Spotlight Writing Challenge – Haiku or Senryū – Micro-Season: The Maple and Ivy Turn Yellow (2022) – Prompt ‘Autumn Leaves’ – Hosted by Mark S @ Naturalist Weekly

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We have entered the micro-season of “Light Rain Showers”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season of Frost Descent. The micro-seasons within Frost Descent are:

  • The First Frost Falls (Oct 23 – Oct 27)
  • Light Rain Showers (Oct 28 - Nov 01)
  • The Maple and the Ivy Turn Yellow (Nov 02 – Nov 07)

These seasons were established in 1685 by Japanese astronomer Shibuka Shunkai and are specific to Japan. However, just because the calendar focuses on Japan doesn’t mean it isn’t applicable to others. No matter where you live you can use these seasons as a starting point for your personal exploration of the world around you.

As a way to celebrate this season, we will learn about what causes leaves to change color and then read some haiku by Issa, Basho, and Buson.


The Leaves Turn Color

During the spring and summer, a tree’s leaves are…

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