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Summer has arrived at last……….

Finally managed a walk out to the woods today.  It was a toss up between that and falling asleep on the sofa.  The sleep nearly won, especially after having done a good stint in the front garden getting some of the weeds to give up their home.  Damn weeds played hard ball but I got them evicted in the end.

But instead I opted to head out across the fields.  It was hard going trying to walk along the furrows, not good for the soles of the feet.  But it was well worth it as I managed, right place, right time, to catch sight of a hare. Beautiful, gallant hare, my lucky  charm, my protector.  It must be an omen.  I wonder if the hare is lucky in Japanese mythology. Too fast for me to take a photo though.  Maybe next time I’ll capture him.

The wood was ever so peaceful.  Everything had grown so much since last time I was there making it more difficult to get through the hedges and under the canopy of the trees.  No prying eyes, no-one to spy on me.  Just me, the trees and my camera.  Oh and the birds with their beautiful birdsong.

Two

Experimenting is fun.  I still don’t know what I want to achieve.  I still don’t know if I will use colour in this project. I’m not sure which of these photographs depicts any of the seven aesthetic principles of zen philosophy.

Five

I like both of them.  No I love both of them, especially the black and white one.  It has one element of Japan that I am trying to bring into my photographs, an odd number, five.  I know that four is an unlucky number in Japan as is sometimes pronounced shi, which is the word for death.  So five it was.  These five trees stood out to me, they were growing in close unison with each other.  All the other trees in the wood seemed further away from them.  It was almost like they were posing, ready to have their photo taken.   I certainly can’t describe this photograph as Fukinsei, which means irregularity, asymmetry, but maybe it could take on some of the other aesthetics such as, Kenso – simplicity, Shizen – without pretense, natural, Datsuzoku – unbounded by convention, Seijaku – tranquility, Yugen – profound grace and last but not least, Shiburi – elegant, simplicity.

A Touch of Zen

Aira Force

This photograph reminds me very much of a King Hu movie, I can just see the heroes of the story making their way up the steps as they escape from tyranny.  Maybe it leads to a monastery, somewhere to feel safe, somewhere to meditate before they have to face their foes again.  So for me everytime I see this photograph it will remind me of China…………or Japan.

Of course in reality, for those who would like to know where it really is, it is in the Lake District. Just below where I am standing as I took the photograph is Aira Force, a waterfall. It is very pretty but also very popular.  It certainly wasn’t peaceful as I took the photograph as I was surrounded by noisy children.