Sunday, January 17, 2010

Haiku Walkway #2

This is the last part of my Haiku photo walk. There were many more Haiku than what I have featured here so I have just selected a few of my favorites!

This bridge was designed and installed especially for the Haiku walk. It features birds on the steel sides. I took the photo below from the bridge.

There's a Haiku Stone somewhere in the river, exposed to the whims of Mother Nature.I like the idea of these stones are part of the environment as well as from it. I didn't see the river Haiku Stone, it never occured to me to look in the river for one! Next time I am there I will seek it out.

across water- parts
of the sun
John O'Connor (NZ)

distant ranges
indigo spills
under the bright sky
John Knight (Aus)

This Haiku describes the real placing of the stone well, as the founder intended the Haiku were placed in an area that reflected the writing. The Kaimai ranges can be clearly seen  in the distance.

One at each end
of the park bench
a man    a woman
Jeanette Stace (NZ)

You guessed it, this stone is next to a bench, near the bridge and over looking the river. Tall willows provide shade.

The last two Haiku arn't as visually pleasing, lacking the character that the stones have, but they are an important part of the walk becasue they reflect the community aspect of the walk. About 20 inscriptions can be found on the pathway and each one is a piece of winning Haiku submitted to a local Haiku contest. Quite fitting for walk that is situated along the Uretara River which was once the 'road' travelled by the earliest settlers to this part of NZ.Without the river the community wouldn't have thrived, it was the lifeblood of the area.

Thankyou to everyone who's commented to tell me that they've enjoyed the walk- I've enjoyed having you with me for it!


Mick said...

Wow! What a wonderful land art project ... I love it!

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John M. Mora said...

These are lovely, Lisa. It must have been a peaceful walk. Thank you for two such well illustrated posts - you combine images and words effectively.

Well, I am off to find harrysex520.

neva gagliano said...

lisa....thank you. the best post ever with your great photographs of this incredible place/project/landscape, delicious haiku, all put together perfectly by you!!

La Dolce Vita said...

love these haiku's and the scene is so serene!

Debrina said...

Oh my - I think you have a rather ardent fan Lisa! John's right - worth checking out! Lol!!!! I'm sorry I didn't reply to your question about my folks in Katikati until now. My folks are sooo transient, they weren't there for long at all. They were on a rural section with lots of Kiwifruit - by one of the goodness, I can't remember the addy...something Penny...oh dear...

My sister, on the otherhand, just LOVES the BOP region and has been there for the best part of her 30's now. I can see why, of course, but house prices up your way do scare me a little, lol!

Lovely to see this next instalment in your Haiku series. Next time I am up to see Keryn, why don't we meet up there?? We could be up in Easter.

Debrina said...

PS. the barter circle is really beginning to take off. It would be lovely to see more kiwis on board though - so spread the word!! I t will hopefully keep the carbon footprint down. I'm going to go with Alicia for this round as she pretty much has everything I want...and I her...BUT let me know what you're after and I'll see what we can do...

layers said...

I just did a couple of posts on stones so love the haiku stones you have here-- what connections we find in the blog world.