Vacation on a Limb


Two lovebirds resting

Spring nest building pauses

Resting from their work

Homebuilding can be tiring

Vacationing together


This tanka was written for Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge. We are to use the word Vacation/Holiday in our poem.  I finished this Photo painting of these birds today. I am stretching the prompt a little to give them a much needed vacation on a limb!

This Photo was shot out my back window with a 200mm zoom lens. I got lucky on this shot. Only one chance for the photo and it turned out great. Printed on canvas then painted with acrylics.

Red Bellied Woodpecker painting: Dwight L. Roth

#Haikai Challenge #45 (8/4/2018): Vacation/Holiday #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


26 thoughts on “Vacation on a Limb

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  2. Wow. I love the artistry of the painting on the photo –
    and the verse…
    you could take the haiku or the tanka and make a haiga if you wanted to.

    I have some flower shots and butterflies… you have my wheels spinning. 🙂

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    • Thanks Jules. Just load your photos on a flash stick and take them to Office Max or Office Depot and get them printed on canvas. It is like painting by numbers with some artistic variations to make them work. It is great fun.

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      • There are actually some photo programs – someone tried to show me once where you can take your photo and do all kinds of special effects or is that affects – and even one that will make your photo look like a painting.

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      • I would guess that once you create your painting in your say Google program of photo editing that you could just take your thumb drive to any photo machine and get what ever size print you wanted.

        They even can print your photo on a (for lack of the right description) a metal canvas.

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      • The ‘drug’ store I go to does quite a bit of things, photos on blankets, mugs, books…
        I tried the online route with them… but the direct photo machine works better when you edit or want to add print. The special effects on the machines works better than the online versions…unless they improved them.

        I know someone who has one of those machines at home that can also change tones and possibly make posters. But…I haven’t actually seen the machine. I saw one on a home improvement show once. They look expensive for just a regular person who isn’t tech savvy (me).


      • When you blow up a photo for an inch and a half square to twenty inches it loses some clarity. By painting it I bring back the clarity and the pop! Thanks for your nice comment.


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