Hail to Thee, Blithe Spirit



Today had been a day of storms, of squalls alternating with heavy rain, sunshine and hail.  A visitor landed in the garden across the lane, brightly arrayed with auburn plumage, fluffed out against the weather.  I hurried to find the camera, clicked and zoomed and clicked again as he posed, turned, peered round at the sound, posed again and – sedately – walked away.

A cheap lens is
false economy – weak zoom
gives fuzzy pheasant.



For Haibun Monday at dVerse.  The haiku says it all – I don’t have a photo to illustrate my story!

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28 Responses to Hail to Thee, Blithe Spirit

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Great description – and I had to laugh with your conclusion. I know that experience too well!

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  2. Bastet says:

    Ah Viv .. happy you caught his image in your haibun .. your haiku burns in my heart 😦

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  3. sreejaharikrishnan says:

    The images are perfect even without the snap…lovely!

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  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Gorgeous, Viv. I love that “fuzzy pheasant!”

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  5. lillian says:

    Smiling I am….at your humorous haiku today. Fuzzy pheasants and headless horsemen — my kind of pics!

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  6. I’m no good with a camera so mine would have been fuzzy as well. Your haibun is a clear photo though so I did get to see it.

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  7. The sounds in poetry transfer texture and image as well as the meaning of words. I think that was true in ancient haiku and is evident in yours here. We see the fuzzy pheasant..and the out of focus photo as well. I liked this a lot.

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  8. A haibun or haiku: the words used is meant to create the image. I often wonder if we don’t cheat ourselves by using a photo prompt? Would the haiku or haibun work, or stand alone without it? Yours worked beautifully.

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  9. It’s all about focus and perspective! I so enjoyed this.

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  10. Some captures are fuzzy, but the memory lingers. Doesn’t it?

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  11. Sue says:

    Love your humorous haiku, Viv!

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  12. MarinaSofia says:

    Storms in our part of France as well – but no bedraggled pheasant to cheer us up! A gently humorous poem, very nice read this morning.

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  13. Candy says:

    Oh I hate when that happens – even without the picture we could visualize the event

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  14. pheasants are hard to capture, even a good lens graces us with fuzziness of the event.

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  15. lynn__ says:

    Love your phuzzy pheasant, Viv! We have many pheasants here as well but rarely get close enough for a photo.

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  16. Mary says:

    Pheasants are beautiful, even when fuzzy.

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  17. Bodhirose says:

    I love those unexpected moments of nature that happen and make us go running for our cameras or our binoculars! Love your “fuzzy pheasant!”

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  18. Grace says:

    Too bad, smiles ~ We need to have a good lens to capture that ~


  19. kanzensakura says:

    Fuzzy pheasant! I like that. The photo to use would have been the photo in the prompt post. Surprise is always a wonderful element to write about and when done with humor, even better!

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  20. I love those kind of surprises nature offers and how you took a famous poem for a title.


  21. Suzanne says:

    I love the gentle humour of this.

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  22. Ha.. We need the perfect lens to capture those pheasants

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  23. katechiconi says:

    Fuzzy pheasant! Viv, that’s inspired alliteration!

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