In October, as a part of Becky Kinda Squares, I wrote about propagating Begonias from leaf cuttings. I have been meaning to do a follow-up for a while now.
Here are the results so far. Some leaves have bigger shoots. These are ready to be lifted from the tray and potted up. All the bright green dots to the left and rear are new growth from the leaves. The only one to be slow to start is the one front left. The leaf of this variety is a bit hairier than others but the leaf hasn’t rotted away so anything may happen soon. The leaves at the far back, Emerald Ripples Peperomi, have almost gone but shoots are appearing still.
Things are going quite well for this leaf with two established leaves and two bursting forth.
This is an interesting challenge due to Tina’s opening inviting us into the challenge with “This week it’s all up to you – you get to choose your subject and to share whatever it is about it that you find interesting. Personally, I’ve chosen last week’s introduction to the concept of Wabi-Sabi, particularly as it relates to art and photography, as my topic.“
Wabi-Sabi has me intrigued as my initial though was to just bung up a couple of flowers and say I picked these.
But no, I had to go down a bit of a Wabi-Sabi rabbit hole of discovery. This definition was quite good “Although Wabi-sabi can be hard to define, we can translate its simplified meaning to “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” with a focus on a less-is-more mentality, while “taking pleasure in the imperfect”.”
When looking for Wabi-Sabi perhaps “Wabi-sabi is a cracked and glued together ceramic bowl (check the concept of kintsugi); a funnily shaped, home-grown tomato; a dinner created from leftovers; falling cherry blossom; a worn wooden hallway and an elbow patch on your favourite jumper. Therefore, it’s an appreciation of all that is simple, modest and imperfect. Yet, loved deeply.”
So where to from here. Want to find out? Let’s have a go at my interpretation of Wabi-Sabi through a photographers eyes
Wabi-Sabi’s roots lie in Zen Buddhism, which a Chinese twelfth century monk (Eisai) brought to Japan. Zen stresses austerity, communion with nature, and above all, reverence for everyday life as the real path to enlightenment. To reach enlightenment, Zen monks lived ascetic, often isolated lives, and sat for long periods of concentrated meditation.
In Zen philosophy, there are seven aesthetic principles in achieving Wabi-sabi:
Kanso — simplicity
Fukinsei — asymmetry or irregularity
Shibumi — beauty in the understated
Shizen — naturalness without pretension
Yugen — subtle grace
Datsuzoku — freeness
Seijaku — tranquility
Thanks Tina for taking me to Japan and back for a while
Well I don’t really have Autumn (Fall) here at my pace. My seasons are usually cold(ish) for a few weeks and dry (your Winter) or hot and wet, in a good season (your Summer) with mild weather for Autumn and Spring which can be a bit wet but is the best time to plant and get out in the garden. Basically wet and dry are my seasons.
I do like finding interesting leaves around the place. Some of the ones in this post are from lots of places but mainly in Australia
Terri asked for a song so one of my favourites, so please enjoy while you look at some leaves that I have found.
I wonder, does a Leafy Sea Dragon count?
Hope you had a bit of enjoyment from my leaf collection.
This month we are going to look at textures. While the structure of an object is its form, the material from which it is made constitutes its texture. Is it hard or soft, smooth or rough? You are aiming at translating texture visually, bringing life and energy to a photo through shape, tone and colour. Study the texture and forget about the object. Texture becomes the subject here.
Try contrasting rough against smooth
Shoot at different times of the day. Does it change the effect?
Capture details – like the fibres in a rope or a carpet.
Try altering the angle of light to avoid flat and dull images. You might be able to do this with your editing software too.
Use different angles to discover how much texture appears.
This weeks assignment:Try to mix your texture with other colours and patterns
A bit of contrast of textures, not many colours but perhaps patterns in a way. Found while at a river crossing where a flood came through a few week ago. Photographed from the low level bridge on a bright sunny day. Image is unaltered.