Visual Haiku: Fallen Leaf

Leaf imprint


This is a visual haiku, or a picture that suggests something that is missing. The small leaf that left its impression is long gone, returned to the soil. Yet, its mark lingers.

For other examples of Visual Haiku, you can look at Grandeur GrownRobin’s EggShadow PaintingTenacity and Come and Gone.Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, and the prompt: Texture.


Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Visual Haiku: Grandeur Grown

Redwood Tree


This is a visual haiku, or a picture that implies something rather than revealing it explicitly. To me, this photograph makes me think about the things missing: the tree’s connection to the earth and the sky. It’s so immense even the sun is implied rather than revealed. A camera can capture only a tiny section. For scale, I left a person in the lower right corner.

For other examples of Visual Haiku, you can look at Robin’s Egg, Shadow Painting, Tenacity and Come and Gone.

Edit, this photograph also dovetails nicely with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which I have been admiring. This week is Wood or Season of Spring. Thanks for all the beauty you inspire, Cee!! And for the community you build and for all the FUN!!

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Visual Haiku: Robin’s Egg

Robin Egg Shell

What do you see?

I imagined a baby robin eating his first worm. I looked up baby robins, and I learned they are born with an egg tooth that disappears. They have no feathers, and their eyes are closed until at least three days pass. After three days, the primary feather sheaths begin to poke through the skin. I wonder if that hurts like when a baby teethes.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham


Notes: A visual haiku is a photograph that implies the presence of something not there. For other visual haiku, click herehere and here.

Cornell Lab’s American Robin
Messinger Woods Guide to Development of a Baby Bird
Baby Robins in the Nest

Visual Haiku: Shadow Painting

Shadows on Bark, Japanese Ink Painting


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Note: A visual haiku is a photograph that implies the presence of something not there. Here the shadows reminded me of Japanese Brush Painting, making the bark a canvas. Can you guess what made the shadows? For other visual haiku, click here and here.

Tenacity: a Visual Haiku


blue dormancy
bitter winter winds cease
lavender in March

HAIKU INVITATION! Please feel free to leave your own haiku here, in the comments, to celebrate spring and the tenacity of all creatures who survive the bitter winds of winter. So much more could be said, perhaps by you!

Note: The photograph is a visual haiku: a photograph suggesting more than is there. In this case, the photograph made me think of the tenacity of life, to go dormant, slumber throughout the cold, and then wake to sunshine and spring.  Another Visual Haiku is at Come and Gone.

Three Photographs: Come and Gone

A haiku is not a poem, it is not literature; it is a hand beckoning,
a door half-opened, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning
to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling
leaf nature, in short, to our Buddha nature. It is a way in which
the cold winter rain, the swallows of evening, even the very day in
its hotness, and the length of the night, become truly alive, share
in our humanity, speak their own silent and expressive language. 
~R.H.Blyth~ Haiku, Volume One




I originally wanted these three photographs to be one visual haiku, in my case meaning a poem in three lines, each photograph to represent a line. However, I found the term already in use, and I decided that each one individually fits the common definition: a photograph that says something more than the contents; it uses two or three elements to suggest more than is present. I hope you enjoy my three visual haiku.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham