While watching 

the long rains falling on this world

my heart, too, fades

with the unseen color 

of the spring flowers.

~Ono no Komachi (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)

Horsetooth Reservoir...    f/7.1   239s   62m   100 ISO


Let us seek the past,

be an age

that cherishes the old–

then our “today” one day

will be someone’s “long ago”

~Saigyo (B Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home)

Horsetooth Reservoir...     f/5.6  1/2,000  145m  100 ISO

The twilight bell

I waited for

is sounding–

if tomorrow is granted me, 

I’ll listen for it again.

~Saigyõ (B Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home)

Wyoming… Nikon D750  f/4.5  1/4,000 85m  100 ISO

When I look up at

The wide-stretched plain of heaven,

Is the moon the same

That rose on Mount Mikasa

In the land of Kasuga?

~Abe-no Nakamaro

Wyoming… Nikon D750   f/4.5   1/3,200   85m   100 ISO

Simply with sorrow

And nothing

More in mind

Both left and right

Sleeves are soaked.

~Suma (cited:wakapoetry.net)

Nikon D750   f/5.6  1/4,000s   56mm   ISO 100

Listen, listen

longing and loss.

In the struck bell’s

recurrent calling,

no moment in which to forget.

~Izumi Shikibu (J Hirsfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)

Nikon D750   f/2/2   1/800 s   35 mm   ISO 100

Focusing Techniques for Photography (Ted Forbes, The Art of Photography)