A Month of Haiga – February 9, 2016

Hello Everyone!

Turns out that February is (and will be) a much more complicated month than I’d expected,  so I’m more or less reduced (blog-wise) to just publishing the haiga a day and the haiku for NaHaiWriMo and little more.  Fortunately my life tends to return to its normal slow pace, the stress dissipates like so much mist and I can enjoy my writing and photography as the relaxing constants of my life.   In the meanwhile, I’ve chosen as today’s theme:


Now, I think everyone has caught on to the fact that I’m not giving you a word prompt – though sunset for example could have been used as a word prompt.  My theme idea is just for orientation … so no season word or whatever just an idea that can be worked on.

Yesterday my son was up from Padua for the day and we went for a walk and then lunched, though the weather was uncertain, at Riva del Garda.  These grey skies create a wonderland of reflections on the lake and in the Rocca’s moat that just can’t be seen on a bright sunny day.  The life under the water can be seen adding texture to a photo in the most delightful way.  The photograph I used for today’s haiga are reflection of the Rocca in the moat that I rotated 180° so the Rocca can be better seen.  The algae in the water and the ripple of the water itself made me think of ghosts – rather banal association I guess 😉 :

Haiga 9

If you’d like to participate, but are inspired by something different – that’s fine by me – once you’ve completed your haiga just tag your post Bastet’s One Month of Haiga and link directly to this post, then link your haiga post in the Mr. Linky app hidden in my flowers below so others can easily find you:


Have a great day!  Bastet

The Rocca, a medieval fortress with quadrangular bastions, placed on the lake, bounded by a canal with drawbridge. It was the fortress of the noble family Scaligeri (1124), who became the Lords of Verona. It was rebuilt several times and it was used by the Austrians as barracks in the 18th century. It is frequently the seat of cultural activities, especially during the summer months.  It is now the home of the “Museo Civico”.

February Haiga Birthday Event! – January 31, 2016

Hello Folks!

I announced at the beginning January that I intended on celebrating my birthday by publishing a haiga a day inviting other’s who wish to do so to  celebrate with me by creating their own haiga and linking to my post.  Of course if you decide to participate, you needn’t feel obliged to post every day … that’s something I’m doing as a personal challenge.  I’ll probably be using my photographs for most of my haiga, but if someone paints or uses some other form of visual artwork and wished to use them as a base for a haiga, I think it would be lovely to see what you’ve done!

For the occasion I’ve created a badge!

Haiga Badge

Haiga Badge

I’ll be using the badge for the Mister Linky App.

I’ve thought about having a theme for each day … and I think that might be nice.  So the theme could work like a prompt.  I’ll be publishing my haiga here but with a link to Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library  which is my principal blog.  Until tomorrow then … I leave you with an intro haiga.

Intro Haiga for February


Ciao, Bastet!

One Four Photo Challenge Wk 1 – December 1, 2014-

Today I begin a new series of processing a photo … and posting each week the results of the photographic experiment.  This is a photograph that I took at Padova (Padua in English) one of the most famous University cities of the world …


Original Photo


Here’s the original … just out of the river, awaiting repairs perhaps …

I took the original and processed it with Pixlr, sharpening the focus and intensifying the colors then I decided to grunge it up a bit, I’m not very familiar with this app so I saved the results and then worked a little on the results with Picasa 3 … this is my “antiqued” result:

boatpilxr_ antiqued

Photo One

Looking at the results I think I can see a story hidden here …

Have a great week!  Ciao Bastet.


Just click the One Four logo to visit Robyn’s blog and look into how you too can participate!

Other participants so far are:

ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – December14-WK-1 | WoollyMuses

One Four Challenge- December wk 1 | The Shady Tree

One Four Challenge – December Week 1 | sv-takeiteasy

Week One. One Four Photo Challenge. (December) | Michelle Lunato Photography

Monarch of the Hills (Haiku – Photo Edit) | Blog It or Lose It!

Wordless Haiku – The Tournement – October 26, 2014

Oct26_2014 WH_2

This week’s word prompts for Ronovan Write’s Wordless Haiku is Red and Green


autumn tournament
the red feathered knight’s daring
inspired minstrel’s tales

G.s.k. ’14

Not long ago I went to a historical revocation at Sluderno in Alto Adige (Italy) … where there was everything from fire-eaters to jousting tournaments and of course minstrels, these are just a few of the photos I took at the time (except for the autumn tree, which I photographed yesterday a the park in Arco, Italy).

Wordless Haiku Challenge

Brindled Cat – Haiga – 13 September 2014

Today I thought I’d work a little with tempera … it’s sure has been a long time:

brindled cat

by the autumn fireside
brindled cat

(c) G.s.k. ’14


This is dry brush with black tempera on paper … I then photographed it (instead of scanning it as I usually would) so it’s slightly out of focus, then I added the words and “framed” it with Picasa 3.

I also took another photograph and turned it into a haiga … dedicated to my last cat, Maao.


autumn memories
Maao sleeps by the fireside
dreaming of sparrows

(c) G.s.k. ’14


I think though that if I decide to keep painting every once in a while, I use the scanner to digitalized them.  The quality is superior!

Thanks for visiting.  Bastet.