Haiku Photos

As I read and view my archives for my 1,000 Posts Review, I remember favorite photos. When I began taking some photos again, I realized that poetry helps me see the photos. I would look around the yard, or create a bouquet, and see the photos already there – waiting for someone with a camera. I call them Haiku Photos.

And the images can be expressed in many ways, many art forms. A simple note of encouragement is art too, for example.

New hosta growing by the birch tree – May 2015

Shadows of forsythia on the cedar wood garage – June 2015

Roses from the yard – July 2015

where once
I mourned
irises

Photo is from the yard in July 2015.

I love how the daylilies grow, bloom, and accept change – to begin again the next year. This photo is from August 2015.

The seasons change, and I love observing nature. This photo is from October 1, 2015. The light through the days and years is a constant source of inspiration.

Flowers from a store – Winter 2019

Cedar garage – December 2018

Haiku Photos and Poem
are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

all these years

all these years
the gift of seeing
how evergreen
branches
frame the stars

During a difficult time with my health, I read:

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness,
and hidden riches of secret places . . .
Isaiah 45: 3 (KJV).

In 2018, I experienced a second major health challenge. Health and chronic illness are my great teachers. I am grateful for my Care Team, and work daily on my recovery, which is going well.

And life has changed, which I accept.

Blogs work so well, and I receive so much from many people.

Thank you.

It is interesting to read some past posts, and remember lessons learned, and apply them again, one day at a time.

The Easter story is real for me. There are losses, and then renewal – not the same for me at this age, or before, but always beauty, hope, and the language arts. I am indeed grateful. There is a lot of rest around my creative work.

I know, for example, that my experience with illness young created deeper empathy, and helped me know how to help my mother in her old age. I had less energy, and sitting with her for hours was something I could do. I am blessed.

So much more creative work . . . in a new way, with help from others.

June 2015 and March 2019
1,000 Posts Review

These are some of the photos I was able to take in 2018 and this year so far, as I began with the camera again.

Lake Michigan
June 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

highway sounds

highway sounds
in the distance
years gone by

I remember this poem
and look forward to reading in my study
with an open window again this year.

The Doves of Time Drawing is by Harrison Weir
and courtesy of Reusable Art.

Country Bridge is by William Walker
and courtesy of Reusable Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger
March 2015 and 2019
1,000 Posts Review

Winter to Spring

reading Psalms
on a Sunday morning
winter’s rest

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

This haiku was published in Time Of Singing, their 25th Anniversary Volume, in 1998.

Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

Published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.  The Haiku Society of America.

Ellen Grace Olinger
January 2015
1,000 Posts Review