Spring Break

Winter.

Here in the good old USA, numerous folk are “enjoying” the style of winter that is often considered the exclusive domain of International Falls, Minnesota and their robust Canadian friends further north.  Temperatures are brutally cold, well south of freezing, accompanied by ye olde insidious wind chill and ample amounts of that white stuff that wanted to be rain before Mr. Freeze squeezed its little liquid heart. While the Canucks and Minnesotans may shrug it off, for those less accustomed to this winter thuggery I offer a Spring Break – a reminder of things to come.

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Haiku in Shades of Gray

Afternoon Visit
In A Japanese Garden
Feeling Shades Of Gray

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Following A Path
Entry To Serenity
Nature’s Softer Side

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Branches Twist And Turn
Tendrils of a tree’s soul
Gives Calming Patterns

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A Mossy Clearing
Pagoda Climbs To Heaven
The Maple Watches

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A Glyph Guards The Frame
Of Quiet Tea Ceremonies
House With Autumn Moon

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A Solid Presence
Ancient Anchor To The World
Crafted Wall Of Rocks

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A Gentle Dripping
Calming Sounds Refresh The Air
Stress Draining With Water

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An Old Tree Provides
Patterns Of Bark And Needles
Beauty Of Aging

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Sandy Sacrifice
The Buddha Faces Tigers
Garden Of Stone

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Lake Of Raked Gravel
Geometric Distances
The Islands Ripple

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Winding Stairs Climb
A Rocky Hill Surrenders
The Spirit Ascends

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Miniature Vignettes
For Pondering Natures Soul
Garden Says Goodbye

Zen Stone Stacking & the Art of Auto Maintenance

I’m not one to reblog much – there’s just too much good stuff out there and it’s too much like picking favorites. But this one from Robert Parker pushed all my buttons: photography, philosophy, dry commentary and humor. I hope you enjoy it too.

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We’d been walking along the shore of Lake Ontario,and stopped to watch the sailboats and drink some water.

A very nice lady saw us fooling with these rocks, and asked if we were professional artists, and if she could photograph our “stone stacking.”

It almost seemed like she was serious, so I told her, we artists prefer our creations to be called “Cobble Assemblages”.  And that we’re novices, from the Spiral Jetty School, working our way up to pyramids and standing stone circles.  No money is required to view them, but an offering of fresh fruit is appreciated.

This strange little hobby, stacking up stones, “rock balancing” seems to have really caught on.

We’ve run across them in stream beds, woods, parks, even on the berms near shopping malls.

Sometimes there are so many, it appears a Neolithic cult is out there in the woods.

What is the point of…

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