Motion in the Trees

I’ve seen pictures from the Boardman tree farm before, and I immediately resolved to see it for myself.  When I heard it is to be chopped down and replaced with cow farms, I knew I needed to make this beautiful place a priority.

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I absolutely love autumn.  I love the colors and the smells, the feel of the cooler weather setting in for winter to cleanse us of the past year and blossom anew into spring.  This is the perfect time of year to visit a tree farm – when rows upon rows of erect bark stand in stark contrast against the fires of fall. Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Your Spring is Showing

You may think it’s a bit early for spring, but the life everywhere disagrees.  Birds are chirping at sunrise, the sun is winning its battle with winter’s blanket of clouds, and all around, trees are in full bloom, painting the Waterfront in pastel hues that sing of spring.

This is the fleeting time when the sakura emerge, dominating the trees in pale pink.  As an obvious fan of Japan, I love this foreign gift in my own backyard.

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A Taste of Japan: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

A visit to Kyoto isn’t complete without a trip through the stunning bamboo grove of Arashiyama.  There is nothing more humbling than acres of majestic trees towering above your head, cutting thousands of completely vertical lines 115 feet into the sky.

Bamboo has been revered for its durability for centuries, and it grows incredibly fast, making it a popular renewable resource; the wood is used in thousands of applications.  It is particularly important to the Japanese, who view it as a symbol of prosperity and see its simplicity as representing purity.  Bamboo is unique in its elegance, which is why stalks frequent many zen-hopeful desks, but they are seldom seen in such magnificence.

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