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.

A bird of a life

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floating and gliding

freedom to fly wherever

the same tomorrow


At any time of the day sea birds will be flying from somewhere to somewhere along the Bayside coast. The first photo is of a Pacific Gull. These large gulls are notorious marauders and scavengers. They drift along the cliffs at Black Rock and Sandringham riding the air currents especially on windy and stormy days always looking below for the next feed.

The second photo shares the departure of some Crested Terns as they prepare to move on from Port Phillip Bay. I have not seen any of these strident birds since back earlier in April. They do not migrate long distances however staying around the bay for winter is not on their agenda.

time out

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warming drying sun

a seabird  break from feeding

fish also relax

A little Pied Cormorant, a couple of Silver Gulls and a flock of Crested Terns share an ideal roosting spot in the early morning sun. From this height they can watch what other birds on the water are up to and save some energy. Any sign of fishing activity, depending on the species, and they would be off to join in.


Don’t go yet



gentle sea breeze

calming flying instincts

resting busy wings

These Crested Terns spend many weeks hanging out with flocks of Silver Gulls, foraging and taking life as it comes around Ricketts Point during late Spring and Early Summer. As the average temperature rises the numbers dwindle. They are a common bird around Australia’s coastline so they move away from this part of Port Phillip Bay as it becomes warmer. The bird with its beak open clearly disliked the sudden movement of its companion however it and the others quickly settled down again.