The Cattail

A recent February walkabout at nearby Lake Martin near Lafayette, Louisiana was a time for quietness and seeking that elusive nymph, Serendipity. The afternoon was cool but sunny and a light breeze with the scent of the swamp was meandering around me. The birds and alligators were hunkered down as they often do in winter but the sunlight played through the bare Cypress and Tupelo trees randomly mixing light and shadow…the smallest, insignificant things had a chance at the limelight. A cattail bloom caught my attention as it seemed to be fully enjoying the playful caresses of the breeze. Hence, this photo and #haiku:

sun’s warm touch
a cattail’s flaxen hair
flutters in the wind

A Withering Leaf

Perhaps some folks consider a quiet walk in the late autumn woods somewhat melancholy and nostalgic. Nature is replacing her clothing of exuberant life with those of death and mourning. Yet, there should also be a feeling of hope and thankfulness for our loving God’s promise of new birth and new life. We should await the end of winter expectantly when nature will again joyfully adorn her fresh new clothing.

#haiku ##haiga autumn #hope #faith

Photography and Haiku

During a recent spring visit to the Avery Island Jungle Gardens with my wife and friends, we stepped inside a circular cluster of bamboo. My perception of the ‘roof’ above and the swaying bamboo was worthy of a pause and reflection. …AG

“…One good thing about writing haiku is that often you are filled with wonder at the world and the things in it, seeing things you’ve never seen before, though you may have looked at them many times, and feeling things you’ve never felt before.”

This, of course, is exactly what happens to those dedicated to photography, especially of nature and landscapes. The these two art forms go hand in hand in appreciation of serendipity and alma natura (Mother Nature) in my wandering walkabouts.

Art is Prayer

The journey to the Light is often difficult and filled with dangers of evil, distraction and stress that try to lead us astray. The true peace, happiness, and inner stillness we search for can only be achieved through gift of faith and prayer to our loving God. But the Arts can also help cut through the deafening noise of the world to that place of love, joy, and quiet we seek. Only then can we really hear His words, “Be still and know that I am God.”

“Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, in the eye of the storm… Art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.” ….Saul Bellow 1966