summer haiku d’été – fawn surprised = faon surpris


summer haiku d'été – fawn surprised = faon surpris




fawn surprised
by my off-the-cuff photo
licks my hand

faon surpris
par ma photo impromptue
lèche ma main

Richard Vallance

photo © by Régis Auffray 2019

The most adorable photos yet of my sweet new kitty, Petunia!


The most adorable photos yet of my sweet new kitty, Petunia!

She is only 1 year 9 months old, and as you can see she is all black on top and all white on her underside. And very fluffy too! She is just a doll. 

You are going to love these!

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3 photos I took of my lovely new cat, Petunia, age 1 year 9 months


3 photos I took of my lovely new cat, Petunia, age 1 year 9 months, on April 11 2019. You can clearly see she is a medium-haired cat. She is the gentlest cat I have ever known and she purrs like mad! She never puts out her claws. 

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3 of the first 5 photos I have ever taken of my lovely new cat, Petunia, age 1 year 9 months, on April 10 2019.


3 of the first 5 photos I have ever taken of my lovely new cat, Petunia, age 1 year 9 months, on April 10 2019.

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Photos of Norwegian Forest Cats who look almost exactly like Lorenzo


Photos of Norwegian Forest Cats who look almost exactly like Lorenzo:

While my new Norwegian Forest Cat mix, Lorenzo, is hiding under my bed, because I just got him and cannot take photos of him yet, still I found 3 photos of Norwegian Forest Cats which look strikingly like him. He is absolutely stunning! He is 2 1/2 years old and like almost all Norwegian Forest Cats, he does not meow but chirrups like a bird.  Here they are:

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Photos of my lovely and extremely smart Maine Coon mix cat, Argentée,


 

Photos of my lovely and extremely smart Maine Coon mix cat, Argentée,

throughout her lifetime, 2003-2019. I had to euthanize her on March 14 and it was horrible. All the more so that my sweet tortoiseshell, Daisy, died a natural death on Dec. 28 2018! Argentée was a completely leash-trained cat, who used to go for walks with me for years, and who climbed trees until she was at least 9. She was so smart that unlike most cats, who get stuck in trees when the climb them, she shimmied down trees like a squirrel! Astonishing! She also responded to certain verbal phrases, such as:

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Do you wanna go outside? (Trust me, she knew exactly what THAT meant!)
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cheese (She loved cheese)

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She was by far the smartest cat I have ever known in my life, and was always completely at home on her leash, when we went for walks and when she was in my front yard. Her leash was at least 4 metres long, so she had plenty of room to move around in in my front yard!

And here are her photos, lovely as she was!

PLEASE comment on them!

spring haiku de printemps – Argentée poses = Argentée pose


spring haiku de printemps – Argentée poses = Argentée pose

Argentée poses,
pretty as she pleases –
no one’s April fool

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Argentée pose
comme elle se voit jolie –
poisson d’avril ? ... non !

Richard Vallance

in loving memory of Argentée = à la mémoire précieuse d’Argentée

senryu – oceans of colour = océans de couleurs


senryu – oceans of colour = océans de couleurs

sorcerer moon
through my photo’s filter –
oceans of colour

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océans de couleurs
dans le filtre photo 
lune ensorcelante

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – our forest cat = notre chat forestier


summer haiku d’été – our forest cat = notre chat forestier

our forest cat
stands at his swinging door –
nah! who wants in?

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notre chat forestier
est à sa porte battante –
zut ! je reste dehors

Richard Vallance

The cat in this photo taken by Louis-Dominique Genest when he was in Norway in June 2018 is a Norwegian forest cat. These cats are stunningly beautiful.

Le chat est dans la photo prise par Louis-Dominique Genest quand il était en Norvège en juin 2018. C’est un chat forestier norvégien. Ces chats sont admirablent beaux !    

winter haiku – super blood wolf moon = lune du loup sanglant


winter haiku – super blood wolf moon = lune du loup sanglant

super blood wolf moon
a total lunar eclipse
photo from last night 

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lune du loup sanglant
éclipse lunaire totale
photo d’hier soir

Regis Auffray,
French translation by Richard Vallance 

Photo by/ par Regis Auffray 

Special note:

It is impossible to literally translate the first and last lines of this haiku from English to French without running to too many syllables. This frequently happens when we try to translate haiku from one language to another, let alone from English to French. We simply do the best we can.

Il est impossible de traduire littéralement la première et la dernière ligne de cet haiku d’anglais en français sans utiliser trop de syllabes. Ce phénomène se produit très souvent quand on essaie de tranduire des haikus d’une langue à une autre, que se soit l’anglais et le français ou n’importe quelles autres langues. L’on fait simplement de son mieux. 

Not a haiku, but My Christmas tree is alive and thriving!


Not a haiku, but My Christmas tree is alive and thriving!

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Why? ... because it is potted! I will put it outside this spring, summer and autumn, and by next Christmas it should be 30 % higher. Talk about being environmentally friendly!

Check it out!

If you are on Facebook, you may wish to follow by beautiful page


If you are on Facebook, you may wish to follow by beautiful page:

My Facebook page features not only all of my haiku, but lovely photos of wildlife, beautiful men and women, photos of men’s ties, bow ties and ascots which I collect, and so much wonderful nature photography from other great Facebook pages. In short, my Facebook page is eclectic and extremely fascinating.  Although my page is private and for friends only, i.e. not open to the public Facebook, if you follow me, I shall follow you.
 
Click on the logo to go to my Facebook page:

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How beautiful the Prince of Lilies and his consort on the Knossos fresco must have looked!


How beautiful the Prince of Lilies and his consort on the Knossos fresco must have looked!

On the fresco:

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In life, ready for marriage to the equally beautiful Princess of Knossos:

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As she might have appeared on one of the Knossos frescoes:

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And in life:

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Our site moderator, Richard Vallance Janke, April 30 2017


Our site moderator, Richard Vallance Janke, April 30 2017


Richard Vallance Janke April 30 2017


Digital enhancement of Linear A & B tablets: #2 Linear A tablet KH 5 (Khania)


Digital enhancement of Linear A & B tablets: #2 Linear A tablet KH 5 (Khania)

Here is the digitally enhanced version of KH 5:

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versus the original photo of it as found on the Internet:

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The original photo is severely underexposed, fuzzy and definitely off-colour.

A word to the wise: wolves and truly professional researchers are alike!


A word to the wise: wolves and truly professional researchers are alike!

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