Friday, April 9, 2010

Of Lakes and Linky Love

flash of golden koi

gone from the backyard pond--

marauding egret


My haiku mania continues with National Poetry Month. The photo was edited using something called "oil paint" to, well, make it look painted instead of shot. I took it at a lake I frequent. The haiku is based on a real event when my father's koi all went missing overnight.
Onward to links. If you have an hour to spare, I highly recommend the video of a webcast for librarians that Scholastic Books made of their 2010 releases. What I found fascinating as a writer was listening to the pitches these editors made for the books. That's the passion we're all hoping for. Here's the Scholastic link.

I keep getting the blog love, for which I am grateful. I've met so many wonderful writers in the world of Blog. Shannon O'Donnell at Book Dreaming gave me the Creative Writer Award. I'd sure like to believe I deserve it. And I wouldn't mind trying to write with a quill. Wouldn't that be a different way to create? It would be slower and you'd probably sweat to make the handwriting neat. No messy blotches or cross-outs. Um, on second thought, I sing the praises of the world of Tech. Never thought I'd really say that.
I also got two repeat awards but huge thanks for thinking of me to Carolina Valdez Miller and VR Barkowski. If you don't read these three bloggers you are missing out, believe me.


Liza said...

As always, I love your pictures, and your words.

Lisa Desrochers said...

Love the post, but what I know for sure is that NOBODY want to hear my poetry. I'll stick to books. O_o

Sarah Wylie said...

I second what Liza said. Love your words and pictures, including the flower. It's so you. :)

Angela Ackerman said...

You absolutely deserve it!

sarahjayne smythe said...

Love the pictures and the haiku. And congrats on your awards. :)

Unknown said...

It's almost like a scene from my book! :)

Congrats on the award. Happy Friday.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Liza: :D

Lisa: Well, from what I can tell, those books are gonna cause a stir. I can't wait for the release.

Sarah: Ah, shucks. I am a nature woman, I guess.

Angela: Thank you for that!

sarahjane: Many thanks.

Amanda: Ooooooo, now I'm dying to know!!!

Cynthia Reese said...

Beautiful pix and words ... as always!

Just Wendy said...

Congrats, Tricia!

Love your pics. They always bring a smile to my face :)

Bish Denham said...

Lovely picture, lovely poem.

Jade said...

I LOVE all the pictures on your blog!

Congrats for the awards too.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I love that haiku! Your poems always make me smile.

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm loving your haikus. And I want to know why the fish disappeared overnight. Because of the birds?

Congratulations on the awards!

Paul C said...

There is nothing more wonderful than koi in a garden pond. How devastating if some have been taken by a marauder. I have heard stories of it happening.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Cynthia, Wendy, Bish, Jade & Stephanie: Thank you all so much, making you smile makes me smile. :D

LT: Yes, the theory is that they were consumed by a bird who had found a great meal spot. Not a fish was left.

Paul: It's so peaceful to watch them swim, isn't it? I know some places put netting over outdoor ponds. Birds are a danger.

Donna said...

This morning, we saw a snowy egret breakfasting on fresh fish, not koi, though.

Nature . . .

Reminds me of the joke about a crocodile lounge singer with a microphone crooning,
"Egrets, I've had a few."

Jemi Fraser said...

Beautiful photos :)

Congrats on the awards - and you're right - those are 3 terrific ladies!!

VR Barkowski said...

I just love coming here. I know I'll be treated to stunning images and beautiful words. And you never disappoint. Thank you.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Did you know that there is a murder scene blogfest going on?
Come check my entry out. It's from my historical fantasy, RITES OF PASSAGE :

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Donna: Ha! I love that crocodile joke. And I love egrets for their spindly grace.

Thanks, Jemi!

VR: Wow, thank you so much.

Roland: Welcome. And I'll be sure to check them out. I love blogfests but I'm not participating for awhile. Got to finish the manuscript. No more excuses.

PJ Hoover said...

I love the scholastic link! Thanks, and have a great weekend!

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

What a beautiful photo. It makes me long to go there. It looks so very peaceful.

And you're welcome for the award. I figured you must have it already, but I wanted to give your blog a little love. Besides, you are a fab commenter.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Love your haiku, as always. I'd say you are a master. And congrats on the awards. Thanks for the links. Have a great week.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

PJ: Isn't that cool? I jotted down notes, too.

Carol: It's funny, but that is an urban lake and some dicey folks live on its fringes in the river bottom. But even so, there are places where nature takes over and it's so beautiful and peaceful.

Thank you so much, Yvonne, and happy weekending to you, too.

Unknown said...

Hi Tricia! Loved your Haiku :) You have a beautiful blog. I look forward to reading more from you!

Suzanne Casamento said...

I love the haiku but I feel terrible for the koi that faced the marauding egret. Yikes!

Tess said...

Is that really an egret? and was it just wild and hanging out? that's pretty neat to see.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Welcome, Nicole, and thank you so much!

Suzanne: I'm sure it was an unpleasant scene for all but the egret.

Tess: Yes, it's a snowy egret. I was able to walk up really slowly and get the shot before it flew off. Maybe I should have posted the actual photo instead of the edited "paint" photo, because the bird was more vivid. There are lots of birds at that lake--ducks, cormorants, heron, geese.

Laurel Garver said...

Great haiku and photo. Hmm, I will surely have to do some postings in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

BTW, I have an award for you over on my blog. It's one you already have, but it felt apropos, so I gave it to you anyway. Cause you're just that awesome. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Your pics and your words say it all, my friend. EXTRAORDINARY

!My haiku is getting better. I might actually send you one to read soon. I miss you terribly. See you SOON! *waves back at Pat and squeezes her hard* (^_^)

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrats on the award. Very deserved. And congrats to Carolina (love her blog) and VR.

storyqueen said...

Seriously, you should have a book of your pictures and your haikus.

That is all.


And thanks so much for the heads-up about Book Sniper!!

So cool to read the review!


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Aww, Laurel, I'm honored. Thank you!

Robyn: I'd love to see your haiku! I can't wait to have you back in Blogland, but I'm so glad you are getting the work done.

Shelley: Oh, thank you so much, my friend, and you are also most welcome.