Photograph and haiku by Shelita Birchett Benash

Traditional Japanese Haiga consists of a haiku poem paired with an ink brush painting. Haiga is very much associated with Basho. Several years ago, I began practicing the writing of a daily haiku. I also try my best to take a daily nature photo. Nature photography is how I practice seeing.

I consider the pairing of my nature photographs along with my haiku, as a modern interpretation of Japanese Haiga. I've posted some of my nature photos and haiku and Tanka here.

One summer, I began shooting short nature videos on my iPhone 6 Plus. I continue to marvel at what I can accomplish photographically with my iphone 6. I find the videos amazingly peaceful and beautiful to listen to and watch. I'm captured by the sounds of serenity. This creative practice feeds my work.


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©Shelita Birchett Benash,  Iphone 6Plus

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©Shelita Birchett Benash Vintage Nikon Zoom AI-S 35-135mm f/1.8

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BEAUTIFUL BARRED OWL BY SHELITA BIRCHETT BENASH

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 ©Shelita Birchett Benash  This pond is my meditation and muse. I have photographed it countless times. 

©Shelita Birchett Benash

This pond is my meditation and muse. I have photographed it countless times. 

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 ©Shelita Birchett Benash  This is why we live here. God's glory. God Country. 

©Shelita Birchett Benash

This is why we live here. God's glory. God Country. 

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©Photograph and Haiku by Shelita Birchett Benash, 2015
Photograph and haiku by Shelita Birchett Benash 2015
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