A Slovenian Haiku

I was busy procrastinating from working on my latest project when I came across this image from a trip last year.  This is a mountainside in Slovenia, near Lake Bled.  It was a rainy day in January, then again, every day we were in Austria and Slovenia it was rainy.  So much for a winter ski/photography trip!  But on this day the rain stopped for an hour or so and there was a wonderful fog that lifted off the snow.   We only had a few hours in Slovenia and I was determined to get at least a few pictures.

This shot is not in black and white, these are the actual colors of the afternoon.  I tweaked the contrast a bit and made a few other minor adjustments in Photoshop Elements and Color Efex Pro4.  I liked the result but I felt that the image was missing something.  I debated about adding in a small cardinal, something in red that might add a nice focal point.  But I’m not a big fan of adding things to an image unless it’s obvious that the image has been manipulated.  That’s just my personal philosophy.

As I pondered what to do with my Slovenia scene I remembered the haiku my husband wrote for me recently.  The haiku started as a joke while my husband was away on a business trip, I even had to look up the definition of a haiku online (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables, with two distinct but slightly related parts, traditionally referencing the seasons).  But as usual, Kevin exceeded my expectations and wrote a stunning haiku:

“Solitude descends, like snow over quiet heart.  Her echo warms me.”



Is it wrong to hope that Kevin needs to go on more business trips?  Otherwise I don’t think I can convince him to write any more haikus.


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