Not for stilts

but as a cane

bamboo serves me now,

I who call to mind

the games of childhood ~Saigyo (BW, Poems of a Mountain Home)


How did

a dewdrop last? ~Kigen (YH, Japanese Death Poems)

How few our years of golden youth! How certain our gray years of age! ~Emperor Wu-ti

(The Jade Flute, Various; The Project Gutenberg Ebook)

Wind Kisses invites photographers to share images reflective of their relationship with over the hill.

As banked clouds

are swept apart

by the wind at dawn

the cry of the first wild geese

winging over the mountain ~Saigyo*

Sony RX1003 … F/3.5 … 1/100s … 8.8 mm … 80 ISO

*cited: Trans: Burton Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home

Though the waterfall
Ceased its flowing long ago,
And its sound is stilled,
Yet, in name it ever flows,
And in fame may yet be heard.
~ Fujiwara no Kinto

Patti invited bloggers to explore the movement of objects or people. Since it is a bit too hot this weekend to go on a photo walkabout, I wandered through some old files. I hope you enjoy.

the dead grass–

life lies dormant

on the face of the earth ~Inahata Teiko (MU, Far Beyond the Field)

Sony RX3 … f/3.5 1/160s 25.7mm 80 ISO

Blow if you will,

fall winds–the flowers

have all faded.

~Gansan (Y Hoffamnn, Japanese Death Poems)

It is indeed difficult to “get one’s head around” a perspective that one’s individual freedoms are of greater importance than the collective whole and to be blind to the interconnectedness and interdependence within the earth’s ever-changing patterns and our seemingly insignificant life choices.

Earth Day 2022 “This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods.

For Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.”

Submitted in response to Amy’s invitation to share earth stories through photographic lenses.

Nikon D750: f/4.2 … 56mm … 1/2500s … 100 ISO