dusk glow

stars flame

ember of energy

life support

Another sunset just last week as the sun slipped away for the day leaving this soft and radiant glow across Port Phillip Bay before evening arrived.

Just the setting I thought for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry prompt Challenge 155 EMBER & FLAME.

To read other poetic interpretations of this challenge visit https://ronovanwrites.com/2017/06/26/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-155-emberflame/




in winter

courage is needed

for sailors


These yachts are moored at the Mornington Yacht Club down the Southern end of Port Phillip bay. I took these photos one freezing wintery morning when sailing was not a high priority for the owners of the owners of these yachts. The intensity of storms on the bay can be measured by the number of losses at this club. More than one insurance claim is usually made each Winter .  Unlike clubs further up the bay this one is not well protected by a  large breakwater. Behind the yachts in the images is the city of Melbourne CBD on the skyline about 40 kilometres to the North.

This is my contribution to the 52 week PHOTO CHALLENGE, with COURAGE this weeks word challenging a talented group of photographers from across the globe. Visit this challenge at https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/photo-challenge/ and find this weeks sharing on Wild Daffodil’s Home page.

secret of clouds


frayed cloud

veiled by sunset

autumn secret



April fourth and the sun and clouds conspired to paint a beautiful soft sunset scene, saying goodbye to the heat of summer and welcoming the mellowness of autumn.

These images were taken in quick succession from the cliffs at Black Rock overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Fish were obviously biting and these keen amateurs  in their little boats were making the most of an early evening. Daylight Saving had ended two nights before.

This haiku and image connects with RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 91 Fray&Veiled so for stunning poetry click here https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-91-frayveiled/

Extras arrive


autumn comes

take your flash partner 

to branch dance



Only a couple of months ago, (Spring!!)  a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets were nesting in a hollow at this tree site. Last Friday we were amazed at the number of Lorikeets and their frenzied activity at the same site. What were they up to? Then Ronavon posted his challenge and the answer was obvious, they were flash dancers  dancing. There are 10 of them so  what can we lead up to?


10 flash Lorikeets branch dancing


This is my contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 86 Flash & Dance  a challenging outlet for creative, budding and extroverted haiku writers and also a locational site to share the achievements of creative authors. I recommend a visit at.. https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-86-flashdance/

new year

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first new day

ah the year unfolds


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Kyoto often comes into my mind as I read, communicate with Japanese friends and compose haiku. I am drawn to return there but have to overcome my fear of flying, (not helped by numerous aviation incidents in recent times). With persistent encouragement from my wife Jill and my Japanese little sister Nak maybe 2016 is the year I shall return. These images were taken with print film in a pre digital age during September 2000 on my last trip to Japan guiding 4 teaching colleagues and 15 students.

This is my contribution to  RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 76 Year&New . This wonderful prose / poetry sharing blog site managed by Ronovan, the maestro of creative writing energies is a must visit if you are not aware of it. Visit at  https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com

free to roam


scent on wind

 dogs mind thinks hunting

haiku on mine

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Charlie loves to get out in the bush at Bendigo and wander with us as we look for native orchids and birds. Once we came upon a wallaby that  bounded away at the last minute and since then Charlie has to be watched carefully . The lead stays off only when we are sure no wildlife is near. She also stays alert and is always on protection duty. Afghan Hounds have a strong sense of protecting their family and property, usually doing it without needing to use violence, just a body language presence that warns.

This  haiku with images is my contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 69 Haiku & Mind. Follow this link to see what other creative haiku poets are doing to MIND and HAIKU https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/11/02