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)

One Word Photo Challenge – Bittersweet – February 26, 2015




in waning day-light
coots, ducks and swans settling
a little dog barked

walking hand in hand
making plans for the evening
a young couple

snapping photographs
moments of serenity
sunset on the lake

this moment when the sun sets
another day gone

© G.s.k. ‘15




One Word Photo Challenge – Bittersweet






Sunday Photoku – January 18, 2015

PIC_Haiku Jan18 collage_3

embers of sunset
bridging a black and white world
dreams sailing free

© G.s.k. ‘15

Photoku, which first appeared on Ronovan Writes is now being hosted by Blog it or Lose it!  this week was ember and freedom.  All you haijin who love haiga and photography, you should try this new and interesting form of haiku photo art … you can find the prompt each Monday.

One Four Challenge – Wk 3 – December 15, 2014

Last week I wanted to create a night effect, but the results, at least from my point of view were not entirely satisfactory.  The original view of the river is very greenish and I wasn’t able to get rid of that green, in fact as one viewer stated correctly, the river looked a bit toxic (which I’m afraid it probably is.)  Another reader suggested working on the water with Lightroom, a program I’ve never used before, to work on that selected area.

I do have a copy of Photoshop on my computer from my son’s school days, so I tried to work on the selected area with that program. Unfortunately I missed a passage and the whole photograph came out like this:


I went back to Picasa 3 with the results … and started playing with the filters … softening, sharpening, then softening again then adding a second border and finally I decided to try sepia and see what came up:



An interesting effect but not what I wanted so, I sharpened again and then cropped the borders, tuned towards cool (blue) sharpened, hit Ortonish, softened, added some fill lights, re-tuned again towards cool and added some shadows and then I added a new border this is the result which I named  Charon’s Boat, this week’s process 3:

Charon's Boat

Wk 3


haunting vision
Charon rows along the Styx
– eternal night

G.s.k. ’14


Linked to The One Four Challenge

Morning Haiku and Waka – December 14, 2014

This morning I’m writing the morning haiku at Through the Eye of Bastet in honor of an inspiring photographer – Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me  and I’m sure you too will enjoy her fabulous photos just click the link!

Here’s her fantastic photo:



Robyn Gosby – 2014



When I saw this photo I instantly thought of Issa and wrote this haiku:

birch leaf sways
Astrakhan cloak hides
a visitor

© G.s.k. ‘14

In classical form:

a swaying birch leaf
in an Astrakhan cloak hides
a morning visitor

© G.s.k. ‘14

Thanks Robyn!

Shadows – April 27, 2014

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, we look at shadows, which is one of my favorite subjects!


Walking down the road
sun behind our backs I thought
“Oh a funny photo!”


flowers imprisoned
shadows along the sidewalk
what a sunny day


rain clouds forming
April shower soon to fall
over Trento’s hills

The first photo I took last week…it was just so inviting.  The other two yesterday afternoon.  All of them were taken in Trento where I’ve been going daily to visit my husband in hospital.


Inspried by: Cee’s Fun Foto (Tuesday – Shadows) and A Mixed Bag which brought the challenge to my attention through his great post!