Vintage Lace


Photo by Susan Judd used by permission; All Rights Reserved

During a budding spring day, hiking among the scrub along a trail in one of our nature preserves nearby, I realized I was seeing the vestiges of winter even though her presence had been mild and rainy this season. Browned, brittle leaves covered the path and beyond.  Small twigs and limbs had been shed from the surrounding live oaks most likely resulting from one of our blustery storms that had blown through.  Some of the leaves were just beginning their renewal on the trees after being dormant through our short winter.

And as I further scanned the forest floor my eye caught a most delicate and fragile creation. I had seen these before and I’ve always been struck by the intricate, lacy designs left after a leaf or flower has disintegrated during its natural decline.  Nothing had yet destroyed its beauty in this frail state.  Yes, beauty was present even in this advanced stage of transformation.

nature in constant
flux, beginnings and endings
snapshots of beauty

Join us at dVerse Poets as we enjoy another Haibun Monday with Susan Judd as our guest co-host with Bjorn where she shares her wonderful photography as inspiration.

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  1. I would love to think that this line applies to us also as we age:
    Nothing had yet destroyed its beauty in this frail state.

    When I get home and start in on the garden, I always delight in the surprises that winter leaves behind and these lacy leaves are never lacking in our climate.


  2. Beauty in Decay indeed. After such a mild winter, this is particularly true. During a recent walk in the woods, the trail was fringed by these delicate leaves. I was charmed by a single young crocus pushing its was up from beneath them.


  3. A beautiful poem that works so well with the photo you chose.


  4. This feels like a meditative thoughtful walk…very peaceful and enlightening. I love the haiku and the use of the word “flux.” Beautiful haibun, Gayle.


  5. Lovely Gayle, isn’t amazing what we can observe…..


  6. Beautiful observations of nature and life. The haiku….beginnings and endings, snapshots of beauty….fits perfectly with the photo and your words.


  7. We are all in the Flux of time’s grasp, well put


  8. “beginnings and endings…” YES.


  9. mtw

     /  April 26, 2016

    i love what you did with the theme of renewal and replacement!


  10. The title grabbed me first and when I read the haiku they wrapped up the prose like a silk ribbon. I love the description of the prose, true snapshots of beauty.


  11. There is something so pleasant in following you on your hike and observing while you give your thoughts of the circle of life… there is something so zen about it I think.


  12. That’s a boooootiful snap!


  13. Earthed writing, yet the sense of wonder. Really beautiful.


  14. I appreciated all the descriptive details of your walk along the trail and I loved how you tied the photo into your prose.


  15. I enjoyed the hike and how you pointed out the lovely details…great title too!



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