Canyon Haiku

Ranger Diana and hubby

I’m back from two weeks exploring canyons in the American West. Now I need a vacation to rest up from my vacation! As I work my way back into the daily routine, I hope you enjoy a few photos and some canyon-inspired haiku.

parched earth, dry with dust

the white sun bakes a blue sky

a spring desert blooms

arid land fractured

by a river’s slow wander

through five billion years

golden canyons cleave

ancient swirls of earth revealed

smoothed by the winds’ breath

spring cold and waist deep

rivers lead around the bend

carved canyons beckon

uplift of the land

seas recede, plates in motion

beauty wrought by time


I also read 11 amazing books and will share my reviews shortly.

190 thoughts on “Canyon Haiku

  1. Dawn Minott says:

    Love this. Saw at least 1 similar photo to one I took at the Grand Canyon. Great share. Thanks!!!!

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  2. Ocean Bream says:

    Diana, I am only just now catching up with your posts! This is breathtaking. The photos are absolutely stunning! I get the resting up from the vacation haha, especially if the vacation involved a tonne of walking πŸ˜€ And the mind must also rest up from processing such magnanimous beauty. Absolutely gorgeous πŸ™‚

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    • It was so beautiful, Lenora. I’ve been wanting to go there for decades and finally checked it off the bucket list. This is the best thing about being retired. Thanks so much for the visit and for the lovely comment. Have a wonderful Sunday, my friend. ❀

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  3. Baydreamer says:

    Stunning photos, Diana, and gorgeous haiku. The photo of you and hubby is so cute, and you have me more excited for our backpacking trip next month. Welcome back! As you can see, I lost some reading time, so I’m playing catch up. πŸ™‚

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    • I’m so glad you have a backpacking trip ahead. There’s nothing quite like getting out there into deep nature and away from the internet! Lol. We had a wonderful time and loved seeing parts of the country that are new to us. Happy Trails!

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  4. It’s hard to believe there’s a part of the world that looks like that! The pictures are fabulous (so is the haiku).

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    • Thank you, Adrienne. It’s quite a place and now it’s checked off on my bucket list. πŸ˜€ This is really a beautiful planet and I wish I could visit all its wondrous spots. Have a lovely day and enjoy some of the great outdoors. πŸ™‚

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  5. You went all out for this exploratory tour. Congrats

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    • Thanks for stopping by to check out the photos and poetry, Michael. I’m at that age where I may not get a second trip to all the places I’d like to see, so I’m making the most of them. The knees sometimes complain, but the soul loves it. Have a great Sunday!

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  6. Mike U. says:

    I’m a bit late in commenting here (my apologies). These photos and haiku are breath-taking. You’ve captured the essence of the earth’s deep places here in both word and image. Although I grew up and currently reside in the southwest, there are wild desert places I’ve never visited, so seeing your photos really left an impression on me. Gorgeous photography! Your talents as a fine wordsmith are readily apparent (as always). Each haiku is brilliant and they all spoke to me. I’m yearning to see slot canyons in particular, something I’ve never experienced. It looks as though you had a wonderful vacation and I’m so happy for you. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, Diana! I really enjoyed this post. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for your kind comments, Mike. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and the poetry. I love putting them together, adding the thoughts these landscapes evoke to the images. These places are steeped in history and wonder, and so incredibly beautiful. I went to Antelope Canyon in Page, Utah. If you can get there, you’d love it. It’s magical, and definitely worthy of your talents with a camera. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. Hugs.

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  7. Exciting, and awe-inspiringly exquisite, Diana. The greatest gift- sharing a celebration of life and beauty. Chi miigwetch. πŸ’œ

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  8. Photos – amazing. Photo of you and your guy – adorable. Haikus – thought provoking. I love the idea of the blue sky being ‘baked’ by the sun. xo

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    • Aw, thanks for the lovely comment, Pam. We had a fun time. We’re hoping for more adventures while we’re still able to follow the trails. The canyons were incredibly beautiful. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Big hugs.

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  9. Silent Hour says:

    Thank you for the photos and the haiku! Beauty is always welcome!

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  10. Toni Pike says:

    How well your beautiful Haiku blends with those glorious images. You look so adventurous! Toni x

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  11. Lady Tessa says:

    Those photos are absolutely breathtaking! Love the haiku, too ❀️

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  12. Linda Raha says:

    Awesome post! The photos are amazing!!! Beautiful poems! I love the line, “A white sun bakes a blue sky.”

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  13. Jan Sikes says:

    Gorgeous photos, Diana! And the poems fit each photo! What a great trip!

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    • Thanks for the visit, Jan. We had so much fun and being offline for days at a time was a much needed rest for the brain. πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and poems. Have a great day, my friend. Hugs.

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  14. Looks like a stunning vacation….love the pictures!!! Welcome back!!

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  15. Ann Coleman says:

    Gorgeous! What an incredible vacation!

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  16. Resa says:

    Fabulous & brilliant post Diana! I love it, tweeted it out!
    PS: you look marvellous, simply marvellous!

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  17. Marvellous and excellent pictures, Diana and you are looking so nice with your husband. Awesome post.

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  18. Peggy Pilkey says:

    Wow! Your professional quality photos are breathtaking, as others have said, and your haiku are perfect! Thank you so much for sharing them. I had been looking forward to this particular post, and hope there will be others related to your vacation.

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    • Thank you for the kind comment, Peggy. Most of these pictures are my husband’s since he’s better at this than I am! Lol. I just love this planet and can’t get over how amazingly beautiful it is. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. More travels to come! Have a lovely week.

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  19. Jennie says:

    Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you, Ranger Diana.

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  20. petespringerauthor says:

    These are some magical shots of geology at work. Vacations to rest up from vacations are a real thing.

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  21. Absolutely wonderful! Photos and of course your poetry.

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