Monochrome Monday – Rainy Day – May 2, 2016

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Spring seems to flirting with us.  We have a couple of days of lovely warm weather,  just right for short sleeves and sandals and then, the temps drop and snow falls on the mountains creating an icebox effect.    What a fickle maid is spring!  This is the courtyard as seen from the loggia at the front of my house.  I used FotoSketcher to create a soft oil pastels effect for my monochrome photo.

This is how the cropped monochrome photo looked before the treatment:

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Ciao, Bastet

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Weekly Monochrome – April 26, 2016

Swan Lake

lonely reflections –
contemplating a swan’s feather
an empty lake

© G.s.k. ‘16

(I also wrote a couple of variations for this same image:

spring reflections
alone the swan contemplates
[the empty lake]

© G.s.k. ‘16

lonely reflections –
contemplating a swan
in an empty lake

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #962 bird feathers

And Chèvrefueille gave really a lot of examples for explanation:

Okay … back to our episode of today. Today I have another nice prompt for you to create a haiga with. Today that’s bird feathers. To inspire you a bit I will give the examples by Jane Reichhold for this prompt from her modern Saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”.

bird feathers
in the night sound
spring rain

fading the colors
of a peacock feather
an iris blooms

joined by listening
the breath of disciples
in baby birds

© Jane Reichhold

king of the farm
spreads out his gorgeous tail –
feathers on a vase

feathers on a vase
eyes looking deep into mine –
again in love

again in love –
the first day of Spring has come
listen to the breeze

© Chèvrefeuille

harukaze ni o wo hirogetaru kujaku kana

the peacock
spreading out his tail
in the Spring breeze

© Shiki (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

Monochrome Monday – (Haiga and Tanka) – April 11, 2016

Dream Haiga

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moonlight dreaming
as crickets sing for lovers
hidden gazebo
on this balmy spring morning
creating illusions

© G.s.k. ‘16

Yesterday I went for a walk with the city of Arco … one of our stop overs was at the Arch-Duke of Austria’s historical botanical garden (for which I did a Sunday walk in 2013).  This morning one of the photos reminded me of moonlight …  so  with a little magic of imagination and an app … my haiga was done.  My next post will be this week’s Monday Haiga Event … hope to see your there!

Carpe Diem #950 dreams – this month Carpe Diem Haiku Kai will be prompting for a daily haiga for those who enjoy this type of work, a great opportunity!

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NaPoWriMo: Day 11

Brynn in Sepia – February 28, 2016

Chocolate Brynn

 

 

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: SEPIA TONES ONLY

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My son is here visiting and he brought his lovely cat Brynn with him … so I decided to take a few photos of her and have some fun editing them 🙂 :

Monochrome Monday – January 25, 2016

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The shadows grow as the sun begins to set on Lake Garda, leaving only the black and white reality of winter, the sleepy town rests awaiting the spring tourists. This photo was taken on Lake Garda along the beach near Malcesine (VR), the Veneto side of the lake at about 4:30 on a January afternoon.