Friday, October 18, 2019

Lichen 1

Papery snowflakes
pressing around smooth tree trunk.
Giant polka dots.

Nearly 20K
lichen species in the world
could hijack haiku.

~dkm 91/365
Acadia National Park

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Early Risers

First folks in U.S.
to see the morning sunrise.
East-most coast of Maine.

~dkm 90/365
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia Nat'l Park

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Maine Autumn, Sublime

Red maple, young.
Cranberry Island, Little.
October sky, blue.

~dkm 89/365
Little Cranberry Island, home of poet Ashley Bryant

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mystery October Ground Cover

Field after field of
alluring crimson carpet.
Lowbush blueberries!

~dkm 88/365
Somewhere along the road...

...from Truro, Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor, Maine.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Cormorant Silhouette

Cloudy eve wing spread.
Nova Scotia pole dance, but
no sun to dry wings.

Sleek black cormorants
recall the children's classic
Story About Ping.

~dkm 87/365
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cormorant flying
through Nova Scotia sunset.
Moment of grandeur.

~dkm 86/365
@ Silver Lining Inn, Cheticamp, NS

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Driving in Nova Scotia

Two great, thick-bodied,
broad-winged fliers hanging with
a flock of sleek, dark,

long-necked fishing birds.
The lean showing the great where
to dive for best catch.

Silhouettes at first.
Close look revealed cormorants
and two bald eagles.

~dkm 85/365
Photo credit, Cape Breton Post Cards, Warren Gordon

Friday, October 11, 2019

Fungi Kingdom 14&15

While I find mushrooms
infinitely compelling,
even enchanting,

I didn't set out
to write a haiku about
fungi every day.

So many mushrooms,
So little time for haiku
Of other moments.

~dkm 84/365
5-inch disk in yard of  B&B on P.E.I.

Odd shape on tree along Green Gables trail

Thursday, October 10, 2019

"Scope for Imagination"

Autumn leaf color.
Anne of Green Gables' ghost hides
in the "Haunted Wood."

~dkm 83/365
Haunted Wood Trail, Prince Edward Island

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Overhead Clatter

Geese flying southward
attract our attention on
Prince Edward Island.

~dkm 82/365

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fungi Kingdom 13

Like flower petals,
or Avonlea Anne's straw hat,
hiding in the grass.

~dkm 81/365
Rainy day, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fungi Kingdom 12

Millions of species
of fungi clean up the earth.
This one needs an elf.

~dkm 80/365
Elmore State Park

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Fungi Kingdom 11

Quietly, humbly
keeping the ecosystem
in vital balance.

~dkm 79/365
Morrisville, Vermont, Day 1

Day 3

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Educated Larva

Banded wooly bear
(Isabella tiger moth)
crossing the driveway.

~dkm 78/365
@ Northern Vermont University

Friday, October 4, 2019


Moss covered tree stump,
when viewed from the top, looks like
Grumpy Green Moss Man.

~dkm 77/365

Thursday, October 3, 2019

After the Storm

Collected raindrops,
jewel-like prisms on leaves,
amplify the light.

~dkm 76/365

Ash leaves on deck, Morrisville, Vermont

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fungi Kingdom 10

Flat snickerdoodle.
Deep peephole to grass beneath.
Brown and crackled skin.

~dkm 75/365
By tiny house pond,  Morrisville, Vermont

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Already Cool Here

Lone eastern phoebe,
not yet migrated southward,
flits in the maples.

Early arrivals,
I learn from daughter Lisa,
are last to depart.

~dkm 74/365
H&L's yard, Morrisville, VT

Monday, September 30, 2019


Early and perfect
maple leaf has just taken
the ride of its life.

~dkm 73/365
Elmore State Park, Vermont

Sunday, September 29, 2019


Charlotte-like, you drop
on invisible dragline
in front of my screen.


Saturday, September 28, 2019

American Dagger Moth

Aptly named, this one.
Poisonous. Avoid touching.
Found while stacking wood.

~dkm 71/365

Friday, September 27, 2019

Fungi Kingdom 9

Floating white petal
Sprinkled with red paprika
Pointing to green pond

~dkm 70/365
By tiny house pond in Morrisville, Vermont

Thursday, September 26, 2019

In Miniature

Wild strawberry plant
growing in the window box.
White flower, red fruit.

Three ripe berries prompt
a tasting ceremony.
Sweet, tart, delicious.

~dkm 69/365

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

H&L's Mountain

Sun rays slant through clouds.
Symbolic of yesterday's
breakthrough writing day.

Light is always there.
Clouds determine what we see.
Writer's block. Ahem.

~dkm 68/365

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fungi Kingdom 8

One moment in time.
Penny brown mushroom caplets.
Haiku walk to pond.

~dkm 67/365
Morrisville, Vermont

Monday, September 23, 2019

Surprise in the Woods

Found a pond today
down by the new Tiny House.
Followed the mown path.

Frogs in the edge grass
Squawked and leapt into water
when I walked past them.

~dkm 66/365

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Toad Interrupted 3

Speaking of ugly
underbelly of nature,
Third dead toad, same week.

By dog, car, other?
Habitat danger for sure.
Clearly not food chain.

Unless toads, like newts,
have foul-tasting skin toxin...
Protection, too late.

~dkm 65/365
Morrisville, Vermont

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Small in Vermont

Green inchworm, red sleeve.
No bones, feet on ends only.
Searching for safe place.

~dkm 64/365

Friday, September 20, 2019

Toad Interrupted 2

Another toad found.
Larger, longer dead than last.
Dried, black, skinny, foul.

Permeable skin
makes frogs more susceptible
to habitat ills.

Despite her beauty,
Nature's underbelly is
often not pretty.

~dkm 63/365
Morrisville, Vermont

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hickory Tussock Moth

Lovely white larva
will become a dull brown moth

Touching the spines may
cause allergic reaction.
Why the stark beauty?

To be food for birds?
Birds find dull moths just as well.
Need science degree.

~dkm 62/365
 Lophocampa Caryae larva in Morrisville,Vermont

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

View From Daughters' Deck

George Washington's nose
Emerges out of the fog
Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

~dkm 61/365

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Legal CBD Demand

Suddenly, hemp fields
replace acres of soy beans.
Bushy plants, pretty.

Fragrance saturates
Northern Vermont's cool breezes.
New phenomenon.

~dkm 60/365