Unlike previous Gabriola haiku weekends, this one started out with very rainy weather. I took the ferry from Anacortes, Washington to Sidney, British Columbia on Friday, 20 July 2012.
It was so wet and cool out, no one wanted to be outside on the ferry.
Leaving Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, on the way to Sidney, B.C.
Look at that! A tiny patch of blue sky!
A seal with a red eye (and no, that's not redeye from flash) in the harbour in Sidney, B.C.
At the top of the Mallahat Highway after leaving Sidney, B.C., heading north to Nanaimo.
The view from the top of the Mallahat Highway.
It really is beginning to clear off, at least a little, and at least for now. I didn't take any photos, but after crossing the Mallahat Highway, I drove west to Lake Cowichan and Youbou. The weather was uncooperative, unfortunately.
Awaiting the ferry to Gabriola in Nanaimo, B.C.
This is one of my favourite photos of the weekend.
Here's the Gabriola ferry just arriving.
Doesn't it look clear now? That's Gabriola Island in the distance.
I love this photo, with its layers of trees, mountains, and moody clouds, looking west past Nanaimo after boarding the ferry to Gabriola.
On the ferry, about to unload on Gabriola.
Haiku poets gathered at Silva Bay restaurant. Let the haiku weekend begin!
Susan Constable and Carole MacRury.
Terry Ann Carter, visiting from Ottawa, as our weekend's featured speaker. Terry Ann will soon be a "local," though, since she's about to move Victoria.
Gorgeous evening light on the Silva Bay marina on Gabriola Island, B.C.
After dinner we gathered where Carole MacRury was staying at Silva Bay for desserts and conversation. Kathy Munro (visiting from Whitehorse, Yukon), Bob Butkus, and our intrepid weekend organizer, Vicki McCullough.
Sonja Arntzen and Susan Constable.
Terry Ann Carter, Kathy Munro, Carole MacRury, Susan Constable, and Vicki McCullough.
This is cabin #3 at Page's Resort and Marina, where I stayed for the weekend. It's now the morning of 21 July 2012.
The deck of my cabin.
The main building of Page's Resort and Marina. They had a nice little bookstore inside, with lots of books by local writers, plus the anthology I published in 2011, Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola. I spent a few minutes autographing all the copies.
Morning sun at the marina at Page's Resort. Look how clear the sky is today!
Another favourite photo of the weekend.
On the dock looking back at the main building for Page's Resort.
Vicki McCullough at her cabin.
Time for the Saturday morning market on Gabriola.
Here's another favourite photo of this weekend.
Janet Vickers and Terry Ann Carter.
Carole MacRury's crow haiku on display at a cafe in Folklife Village on Gabriola.
Now we're at the home of our host, Naomi Beth Wakan (on the right), near Drumbeg Provincial Park on Gabriola. On the left are Vicki McCullough and Carole MacRury.
What do you call a gathering of haiku poets?
Ellen Clancy and Jacquie Pearce.
Susan Yeend and Kim Goldberg.
After a round of introductions and sharing haiku, off we went to Drumbeg Park. The tide was out. And the sky was clear.
Jacquie Pearce at Drumbeg Provincial Park.
There was a wedding at Drumbeg. No, these aren't all haiku poets!
Back at Naomi and Eli Wakan's home after our walk at Drumbeg Park. This is Bob Butkus, Sonja Arntzen, and Susan Constable.
Kim Goldberg writes out her haiku for the anonymous workshop.
Gathering under a plum tree in the garden for the anonymous haiku workshop.
Winona Baker, visiting from Nanaimo.
Eli Wakan takes a break from pruning.
Under the plum tree in the garden.
Under the deck and trellis behind the home of Naomi and Eli Wakan.
Almost ready to start our anonymous haiku workshop.
Susan Constable and Vicki McCullough led the workshop by showing each haiku up front for everyone's commentary.
A dappling of haiku poets.
We wrote quite a few haiku about the wedding at Drumbeg.
Our plum tree canopy.
Susan Constable and Vicki McCullough.
Kim Goldberg and Winona Baker.
Kathy Munro and Sonja Arntzen.
After working so hard in our anonymous workshop, it was time for the potluck dinner. Somehow a few of us got started with dessert first.
Winona Baker and Susan Yeend.
Vicki McCullough and Bob Brown.
Looking at haiku books for sale in the bedroom.
Books by Naomi Beth Wakan, including three new ones this year. Naomi is SO productive!
Susan Constable and Kim Goldberg.
Time to eat! The potluck is always a treat, not even counting all the desserts.
Terry Ann Carter, Naomi Wakan, Susan Constable, and Vicki McCullough.
After dinner, Terry Ann Carter starts setting up her display of handmade books, which she talked about later in the evening.
Terry Ann Carter's handmade books, most of them related to poetry.
Kim Goldberg, Ellen Clancy, Susan Yeend, and Terry Ann Carter.
Susan Constable, Kim Goldberg, Ellen Clancy, Susan Yeend, and Terry Ann Carter. Janet Vickers, and Sonja Arntzen.
An actual quiet moment . . .
Naomi autographs a few of her books.
Terry Ann Carter gives her short presentation on her handmade books.
Terry Ann Carter was recently elected as president of Haiku Canada.
Terry Ann Carter.
Sonja Arntzen, a Gabriola resident, gave a brief presentation on honkadori, or the practice of allusive variation in waka and tanka poetry.
Vicki Mccullough and Michael Dylan Welch pass around the handouts for Michael's talk on syllabics and how Japanese and English differ.
Michael Dylan Welch.
Bob Brown, from Powell River, B.C., talked about voice in haiku.
Bob Butkus, also from Powell River, B.C. talked briefly about his new book and how it related to haiku.
Terry Ann Carter and Susan Yeend.
Naomi Beth Wakan.
Naomi Beth Wakan gave the first part of a presentation on death haiku.
Carole MacRury, from Point Roberts, Washington, giving the second part of a presentation on death haiku.
Vicki McCullough giving the third part of a presentation on death haiku.
Terry Ann Carter concluded our evening's presentations by reading some haiku from her new book, Hallelujah.
Eli Wakan and Kathy Munro.
Outside Naomi and Eli Wakan's home, in the evening. Look at Eli's elaborate gate, which he designed and made.
Kathy Munro, Carole MacRury, Terry Ann Carter, and Vicki McCullough.
A few of us gathered at cabin #3 at Page's Resort for more socializing in the evening. Kathy Munro, Susan Constable, and Vicki McCullough.
Carole MacRury. It was a nice way to end the day with more conversation together.
Now it's Sunday, 22 July 2012, and this is the book display at Gabriola Commons.
Gathering at Gabriola Commons.
A special treat today was a display of photographs by a Gabriola photography club, each one paired with a haiku by a weekend attendee.
This is a haiku by Michael Dylan Welch, written on Gabriola in 2010, paired with a photo by Joan Owen.
Naomi Beth Wakan and Vicki McCullough, just before our Sunday morning meeting starts.
Naomi Beth Wakan welcomes everyone while Vicki McCullough looks on.
Vicki McCullough has been organizing the Gabriola haiku weekends for many years now. I'm very grateful!
Michael Dylan Welch leading a reading of the Haiku Canada 35th anniversary anthology, Touch of a Moth, with contributions by many people in the room.
Michael Dylan Welch asks for people to raise their hands if their work is included in the anthology.
Susan Constable and Michael Dylan Welch.
Bob Butkus and Michael Dylan Welch.
Michael Dylan Welch concludes the reading from the Touch of a Moth anthology by reading haiku by selected other poets.
Carole MacRury reads tanka from her new tanka book.
Susan Constable reads her tanka.
It was my pleasure to introduce Winona Baker, who read selections of her best haiku, written over many decades.
Winona Baker and Vicki McCullough.
Time for a break, and a visit to the haiku book tables.
Gathering again for Terry Ann Carter's workshop on "Haiku and the Doo-wop Factor."
Michael Dylan Welch and Terry Ann Carter have an impromptu doo-wop dance.
Michael Dylan Welch and Terry Ann Carter have an impromptu dance. Is this doo-wop?
Vicki McCullough introduces Terry Ann Carter.
We had some writing to do for our workshop.
More writing time.
Terry Ann Carter leads the haiku-writing workshop at Gabriola Commons.
After the morning's presentations, it was time for a break. It was even a little sunny.
The Gabriola Commons is a great place for us to meet.
Haiku poets retrieving edibles for lunch together at Gabriola Commons.
Carole MacRury, Bob Brown, and Susan Constable.
It's dry now, but twenty minutes later the rain came pouring down and we carried the table under the deck of Gabriola Commons.
Susan Constable, Terry Ann Carter, and Bob Brown.
Janet Vickers, Kim Goldberg, and Susan Yeend.
Carole MacRury, Kathy Munro, and Susan Constable.
Terry Ann Carter talked about her work in Thailand with the Tabitha Foundation.
Terry Ann Carter read a couple of her lyric poems to us.
Now it's time for the renku workshop at the Poetry Yurt near Gabiola Commons.
Elehna de Sousa and Naomi Beth Wakan.
Terry Ann Carter. It had been raining, but not at this moment. Later we had thunder and lightning.
Sonja Arntzen talks briefly about the history of renga and renku poetry.
Sonja Arntzen displays a traditional renga sheet as it would have looked in Japan centuries ago.
Sonja Arntzen and Terry Ann Carter.
Sonja Arntzen and Terry Ann Carter. So THAT'S what a Japanese renga looks like!
Sonjja Arntzen did the Japanese calligraphy on this renga sheet.
Sonja Arntzen, Michael Dylan Welch, and Vicki McCullough, our three renku leaders (sabaki).
Sonja Arntzen, Michael Dylan Welch, and Vicki McCullough.
One of three groups starting their renku, this one led by Vicki McCullough.
Okay, two lines, autumn or no season . . .
Sonja Arntzen led this renku group.
Michael Dylan Welch led this renku group. You can't tell, but there was quite a bit of thunder outside.
Michael Dylan Welch and Sonja Arntzen discussing a question regarding seasonal progression in shisan renku.
Michael Dylan Welch and Sonja Arntzen still discussing seasonal progression in shisan renku.
Ellen Clancy and Janet Vickers.
Elehna de Sousa and Terry Ann Carter.
Bob Brown and Kim Goldberg.
Vicki McCullough reads her group's finished shisan renku.
Elehna de Sousa reads the renku led by Sonja Arntzen's group.
Elehna de Sousa visited from Salt Spring Island, B.C.
After our grueling renku session, it was time to gather for dinner at Woodfire restaurant. Carole MacRury, Susan Constable, Terry Ann Carter, Vicki McCullough, and Kathy Munro.
Carole MacRury, Susan Constable, Terry Ann Carter, Vicki McCullough, and Kathy Munro.
The mountains on Vancouver Island, viewed from Gabriola. It's now Monday morning, 23 July 2012, and time to start heading home.
Terry Ann Carter on the Gabriola ferry back to Nanaimo.
Another overcast day. We had great weather on Saturday, good at times on Sunday, and overcast on Monday (but at least it didn't rain).
After I dropped Terry Ann Carter at the Nanaimo bus depot (she was heading south to Victoria), I drove north to the home of Susan and Dave Constable in Nanoose Bay. We then drove together to Coombs, home of the famous "goats on the roof," on our way to Cathedral Grove in Macmillan Provincial Park.
Cathedral Grove in Macmillan Provincial Park.
What a wonderful grove of old-growth Douglas firs, many of them as big as redwoods.
Dave and Susan Constable at Cathedral Grove, British Columbia.
Wait, which way are trees supposed to grow?
The moss grows thick on Vancouver Island trees. And this is the DRY side of the island.
Susan and Dave Constable.
Michael Dylan Welch. This is proof that I was there!
This is the largest Douglas fir in Cathedral Grove.
Dave and Susan Constable.
Dave and Susan Constable at Cathedral Grove.
Cathedral Grove is at the edge of Cameron Lake.
Cameron Lake, B.C.
Dave and Susan Constable. Now we're at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. we hiked for a couple of miles past a series of lovely waterfalls gouging out a narrow canyon.
Dave and Susan Constable at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, B.C.
The home of Susan and Dave Constable in Nanoose Bay, B.C.
The view from their back deck of Nanoose Bay.
Susan Constable has made a colourful card for each one of her published haiku and tanka, and displays them on large noticeboards in he rden. She's published so many wonderful poems!
After leaving Nanoose Bay, I drove south to Sidney, B.C. This is out on the Sidney pier.
It looks so clear at the moment, but it didn't last long.
The fish market at the pier in Sidney, B.C.
The fish market at the pier in Sidney, B.C. This is one of my favourite photos of the weekend. I took an almost identical photos last year!
After going through customs and waiting for the ferry, it was time to head home. The ferry sailed from Sidney, B.C. via Friday Harbor, Washington (on San Juan Island) to Anacortes, Washington.
Every other time I've taken this ferry home after a Gabriola haiku weekend, the sunsets had been spectacular. But not this time.
I love the moody layers in this picture.
This is the float plane for the Evening Magazine television show, which airs in the Seattle area. The show features interesting people and fun things to do in Washington State. Maybe one of these days they do something on the state's quirky haiku crowd.
Arriving at Friday Harbor, Washington.
The light was dull, but I love the lines and subtle colours of this picture.
This is the San Juan Islands. Even on dull days, it's beautiful.
So nice of both ferries to align themselves for me.
I feel so fortunate to live in a state as beautiful as Washington.
What a wonderful haiku weekend it was. I just might have to do it again next year!