#Haibun: Granite Dells, Prescott, AZ Walk #2

#Prescott Walk 2 Granite Dells/Watson Lake

Patient Lover

This grand statue, neither made or disturbed by mankind. Carved from rock by the elements.

Gentle, knees to chest
Plant in hand waiting for love
Centuries elapse

He watches until his features are worn off by the wind and sand. His neck shows signs of age.

Kind-hearted, patient
Captures the hearts of many
Leaving him unmoved

His majestic presence, a small outcropping of the Granite Dells overlooks Watson Lake in a small state park in Prescott, AZ.


By Marsha Ingrao  2020

3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

 Henry David Thoreau

I’ve always been a walker. My husband promised me that if we moved to Prescott, AZ, he would walk with me. He has kept his promise. On Wednesday he planned an outing at Watson Lake Park.

A little over 4 miles North of downtown Prescott, the Granite Dells offer parks open year-round with unique granite rock formations, 2 small lakes, and miles upon miles of trails. 

If you like to bike, there are easy mountain bike rides. Vince and I chose a leisurely hike marked by painted white dots so we wouldn’t get lost. We didn’t attempt the tough and technical terrain that the Dells provides when it comes to outdoor recreation.

Watson Lake is a “No Wake” lake. The park has free entrance on Wednesdays. On other days it is $3.00.

Because Prescott is the “other” mile-high city I get out of breath as I walk. Vince and I decided that .5 miles wouldn’t be too taxing, and it wasn’t.

Easy peasy. We met only two other sets of hikers going the opposite way. Both were friendly and stopped to talk for a second.

Looking at this picture on my phone is like watching a micro movie. You can see Vince taking a step. You can adjust it to bounce or loop making it look like Vince is dancing his way along the trail.

This guy had had enough of us hikers. I caught my foot on the rocks as I climbed down and felt happy that I didn’t fall. He threw up his hands in disgust probably wondering who could be such a klutz on an easy trail. I didn’t fall, so I guess he was trying to plug his ears when I let out a little squeal.

This is the nearest I’m getting on this post to one of Cee’s Midweek Macro/Closeups Challenge.

Endlessly watching
Reflecting hikers onward
Growing old with grace

Traditional Haiku - Marsha Ingrao 2020

These shots are a dime a dozen on the internet if you Google Granite Dells, but only this one is a picture of Vince taking a picture with his new phone. We both felt incredibly free, retired, vacationers.

Island-dotted lake
displaying high water marks
calm this winter day

Traditional Haiku - Marsha Ingrao 2020

As I looked at this rock, the sun peeked over the edge. Quickly, as though I was photographing a flighty bird, I aimed my phone directly into the sun. Gotcha.

On another day
rocks would be under water
minerals growing

Traditional Haiku - Marsha Ingrao 2020

No lake is complete without ducks. Even the cold weather didn’t chase them away just yet. If they get too cold, they can fly to Phoenix or Tucson and be warm. No need to go further south than that. The temperature was a cool 57 with a brisk chilly breeze.

Last picture today. We actually went to three more places to walk around and I have about 60 pictures. However, when I loaded them automatically into One Drive, they loaded as HEIC files instead of JPEG. I learned that is an incredibly efficient file for storing photos that is not compatible with Microsoft or outside software programs like Photoshop. This morning I downloaded these select few photos manually into One Drive, and they loaded as JPEG, a usable file for these purposes.

I hope you enjoyed Vince’s and my Prescott Walk #1 in the Granite Dells. Have a wonderful week.

  • Begin the haibun with a title. The title should hint at something barely noticeable in the beginning which comes together by the ending.
  • Your haibun prose can be written in present or past tense including, first person (I), third person (he/she), or first-person plural (we).
  • Subject matter: autobiographical prose, travel journal, a slice of life, memory, dream, character sketch, place, event, or object. Focus on one or two elements.
  • Keep your prose simple, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing should be overstated.
  • The length can be brief with one or two sentences with a haiku, or longer prose with a haiku sandwiched between, to longer memoir works including many haiku.
  • There are different Haibun styles: Idyll: (One prose paragraph and one haiku) haiku/prose, or prose/haiku; Verse Envelope: haiku/prose/haiku; Prose Envelope: prose/haiku/prose, including alternating prose and verse elements of your choice.
  • The prose tells the story and gives the information which helps to define the theme. It creates a mood through tone, paving the way for the haiku.
  • The haiku should act as a comparison—different yet somehow connected to the prose, as it moves the story forward by taking the narrative in another direction.
  • The haiku should not attempt to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the haiku resolves the conflict in an unexpected way. Sometimes, the haiku questions the resolution of the prose. While the prose is the narrative, the haiku is the revelation or the reaction.
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Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

54 thoughts on “#Haibun: Granite Dells, Prescott, AZ Walk #2”

  1. Heavens, there’s a lot going on here, Marsha! What a wonderful area you have for scrambling around in. So lifelike, your granite chap! And oodles of Haiku 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with me. It’s much appreciated.


    1. We will. We are going to probably drive to Sedona tomorrow, go on a hike then at six come back to Prescott and take pictures of the lighting of the Courthouse.


    1. Helen, they are so short, that they almost write themselves. Some of them are 2 syllables/3syllables/2 syllables Haikus are strictly about nature, no emotion. They would go so well with all your pictures. BTW, I turned your wheelbarrow picture into a digital puzzle on my computer only. I love that picture. So here’s a Haiku for it.


      You take the most colorful pictures. Do you enhance them, or are they naturally colorful?

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      1. Thank you for the wheelbarrow Haiku. You are lucky that these words flow easily. I know the theory but can’t do it ……yet.
        Same with chess, I can teach it, ran a successful chess club when I was teaching. Pupils won local tournaments and every one of them could beat me!😂.
        I do post process pictures, bringing out colour that would have been there if sun was shining. It’s like playing around with lighting. It’s fun. Your new local area looks amazing. Stay safe. x

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          1. My dad and I used to play chess, Marje. Unlike the heroine of the Queen’s Gambit, Beth Harmon, I rarely won. I played some of the boys in high school, but rarely beat them either. LOL Thanks for the comment. 🙂


          2. That’s nice Marji if you got to go with sometimes. Neither my dad nor brother were sporty. They were both creative and we all loved photography and art. Dad was quite an artist. Randy and I did not inherit his talent, but we both enjoy it. 🙂 What are you doing for Christmas this year?


          3. That’s a perfect size during COVID, Marje. We have three for Christmas. Vince, his sister Cindy, and me. We all just moved to Prescott, AZ and are living together, so very safe. I don’t know what I’m fixing yet, though.


    1. Thanks for reading. We are enjoying being in Prescott. It’s like being on an extended vacation right now. The virus is catching up to AZ, though, where it was relatively COVID-free in this county. They canceled the parade last night and the lighting of the Courthouse.


      1. Sorry to hear about the cancellations Marsha. We haven’t been too bad here in Cambridge. But I am very careful as I am still going out to work as I work in an international sixth form college. Luckily only 5 hours a day. My hours are now no longer full time since covid.

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        1. Do you have students in a classroom. In CA all the classes are on Zoom except for pre-school. It is so tough for both teachers and students, especially when there is more than one or two students in the home who need to use the computer at the same time. It’s jammed up all the networks. One of the middle school teachers said that she had to make one of her kids get out of bed and put some clothes on. Many kids don’t have a quiet place to work, so school via internet is challenging.


        1. Wow, that will be here in no time. Did you have any trouble getting a moving company to move you? I hope not. I struggled and ended up losing quite a bit of money. The more I talked to them, the scarier they sounded – having us wrap our own furniture, take pictures to “document everything.” I backed out but lost my deposit instead of all my furniture and goods.

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          1. This was our first time selling it all. I have two cream-colored chairs I kept and our temperpedic beds. Not much else. I do have a lot of those four-shelf boxes you put the pretty box drawers in. I figured out that the small storage boxes fit in them perfectly. We can line the storage until with them. We have a small refrigerator that is going and a really small freezer. I’m finding the older I get, the less I need. ❤

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          2. And the more everything costs! I agree with you, though. We don’t need so many things! That’s one reason we are downsizing. There is so much less stuff for Jason to have to go through when we don’t need it anymore. Hardest was to let go of some of Mom and Dad’s stuff and my grandparents bedroom set. Once I did, though, I felt a sense of freedom. 🙂

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          3. I can’t wait to see your new look! 🙂 Right now I have time to concentrate on my blog. I’m excited about where WQWWC may go. I’m so honored that you asked me to host it.

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