Across concealed blue skies – drifting signs
Imaginary birds and dragons – aimless shifting stories
Gathering and dispersing – water droplets and star dust
In flight – clouds empty of clouds
Nikon D750 f/1.8 1/800 35mm 200 ISO
This week Patti (P.A. Moed) invites us to “get back to the basics” and to share how we understand simplicity.
As I was re-reading the basic rules for the board game Go, I came to understand that while the game builds upon 6 simple rules it is an incredibly complex game with more possible configurations for pieces than atoms in the observable universe.
The true origin of Go is unknown. One of the legends tells us that it first emerge in China during the reign of the legendary Emperor Yao (2356 BC- 2255 BC) who created the game for one of his children.
Kano Yoshinori (Graded Go Problems for Beginners) outlines the 6 general rules as:
1) Go is played by two people (I enjoy playing alone as it feels more strategic than competitive) taking turns playing their moves, one stone at a time.
2) One side plays with black stones, the other white.
3) A move consisted of placing a stone on an intersection of the board. Stones can also be placed on the borders of the grid.
4) Once a stone is placed on an intersection, it cannot be moved to another point.
5) When one player has more knowledge and skill, the “weaker” player places more stones on the board to compensate for the difference in strength.
6) In an even game, the side holding the black stone always goes first. In a handicap game, it is the white who plays first.
Nikon D750 f/1.8 1/3200 35mm 200 ISO
At first glance, nature appears simple. The seasons flow from one into another. Clouds move across the sky creating amazing characters and awakening imaginary stories. Yet, when one become more intimate with Mother Earth’s dynamics there are multiple configurations that are beyond my imagination.
Please be safe…