-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 Bodies Of Water, Culture, Haiku, Photography, Place, Poetry, Practice, Relationships, tagged b&w photography, haiga, muse, red Ravine guest writers, South Pacific, tanka, the practice of poetry, Timothy Hastings, Tonga on August 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
By Timothy Hastings
Seaside, Kingdom of Tonga, May, 2014, photo © 2014 by Timothy Hastings. All rights reserved.
seaside, selling shells
each of her beautiful strands
spoke her memories
we shared names and nods and smiles
and lapping waves sang her song
-related to post: haiku 4 (one-a-day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Death, Dreams, Haiku, Holding My Breath, Life, Photography, Practice, Seasons, Wake Up, tagged Death as a new beginning, haiga, images of flowers, losing a friend, spring days, the practice of haiku on May 31, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Finally. Spring. , Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
beneath the weight of her death
a blossoming light
-posted on red Ravine, Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Posted in Laughing, Poetry, Practice, Seasons, Weather, tagged 5lines, cabin fever, Groundhog Day, haiga, icicles, micropoetry, midwinter blues, Punxsutawney Phil, winter in Minnesota on February 2, 2014 | 5 Comments »
icicles. 33/365, Droid 365 Squared, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Groundhog, woodchuck, whistle pig—
six more weeks of winter?
The frozen tundra
in my backyard
may cause my mind to splinter.
-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
-related to: Vote For Punxsutawney Phil!
Posted in Animals & Critters, Art, Body, Bones, Poetry, Practice, Things That Fly, Wake Up, tagged 5lines, Dragonfly secrets, dragonfly wings, gogyohka, haiga, Happy New Year!, hopes for the New Year, keepers of the light, New Moon on January 1, 2014 | 5 Comments »
Heartbeat Of A Dragonfly, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
New Moon, New Year—
I make no promises.
Only hope for a year filled with light,
soft shadows off the heartbeat
of a dragonfly.
-posted on red Ravine, Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Posted in Art, Haiku, Photography, Practice, Seasons, Skies, Things That Fly, Wake Up, Weather, tagged circles, diamond dust, gogyohka, haiga, ice crystals, ice halos, parhelia, parhelic circles, plate crystals, refraction, sundogs, the 22º halo, Vädersolstavlan, What is a sundog?, winter in Minnesota on December 9, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Sundog Halo, iPhone Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 2013, photo © 2013 by Liz Anne Schultz. All rights reserved.
in a dark world—
her crystal face, silent, skewed.
Deviant rays of red and blue,
diamond dust takes many hues.
There were two days last week when sundogs appeared on our drive to work, adding a little magic to the sub-zero skies. Sundogs, parhelia, are formed by plate crystals high in the cirrus clouds. Though all crystals refract light from the sun’s rays, we only see those that tilt their light toward our eyes 22° or more from the sun and at the same altitude (a 22° circular halo).
When plate crystals drift down with their large hexagonal faces almost horizontal, rays that become sundogs enter a side face and leave through another, inclined 60° to the first. The refractions deviate the rays by 22° or more, depending on their angle when they enter the crystal, making them visible to us. Red is deviated least, giving the sundog a red inner edge.
Sundogs are visible all over the world, any time of year, regardless of the ground temperature. In cold climates, the plates can reside at ground level as diamond dust. The oldest known account of a sundog is “Sun Dog Painting” (Vädersolstavlan) depicting Stockholm in 1535 when the skyscape was filled with white circles and arcs crossing the horizon. The original oil on panel painting, traditionally attributed to Urban Målare, is lost, and virtually nothing is known about it. A copy from 1636 by Jacob Heinrich Elbfas is held in Storkyrkan in Stockholm, and believed to be an accurate copy.
-posted on red Ravine, Monday, December 9th, 2013