Perfectly Imperfect (Wabi-sabi)

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There is a wonderful world-view from Japan called Wabi-sabi. Japanese culture has many wonderful things, doesn’t it?

Wabi-sabi is a bit about understanding and appreciating imperfection in life. The most striking characteristic of something that sets it apart; the “flaws” that show us serenity in nature and life; the acknowledgement of something different or out of place; how seemingly imperfect characteristics can teach a deeper understanding of beauty authenticity through uniqueness and being “off” perfect – are all somewhat the feeling and some of the ideals behind what Wabi-sabi represents.

If this flower were perfect, this photo would not be perfect.

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Through the Reeds

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It has been incredibly hot the past week. And then, like ‘that’, it plummeted. We’re expected to get almost 20 degrees cooler weather the next few days. I guess it’s Summer’s last hurrah.

I took this on one of those hot, hot days. Luckily it was right off a main road. No hiking to get to this point, thankfully. It’s part of a series of recreation areas in Mogadore, Ohio. This one, in particular, is quite tiny, but well kept. It’s basically a parking lot, a building and a tiny dock-area for people who want to take canoes out onto the water.

There was an area farther away from the launch area that looked like someone had brought a canoe up to shore and took out some Cat Tails along the way – I don’t really know. It made for a nice little scene with lilies in the distance, framed by the reeds on both sides.

Papuru Supotto

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I was out with my Cousin at a Mogadore Recreation Area on a wooded path that follows the edge of a lake taking a somewhat mild walk and taking pictures of whatever I found. And I found something very interesting.

I couldn’t quite find these in an online search. I was trying to get a picture of a Bee when I happened to look down and, BAM, these leaves right below me had these bright, vibrant purple spots on them.

My best guesses are a fungus eating away the leaves or larva of some kind of bug.

Ishi Tsurukusa

"Stone Vine"

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“Stone Vine”

I got to pay a brief visit to a friend’s house while on a trip to Pennsylvania. It was unplanned and I arrived shortly before they got home.

So. I meandered through the backyard snapping photos and caught this little guy crawling its way across one of the stones making up a sidewalk.

It just reminding me how nature will grab on and take back an area.

Barnacle Fence

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I don’t think those are barnacles – just some kind of dried-up moss, but I thought the scene resembled the weathered look of an old sea ship.

This is at a cemetery next to an interesting Catholic church. St. Joseph Parish and School in Mogadore, Ohio. It’s a rather beautiful place with an amazing outdoor area that includes a Grotto, waterfall and other features. I took some photos, but would like to make another trip out there sometime soon.

Purple Flower

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This reminds me of a line in a song I really like, “A purple flower came to visit me and landed on my window.” by a rock band called Undercover, on their album Devotion.

This photograph is slightly older. I took this at Quail Hollow in Hartville, Ohio. I also used my awesome Tamron 90mm Macro. I love that macro lens. I saw they made a newer version of it that includes a silent motor housing or technology and image stabilization! Wow!

I’d love to get that new version. It’s so very very hard to get crisp photos from a macro lens without stabilization.

Three Sprouts

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I may have to start mixing-up the posting order of my photos, but my latest trip to The Gorge – Metro Parks in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio(USA) was the bulk of my journeys for the last two weeks.

I am planning some other excursions and trying to get in some other photos of architecture and people soon. There’s some interesting looking sites South of me for historical buildings and locations.