Stained-glass perfection


Stained Glass Window 2

This beautiful stained glass window is one of many in St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews, Scotland.

St Salvator’s Chapel

The chapel was founded in 1450 and has Late Gothic architecture.

Stained Glass Window 3

There are many magnificent old buildings and churches all over the UK. This is just one small church in one small town.

Stained Glass Window 4

I like the first window the best, but have included all of the windows, because everyone has different tastes and maybe your favourite is one of these others.

Stained Glass Window 5

And below is a shot of the interior. You can see the organ pipes reaching high up into the roof.

St Salvator’s Chapel 2

What I love about a place such as this, apart from the glorious beauty, is the history. You are standing where others have stood, for nearly 570 years!





Haiku 45

Dear friend abandoned

Modern frenzy of travel

Lost love left behind



I saw this large cuddly toy lying forlornly on the floor under a seat at Heathrow T3.

All I could do was pick him up, surreptitiously hug him, and place him in clear view on top of the bench.

No-one came to claim him in the hour or so I was around that area. I guess they rushed for their plane and in the melee he just got left behind.


Hopefully he was adopted to be loved by some other child.


The Most Beautiful Sound in the World


Rainfall in a drought-stricken land.


Haiku 44

Whispers in the night

Dying leaves now susurrate




How I have missed the soothing sound of rain falling, especially in the middle of the night.

My trusty Canon captured Nature’s special effects: Raindrops frozen in spacetime.

In the background you can just make out the pink blobs that are new blooms on my camellia bush.


post script: I just love the word susurrate: meaning, of leaves or wind, making a whispering, rustling sound. Definitions and origins can be found here: susurratesusurration.