Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,
As you could have read yesterday (or early this morning) I had a major PC crash, so I couldn't publish on yesterday. So today I will give you two (regular) episodes. The new episode of our special feature Utabukuro will not be published.
First we will go on with our Europe Ginko Today we visit Ireland, a member of the EU since 1973. Ireland extends over an area of about fivesixths (70,273 km2 or 27,133 sq mi) of the island of Ireland(84,421 km2 or 32,595 sq mi), with Northern Ireland constituting the remainder. The island is
bounded to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the northeast by the North Channel. To
the east, the Irish Sea connects to the Atlantic Ocean via St George's Channel and the Celtic Sea to
The western landscape mostly consists of rugged cliffs, hills and mountains. The central lowlands areextensively covered with glacial deposits of clay and sand, as well as significant areas of bogland andseveral lakes. The highest point is Carrauntoohil (1,038 m or 3,406 ft), located in the
Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range in the southwest. The River Shannon, which traverses the
central lowlands, is the longest river in Ireland at 386 kilometres or 240 miles in length. The west
coast is more rugged than the east, with numerous islands, peninsulas, headlands and bays.
|Flag of Ireland
extensive clearing of woodland to facilitate farming are believed to be the main causes of
deforestation during the following centuries. Today, about 12% of Ireland is forested, of which a
significant majority is composed of mainly nonnative coniferous plantations for commercial use. Ideal soil conditions, high rainfall and a mild climate give Ireland the highest growth rates for forests in
Europe. Hedgerows, which are traditionally used to define land boundaries, are an important
substitute for woodland habitat, providing refuge for native wild flora and a wide range of insect,
bird and mammal species.
As said above, Ireland is a very green country and its nature is really wonderful. I love to share a few images of the beauty of Ireland here and of course I will try to create haiku towards the images too.
a bird's nest destroyed -
a rough sea
Ireland is a very spiritual and mystical country. I think you all know Stonehenge ... in Ireland you can find similar stone circles ... one of them, Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork, is such a stone circle. As excavations prove it was certainly used for religious ideas. It is proven that the stones are aligned on the Winter Solstice.
|Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork, Ireland
circle of megalithic stones
|Ireland amazing landscape green nature.
everywhere I look, as far as I can see,
greener than green
England of Irish parents. She started composing haiku in late 1960s, and a few of them appeared in
her 1968 collection titled Horse by the River (1968), followed by a few more that found their way to her 1985 collection, Eternity Smith. Just one example:
have left one plum...
a cry in the wilderness
version, appeared in his 1991 collection titled Seeing Things:
But this year I face the ice
with my father’s stick
appeared in Shamrock No 15 asserted that “Inchicore Haiku can’t serve as a model for a modern-day haiku writer. Only one of these poems passes the time’s test and stands up as a perfect haiku, if a 5-7-5 English-language haiku can be perfect.” He clearly refers to the following piece:
a brown pony stands asleep
shod with daffodils
lilí ina chéile