The Natural World in Haiku form

Traditionally in the world of journalism, August is regarded as lacking any news of note, and is, in the UK at any rate, dubbed the “Silly Season”.  In homage to that view-point, and instead of doing one of of my usual blog posts, I searched for all the haikus I have tweeted over the last three years and present them here for light relief.


Thirsty snails

Short of water, snails

Circle and swirl on the rocks,

Waiting for a storm.

All the stones of any consequence were encrusted with snails.  Then the rain came and they were gone.

Italy 25 July 2014


Evening lift-off

Italian evening;

Bats swoop as stag beetles lift

Into lurching flight

Note the hole in the left elytrum, the resident kitten at our Italian holiday villa really enjoyed herslf snatching the poor lumbering beasties (in this case a Rhinoceros beetle) out of the air ☹

Italy 27 July 2014



Italian morning;

Lizards scurry on the stairs

as cicadas sing

Admittedly not on the stairs, but close enough 😊

28 July 2014




Spring has sprung

 White, pink fluttering,

the gentle breeze scattering;

cherry blossom falls

Outside my office – 24 May 2016



Blue sky, sun shining

Ducklings following mother

Winged aphids – summer?

4 May 2016



Dull, damp, cold drizzle.

Clouds glowering down on me.

Flaming June my foot 😦

29 June 2017


St Martin

September sunshine;

Eating lunch sitting outside.

What could be better?

10 September 2014


On the way

 September morning,

Sunlit, moist mist-laden trees;

Autumn is coming

8 September 2014


Crickle, crackle; leaves,

underneath my slipping feet.

Autumn is with us.

20 October 2015


I used to camp here as a lad!

Sodden tent, wet feet.

Rolling hills and drystone walls.

English Lake District

8 October 2014



How I hate mizzle;

as wet as real rain, but no

comforting refrain

26 November 2015



Shuffling through brown leaves

On a sunny autumn day;

So satisfying.

2 November 2016


Wet Pavements in Lille

Desert boots are great

except when soles are holey.

Then rain means wet feet

10 December 2014



Icing sugar snow,

Gently being washed away;

Grey drizzle falling

29 January 2015



Job downside

Academics hate

marking student assignments

on a sunny day

7 December 2016


Sunday lunch

 Butterflied mint lamb

roast potatoes and carrots;

apple and pear tart.

11 December 2016


Dedicated to @IMcMillan who spends a lot of time at stations

Cardboard coffee cups

tentatively raised to lips;

Morning commuters

7 July 2016



Searching for the why

and how things are like they are;


20 December 2015


Blood Moon

Lustrous, silver orb

Bloody, awe-inspiring moon

Night-time amazement

28 September 2015


Evening entertainment

Bats, swiftly looping

Snatching insects from the sky

Feeding on the wing

26 July 2017


Regular readers, rest assured, normal service will be returned in the next post 🙂


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One response to “The Natural World in Haiku form

  1. I loved this post. Having lived in Japan, I can appreciate a seasonal haiku – even better when they are entomology/zoology themed!🦇🐣🌿🐛



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