The Clam Show

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Razor clams are the buried treasures of Hood Canal.

During his talk at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017, David Berger explained clam digging is a family activity.

At low tide, everybody goes on the beach to dig for clams with shovels and buckets.

If you see bubbles on the surface of the water, it means there’s a clam buried in the sand. This is  called…. the Clam Show.

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Sharks in the lagoon

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When I read this post on the Seabeck Haiku Getaway Facebook page dated February 3 2017, I thought it was a joke.

 

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Sharks… in the lagoon?!

When I arrived at Seabeck Conference Centre, someone confirmed they were, indeed, mud sharks in the lagoon.

One morning, I headed for the lagoon. And guess what I saw….

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A V shape… and a fin sticking out of the water!!!

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I walked on the dock and the shark circled back because it was low tide and there was nowhere else to go.

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Mud shark at Seabeck Conference Centre (photo: Jessica Tremblay)

Turns out there were two sharks, swimming side by side.

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Mud shark at Seabeck Conference Centre (photo: Jessica Tremblay)

I took multiple photos (and a video) before they swam away.

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Mud shark at Seabeck Conference Centre (photo: Jessica Tremblay)

The mud sharks are about 1 meter long, but they do look like real shark. It was very impressive.

 

 

Etegami workshop

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At Seabeck Haiku Getaway, instructor Darlene Dihel introduced us to etegami (e= image; tegami= letter).

The technique consists of holding the brush at the very top, so your lines are squiggly and the sketch a little rough, but that’s the look you’re looking for. The clumsier it looks, the better.

The workshop was really fun. Even though we started with the same templates – pumpkins, grapes, wine glasses — each artwork was different.

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Etegami intructor Darlene Dihel at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

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Etegami workshop at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

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Etegami workshop at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

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Etegami created by a participant of the workshop at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

 

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the gift

or imperfection

  • Jessica Tremblay

Kite making workshop

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The Seabeck Haiku Getaway included a kite-making workshop with James Rodriguez during which we built an indoor kite.

 

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Kite-making instructor James Rodriguez

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Kite-making workshop at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

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Kite-making workshop at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

the kite builder

makes

the wind

  • Jessica Tremblay (inspired by a quote from James Rodriguez)

 

Lov’em

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Kath Abela Wilson gave us a taste of her very unique family stew during her reading at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017:

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Kath Abela Wilson presents her family stew at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

(…) My father was  a fava, mother a cauliflower, the kids red beans. I was grated parmesan stirring it up at the end. (…)

-Kath Abela Wilson, extract from Maltese Minestra, from “A taste of a Family Stew”, a trifold

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Rick Wilson and Kath Abela Wilson at Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

what my husband loves

best about me how I make

coffee

-Kath Abela Wilson (from “A taste of a Family Stew”, a trifold)

Jessica Tremblay was cartoonist-in-residence at Seabeck Haiku Getaway. You’ll find photos and comics posted on her Old Pond Comics website soon.

 

Endless Bolero (Seabeck Haiku Getaway – Day 1)

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Michael Dylan Welch selected the Bolero of Ravel as the theme song of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017.

On the opening night of the conference, we were shown the 8 minute final scene from the movie Les Uns et Les Autres by Claude Lelouch in which a character dances to the Bolero and is joined by a choir.

The music got stuck in our head for the rest of the conference.

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quite a tune this bolero

playing on and on within my head

crescendo of falling leaves

      #haiku by David Berger

 

Seabeck Haiku Getaway – Day 1

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After some technical difficulties with the projector, the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2017 began with an introduction by Michael Dylan Welch, presentation by guest speaker Scott Mason, amazing performance by Terry Ann Carter, and other sessions.

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Michael Dylan Welch and his famous “I Love Haiku” t-shirt.

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Scott Mason, guest speaker.

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Terry Ann Carter wearing a beautiful kimono for her reading of “Tokaido”.

Stay tune for more comics from the conference.