#1200. Haikus from the Seaside

By Ian Varkevisser | Art & Creativity

May 13

Putting words to images can sometimes be a challenge which produces interesting results. Not all captions conform strictly to the haiku format but are in the style of. For those who have not yet published their work in book form it can be a rewarding exercise. Try it ! It makes for a personal gift for friends and relatives.

strolling the seaside
the tide carries in treasure
sand carries out cares

Extracts from the book Haikus from the Seaside. Published 2019.

sinuous seaweed dissipates
orange and pink clubfoot
anemone rests

icarus' ego
was it the wind from afar
this afternoons feather

poseidon's beard curls
a web of sea life remains
purposeful nuisance

submerged rock green sludge
propagating undulations
bobbing vulnerable coconuts

a cool ocean zephyr wafts
sapphire arthropod nosedives
foreboding encrusted sea fan 

cautious steps
distant delicate colourful rooms
a thousand eyes await

tranquil pool
ochre mottled canvas
limpets cling for life

abandoned dwelling
departed mollusc
bright coloured shattered dreams

sun lazily covered
by a purple gray cloud's path
river bows across horizon


​Never miss a post

​Like what you are reading? Subscribe below and receive all posts in your inbox as they are published. Join the conversation with thousands of other creative photographers.

  • Lad Sessions says:

    Ian, Inventive as always. Great viewpoints. You inspire us all. (My poor excuse for a haiku)

    • Ian Varkevisser says:

      Just paying inspiration forward . Keep on working on the haikus you will be publishing soon. 🙂

  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    What to say? BRILLLIANT – that’s one word that leaps out of the page.

    As Pascal hinted, before I opened your post Ian, the text is also brilliant. Gifted.

    Treasured memories of my own experiences along beaches all over.

    My own collection of seashells and other marine memorabilia – including a barnacle encrusted bottle rescued from a shipwrecked vessel, off the north-west coast – a telescope and a “naval campaign chest” that both belonged to a former Rear-Admiral of the British Navy – too many more things to list here, as well.

    I’ve just been working through various photos of people kitesurfing off the beach here, so this post ws very timely.

    The colours, the tones, the composition – the images shine out of the page. Thanks a zillion, once again, Ian, for sharing them with us.

    • Ian Varkevisser says:

      Your ever interesting and informative comments never seem to dry up and are blogs in their own right. Thank you for sharing.

  • Nancee Rostad says:

    Gorgeous images, Ian! They make me want to jump in my car and drive to the nearest beach…..right now! Although, when I arrive, all the beautiful hues in your images will be replaced by more muted shades of blue, green, and gray typical of the Pacific Northwest. I won’t care, because I’ll be at the seaside! Your images have helped me travel without leaving my house….thank you!

    • Ian Varkevisser says:

      Enjoy your trips to your local beaches . I am sure with your talent as a photographer you can turn in some interesting images from those trips. Look forward to seeing them.

  • Jeffrey D. Mathias says:

    nice color
    not much paper to reproduce these
    just enjoy as is

  • Ian Varkevisser says:


    • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

      Better late than never – I’ve not seen a piece of seaweed like that, EVER – not ANYWHERE. Amazing!

  • Mer says:


    A great use of bold colours that works so well here. The low down position the shots were taken from is a good reminder for me to get away from the stand-and-shoot posture. Nice.


  • >