AnElephantCant forget his USA trip
He loved to walk by the mighty Columbia River
Quite often entranced
Then quite by chance
He finds a memory that stays with him forever
AnElephant once again launches his one pachyderm assault on this great weekly challenge hosted by his friend Al.
Please take a moment to check out this page to see some superb interpretations of the Japanese Haibun, a literary form which explores the relationship between the human experience and nature.
This week as his prompt AnElephant chooses this beautiful photograph by Al.
It is late January in Washington State.
The sky is cloudless, the weather unseasonably warm; to a Scot, no more than ‘bracing’.
He walks along the south bank of the broad but tranquil Columbia River, towards the gently setting sun.
Joe Cocker is rasping through his head phones.
Life is good, he thinks, when he suddenly sees a flash of electric blue low over the water and close to the bank.
He stops, unsure of what caught his eye.
A lady with binoculars is coming towards him.
He switches off his music and describes to her what he saw.
A kingfisher, she tells him, surprised that he did not hear its loud and distinctive call.
He is shamefaced, indicates his ear pieces.
She smiles and walks on.
He never wears them there again, but that first magic moment is lost forever.
no man-made sound
can ever match
the perfection of nature