-haiga posted on redRavine, Saturday, January 24th, 2015
-Part of a yearly practice to write a short form piece of poetry in my Moleskine journal once a day for the next year. Related to post: haiku 4 (one a day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Haiku, Nature, Photography, Practice, Seasons, tagged daily practices, haiga, haiku as practice, ice, using windows to ground, winter haiku, yearly practices on January 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Thirsty, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2015, haiku & photograph © 2015 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
-haiga posted on redRavine, Saturday, January 10th, 2015
-Part of a yearly practice to write a short form piece of poetry in my Moleskine journal once a day for the next year. Related to post haiku 4 (one-a-day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Haiku, Holding My Breath, Life, Love, Nature, Poetry, Practice, Relationships, Seasons, Wake Up, tagged daily practices, haibun, midwinter blues, Minnehaha Falls, summer nights, the practice of poetry, video, wind chill on January 4, 2015 | 2 Comments »
Top Of Minnehaha Falls, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2014, video © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Top of Minnehaha Falls
Twilight turns the water to mist.
Mosquitoes hum, a cool breeze
grazes the hair on my arms.
Laughter echoes off steep walls,
the three of us pull close
for one last photograph.
“You are lucky to have her,” she told me.
White winter night,
bundled beneath down comforters,
the warmth of your skin sizzles against mine.
silent monarch wings –
top of Minnehaha Falls
drowning in summer
-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, January 4th, 2015
-related to post haiku 4 (one-a-day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Animals & Critters, Haiku, Nature, Poetry, Practice, Seasons, Secrets, Silence, Things That Fly, tagged 5lines, Charles Anderson, dragonflies, dragonfly migration, gogyohka, Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, nature as muse, prehistoric insects, summer, the magic of mystery, The Nature Conservancy, Wandering Glider on August 8, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Wandering Glider, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
in purple rain–
migrating thousands of miles
to sit still in my garden
Dragonflies have existed for over 300 million years. According to the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, about 16 of the 326 dragonfly species in North America are regular migrants, some traveling hundreds to thousands of miles each year. The major migratory species in North America are: common green darner (Anax junius), wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), spot-winged glider (Pantala hymenaea), black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata), and variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum). Learn more about the mystery of dragonfly migration at The Nature Conservancy piece, Dragonfly Migration: A Mystery Citizen Scientists Can Help Solve, and at Dragonflies That Fly Across Oceans, a TED talk by biologist Charles Anderson.
-posted on red Ravine, Friday, August 8th, 2014
Posted in Food, Gratitude, Life, Nature, Poetry, Seasons, Things That Fly, Wake Up, tagged Ester Johansson Murray, gifts, honey, honey bees, poets, respect for Nature, sacrament, savoring, slowing down on August 26, 2013 | 6 Comments »
My country friend Comes bearing gifts: Large, brown eggs with thick shells, Tactile pleasure to cradle one in my palm, Then, gently poached, a pleasure to eat. She labeled the jelly jar "Honey from our Hives". I envision green fields of alfalfa with throaty, blue flowers providing the amber, viscous sweet; then, worker bees gather, transport, store it in hexagonal wax cells of honey-comb. Their hive a communal home, with an insect society so complex I can't understand it. But this I know, savoring honey is like partaking of a sacrament. Here in town, I watch the furry, brown and orange workers fly in from God-knows-where. They harvest the blossoms, gather honey, wallow in pollen, then, airborne with cargo they vanish. Except, if day fades, some bed down among stamens and pistils— sleep-over guests.
About Ester: Ester Johansson Murray is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and taught at Cody High School for several years. Now in her 90’s, Ester was born and raised in the Cody area, the only child of Swedish immigrants. She is a member of Writers of Wyoming (WOW) and has had three stories published in the WOW Anthology, From the Heart.
Ester has served the Park County Historical Society as Secretary and President. She was recognized by the Wyoming State Historical Society with an award for her three books and several published articles on Wyoming history. Ester is a member of “Westerners International,” an organization that enjoys and studies the culture of the early American Western Frontier. She is generous with her time in researching history for others.