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    The Treeleaf Change of Season Photography Project

    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.


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    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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    Hi all,

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


    The flower and the pollinator arise together.



    "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!



    A clover grows through the doorway -- grass huts everywhere!


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    Hi,

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

    in our garden.jpg

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Beautiful captures everyone ... =)

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    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.
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    Pond cleaning is over, our guests arrived.

    visitors.jpg

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    Beautiful

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    We have a tiny grape vine in our tiny urban garden, it's just making the first leaves now.
    vigne april 7 2018 .jpg

    In the background you can see that the first flowers are blooming on the geranium hedge.
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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

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    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.

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    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 ?


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    Very nice photos!

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    These are beautiful, thanks everyone! Not much going on here yet, hopefully will get some subject matter soon

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    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.




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    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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    Beautiful pictures everyone!
    Meitou, I love how the borage flowers blossom out pink and, with maturing, slowly turn blue.

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    Kotei sat/lah today.
    古庭 KoTei / Ralf

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    Beautiful pictures Meitou!


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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seishin View Post
    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...

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    Testing: Can I take the attachment I uploaded in the first post and use the {IMG} tag to put it inline...



    Update: Ok, that worked. Can I do it with a newly attached photo?


    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).

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    The Treeleaf Change of Season Photography Project

    I used the Tapatalk app and picked the best picture quality option. That is how mine showed up big.

    Lovely pictures Sekishi


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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    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.

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    Even though the beauty of these images is not about Big or Small, big images are kind of nice. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Even though the beauty of these images is not about Big or Small, big images are kind of nice. =)


    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.

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    Shingen and Sekishi yours have a Zen vibe for me. Love them


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    Lupine on my hike today.


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    One of my little birdie friends that sits with me in the morning, warming up in the sun to get ready for the day.
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    Signs of spring in the garden.

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    There are some lovely pictures folks. As soon as Spring starts here I will see if I can take a few pictures.


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    It came late but all it needed was a couple of mild days and everything is springing up at once.

    Photo 2018-04-23, 6 27 41 PM.jpg


    That is one sweet dog, Shoka.

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    Finally a sign of spring!



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    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.

    vine 1.jpg

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

    fallen 1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meitou View Post
    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.

    vine 1.jpg

    vine 2 sm.jpg

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

    fallen 1.jpg

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

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    Thought Id try this out.

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    I did not put these on my pizza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    I did not put these on my pizza.


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    The Treeleaf Change of Season Photography Project

    On the way home from work




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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    On the way home from work




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

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooperix View Post
    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.



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

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    Summer is fleeting. Enjoy it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooperix View Post
    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!

    buddha adj.jpg

    ~st~
    Anne
    This is so beautiful Anne! Great photos everyone.
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    Fall is just around the corner here in Illinois.

    leaf1.jpg

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    Bodhi and the Buddha. =)

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