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Connecting to Nature

Intergenerational Description of Joint Project

I have always loved nature and I thought this would be an interesting project to work on with my grandniece and grandnephew. Since I have been studying Sumi-e (Asian brush painting) for over 25 years and recently studying Haiku poetry, I thought it would be an interesting approach to this project. We worked on the project during the children’s spring vacation in April. After a field trip we began writing the Haiku poems. Then we painted our Sumi-e pictures that express something in the poem.

Celebration of Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder

Before starting the paintings and poetry, we visited two streams. The first stream, in Blue Hill, Maine, is surrounded by residential and commercial buildings. The town installed a water treatment plant a number of years ago. Recently the town added more businesses and homes on line. We also visited the treatment plant. Then we went to another stream in Surry, Maine, which has fewer homes nearby. There we saw an osprey fly over and nets to trap elvers. This was our inspiration.

Haiku Poems

a fish swims… jumps
small fish watch
try and fail

melting snow… rain...
rush downward to the sea
rich nutrients

rushing stream, calm bay
big rocks hug dancing water
osprey come and go

a fish swims… jumps small fish watch try and fail

 

melting snow… rain... rush downward to the sea rich nutrients

 

rushing stream, calm bay big rocks hug dancing water osprey come and go

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