31 May, 2008


We're working on the haiku competition: they've been scribed onto little cards, and we're taking the eight finalists out with us on our afternoon picnic to determine the winner. The tension... is... unbearable!

Ahem. :)

silent dusk
in the abbey ruins
distant bells


Vladimir Lukiyanov said...

Arrr... isn't that... HDR?


Hobbes said...

"Merge to HDR" is much improved in CS3 :)

Vladimir Lukiyanov said...

Words go well with the image I think. I just have an intense dislike of HDR :p

Where is this by the way?


Hobbes said...

Yes, I'm not too fond of tinkering either, I know what you mean.

It's Glasters! Ever been to the festival? They even had an aria from Die Walkure a few years ago... :)

Vladimir Lukiyanov said...

No, never, I've just about vaguely heard of it.

Some tinkering I like, mostly exposing bits of the image more than others, adjusting the contrast, toning etc, but I'm not a huge fan of anything above that somehow.

BTW, have you heard of gum printing (see here). I want to give this a try with some digital negatives, seems fun but very time consuming...


Proinsias said...

I'm off to the festival for the first time since 2000.
Trying to decide which teaware I can take and not be too disappointed if it doesn't return atm.

Ron Eklof said...

Found your site because of Blogs of Note today and am delighted. I write these haiku as a gift.

Portal to the past
Chants echo in the stonework
I wrap my cloak tight

I whisk the tea brush
Maple leaves fall to the path
I am the aroma

Contest is over
Though the urge to write is here
Too late my entry


Hobbes said...

Dear Vlad,

Gum-printing looks very you. :)

Dear Proinsias,

Teaware at Glasters... that is particularly brave, and I salute you. Take your worst, worst equippage!

Dear Ron,

I really appreciate your haiku, thank you.

turning the page
an unread haiku becomes
an old favourite



~ Phyll said...

Congratulations, indeed, for being listed among the Blogs of Note! Salute!

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Am thrilled your blog is of note!
Just finishing Thich Nhat Hahn's
OLD PATH, WHITE CLOUDSE, the journey and teachings of Buddha. Also, am engrossed in the Tao. Haven't read your years of blogs,
but was curious. Are you a found-
ation or organization in which one can become a member? Or is this blog strictly for entertainment?

Wise Owl said...

Good blog.Intersting pics.

Alexi Frest said...

Congratulations for haiku competitions. I know some people who are fond of haikus, not only read them but write them, too.

Unknown said...

Congrats on Blogs of Note, you earned it. Keep up the good work.


Sucharita Sarkar said...

Lovely calming blog
Sip a bit and read a post:

Congrats on being
A blog of note, loved your
Zen, tea and poetry.

lavender tulips【ツ】 said...

Love the pictures on your blog! Awesome!

Oberon said...

i'm speaking
to strangers.

Anonymous said...


looking forward to hearing who your lucky winners are. like your blog v much as i like photos, tea and Japan.

I just started my own blog so i am looking to you to learn how to do it properly!

Regards to you


Anonymous said...

This is cool.

Anonymous said...

A blog of note.....Congratulations

Natasha said...

Hi, can you please inform me as to how to incorporate my own image into the layout of the header of my blog as you have done?

I am unable to figure out how to fit the image to the elongated rectangle size at the top of my blog and the picture ends up being huge.

thank you!

Brett said...

Great blog, love the photo, just the right feel.

Hobbes said...

Dear all,

Where to begin! Thank you for the kind posts, and for the haiku, each and every one.

To answer specific questions:

Petra: You started with a good book. My best recommendation is "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind", by Suzuki, as an equally excellent introduction to Zen that grows along with you. This blog is highly informal and just for sharing thoughts; I'm very glad you found something to your liking.

Natasha: the image at the top of the page is via the "Layout" option in Blogger. Within it, go to the "Page Elements" tab and add a "Picture" element across the top of the page. That allows you to place an image at the top of your blog, which can also have a link (which was a function added just a fortnight ago).

Toodlepip all,


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Persephone said...

Congrats on becoming a "Blog of Note"! And I love that photograph.

Unknown said...

I freaking love HDR! Nice work.


Ian said...

Congrats on your Blog of Note status! Cool picture too. The haiku fits very well!

(my blog of awesome weirdness)

High Power Rocketry said...

: )

Manhattan Posh said...

This is very inspiring. You're quite talented.

Hobbes said...

Thanks all :)

Anonymous said...

Me and a friend have also started a blog of haikus:


Good luck to whoever wins the competition.

MuseSwings said...

Congratulations on your Noteworthy Blog! It is! The pictures and tea descriptions are amazing. I've added your link to my "Favorites" on my blog, www.muse-swings.blogspot.com

My readers can enjoy your heady and aesthetic blog after reading my everyday life and NOT in the least aesthetic posts.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! A great blog about tea ... I love tea and am enjoying reading this. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

wonderful portrait!


perpleXd said...

the suspense is killing me, Hobbes!!

Hobbes said...

Thanks all - and thanks also for the link to the haiku blog, I'd not come across it before. :)



Diane Dehler said...

I stopped to view your blog after I saw that it was "noted." Congrats and I love this posting. I enjoy haiku too.

Hobbes said...

Thanks, princess :)