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RichardH
04-05-2018, 02:09 PM
It is spring in the Northern hemisphere, and fall in the southern hemisphere, and even though there is always change, these times stand out. Sekishi and I were talking about the spring.. his in Virginia, and mine up in Toronto, and we had the idea of a Treeleaf Change of Season photography project. It is nothing fancy, just an invitation to fellow to our Treeleafers to document the change of season in the world around us.

I will offer this image to begin, and post more as the world blooms around us ...

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.....it is not an especially artful photo, but it is special to me at the end of a long winter. It is the first sprout of green in the neighborhood, pushing through the debris left from a melted urban snow bank, and layers of defrosted dog poop. It has already been nibbled on by squirrels. Nature finding a way.


Gassho
Richard H

---



Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers;
But the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.

-- Ikkyu


Unlike Canada, the green wave has inundated coastal Virginia. Leaves have found their way to the tree branches and many of the blooms are already fading from the trees and flowers.

Zen poets love the magic of blossoms and summer grasses springing forth from emptiness, no coming, no going. I thought it would be fun to explore the "going" today when I walked past some fallen petals on the ground. So this evening I put a silly little plastic "clip-on" macro lens on my phone, and went out to take pictures of the small world at our feet. The forest floor and among the grasses of the field --it is on the Earth where many things slowly turn into other things.

Here are two fallen petals, laying on soft moss under the tree they recently left:

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Gassho,
Sekishi

Sekishi
04-05-2018, 02:38 PM
Hi all,

Here are a few more photos I took yesterday of the turning of the seasons at our feet.

http://www.newriversdigital.com/personal/treeleaf-spring/IMG_1685-ladybug-1024w.jpg
The flower and the pollinator arise together.


http://www.newriversdigital.com/personal/treeleaf-spring/IMG_1690-grape-hy-1024w.jpg
"What is and what is not create each other. Difficult and easy complement each other. Tall and short shape each other. High and low rest on each other." - Tao Te Ching (Ch.2) So too the poplar and the grape hyacinth shape each other!


http://www.newriversdigital.com/personal/treeleaf-spring/IMG_1696-anthome-1024w.jpg
A clover grows through the doorway -- grass huts everywhere! [happy]


Gassho,
Sekishi #sat

Meishin
04-05-2018, 05:58 PM
Hi,

Lovely images. Here's one after my wife finished planting for the day.

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Gassho
meishin
Sat Today

Seishin
04-05-2018, 06:43 PM
Richard/Sekishi

I like the sound of this project and will try to capture some images while I can. Opportunities will be brief as I'll be returning to the UK in a week or so. Spring has some alternative views and sights here in the French countryside. The mace/corn fields will soon be planted, a bit later than normal due to a wet winter, so muck spreading and ploughing has only started in the last week or so. But you still know spring is not to far away when the tractors start emptying the winter contents of cow shed to feed this years corn. It truly is a cycle of life. My grandkids no longer believe it is the rare Nocturnal Giant French Elephant who leaves the huge piles of dung in the fields around the house. The age of innocence gone.

Here's a poor snap of my "tree nursery" from a few weeks back. January cuttings, bound and left in the open water butt to which I add the ashes from the wood fire. As you can see buds are beginning to bloom. Its progressed a little more and I keep checking for root formation but Its another 180 plus trees to plant out when I get back from England.

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If my altar pops up here please ignore as I've attached it some how according to the preview :eek:

Seishin
04-06-2018, 08:51 PM
Had a mammoth grass cutting fest today and spent about 4 hours on the tractor mower. Plenty of opportunity to see what's been springing into life, so too a few pics.

These first two are my ongoing Project Empress/Kiri Tree. I have been trying to grow these fast growing trees since 2012 with little success from seed but last year I bought 20 seedings but planted them rather late in the season. While my 250 Poplar Hybrid have now spurted new growth, these 20 little trees looked forlorn and dead. But I decided to clear the grass and weeds from each one and was surprised to see the first signs of life in a couple. Keeping my fingers crossed that where there is hope there is life!
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Seishin
04-06-2018, 08:56 PM
More hope, as a few of the Poplar cutting that did not take last year but I left in place, planning to plant new cuttings this year, have decided to grow.

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And healthy new growth on their more successful siblings, which looked so sad over winter ........ a field full of sticks.

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Seishin
04-06-2018, 08:59 PM
Finally, this years crop of pears waking up.

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And rhubarb that has only just recently broken ground to reappear in the spring sunshine.

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Shingen
04-06-2018, 09:38 PM
Beautiful captures everyone ... =)

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Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Meitou
04-07-2018, 06:08 AM
Lovely photos and a great initiative. As some of you know I love taking photos and documenting life around me, so I hope to be able to contribute to this. In Sardinia, the transition from winter to summer is very brief, one minute it's all grey days and then boom, it's scorching hot,so I need to be quick! I can't seem to post photos from my phone, so I'll come back later.
Gassho
Meitou
Satwithyoualltoday lah

Kotei
04-07-2018, 11:19 AM
Pond cleaning is over, our guests arrived.

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Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

RichardH
04-07-2018, 01:51 PM
Beautiful :)

Gassho
RichardH
sat today/LAH

Doshin
04-07-2018, 04:52 PM
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Chihuachuan Desert, Claret Cup Cactus

Doshin
st

Meitou
04-07-2018, 06:41 PM
We have a tiny grape vine in our tiny urban garden, it's just making the first leaves now.
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In the background you can see that the first flowers are blooming on the geranium hedge.
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Gassho
Meitou
satwithyoualltoday/lah

RichardH
04-10-2018, 09:53 PM
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Well.... spring hasn't quite sprung in this neck of the woods. This is the weather outside right now. I tried rejecting it, just simply refusing to accept it..... but.. it is snowing none-the-less :p

Gassho :)
RichardH

sat today/LAH

KellyRok
04-11-2018, 01:02 PM
What a wonderful idea, Richard. I love the photos! Spring is one of my favorite seasons...it's a little late for us this year. Usually by now my Japanese willow and our tulips would be blooming...but not yet...maybe in the next week or so.

Thank you all for sharing.

Gassho,
Kelly/Jinmei
sattoday

Seishin
04-11-2018, 05:54 PM
Some lovely photos posted in the last few days. I took some in our chicken's plot/field/small garden at the weekend when trimming their grass. Have not had time to reduce these down to a postable size, so hope folk don't mind a link to my Google Photos shared folder..............which I hope works for you folks!!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/tJUzwtTBoaIxaGZI3

Not really the place but how do some folks post a thread wide huge pic with the size restrictions ? Every time I resize below 225 it posts "stamp" size ? How do you get around that Sekishi ?

Shugen
04-12-2018, 02:52 AM
Very nice photos!

Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday/LAH


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Jakuden
04-16-2018, 01:32 AM
These are beautiful, thanks everyone! Not much going on here yet, hopefully will get some subject matter soon gassho2

Gassho,
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH

Troy
04-16-2018, 02:29 AM
Here are some Spring critters :) These are actually old photos, but it is snowing outside right now. Spring is having a hard time finding us this year.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/f9486326c8dab368dde8628a32df9d73.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/773e48a030af6a23285a252c2bf916c7.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/405384675264d3302808d5c4c535c7a8.jpg


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Meitou
04-18-2018, 07:38 PM
Wow Troy, those are some amazing close-ups! I took these pics while I was out walking today, as you can see spring is really busting out all over now, and the air feels sweet and soft. These wild flowers will probably be categorised as weeds shortly and cut down, so I was glad to find them so full of life today.

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Gassho
Meitou
satwithyoualltoday/lah

Kotei
04-19-2018, 05:37 AM
Beautiful pictures everyone!
Meitou, I love how the borage flowers blossom out pink and, with maturing, slowly turn blue.

Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Troy
04-19-2018, 05:06 PM
Beautiful pictures Meitou! [emoji3]


Sat2day

RichardH
04-19-2018, 07:56 PM
Such beautiful pictures!

Usually I don’t feel that strongly about spring. Sure it is great, but if it is late it makes no difference. This year is different, and I don’t kbow why. The thought of lying on green grass makes me want to cry... not from sadness... just from a feeling of time passing, people and places come and gone. The beauty of it. Being a part of it.

Gassho
RichardH

sat today/LAH

Sekishi
04-20-2018, 03:36 PM
Not really the place but how do some folks post a thread wide huge pic with the size restrictions ? Every time I resize below 225 it posts "stamp" size ? How do you get around that Sekishi ?

Sorry I missed this question when you originally asked Seishin.

If you have the photos posted somewhere online already, you can use {IMG}https://somesite.com/photo.png{/IMG} (where the curly brackets are square brackets). This will display the image inline at its original size.

If there is a way to do that with photos uploaded as attachments, I don't know what it is. I guess there is probably a way to upload it as an attachment, and then edit the {ATTACH}1234{/ATTACH} to turn it into the {IMG}{/IMG} syntax.

I'll experiment in the post after this one...

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat #experimented

Sekishi
04-20-2018, 03:36 PM
Testing: Can I take the attachment I uploaded in the first post and use the {IMG} tag to put it inline...

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=5020&d=1522936910

Update: Ok, that worked. Can I do it with a newly attached photo?
https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=5065

Update2: Ok, so it is possible, but its a little convoluted. Maybe there is a simpler way? Here is what I did:
1. Use the "Insert Image" button in the message editing toolbar.
2. Select and upload your image. It will appear in the editor as {ATTACH}NNNN{/ATTACH} (where NNNN is the attachment-id integer)
3. Change this to {IMG}https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=NNNN{/IMG} (where NNNN is the attachment-id, and the curly braces are replaced with square brackets).

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat

Troy
04-20-2018, 04:08 PM
I used the Tapatalk app and picked the best picture quality option. That is how mine showed up big.

Lovely pictures Sekishi :)


Sat2day

Sekishi
04-20-2018, 04:32 PM
I used the Tapatalk app and picked the best picture quality option. That is how mine showed up big.


Good point Troy. If you use the Tapatalk app, it actually uploads the photo to Tapatalk's servers, and then uses the {IMG} tag to embed it.

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat

Shingen
04-20-2018, 04:42 PM
Even though the beauty of these images is not about Big or Small, big images are kind of nice. =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180420/7e458d766fdb8fe3af74b70e3182963c.jpg

Sekishi
04-20-2018, 06:37 PM
Even though the beauty of these images is not about Big or Small, big images are kind of nice. =)

[claps]

Also, lovely photo. We can say that there is fall and that there is spring, but one fall leaf in springtime cuts through concepts and boundaries.

Or something like that. [happy]

Gassho,
Sekishi

Troy
04-20-2018, 08:06 PM
Shingen and Sekishi yours have a Zen vibe for me. Love them


Sat2day

Shugen
04-20-2018, 09:52 PM
Lupine on my hike today.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180420/7cfd48cbaf8d8e3f350ce54d6f4f3fb3.jpg

Gassho,

Shugen

Sattoday / LAH


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Jakuden
04-21-2018, 11:49 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180421/e1e39f38e649b108cad28c5b3dd047c1.jpg
One of my little birdie friends that sits with me in the morning, warming up in the sun to get ready for the day.
Gassho
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH


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Shoka
04-22-2018, 03:33 AM
Signs of spring in the garden.

Gassho,

Shoka
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Hoseki
04-23-2018, 11:54 AM
There are some lovely pictures folks. As soon as Spring starts [mad] here I will see if I can take a few pictures.


Gassho,
Hoseki
Sattoday

RichardH
04-23-2018, 10:33 PM
It came late but all it needed was a couple of mild days and everything is springing up at once.

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That is one sweet dog, Shoka.

Gassho
RichardH

sat today/LAH

Shinshi
04-23-2018, 10:49 PM
Finally a sign of spring!

https://i.imgur.com/b1QILTv.jpg

Gassho, Shinshi

SaT-LaH

RichardH
05-02-2018, 09:06 PM
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Spring springing all springy. :)

Gassho
RichardH

sat today/LAH

Meitou
05-08-2018, 09:45 AM
Remember the photo of the vine in our yard? Here it is, just one month later, already showing tiny bunches of grapes. This isn't exceptional, grapes seem to have an almost scary rate of growth.

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And for some flowers, the seasons have already passed, making room for new life to bloom.

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Gassho
Meitou
satwithyoualltoday

RichardH
05-10-2018, 02:20 PM
Remember the photo of the vine in our yard? Here it is, just one month later, already showing tiny bunches of grapes. This isn't exceptional, grapes seem to have an almost scary rate of growth.

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And for some flowers, the seasons have already passed, making room for new life to bloom.

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Gassho
Meitou
satwithyoualltoday


“a drop of dew, a bubble, A dream, a lightning's flash, a thunder cloud”.

Gassho
RichardH

Sattoday/LAH

SNPII
05-20-2018, 04:37 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180520/e5c01d8758b6c485a3689ce69c78ebf4.jpg


Thought Id try this out.

sattoday
Shane


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Shoki
08-21-2018, 09:36 PM
I did not put these on my pizza.

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Gassho ST LAH
James

Sekishi
08-22-2018, 07:07 PM
I did not put these on my pizza.


[claps]

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat

Troy
08-23-2018, 01:10 AM
On the way home from work

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180823/aca8c03cbee553fdf28eb2938766d276.jpg


Sat2day

Shingen
08-23-2018, 01:18 AM
On the way home from work

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180823/aca8c03cbee553fdf28eb2938766d276.jpg


Sat2day

Detour due to giant color band in the sky! =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Cooperix
08-23-2018, 04:27 PM
Here in northern New Mexico, August- if we are lucky, brings rain and hints of fall. This wild flower planted itself in my 'fragrance' garden outside our bedroom.
The recent rains brought out its glory!
We're still in a dangerous drought, so every drop is precious!

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~st~
Anne

Sekishi
08-23-2018, 06:15 PM
The recent rains brought out its glory!
We're still in a dangerous drought, so every drop is precious!


Dry-faced Buddha.
Wet-faced Buddha.

gassho2

(Misquote of Master Mazu - Blue Cliff Record #3 or Book of Serenity #36).

Gassho,
Sekishi
#sat

Shoki
08-27-2018, 04:21 PM
Summer is fleeting. Enjoy it now.

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Gassho
Sat Today / LAH
James

Meitou
08-27-2018, 04:43 PM
Here in northern New Mexico, August- if we are lucky, brings rain and hints of fall. This wild flower planted itself in my 'fragrance' garden outside our bedroom.
The recent rains brought out its glory!
We're still in a dangerous drought, so every drop is precious!

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~st~
Anne

This is so beautiful Anne! Great photos everyone.
Gassho
Meitou

satwithyoualltoday/lah

Nenka
09-02-2018, 03:18 PM
Fall is just around the corner here in Illinois.

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Gassho

Jen

ST

Shingen
09-02-2018, 03:27 PM
Bodhi and the Buddha. =)

Gassho
Shingen

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Shugen
09-02-2018, 03:30 PM
The Sacramento River in Northern California

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180902/01afa89e93bc9b77b4e5a833b148d0e9.jpg

Gassho,

Shugen


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Shugen
09-02-2018, 03:33 PM
And, now for something completely different:

Whiskeytown National Recreation area (7 miles from my home)

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180902/f2bf7e3c3c5d135bc966b7b803f1eec0.jpg


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Sekishi
09-02-2018, 08:09 PM
And, now for something completely different:


Sun Faced Buddha, Moon Faced Buddha. gassho2

Deep bows,
Sekishi
#sat #lah

Shokai
09-03-2018, 06:16 PM
I guessing some of those Jack Pine cones were opened by the heat and the regeneration has already started.

gassho, Shokai

stlah

Meitou
09-10-2018, 12:58 PM
'Therefore flowers fall even though we love them....' Genjokoan, Master Eihei Dogen

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We have no season of mellow fruitfulness here, August scorches most plants into dessication. Flowers fall but soon it will be the time of others to rise.

Gassho
Meitou
satwithyoualltoday/lah

Kotei
09-11-2018, 03:16 PM
Hello,

after an extremely hot and dry summer... rain is back.
New life coming out of the old tree-stump.

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Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

MyoHo
09-11-2018, 04:07 PM
Hi guys,

A hot and sunny summer is closing to an end, or maybe not yet :)

Gassho
MyoHo
St

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TenraiToo
09-15-2018, 08:17 AM
A nice sunny day, a week before the typhoon. Enjoy your sunny days in the rainy season!

Gasho
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Svetlana_UA
09-15-2018, 08:43 AM
Odessa, Ukraine5355

Надіслано від мого MI MAX 2, використовуючи Tapatalk

Kotei
09-25-2018, 03:37 PM
Wonderful pictures everyone.
Hope, posting some seconds of video with audio is ok, too.
The geese are coming together on the river bank, feeding themselves for the big journey south.
The cranes are back for their winter quarters, circling above my garden.

https://youtu.be/wHl0hBWFkr8

Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Shokai
09-26-2018, 02:22 AM
looks and sounds like some Zazen I've experienced

gassho, Shokai

stlah

Shingen
09-26-2018, 02:37 AM
Wonderful pictures everyone.
Hope, posting some seconds of video with audio is ok, too.
The geese are coming together on the river bank, feeding themselves for the big journey south.
The cranes are back for their winter quarters, circling above my garden.

https://youtu.be/wHl0hBWFkr8

Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Got to love nature and all is beauty! =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH

Koki
10-03-2018, 02:52 AM
Seasons changing along with beautiful sun sets.

Leaves turning gorgeous colors.

All teaching us...no attachment..let it go.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181003/15dac70f617c0683d269a9febabbe2b1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181003/0bad51eb42d61c676ef974da4eb036ec.jpg

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Kyotai
10-03-2018, 05:18 PM
Forest in Autumn

Gassho Kyotai
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Shokai
10-03-2018, 07:18 PM
Thanks Frank and Kyotai; beautiful autumn pictures

gassho, Shokai
stlah

Shingen
10-03-2018, 07:28 PM
Autumn is a beautiful time of year. =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sat/LAH
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