Feeding with the tide

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with the tide

flesh fit for a gull

floating away


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This is my contribution to Ronovan’s Haiku challenge, a must experience for all haiku writers. See at https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-64-tide-flesh/

This juvenile Pacific Gull had found a dead Puffer Fish in the shallows at Ricketts Point and was enjoying a feast all on its own. These fish are highly toxic so I am not sure what the Gull’s tolerance levels were. It did not see eye to eye with the flesh as the second photo shows, then it left the carcass alone.

dog paradise


fading sun

mellowness of spring

dogs enjoy



Another magical sunset down on the dog beach near Sandringham Yacht Club last evening. The first two images are preparing for the setting sun, then suddenly we see the full glory of the disappearing star.

dear deer

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stag alert

what noise from my does

autumn guest

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The protected deer of Miyajima Island in the Sea of Japan near Hiroshima are very demanding for food. Deer aside this is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in Japan. These photos are over a period of time covering three different visits to Japan

This is my contribution to Ronovan’s Haiku challenge this week. Visit at  https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-63-stag-noise/ More a challenge given the deer of Australia are introduced species and those that exist as feral animals in national parks and wilderness areas are usually very suspicious of humans for very good reasons

Hot Start

This week for Ronovans Haiku Challenge I have decided to present differently.


Last week I met up with an informal haiku sharing group at the Wheeler Writers Centre in Melbourne. A range of haiku written in very different styles was shared and discussed. Rumi, the main energy behind the group attempts to re-write all offered haiku in 3/5/3 traditional  as in one sentence of 7-9 words. I have always written 5/7/5 English haiku but have warmed quickly to this other style.

So here are three haiku offerings in 3/5/3/ with an image of course, ( I always have an image) one is serious, one is nature based and one is humorous.


evening comes

hot day tomorrow

start relaxing

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hot heads meet

resolution needed

start talking


car won’t start

 not air-conditioned

hot outside

The short stories.

The first is a blazing sunset at Ricketts Point last summer showing off the dust  from an Indonesian volcano, ( see an earlier page under sunset for a slightly different image).

The second shows three Crested Terns having an interesting chat , perhaps about the availability of fish. These fascinating birds turn up at Ricketts Point late September and stay around into summer.

The third shows three old blokes, myself included abandoning car on a very hot day. There are a number of interesting stories associated with this image, but all too long to go into. Many readers may wonder what on earth this car is, certainly not Australia’s latest . The car is a story in itself but I do not know it.

natural experience



fading energy

so peaceful


Another beautiful sunset at Ricketts Point. At this time early in September the sun sets directly behind the You Yangs on the Western side of Port Phillip Bay.

Jill wondered last night how significant this experience would have been to the local Aboriginal Bunwurrong as they farewelled another day probably feasting on the abundance of seafood available to them.

Follow this link to experience this beautiful place with images. https://www.google.com/search?q=ricketts+point+marine+sanctuary&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CCcQsARqFQoTCL382ta59ccCFWKtpgod8moLRw&biw=1057&bih=988&dpr=2

Or read more about Ricketts Point here. http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/ricketts-point-marine-sanctuary 

sunset over wine

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always shed a tear 

to the first sunset of spring

seldom for a wine

always shed a tear to the first sunset of spring 

to the first sunset of spring seldom for a wine

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Sunset over Sandringham harbour on the first of September. Beats a glass of wine any day?

This is my serious contribution to Ronovan’s weekly haiku prompt challenge. To see an amazing range of artistic haiku plus more visit this link


On a lighter  note of haiku this is my memory of a very expensive drink of wine

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dream like tears of consciousness

grange hermitage wine

drifting down my throat dream like tears of consciousness 

dream like tears of consciousness grange hermitage wine


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ah sakura time

pleasing yamadera view

worth a thousand steps

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Twenty five years ago Jill and I travelled Japan in April and May. In those days  cameras were set to record the date of the photograph on the image. We had to journey far to North Central Honshu to catch Sakura, (the Cherry Blossom). The petals were beginning to fall in Yamagata at the castle ruins as shown in the last image. However out at Yamadera temple the cherry trees in the valley were still holding their blossom. Basho visited Yamadera , its an amazing feeling to think that hundreds of years later as we climbed the 1000 steps we may have sat on a rock where he rested .



nothing can move this

oldest bridge in the land

at peace in autumn


The Richmond Bridge at Richmond just outside Hobart Tasmania Australia is the oldest constructed bridge in the country. A legacy of convict labour this bridge and many other beautiful early nineteenth century Georgian architectural beauties are beautiful reminders of a brutal colonial history.

This is my contribution to Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge. Check this fantastic blog out at  this Ping back Link https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-60-bridge-move/



stranded on the beach

a reminder of winter

late insurance claim



A beautiful peaceful sunset over Sandringham harbour, (Sandringham  in Melbourne Australia, not the royal one). We had some strong winds towards the end of winter and its possible this boat didn’t hold on hard enough. It will be a costly exercise to re float it.Notice the masts of a few million dollars worth of yachts sitting inside the protected mooring area in the background,