Here is a photo of the Omono River（雄物川） in Akita prefecture （秋田県）, Northern Honshu, Japan.
The photo was taken at the riverbank at the end of January.
hyouketsu ni koi no madoromu kita no kawa
a sheet of ice
keeps carp in repose
northern rivers Hidenori
This haiku appears in the following blog on February 7.
Lastly, let me post haiku and photos by Michael Todd, Ruth Ashworth, and Gaby Meindl, who studied about haiku and learned to write haiku at the class by Alexander Dolin, PhD, Professor of Japanese Literature and Civilization Studies at Akita International University（国際教養大学）.
Michael Todd contributed the works of haiku and photos to us in November, 2011.
Ruth Ashworth also contributed the works of haiku to us in November, 2011.
Gaby Meindl also contributed the works of haiku to us in November, 2011.
Whoosh, crickle, crack, crunch
For this haiku, I wanted to incorporate a really challenging word, such an onomatopoeia, and then built the rest of the haiku around it. It’s about the sounds of crunching leaves during fall.
Basked in the sunlight
A lone daisy among weeds
Growing and growing
This haiku is about the spring when flowers begin to bloom. There are often big patches of grass with very few flowers, or very small flowers, but sometimes there is one strong, big flower among the weeds that always astounds me as to the speed it grew.
Wrenitt birds perch high
Their cheeps pierce the empty skies
All others flown south
Wrenitts are sedentary birds from the American pacific coast. They do not migrate south, but many birds do, so this is a haiku about their loneliness during winter.
Drunk off the sunlight
Trees blush in vivid pink hues
Sakura bloom free
The pink colors of sakura have been compared to a lot of things, so I wanted to try something I have never heard them compared to before, drunkenness. Many people have a tendency to get a reddish or pink hue to their skin while drinking, much like the pink of a sakura tree.
The next posting ‘For New Year 2012 (7)’ appears on February 18.
― Hidenori Hiruta