I pull on my pack and trudge along the trail slowly. Noticing. I stop to absorb the far view or to examine a mountain wildflower, inhaling its morning joy from the night rain soaked earth.
harbor the meadow
In the Ponderosa pine forest, vanilla scent perfumes a soft breeze. The rising sun sparkles a small lake visible through a clearing. A stellar jay chatters on a low branch, looking at me cautiously -- a snack perhaps. I sit on a flat, rough granite rock and munch a few rose hips berries as I unpack my paints, brushes, canvas, and set up for a contemplative day of plein-air painting. Honoring the ancients is my intention.
dawn on Lily Pad Lake
Monet's brush strokes
(Note--Haibun is a literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku.)
Patricia Nolan is a member of Poetry West in Colorado Springs and the Haiku Society of America. She paints sumi-e (Japanese ink painting), also works in oil, pastel, and acrylic and writes poems in several Asian forms, as well as other poetry, essays, and outdoor articles. Western rivers, mountains, and trails provide most of her inspiration.