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Tan Renga Challenge #95 “lilies of the valley”

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #95 “lilies of the valley” by Adjei Agyei Baah

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Credit : Wikimedia

百合  Suzuran/Yuri lilies of the valley

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stuck to the mountainside
like ribbons                             (c) Adjei Agyei Baah

greeting Mt Fuji pilgrims
with sweet perfume

Yu Chang’s Warm Rain

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #93 Yu Chang’s Warm Rain

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warm rain
the spring moon returns
to the rusty can
                    ©Yu Chang

bare feet in cool wet grass
earthy aroma rising

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warm rain
the spring moon returns
to the rusty can
                    ©Yu Chang

I dance in the night air
soaking in memories

Basho’s Boiled Rice Slop

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #91, Basho’s boiled rice slop

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boiled rice slop
his old lady fans the treat
with evening coolness           © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

distant laughter of a child
stirs memories and smiles

Tan Renga Challenge “on the porch”

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #90 Allen Ginsberg “on the porch”

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in my shorts;
auto lights in the rain   © Allen Ginsberg (1955)

racing inside to search for pants
unexpected in-laws

For the Star Festival

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #87 Basho’s “for the Star Festival

A piercingly bright curtain of stars is the backdrop for this beautiful image taken by astronomer Håkon Dahle. The silhouetted figure in the foreground is Håkon himself surrounded by just a couple of the great dark domes that litter the mountain of ESO’s La Silla Observatory. Many professional astronomers are also keen photographers — and who could blame them? ESO sites in the Atacama Desert are among the best places on Earth for observing the stars, and for the same reason, are amazing places for photographing the night sky. Håkon took these photos while on a week-long observing run at the MPG/ESO 2.2 -telescope. During this time, the telescope was occasionally handed over to a different observing team, giving Håkon the opportunity to admire the starry night — as well as to capture it for the rest of us to see. The Milky Way is brighter in the Southern Hemisphere than in the North, because of the way our planet’s southern regions point towards the dense galactic centre. But even in the South, the Milky Way in the night sky is quite faint in the sky. For most of us, light pollution from our cities and even the Moon can outshine the faint glow of the galaxy, hiding it from view. One of the best aspects of La Silla Observatory is that it is far away from bright city lights, giving it some of the darkest night skies on Earth. The atmosphere is also very clear, so there is no haze to further muddy your vision. The skies at La Silla are so dark that it is possible to see a shadow cast by the light of the Milky Way alone. Håkon submitted this photograph to the Your ESO Pictures Flickr group. The Flickr group is regularly reviewed and the best photos are selected to be featured in our popular Picture of the Week series, or in our gallery.
Picture Credit   Starry Night at La Silla by  Hakon Dahle

Tanabata no awanu kokoro ya uchuten

for the Star Festival
even when hearts cannot meet
rainy-rapture                                        © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

 

ocean’s apart we gaze
the same stars
in our eyes

the ancient woman

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #85, “the ancient woman”

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the ancient woman
cherry tree blooms in old age
an event to remember                 © Basho

cherry blossoms fall on grave
ancient honored samurai

                 ~~~

the ancient woman
cherry tree blooms in old age
an event to remember                  © Basho

we hold hands and gaze
at child so long dreamed of

Has Spring Come

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #82, Basho’s first haiku (1662) “has spring come”

has spring come
or the year gone away?
second last day         © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

has spring come
or the year gone away?
second last day

icy rain falls
yet birds still twitter

hellebore’s first blooms
leaves ravaged with frost burn
crocus hide

snow drifts
in early April

birds flock to the feeders
tulips bow their heads
I grab a sweater

torrential  rains
pool around new plants

spring has come
playing foul tricks
this second month

warm weather creeping
iris opening at las

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Kala Remesh “howling wind”

Caper Diem tan renge challenge # 80 Kala Ramesh “howling wind

howling wind —
an autumn note within
the bamboo flute                 © Kala Ramesh

wind-chimes tinkling
in the summer breeze

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howling wind —
an autumn note within
the bamboo flute                © Kala Ramesh

cricket chips echo
within the hollow walls

Ese’s “through the darkest hour”

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #79, Ese’s “through the darkest hour”

through the darkest hour
every tree top in the forest
adorned with a star                              © Ese

fresh snow softly blanketing
our pathway with new dreams

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through the darkest hour
every tree top in the forest
adorned with a star                              © Ese

we lie on fragrant pine boughs
scanning the  constellations

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