Is it Spring already? I've loved the plum blossoms this year and had fully expected that this gallery would have some sort of a blossom theme, but when I started seriously making web pages, the idea fell apart because the haiga are seasoned across the seasons; if any one predominates, it's Autumn.

Well, it is Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, but there's more to justify it than that. Recently, I've been much involved in renku, where the first verse (the hokku) reflects the time and season in which it was composed, while the rest of the verses flow in pattern around the year. As I've learned, there's a particular richness and depth to the poetry when, say, Autumn is contemplated within the frame of Spring. Still, the appropriate season word to name the gallery eluded me.

Then, abruptly it turned cold and the television weather reports were once again filled with stories of unseasonable snowstorms—snow, even, on the Roman ampitheater in the southern French city of Arles! That settled it: "Late Snow", which just happened to be the opening line of Carol and Merrill's first haiga.

PAINTINGS AND PHOTO HAIGA
by WARREN GOSSETT, US

RIVER'S EDGE: PHOTO HAIGA
by MICHAEL REHLING, US

POLAR COORDINATES
by JIM SWIFT, CA

THE SEASONS AT WOODSLAWN FARM
by CAROL PURINGTON and MERRILL GONZALES, US

"CALIFORNIA GOLD"
AN ONGOING HAIGA PROJECT FOR POETS RESIDING IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA