Monochrome Monday – Rainy Day – May 2, 2016


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:


Ciao, Bastet

Bastet’s Haiga Monday Challenge – A Spring Morning – April 11, 2016


Good morning!

As I mentioned on my former post, yesterday I went walking with the city of Arco.  This is a yearly event.  For a chosen charity each year people gather together to either walk (a five and a half kilometre itinerary) or run (a twelve kilometre itinerary) together.  Here are a couple of photos of the event.

And now for today’s prompt:

A Spring Morning


And here’s my example:

turtle haiga


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

Dream Haiga


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!

NaPoWriMo: Day 11

Brynn in Sepia – February 28, 2016

Chocolate Brynn





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 🙂 :

A Month of Haiga – February 11, 2016


I went for a brief walk yesterday evening near the River Sarca in the gloaming.  The first street lamps had just been lit, in the sky the sliver of this month’s new moon could just barely be seen.  All around the valley our mountain tops are at last snow-covered after 5 days of cold precipitation (in Valley it rained) and everyone breathed a sigh of relief though this won’t be enough rainfall to save us from summer drought.  Still the air was clean and the sky clear.  Today’s theme then is:


Gloaming is that time of day when the sun has actually set, but there’s still some natural light – all around you everything is crepuscular and uncertain but this is a great time to shoot shadows and street lights etc without using your flash.  If you try in the darkness, there’s too much contrast so sometimes you get floating blobs of whiteness or just the light and no background. In the gloaming things are also more mysterious and when writing about this time of day you can insinuate the mystery of the passage  time … or life.  My photograph is purposely put out of focus (sometimes called softened),  then zoomed from the centre with an app to obtain an uncertain effect to fit my haiku … here’s the haiga:

Haiga 11

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See you tomorrow!  Bastet

The Sarca in Northern Italy  is born in the Adamello-Presanella mountains (Alto Adige) in the Italian Alps and flows through Trentino into Lake Garda , then continues its way as an emissary of the lake becoming the Mincio where it continues it’s voyage into Lombardy.

The river is shallow and fast flowing, passing through the Val di Genova, forming a number of waterfalls, of which Cascina Muta and Saft dei Can are the best known. Before reaching Val Rendena, part of its water is diverted to a hydroelectric  power station. Then its flow becomes less and less tumultuous. The main places on the river include Carisolo, Pinzolo, Tione di Trento, Le Sarche, Ponte Arche, Arco and Torboli.

A Month of Haiga – February 2, 2016

Today I thought I’d look at:

modern reality

The bike/walker’s path that goes from Arco to Torboli in the Trentino portion of Lake Garda passes along the river Sarca and goes through Arco’s Industrial Zone.  The photograph was taken near the end of this past summer and is of the Dana Holding Corporation‘s factory which is one of about 8 small plants (Riva del Garda is the home of the biggest factory in our area .. a paper mill).  Actually the factory is rather clean and doesn’t create ecological problems (that we’re aware of).  Arco does not have a lot of industry, in fact the economy is heavily based on tourism and the subsequent service sector of the economy.  The other area of the economy is agriculture almost exclusively at the family level.  Our ominous silence is actually the closing of the few factories we have due to the world economic crisis which has weighed heavily on Italy for the past 8 years.

February 2 Haiga

a long shadow
cast by the factory
ominous silence

© G.s.k. ‘16

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Have a great day!  Bastet!

Here’s a little something about the town I live in:  Arco, Trentino – Italy