11/20/2008

Sonoran Saijiki

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Sonoran Saijiki, USA

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Conceived, Compiled, and Edited by Laura Orabone

Text quoted from
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. by Steven J. Phillips (Editor), Patricia Wentworth Comus (Editor),
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. University of California Press (December, 1999)


Haiku on this page, unless quoted otherwise,
are © by Laura Orabone.





.. .. .. SPRING Yellow Season (Late February, March, April)

.. .. Season

.. .. Heaven

Warmer days

Drier days

Warm afternoons



.. .. Earth

Snow melt

Creeks and washes run

Sound of water



.. .. Humanity

Yaqui Deer Dancers


.. .. Observances

Easter


.. .. Animals

Hawks arrive and breed
Swainson’s
Zone-tailed
Black

Hummingbirds continue to arrive
Broad-billed
Black-chinned
Magnificent

White-winged doves return

Reptiles become more active, begin breeding
Desert iguanas
lesser earless lizards
western whiptails

Rattlesnakes stir

Bobcat kittens

Coyote pups

Fox kits

Owls breed
Elf

Burrowing

Barn

Desert tortoise and desert box turtles mate

Turkey vultures return to southern Arizona for the summer

Bird migration

Iron-cross blister beetles feed on brittlebush blossoms

Butterflies
great blue hairstreak
hackberry
skipper
blue
queen



.. .. Plants

Wildflowers abound
globe mallow
penstemon
evening primrose
desert marigolds
blue dicks
gilias
bladderpod
dock
chia
desert hyacinth

Shrubs bloom
desert lavender
hop bush
brittlebush
Mormon tea

Bean trees bloom
blue palo verde
catclaw acacia
mesquites

Cacti bloom
Prickly Pear (North America, Opuntia Family)
cholla
hedgehogs
some saguaros

Ocotillo blossoms

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Spring Haiku

white-winged dove:
your flapping tail announces
Spring is Here!

yellow season
the dog path palo verde
bends in full bloom

Spring evening
deep inside the pine
the owl’s call

all along
the Acacia branch
spring returning

Easter Sunday
globemallow bends under
sparrow’s weight

Acacia blossoms
a pair of finches
line their nest with gold








.. .. .. SUMMER (Foresummer Drought and Summer Monsoons)

.. .. Season

.. .. Heaven

Big Dipper


.. .. Earth

Clear, dry and hot days

Hottest, driest part of the year

Retreat to mountains for cool

Sizzling desert pavement

Bone dry

Arid



.. .. Humanity

many deaths crossing the desert


.. .. Observances

Cinco de Mayo

Tohono O’odham Saguaro fruit harvest



.. .. Animals

Bats migrate into the area from Mexico to feed on night-blooming cacti/plants
Mexican long-tongued
lesser long-nosed

Gila monster eggs hatch

Red-spotted toads mate in mountain canyons, make trilling sounds

Moths pollinate night-blooming cacti/plants

Snakes bear live young or lay eggs
Gopher
common kingsnake
Sonoran whipsnake
western diamondback
tiger rattlesnake

Buzz of mating cicadas

Lesser Nighthawks fill the sky with trilling calls

Hawks breed in riparian areas with tall cottonwood or sycamore trees
Gray hawks
Black hawks
Zone-tailed Hawks
Mississippi Kites

Mule deer growing their antlers


.. .. Plants

Nocturnally blooming cacti in bloom
Saguaros
Senitas
organ pipes
queen-of-the-night (night-blooming cereus)

Desert ironwood and smoke trees put out lavendar blossoms

Desert spoon and soaptree yuccas send up tall, woody bloomstalks with white flowerettes

Red, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in mountains (penstemon, coral bean)

Saguaro fruit ripen, split, fall

Pink-colored scats (from animals eating cactus fruit)

Bean pods on mesquite, palo verde, and acacia trees ripening

jojoba seeds form

Sacred Datura blossoms

Organ pipe cactus have pale lavender blossoms

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Summer Haiku

cicada's rasp
the baby's whine
– my god, this heat!

June heat
deepening her burrow
the desert tortoise

scouring away
the morning’s cool
cicadas’ song

one hundred ten degrees
halfway through the book on
anger management

Summer Solstice
the sparrows’ bath
of dust


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... ... ... SUMMER MONSOON (July, August, early September)

.. .. Season

.. .. Heaven

Afternoon thunderstorms

Thunderheads

Lightning


.. .. Earth

Humid

Creeks, washes and arroyos run with water



.. .. Humanity

many deaths crossing the desert


.. .. Observances

.. .. Animals

Second breeding season for many animals

Butterflies emerge with rains
Monarchs
Sulphurs
queens
fritillaries
two-tailed swallowtails

Palo verde beetles emerge

Toads emerge and mate
Spadefoot
Sonoran green
red-spotted

Bats migrate south, following the agave blooms

Swarms of winged leaf-cutter and harvester ants after heavy rains

Empress Leilia hackberry butterflies

Regal horned lizards hatch

Bird migrations

Hummingbirds
New England Saijiki : Hummingbird in Spring
Yuki Teikei lists in it spring.
Haiku World (Higginson) lists it in summer.

Rufous
Allen’s

Snout butterflies

Bird migration peaks

Raptors and carrion-feeders congregate, preparing to move south
Turkey Vultures
Western Kingbirds
hawks

Desert bighorn sheep breeding

Butterflies
gray hairstreaks
funeral duskwings
painted ladies

Mule deer antlers get velvet


.. .. Plants

Wildflowers
summer poppies
Devil's Claw (Southern USA) Teufelskralle
morning glories

Agave blossoms

Prickly pear cacti fruit ripens

More pink poop

Plants bloom
barrel cacti
asters
four o’clocks
buffalo gourds
ground cherries

Desert hackberry fruit (orange) ripen

Sunflowers

Golden yellow blooms
Snakeweed
Turpentinebush
Goldeneyes
telegraph plants

Sticker and burr season (cottonwood ragweed/cocklebur)

Seewp-willow shrubs bloom in washes and canyon bottoms

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Summer Monsoon Haiku

monsoon's return
a crown of cactus flowers
the smell of creosote

August rain
the mountain shudders
getting its foothills wet

cloudless afternoon
the dry rattle
of the bean trees


Monsoon ..(India, South Asia)







.. .. .. AUTUMN FALL (Late September, October, November)

.. .. Season

.. .. Heaven

.. .. Earth

cooler nights

winter returns to the mountains

mountain snow returns

cold temps on the desert, especially at night



.. .. Humanity

Winter tourists return (snowbirds fly in for the winter)

allergies


.. .. Observances

El Dias de los Muertos


.. .. Animals

swarms of butterflies, bees, wasps, and beetles

snakes burrow

rosy boas in warmer areas give birth

wintering hawks arrive (Northern Harriers, Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks, Kestrels, Marlins, and Prairie Falcons)

ravens return to the deserts; loud groups of juveniles roost in tall cottonwoods in evenings

butterflies
great purple hairstreaks
snouts
sulphurs
swallowtails
checkerspots

hummingbirds – Anna’s, Costa’s

bobcats, coyotes, badgers, and gray and kit foxes remain active

male desert mule deer lose their velvet
..... sparring begins

loud flocks of wintering sparrows

high-floating raptors



.. .. Plants

desert broom seeds in cloudy puffs look like snow on the ground

plants fruiting
barrel cacti
soapberry trees
desert hackberries
wolfberries

fall foliage in canyons (sycamores, cottonwoods, ashes, and walnuts)

desert mistletoe berries form

golden grasslands









.. .. .. WINTER (December, January, early February)

.. .. Season

.. .. Heaven

Orion’s Belt

Jet contrails

Overcast skies at night after rains



.. .. Earth

Equipatas – gentle winter rains

Freezing temps at night

Mountain snowfall



.. .. Humanity

.. .. Observances

.. .. Animals

Mockingbirds mate

Curve-billed thrashers mate

Packrats mate

Cactus wrens build nests in cholla

Hummingbirds mate

Phainopeplas mate

Mule deer in their “rut”

Mule deer sparring

Mountain lions active

Hummingbirds mate

Gila woodpeckers hammer on trees, metal pipes, and swamp coolers

Great Horned Owls call in evening or before dawn, mate

Pipevine swallowtail butterflies



.. .. Plants

Cottonwood blossoms

New grass

Wildflowers return
Mexican gold poppies
lupines
owl-clover
ajo lily


Winter Haiku

January sky:
beneath cloudy water
sits the pearl moon











.. .. .. NEW YEAR

.. .. Season

.. .. Heaven

.. .. Earth

.. .. Humanity

.. .. Observances

.. .. Animals

.. .. Plants

Desert mistletoe (with fruit)
World Kigo Database - Mistletoe

Christmas cactus fruit

Netleaf hackberry fruit

Bare trees

Ocotillo leaves

Creosote leave






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Editor: Laura Orabone, USA
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SouthernArizonaHaiku/

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Roadrunner Haiku Journal, Jason Sanford Brown

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ハミング‐バード Hummingbirds
are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae.
They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird.
The Aztec god Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird.
Trinidad and Tobago is known as "The land of the hummingbird," and a hummingbird can be seen on that nation's coat of arms and 1-cent coin as well as its national airline, Caribbean Airlines.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

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...........................More HAIKU



Thirst in the night throat
Pre dawn journey to water
Mountain lion print


© -Linda Noel, Ukiah 2004

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silence
of the mountain camp . . .
roar of a mountain lion


© Nicole Boliard, 1998


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photo : Hummingbird by Quentin Huffaker


a bloom
to hummingbirds and bees ?
summer dreams

no thoughts
of small, hummingbird
feeding


- Shared by Louis Osofsky -
Joys of Japan, 2012




dawn mist ...
a hummingbird fans
the trumpet vines


- Shared by John Wisdom -
Joys of Japan, 2012


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a hummingbird feeds,
dancing in a ray of light
scarlet, emerald


- Shared by Charles Henderson -
Joys of Japan, 2012




- Hummingbird and Happy Haiku


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6 comments:

Gabi Greve said...

Winter Hummingbirds

replacing the feeder --
the winter hummingbird's
tsk! tsk! tsk!



Here in Tucson, Arizona it is a gray overcast day. 62 degrees fahrenheit... wonderful walking weather.

Tommorrow's high is supposed to be 74. Up until a week ago we were still in the 80's. "Piercing cold" has a whole different meaning
here.

If the hummingbird feeder is filled, the hummingbirds will stay year round -- at least that is what a neighbor told me. Standing close to the feeder this afternoon, a couple of the birds seemed to be chastizing me for being too close....
One of them gave three short bursts while I was by the feeder that sounded like someone making a "tsk,tsk,tsk" sound through his teeth.

It was the first time I was so aware of their voices. I think now that much of what I assumed to be insect song,comes from the hummingbirds. Some of their song resembles the sound of cicada's, though in a lower register. Other sounds, remind me of a snake's
rattle.

:)Karen

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/5523

Gabi Greve said...


gentle breeze…
the weight of hummingbird
on jojoba


Modern Haiku, Volume 38.2
Summer 2007
http://www.modernhaiku.org/issue38-2/index.html

JOJOBA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jojoba

© Karen Cesar / Happy Haiku Forum
with more information.

Anonymous said...


rainy day
the hummingbird still watches
its plastic flower


--Rosa Clement
http://tinywords.com/haiku/2008/05/15

Anonymous said...

back and forth whistling
hummingbird

stops arm's length

til i notice


Marshall
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/6055

GreenDigitalist said...

3 sonoran winter haikus:

missing tucson
sun and coolWarmth
blizzardbound in Michigan

rocks of hiking
ocotillo buds breaking
sonoran longing

tomatoeSeedlings at Candlemas
hands in the soil
year renewed

Gabi Greve said...

Thankd for your contribution, dear anonymous friend!
GABI

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