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Waterlily Series
by Pamela A. Babusci and Diane Dehler

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Pamela A. Babusci is an internationally award winning haiku, tanka poet and haiga artist. Some of her awards include: Museum of Haiku Literature Award, International Tanka Splendor Awards, First Place Yellow Moon Tanka Competition (Aust), First Place Kokako Tanka Competition (NZ), and First Place Saigyo Tanka Awards (US). She is the founder and Editor of Moonbathing: a journal of women’s tanka, the first all women’s tanka journal in the US. She has a deep desire to be creative on a daily basis, which feeds her spirit and soul and gives meaning to her life. Poetry and art have been an integral part of her existence since her early teen age years and will continue to be a driving force until she meets her creator. A Solitary Woman is her second tanka collection. Of the Waterlily series, she writes

I had the pleasure to meet Diane Dehler on Facebook. I loved viewing her beautiful photographs of waterlilies, orchids and chrysanthemums. She captured these amazing flowers with a unique artistic eye. When she first began to post flowers in black & white, I loved them even more. I have been attracted to B&W photography ever since I was introduced to Ansel Adam’s B&W palette.

One day I used one of Diane's exquisite B&W photos, and embedded a tanka within it, and posted it to her wall. She was delighted with the haiga, thanked me and that is how our collaboration began. Observing her flower photographs inspired me to write a tanka or haiku to complement them. It came so naturally; I just wrote the poetry and went with the flow.

To me, these B&W photos embrace the bare essentials. They leave the viewer to use their imagination to "see" what is not there, to add or subtract, to embellish or hone down. To travel any path that the observer wishes to follow.

We decided to focus on waterlilies for this series of haiga as they are noted for their rare beauty. Waterlilies symbolize purity, innocence, fertility, hope, rebirth, peace and resurrection. Diane & I hope that this collaboration will bring you closer to the essence and spirit of these charismatic aquatic jewels.

Diane Dehler is a poet & fine arts photographer known for her postmodern lyricism & flower images. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has been published in numerous international poetry journals. Mostly recently her poetry & photographs have appeared in Artemis Journal, Moonbathing, Munyori Literary Review, Cattails, Skylark Tanka Journal and The Taj Mahal Review. She writes

I have always identified myself as a poet and only recently come to accept that I am a photographer as well. It was with the encouragement of Pamela A. Babusci, that I began to explore the subtle and intuitive beauty of black and white photography. The tanka that she created from my flower photographs became a perfect blend of words and images. It is thus that our collaboration on the Waterlily Series began.

It is said that a true friend always leaves us more fully realized and more cognizant of our true nature. It is not often that one is left with such a tangible presence of the meeting of spirits, as these haiga which Pamela & I are delighted to share with others.

I have always been drawn to waterlilies as symbols of wisdom and transformation. In my pursuit of the waterlily I seek the joy and transcendence that emerges from perception of perfect beauty. I approach photography as only a poet can: with an intuitive heart & desire to become that which I perceive; a perfect moment of a flower.