“The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.” — Arthur Miller lost leaves spell drama branches write on cloudless sky Hitchcock storyline *   *   * On Stage ~ Manuscript of Lines • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Drama” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023

Shiny Jewels

“See what’s inside a drop of water. The whole seed of the universe.” — Manuel Rivas jewels that sparkle wet splashes of fountain spray capsulized sunshine *   *   * Cooling Drops ~ Florida’s Boat-tailed Grackle enjoys fountain’s cool splash • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Shiny Jewels” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023  


“Find comfort in the knowledge that no imitator ever comes off as well as the original.” — Ann Landers sculpture can’t compete nature’s color outshines all imitation fails *   *   * Original Design ~ Terracotta sculpture loses to beauty of Rainbow Lorikeets • Photo and “Imitation” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023

New Beginnings

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” — Josiyah Martin   fresh start means clean slate promise of blossoming growth buoyancy of youth *   *   * Songs and Nests and Eggs ~ Pair of House Finch set up house and fill it with future hopes • Photos by Jan … More New Beginnings


“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.” — John Muir do you see me there among the lines and shadows deceiving patterns *   *   * Can you find me? ~ Great Blue Heron swallows fish dinner • Photo and “Deceiving” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023


“An abandoned place never stays abandoned, something will come and settle there!” — Mehmet Murat ildan blooms of fungus decorate abandoned walls hangout of spiders *   *   * Claiming these Walls ~Tree Swallow settles on new abode • Photo by Andrew Finn • “Abandoned” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023


“The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson head cocked to side what are you saying to me curious to know *   *   * Body Language ~ “I’m listening. What do you say?” • Photo of … More Curiosity

Finishing Touch

“The last word should be the last word. It is like a finishing touch given to color; there is nothing more to add.” — Joseph Joubert give one extra touch just the final enhancement call me beautiful *   *   * Almost Ready ~ It’s that final effort that counts • Photo of Macaw at Flamingo … More Finishing Touch

Helping Hand

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand.” — Charles de Lint hands that touch others nourishment through caring deeds softness of feathers *   *   * Act of Kindness … More Helping Hand

All Tangled Up

“Spending some time getting quiet can really be the best remedy for tangled situations.” — Lysa TerKeurst hopelessly tangled threads of life tied up in knots woven with falsehoods *   *   * Battle of the Strongest ~ Great Blue Heron catches snake. Snake wraps tail around Heron’s beak, keeping beak closed. Who will win? • … More All Tangled Up