Michael Dylan Welch carpooled from the Seattle area to the Bend Haiku Weekend with Tanya McDonald in her red Prius. We drove over Snoqualmie Pass to Yakima, and then south to Oregon. Here we are near Goldendale, Washington, just above the Columbia Gorge.
Giant windmills above the Columbia Gorge.
Giant wind turbine.
A bend in the road.
Lots of traffic.
Tanya McDonald admiring the peacocks at Maryhill Museum where we stopped for lunch.
Tanya McDonald admiring a peacock at Maryhill Museum.
A view of the Columbia Gorge from Maryhill Museum, Washington (that's Oregon across the river).
The view from Maryhill Museum across the Columbia River to Oregon.
We had a beautiful day with painterly clouds.
Spring colours in the new growth of leaves (spring came late this year).
Maryhill Museum, Maryhill, Washington.
In Maryhill, Washington, is a full-size replica of Stonehenge. It's made of concrete rather than solid stone, but it's still pretty impressive.
Tanya McDonald at the Stonehenge replica, Maryhill, Washington.
The view from the Stonehenge replica across Maryhill, Washington and the Columbia River.
Old and new at the Stonehenge replica.
A view of Mt. Hood, Oregon, across the Columbia River from Maryhill, Washington.
Crossing the Columbia River from Maryhill, Washington south on route 97 to Biggs Junction, Oregon.
We're now here in Bend, Oregon. This is the Liberty Theater, where events of the Haiku Society of America quarterly national meeting took place.
Tanya McDonald outside the Liberty Theater.
A poster for the Bend Haiku Weekend at the Liberty Theater, in Bend, Oregon. Use the zoom tool to zoom in on this and any other photo.
The Liberty Theater in Bend, Oregon was open during the town's Art Walk. An estimated 2,400 people visited the various haiku displays on Friday evening, June 3, 2011.
Inside the Liberty Theater, with displays of haiku books, artwork, haiga, and more, including (on the left side) more than 800 haiku in the Haiku Society of America's Haiku Wall.
Frances Jones staffed the registration table, where you could pick up folders and schedules, sign the check-in book, and read a couple of newspaper articles promoting the weekend. Everything for the entire weekend, like this table, was very well organized by an'ya and Peter B. and their staff of volunteers.
A display of oshibana (pressed flowers) with haiku, created by Harvey Poznanski.
The T-shirt for the Bend Haiku Weekend.
Susan Diridoni chats with artist Alexis West.
Ron Micnhimer chats with Esther Chamberlin.
A display of haiga by Merrill Ann Gonzales.
Haiga artwork by Merrill Ann Gonzales.
Artwork and mini haiku books by Joan Flaherty.
Artwork and calligraphy by ???.
Kristen Ely reads out numbers for generous door prizes, including gift baskets, artwork, books, and more.
A large-screen TV presented a continuous display of haiga and other artwork submitted by haiku poets from around the world.
Ikebana arrangement by Margaret Chula. In the background are Ce Rosenow (Haiku Society of America president) and Laura Winter.
The following pictures are of all the poems in the Haiku Society of America's Haiku Wall, organized by an'ya and Peter B., with easels and installation by Ron Micnhimer. What a tremendous job to compile and display all these poems! Is yours included? Click the zoom tool to zoom in on any picture.
This is my poem in the HSA's Haiku Wall.
a seashell held
to my baby's ear
Part of the HSA's Haiku Wall (my poem is near the middle).
Ce Rosenow photographs part of the Haiku Wall.
Ce Rosenow points to her poem on the Haiku Wall.
Margaret Chula points to her poem on the Haiku Wall.
Haiku Wall #1. This is the first of a set of pictures in which I systematically photographed all the segments of the Haiku Wall, with occasionally close-ups. Click the zoom tool to get a closer look.
Haiku Wall #2.
A poem by an'ya on the Haiku Wall.
Close-up of haiku on the Haiku Wall.
Haiku Wall #3.
Haiku Wall #4.
Haiku Wall #5.
Haiku Wall #6.
A poem by Penny Harter on the Haiku Wall.
Not the Haiku Wall.
Haiku Wall #7.
Haiku Wall #8.
Haiku Wall #9 (last-minute additions).
Haiku Wall #10 (student poems).
An estimated 2,400 people streamed into the Liberty Theater on June 3, 2011 to view the haiku displays, including the Haiku Society of America's Haiku Wall.
Haiku Wall #11.
Haiku Wall #12.
Viewing the Haiku Wall. It was great to see people (perhaps completely new to haiku) laugh and smile and nod their heads in response to the poems they read. I didn't see a single person count any syllables.
Haiku Wall #13.
Haiku Wall #14.
A haiku by Seren Fargo on the Haiku Wall.
A haiku by Gary Hotham on the Haiku Wall.
Haiku Wall #15.
Haiku Wall #16.
A poem by Cara Holman on the Haiku Wall.
A poem by Carmen Sterba on the Haiku Wall.
Haiku Wall #17.
Haiku Wall #18.
A poem by Christopher Herold on the Haiku Wall.
A pipe in the wall of the historic Liberty Theater.
A suiseki installation by an'ya.
People of Bend, Oregon visiting the haiku book table.
Books at the haiku book table.
Sumi-e artwork by Cindy Lommasson.
Juniper tree branches in the middle of the room sported colourful haiga by second grade students of Juniper Elementary School.
Haiga by second grade students of Juniper Elementary School.
Kim Ullmann and Melanie Nelson, teachers at Juniper Elementary School, organized the display of haiga by second grade students on the juniper branches behind them. With them is ???—and a ferret!
A table-top scholar's viewing stone by an'ya.
Suminigashi paper display by James Rodriguez.
Suminigashi paper display by James Rodriguez. That's James behind the display, on the left.
Artwork by Patricia Nolan.
Tanya McDonald looks through artwork by Patricia Nolan.
All in all, it's just another bunch of bricks in the wall.
What a superb space for displaying haiku and related arts. Of all Haiku Society of America quarterly meetings in the society's 43-year history, this meeting probably had the greatest public involvement ever.
Cynthia Timar (left) staffed the haiku book table. That's Gary Timar on the right.
One of the colourful lights on the ceiling at the newly refurbished Liberty Theater. Thus ended the first night of the Bend Haiku Weekend, on June 3, 2011.
It's now Saturday, June 4, 2011, the second day of the Bend Haiku Weekend, a national quarterly meeting of the Haiku Society of America in Bend, Oregon. Here Cara Holman talks with Johnny Baranski.
Tanya McDonald chats with Christopher Herold, with part of the Haiku Wall behind them.
Haiku poets beginning to gather for the Haiku Society of America meeting on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Liberty Theater in Bend, Oregon. That's Peter B. on the left, with Kathleen Tice, Ce Rosenow, Ernesto Santiago, and an'ya on the right.
Ernesto Santaigo and Bend Haiku Weekend organizer, an'ya. She's also coordinator of the Oregon region of the Haiku Society of America.
Peter B. welcomes everyone to the June 4, 2011 Haiku Society of America meeting in Bend, Oregon.
Peter B. welcome Bend Mayor Protem Jodie Barram to read the mayor's proclamation for the Bend Haiku Weekend.
Peter B. and Bend Mayor Protem Jodie Barram. On the left is an Old Pond haiku comic by Jessica Tremblay.
Peter B. introduces Bend Mayor Protem Jodie Barram.
Bend Mayor Protem Jodie Barram and Peter B.
Bend Mayor Protem Jodie Barram welcomes everyone to Bend before presenting the mayor's proclamation to Ce Rosennow, Haiku Society of America president.
Ron Micnhimer and an'ya.
Left to right: James Rodriguez and his wife, Fay Aoyagi, and Ernesto Santiago.
Tanya McDonald, ???, and Cara Holman.
Ce Rosenow received the mayor's proclamation announcing the Bend Haiku Weekend from Jodie Barram (left), Mayor Protem of Bend, Oregon.
Ce Rosenow thanks Peter B. and an'ya for organizing the Bend Haiku Weekend.
Peter B. and an'ya did a superb job in organizing the Bend Haiku Weekend.
Ce Rosenow, Peter B., and an'ya. an'ya is thanking other volunteers who helped put the weekend events and displays together.
Ce Rosenow and Laura Winter gave a presentation on the poetry of Cid Corman.
Laura Winter holds up a poem by Cid Corman during her presentation with Ce Rosenow on his poetry.
An attentive audience listens to Laura Winter during her presentation on Cid Corman.
While the meeting facility drew its biggest numbers the night before, on Saturday poets attending the HSA meeting spent a lot of time looking at haiku books for sale.
Susan Diridoni, Fay Aoyagi, Laura Winter, and Thomas Martin.
Margaret Chula gave a presentation on the art of ikebana and the similarity of its aesthetics to haiku.
Margaret Chula produced a lovely ikebana arrangement while we watched, describing how elements of the arrangement reflect heaven, man, and earth.
Margaret Chula's ikebana.
Margaret Chula and her ikebana arrangement.
For lunch on Saturday, June 4, 2011, attendees of the HSA meeting ate next door at Boken, a Japanese restaurant. Here are ???, Fay Aoyagi, Ted van Zutphen, and ??? (with Laura Winter behind on the right).
Lunchtime with Laura Winter, Susan Diridoni, ???, and Richard Tice.
For lunch, many folks stayed outside to enjoy the sunny weather (the nicest day of the year in Bend so far that spring!).
Cara Holman, Ron Micnhimer, Esther Chamberlin , Ernesto Santiago, an'ya, and Cynthia Timar.
???, Shirley Kishiyama, and Joan Flaherty.
Pater B., Patricia Nolan, Shirley Plummer, and Harvey Pozanski (foreground).
We had beautiful weather in Bend for our outdoor lunch on June 4.
After lunch we reconvened at the Liberty Theater. Left to right are Ernesto Santiago, an'ya, Cynthia Timar, Kathleen Tice, Thomas Martin, and ???.
Outside the Liberty Theater on Saturday, June 4, 2011, were two pink fire trucks, visiting to raise money for breast cancer research. They helped bring extra crowds to the front of our meeting space, and because our doors were open, many folks wandered in to take a look at the haiku displays.
A pink fire suit to go with the pink fire trucks, in front of the Liberty Theater.
Everyone needs more pink in their lives!
Frances Jones admiring haiku on the Haiku Wall.
an'ya chats with Cara Holman.
Getting ready for the afternoon session of the Haiku Society of America meeting in Bend, Oregon.
The interior of the recently refurbished Liberty Theater in Bend was a superb place for our meeting and for the many and varied displays of haiku and related arts.
To help raise money for meeting expenses (like the rental of the flat-screen TV), Ce Rosenow organized a raffle drawing with inexpensive tickets. Here she's giving away a book of Cid Corman's poems from her press.
Thomas Martin won one of the raffle prizes, which Ce Rosenow just handed to him.
Next up in the raffle is haiga artwork by Merrill Ann Gonzales, held up by Ce Rosenow.
Ce Rosenow hands another raffle prize to Shirley Kishiyama.
Artwork by Lilian Chu went to the next raffle winner, whose number Ce Rosenow is reading.
Ce Rosenow hands a raffle prize to Susan Diridoni.
The raffle quickly raised more than $100 to help pay meeting expenses. Thanks to Ce Rosenow for organizing it, and to everyone who bought tickets to help support the event (which was free and open to everyone).
An eager audience awaits our next activity, a reading of haiku by Johnny Baranski, Christopher Herold, and Ernesto Santiago.
Johnny Baranski is an long-time member of the Haiku Society of America, and was the first of the meeting's three featured readers of haiku.
Johnny Baranski reads his haiku.
Next up to read his haiku was Christopher Herold, reading from each of his haiku books, ending with his newest one, Inside Out.
Christopher Herold always gives an enjoyable reading of his haiku.
Christopher Herold reading from one of his earlier books.
Ernesto Santiago, a Philippine poet, travelled all the way from where he lives in Greece to attend the Bend Haiku Weekend.
Ernesto Santiago read a selection of his haiku written in English.
Ernesto Santiago shares his haiku.
Ce Rosenow has something for Ernesto Santiago.
Ce Rosenow surprises Ernesto Santiago with a little gift for travelling the farthest to come to the haiku meeting in Bend—all the way from Greece.
Ce Rosenow presents Ernesto Santiago a thank-you gift for coming such a distance.
Ernesto Santiago was an energetic presence all weekend long.
Susan Diridoni and Cara Holman enjoying the Haiku Wall.
Margaret Chula won a bottle of Haiku sake in a haiku contest sponsored by Five Fusion sushi restaurant on Friday night (an'ya served as judge).
Christopher Herold during our afternoon ginko (haiku walk) in Bend's beautiful Drake Park.
Tanya McDonald, Christopher Herold, Richard Tice, and Kathleen Tice in Drake Park.
Tanya McDonald, Christopher Herold, Richard Tice, and Kathleen Tice in Drake Park.
Bend's Drake Park borders the Deschutes River, where it widens out to form Mirror Pond.
The footbridge over the Deschutes River in Bend's Drake Park.
Mirror Pond in Drake Park.
Mirror Pond in Bend's Drake Park.
A duckling on Mirror Pond.
Several haiku folks spotted this little guy on Mirror Pond and wrote haiku about him.
A duckling and its mother.
Mirror Pond in Drake Park, with the Sisters mountains (over 10,000 feet high) in the distance. Mt. Bachelor ski area (to the south of the Sisters) had just closed for the season the week before, despite still having plenty of snow. Bend's elevation is 3,623 feet.
Mirror Pond in Bend, Oregon's Drake Park.
For dinner we gathered at Five Fusion Sushi Bar a few steps from the Liberty Theater.
Haiku poets invade Five Fusion Sushi Bar in Bend, Oregon.
Dinner at Five Fusion.
Left to right: Margaret Chula, Ce Rosenow, John Hall, Cara Holman and her husband (both hidden), Laura Winter, Shirley Plummer (leaning forward), Frances Jones (hidden), Ted van Zutphen, and Johnny Baranski.
Left to right: Patricia Nolan, the space where Michael Dylan Welch was sitting, Fay Aoyagi, Peter B., an'ya, Ernesto Santiago, Ron Micnhimer, Christopher Herold, Carol O'Dell, and Tanya McDonald.
Left to right: James Rodriguez and his wife, Susan Diridoni, Shirley Kishiyama (in grey), and ???.
Haiku poets at Five Fusion Sushi Bar awaiting their dinners.
Left to right: Johnny Baranski, Ted van Zutphen (facing away), Margaret Chula, and Ce Rosenow.
Peter B. and an'ya.
Ernesto Santiago, Ron Micnhimer, and Christopher Herold.
Carol O'Dell and Tanya McDonald.
Michael Dylan Welch (yes, I was there), Fay Aoyagi, Peter B., and an'ya.
Christopher Herold sporting an orchid.
After our dinner at Five Fusion, we gathered back at the Liberty Theater, made a circle, and enjoyed several rounds of sharing our haiku. Left to right are van Zutphen, Cara Holman, Shirley Plummer, Susan Diridoni, and Frances Jones.
James Rodriguez played one of his handmade wooden flutes between rounds of poems.
Frances Jones, Patricia Nolan, James Rodriguez, and Christopher Herold.
James Rodriguez, Christopher Herold, Richard Tice, and Kathleen Tice. This evening's unscheduled reading of poems proved to be particularly enjoyable, especially when we tried sharing single haiku from memory in response to a poem read by a previous person.
Here's where my pictures of haiku events end. I don't have any pictures of the five-hour haiku workshop I led on Sunday, June 6, because I was busy leading it (about 35 people attended). For a report of the weekend, please visit http://sites.google.com/site/haikuoregon/hsa-meeting.
The following pictures show a few tourist distractions in the afternoon of Sunday, June 5, and on Monday, June 6.
After lunch in Bend on Sunday, June 5, 2011 (after the all-morning haiku workshop), Tanya McDonald and I drove south to Lava Butte. After the beautiful weather of the last two days, it was overcast today.
Looking west from Lava Butte. No view of the Cascade mountains today!
Lava Butte is just over 5,000 feet high.
Lava Butte has a fire lookout station at the top.
The walk back to the parking lot atop Lava Butte. The road to the top circles round the mountain, making more than a full circle on the way to the top.
An old snag inside the cinder cone of Lava Butte.
We found this birdbath by the visitor center at the base of Lava Butte.
Yes, this is June. We're at about 6,000 feet, driving into the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. It's sort of like Crater Lake, but with two lakes, and not nearly as dramatic a crater rim.
The snowfall in the Cascades was particularly high this winter (2010-11), and spring came very late, so no wonder there's still lots of old snow by the road in June.
East Lake at the Newberry Volcanic National Monument.
Much of East Lake was still covered in ice, but that didn't stop a few hardy fishermen from getting out their boats. That's Paulina Peak in the background (7,989 feet).
Birkenstocks in the snow.
Fishing on East Lake, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, in central Oregon.
Tanya McDonald at East Lake, Newberry Volcanic National Monument.
East Lake, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, with Paulina Peak in the background (when the snow melts, you can drive to the top of the peak on the other side).
East Lake at Newberry Volcanic National Monument.
East Lake at Newberry Volcanic National Monument. The weather cleared nicely while we were here.
Piled snow will keep anyone from playing basketball for a while.
Paulina Peak is just under 8,000 feet in elevation. Just beyond the trees, in front of the mountain, is a giant obsidian flow, the largest in the United States, and one of the largest such flows in the world (when the snow melts, there are several trails over the flow, which looks like a giant black glacier).
Paulina Peak in central Oregon. After visiting the Newberry Volcanic National Monument, we drove back to Bend (about 30 minutes north), and had dinner at McMenamins in Bend.
On Monday, June 6, it was time to head home. Just north of Bend, route 97 crosses Crooked River Canyon (300 feet below). You look at the gorge from the edge of Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint park. Shown here is the new bridge built to replace the old one I'm standing one (now pedestrian only).
Tanya McDonald at the Crooked River Gorge, Oregon (with the railroad bridge in the background).
This bridge over the Crooked River Gorge in central Oregon carries only foot passengers now. It's illegal to bungee-jump from this bridge, but people have done it (I've seen videos).
Under the old bridge over the Crooked River Gorge, Oregon.
The old bridge over the Crooked River Gorge, Oregon.
The new and old bridges over the Crooked River Gorge, Oregon.
After driving from Bend north through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, we drove up to Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. Timberline is open for skiing all summer long on the Palmer ski lift (shown here), but even lower lifts were still open, thanks to excellent snow coverage this past winter.
I badly wanted to ski, but time didn't allow. I've skied here at Timberline in every month of the year except September. The top lift goes up to 8,540 feet of elevation, and the mountain tops out at 11,245. I once hiked to about 10,000 feet, and skied down to the lodge at 5,924 feet.
Timberline is the summer skiing capital of the United States. When I've skied here in the summer, I've shared the lift and the slopes with some of the most famous ski racers and other skiing celebreties on the continent.
The Palmer lift at Timberline reaches an elevation of 8,540 feet. It could have so easily risen another thousand vertical feet, but the summer snow isn't as reliable higher up. The lift is almost empty, except for a few skiers on the top two chairs.
The summit of Mt. Hood shrouded in clouds.
It still looks like winter at the top of the Palmer ski lift on Mt. Hood, even though it's June.
Mt. Hood, Oregon.
Inside Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon.
The central fireplace and chimney inside Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon.
The central fireplace and chimney inside historic Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon.
Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge.
Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood, Oregon.
Timberline Lodge on June 6, 2011. From here we drove to Portland, then north on Interstate 5 back to the Seattle area. Here's where my pictures of the Bend Haiku Weekend end—a wonderful weekend indeed!