Friday, October 22, 2010

haiku my heart: insomnia


You of golden eye,

feathers speckled buff on brown

why are you awake?


This is a young Black-Crowned Night Heron. My husband spotted it walking around our local lake and ran back to grab the camera and snap a photo for me. It's rare to see one in our neighborhood; even more rare to see one out and about during the day, since they hunt and forage mostly at night or in the early morning. They sometimes vibrate their bills in shallow waters to lure small fish for their dinners. This guy looks pretty intense.

I'm glad I'm not a small fish!


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27 comments:

Joyce said...

A wonderful photo. A treasure moment of the day for sure. xo

Spadoman said...

I learned something. Thankmyou. We must not have these around where I live. I'll check my book. Owl like then, in the sense nthey sleep during the day and live at night.
Beautiful photo. I like the haiku, asking the question. Makes me wonder if animals actually DO have insomnia. I go further then, by wondering what would cause it.

Peace.

Kim Mailhot said...

Beautiful, Beautiful bird ! Love the the word and photo combo. So glad you shared your gift with us.
Happy Friday !

Debbie D. said...

Wonderful Haiku.
And I love the story surrounding the picture!
Very special :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous photo. So great the young heron was still there when your husband went back. One of those "wow" and "whew" at the same time pictures!

Kay, Alberta

Noelle Renee said...

Oh, Leslie! Your bird is so lovely! And your haiku reminds me of the beginning of an ode, one that Keats or Shelley might write. They always addressed the subject of the ode at the beginning of the poem. It is dramatic and your first line is so striking "Oh you of golden eye". I love the whole thing really! It is an interesting idea that a heron would be awake at this time, as if he had something to be anxious about. Thanks for this great photo and haiku!
xoxo,
Noelle

controllingaspicyuniverse said...

I've known some people like this guy!

morememes said...

Hiya Leslie,
Intense is the word.
Very melodious haiku.

No idea there were so many other herons, besides the grey one we have over here.
My vine is the Japanese Glory vine, a.k.s. Vitus coignettiae. Grows a mile a minute and has swamped the Rowan tree it is draped over.

deb said...

this haiku form is starting to grow on me.

great photo. I love birds. Isn't there something about them?

Boonie S said...

Amazing photo! And the look in that bird's eye!!!
Very creative haiku too.

All the best, Boonie

paper-n-soul said...

What a fantastic photo. Your words are wonderful, too - flowing like the ripples in the water.

Deb

Scarlet Ily said...

Congrats to your husband on the perfect shot and your haiku is beautifully written. Love that golden eye part.

turquoise cro said...

He looks like he has had it with something!!! hehe and I wish and HOPE that stray cat goes over to my neighbor's house, she is a CAT Lady!!! I'm highly allergic now to all animals! AH-CHOO! Happy Week-end!

Dianne said...

Gorgeous...

LauraX said...

what a beauty...I wish I was not an insomniac right now!!!!

rebecca said...

i love that your beautiful offering is a gift from husband and wife, oh you of golden heart!

B. Meandering said...

Such a fierce stare! This haiku was esp. cool in that you were 'speaking' to the bird.
I enjoyed the background info too.
Here I am posting fall trees and your pics still show 'summer'--the diversity in the blog world is so refreshing.

S. Etole said...

good one!!!!

Marilyn said...

Fabulous photos and words to go with it; and thanks for the explanatory notes about the bird.

Ramesh Sood said...

Lovley.. I am indeed haikued..

25BAR said...

All of those Herons are such peaceful beings!

*jean* said...

o how wonderful - thank you for sharing this special moment

Meri said...

Like Noelle, I love it that you addressed the subject. Like Spadoman, I'm wondering why.

jane said...

haha! me too!

ms pie said...

there is something so special abt birds... even more so the thought of insomnia and early morning sounds.... rainy curtain

Rick said...

If I were a fish I don't think a vibrating beak would attract me, but then again, I'm not a fish. I've enjoyed looking at your blog this morning. God bless.

Francesca said...

How nice of your husband to go back and take a photo for you!