lens artists challenge: elements

…the four–earth, water, fire, and wind–are without characteristic, without entity, without self, without … principle.

D S Lopez, Jr, The Heart Sutra Explained
Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/800s 70mm 125 ISO

“The fire element is heat, warmth, and also the motivation that dives us; it also is our metabolism. …

“The earth element is all things that are solid, all the things we can touch…

“The water element is all the fluids in our body…

“The air element is the space in our body, also the air that enters and leaves our body, our breath…the movement the our body makes.”

Brother Phap Hai, nothing to it ten ways to be at home with yourself

Hop on over to Amy’s to join this week’s lens-artists challenge: elements

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lens artists photo challenge: less is more

Riverbend Ponds Natural Area IV…Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/60s 85mm

Image submitted in response to Amy’s (The World is a Book) lens artists photo challenge: less is more.

lens-artist challenge: close- up

This week Leya challenges photographers to explore the world around us by moving a bit closer to a subject. Below are a series of close-up images of a pineapple created with a Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f2/8G.

Every thing in the cosmos is the object of our perception, and, as such, it does not exist only outside of us but also within us. If we look deeply at the bud on the tree, we will see its nature. It may be very small, but it is also like the earth, because the leaf in the bud will become part of the earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

We have been talking about the environment as something different from us, but we are the environment…we are the Earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

Mindfulness means awareness and looking deeply…it is possible to live deeply in mindfulness that could penetrate in all aspects of one’s life.~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

This beautiful, bounteous, life-giving planet we call Earth has given birth to each one of us, and each one of us carries the Earth within every cell of our body…~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

lens-artist photo challenge: nature

spring breeze–
the pine on the ridge
whispers it
~Issa (www.haikuguy.com)

Horsetooth Reservoir … f/5.6 1/2000s 300mm 2200 ISO

“[Frank Meadow] Sutclifffe rarely left Whitby, where his portrait studio kept him busy, and said that we was ‘tethered for the greater part of each year by a chain, at the most only a mile or two long.’ To most modern photographers this would seem a crippling restriction, but Shutcliffe gradually realized that is was an asset to him as a photographer since it forced him to concentrate on the transitory effects that would transform familiar scenes.” (cited: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, the Aperture History of Photography Series: Aperture 1979

While I dreamed of traveling during those long-hours filled with work and family responsibilities, I find that Frank Shutcliffe’s creative work serves to move me toward greater acceptance of being “tethered” during this retirement period with the challenge to open myself to the “transitory effects” of nature that transforms the landscape close to home.

Image, haiku, and excerpt from Aperture submitted in response to Patti’s (P. A. Moed) lens-artists photo challenge: nature.

lens-artists photo challenge: reflections

Even into the mind always clouded with grief, 
There is cast the reflection of the bright moon ~
The Sarashina Diary (Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

North Shields Pond.…Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/400s 44mm 360 ISO

image submitted in response to Patti’s lens-artists photo challenge: reflections

lens-artists challenge: seasonal

In the aging house,

crookedness of the door being straightened,

a spring-like winter day.

~Buson (Y Sawa & E Shiffert, Haiku Master Buson)


Walking on, walking on,

things wondered about — springtime,

where has it gone on too?

~Buson (Y Sawa & E Shiffert, Haiku Master Buson)

On the shortest path,

stepping through water to cross

in the summer rains.

~Buson (Y Sawa & E Shiffert, Haiku Master Buson)

No trail to follow

where the teacher has wandered off —

the end of autumn

~Buson (Y Sawa & E Shiffert, Haiku Master Buson)

and then… Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

An artistic journey through the seasons….a lens-artist’s challenge offered by Tina.