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A tribute to nature's wonderful talents: a haiku

Updated on January 6, 2013
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The squirrel






Embracing winter

Nuggets in hole buried

Accumulating


The gray squirrel teaches us the value of contingency; known hoarders, they save the nuts they bury for a wintry season when there is little food to find. They are cautious animals as well, knowing how to scuttle and avoid predators quickly. Resilient and determined, they are also known to travel for 50 miles to find ideal habitats for themselves.

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Bees represent a highly organized society, with roles for nurses, workers, drones, guards and yes, even housekeepers! Every bee has its place in the honeybee society. It teaches us the value of determination as it goes about collecting nectar from flowers for the manufacturing of honey. It also teaches the value of sacrifice for the good of society - the drone, which has a barbed sex organ, dies after mating with the queen - all this to ensure progeny.


The honeybee






Running the palace

Where everything is in its place

Self sacrificing



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An ant's nest






Creating, sharing

Crafting in many places

Small little mountains


Ants teach us the virtue of creativity and determination, building their nests meticulously with silken larvae; they are known hard workers. Teaching us the value of sharing, some are even known to share their nests with ants of another species.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Mary! Glad you like these! Was captivated by the squirrel myself. Saw some in a row, chewing nuts in unison! It was fascinating! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Rema, no worries, haiku is famous for hidden nuances in a few words. So there is much to discover! glad the narration was useful. thanks for coming by!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You packed this hub with beauty and knowledge! Your haiku, as always, is outstanding, your pictures fascinating and your information about each subject intriguing.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Michelle,

      How very well you explain the role that the little creatures - the awesome wonders of nature - play in the development of our society!! The narration was helpful in understanding the haiku better (I think you had people like me in mind when you wrote the description ha ha). Great hub. Thank you. Cheers, Rema.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Haiku's one of my favorite poetic forms, Patty (not in the least because they're so short) LOL! Difficult to think of, though. The wildlife photographers are amazing, as usual. Thanks for coming by!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Michelle, Awesome Job!!!! You captured what nature can teach us and what we sure learn to do in our own lives!!! I also loved the pictures as well as the facts your provided.

      You are truly the Haiku master!!!!

      Lots of Votes and Shared!!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Glad the facts were a good add on, Christy! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment, travmaj! Nature can indeed teach us so much! Glad you've stopped by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Glad you've enjoyed it, James!! Glad the facts were interesting. Thanks for coming by!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good idea to put facts along the side of the haikus - it really added to the hub!

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      I guess you know how much I admire your haiku - I love nature too so an excellent combination here. Just beautiful and how much we can learn!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This was excellent Michelle. I like how you included interesting facts for each Haiku. Voted up, shared, interesting, and beautiful :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ignugent!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Michelle,

      Interesting and beautiful ! Enjoyed the pictures too. :-)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, MHatter!!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent work. Thank you for keeping the standards high

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      LOL! Yes, that's fine!! Thanks for the vote!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I was definitely typing too fast. I meant to type, I voted up for sure. HAH-HAH!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I voted up sure.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hello, Mary!! Glad to see you!! Thanks for dropping in and am glad you've enjoyed my little nature trip. Actually, you just have to type in any clip art divider, say flowers in your google search. Then go to the site, click on the image and import the address into a photo capsule. Or you can download the image like any photo. They will go well with your garden hubs!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the pin, Kim! Really appreciated, my friend, and I"m so glad to have connected with you! Will be coming round in a bit!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, to business! Glad that you've enjoyed them......nature is wonderful, if only we'd treasure it more! Appreciate the visit, my friend!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This is a beautiful Haiku. Wish I could write these. I was going to ask where you got those nice dividers, then I see you said clipart, is that right? They are SO nice.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Your haikus are always so nice ^_^ they make me smile. I also love all the bonus content you added. Very nice hub, voted up and pinned

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      midget, these Haiku poems are simply breathtaking, I do find nature

      incredible inspiring. Voting up and sharing

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks sujibeta! I'm glad to meet lovers of Haiku like yourself here as well!! Nature is awesome and I must thank these wildlife photographers for the close ups!! Thanks for coming by!

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      Sreejith k 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Brilliant hub about the beauty of nature. Haiku is a part of nature's beauty. You have shown that with great pictures.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      LOL! Thanks Bill! I know that you have a soft spot for nature. We all should!! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Shutri. You can do these designs too. Just look out for clipart dividers, and if want to know how to import these into your photo capsules, let me know!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love nature so by extension I love these haikus. :) Great job Michelle!

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Great work michelle, I love all your haiku's :)

      I like the way you make your hubs colorful by adding certain designs! very very innovative! Voted up and shared :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for coming by, Whonunuwho!! Glad to connect with a fellow nature lover! Yes, nature can indeed teach us a whole lot!, if we just sit down and appreciate it . Glad you like this!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Sunnie! Yes, nature does teach us many things, so much to appreciate!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Very beautiful and full of lessons that we, as humans, may learn from creatures in the wilds. Thanks ,midget38, for sharing this lovely work and is much appreciated.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Now that's clever word coinage, spy!! Thanks for coming by!!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Naturiffic hub Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Howard, for stopping by! Glad you like it!

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      HowardBThiname 5 years ago from Midwest

      Very nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Jamie, I am so glad you like it! I have always been in awe of these creatures.... They are the most hardworking and resilient ones around! Thanks for the tweet and share!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Deepak, for coming by. Glad you like it!

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Useful hub.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, loved learning a bit more about the role of certain creatures in our world. Your haiku was beautiful and portrayed the role of these animals beautifully. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Michelle, great hub and I love the haiku - especially 'Squirrels' - 'accumulating'....WOW! :o)

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub..Nature does teach us so much.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Nature's little creatures can teach us many things, as this set of haikus show.