One Month of Haiga – Haiga 27 – February 27, 2016

Hello World!

I’m so sorry that I’m a bit late today but I’ve been having connection problems again …

Today has been  one of those dull rainy days that just sort of dampen your spirit – I’m sure we all know them.  On a proper grey day a photograph can come out with a certain sort of dark mysterious character that can be quite inspiring.  The pitter-patter of rain falling on the roof on other rainy days can be  kind of soothing, but a dull grey wet day without character just kind of seeps into you. So my theme today is:

a moody day

The photo I’m using  is of a small plot of land just out back of my house in Bolognano.  In Italy, in small villages like the one I live in are a mix between multi-storied old houses (the basement used to be where one kept their animals and still have a stone manger  – the top floor was where silk worms used to be raised and so was full of mulberry leaves and stems – The middle floors is where the family lived) and vineyards.  The photograph itself is partially blurred by raindrops that fell on the lens.

 

haiga 27

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Have a great evening and I hope to see you earlier tomorrow!  Bastet

Silk Worm Farming in Italy

One Month of Haiga – February 22, 2016

Hello!

Yesterday I didn’t have a chance to take photos as I was busy with the Lame del Conte, my historical re-enactment club.  But the photos I’d taken the night before have left me with a wonderful choice of photos to work with.

I love sunsets, something much more difficult to see in a mountain valley than here in the plains.   Here the sun seems to literally erupt into colourful shades of yellow, pink and blue.  In a winter sunset you also have trees and bushes that make a lovely sketch against the coloured sky.  The photo I chose has all that plus the electric train wires of the Milan – Venice train-line.  Seeing the combination enthralled me (in person the view was actually breath-taking!).  The theme I’ve chosen for today though is not sunsets and not strictly  nature – I’m thinking more of the interaction between:

Mankind and Nature

How the countryside (or the city around us) shows mankind’s passage on our planet … for good and for ill. We are cultivating in our collective memory a terrible sense of guilt, and I suppose we have a lot to reflect upon each day we live on our planet of our impact both on Earth and our fellow creatures.  However I think feeling guilty is rather silly.  When you recognize you’re doing something in a wrong way, you should rectify your course, not feel guilty and then keep on doing the things that you know are wrong.  So let’s just look at what we have around us and testify to what we see and leave the rest to a future post.   Here then, is my haiga for today:

 

Haiga 22

 

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Have a great day!  Ciao, Georgia

A Month of Haiga – February 10

Hello!

All over the world we’ve been having some rather strange weather.  In the northern Lake Garda area, we are fairly used to warmer days compared to the rest of the north, so although we’re all worried about the high temperatures and lack of rain, we’re not too surprised to see the odd rose blooming of a burst of apple blossoms.   This year however even some of the birds are coming back north very early.  Day before yesterday whilst walking in Riva del Garda , a city we had almost all to ourselves now that we’re in the “dead of winter”, my son excitedly pointed out two early tourists from the south, a couple of grebes.  Which brings me to today’s theme:

climate change

haiga 10

Have you been able to snap any photos of odd occurrences this autumn and winter?  Maybe so and maybe you’d like to weave a haiku to celebrate the occasion or maybe you are inspired by something different – whatever inspired you to create a haiga, I’d just love to see it!   To participate with your completed 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!  Ciao, Bastet.

There are oodles of different types of grebes .. this link gives you some information about the various species.  I’d actually never seen a grebe in Lake Garda until last year, which doesn’t mean they didn’t pass through here, it only means that they don’t come in droves.  Here’s the link  “Birds of Europe: GREBES”.

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:

Imagination

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

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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”.

A Month of Haiga – February 8, 2016

Hello … yesterday it rained, then it rained and in the end it rained some more.  I have to admit that since I was in lovely company the rain didn’t bother me particularly.  That is not usually the case though in winter.  Gloomy winter days have a tendency to invite gloomy thoughts, what’s you’re reaction?  Which brings us to today my theme for today:

rainy day

Haiga 8

gloomily
the rain keeps falling
without end

© G.s.k. ‘16

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Shadows and Light – Photographic Reflections – February 8, 2016

light and shadow

I was fascinated by the light play at the top of this tree observed in Rovereto last week and took several photographs. This was the first of the series and although the photos are almost exactly the same, this one is the best.  Why should this be – perhaps because it was the capture of the first vision?

light and shadows
nesting on the highest boughs
winter morn

© G.s.k. ‘16

A Month of Haiga – February 4, 2016

Hello There!

I love sunsets .. winter sunsets can be so sublime, tropical sunsets spectacular and a sunset in the desert can be breathtaking.  So today I thought I’d make my theme:

sunset

When you live in a valley, one of the few things you have to more or less forget about are “real” sunrises and sunsets.  If in the plains the sun might rise at 6:00 in the morning in late winter and set at 5:00 in the evening, but in the valley maybe the sun doesn’t top the mountain until 10:00 and it disappears behind another at 3:30 in the afternoon.  Riva del Garda is right under a mountain and so the sun goes down early, but it’s only on the lake front that you can observe the sun setting later in the day – like the one I photographed below last winter:

February 4 Haiga

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Have a great day!  Bastet!

Here’s an interesting blog dedicated to the… Physics of Sunsets you might find interesting.