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a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”

Michael Pollan.

 

Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, is one of the largest Chinese gardens outside China. Designed to create, preserve, and promote the rich and complex traditions of Chinese culture, this authentic garden is a special place for visitors to feel inspired by the elegant harmony of nature and poetry. Thanks to visionary landscape architects and artisans from China and the United States, inspired historians, expert gardeners, and generous benefactors, Liu Fang Yuan reflects today an exceptional combination of learning and beauty.

 

The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. San Marino. California.

but she does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery

(Michael Pollan)

 

Taken at The Shire

La bellezza dei fiori, non è per le api; è per noi: una seduzione che ci spinge a preservarli. (Michael Pollan, La Botanica del desiderio, Milano, 2005).

Collective 52 Photo Project. Week 30/52- “J” is for ...Jungly

 

Jungly - overgrown with tropical vegetation. wooded - covered with growing trees and bushes etc; "wooded land"; "a heavily wooded tract"

Jungly - definition of jungly by The Free Dictionary

 

''The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway''. – Michael Pollan

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" - Michael Pollan

“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant --

and it seems to me that, to achieve this,

the gardener must put some kind of twist

on the existing landscape,

turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”

― Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

 

“You are what what you eat eats.”

 

Michael Pollan

After a disappointing start to the trip to Glen Affric I very nearly followed the wishes of my stomach and headed home for breakfast; thankfully I had the sense to head to the end of the public road and wander up the path.

The view to Loch Affric was initially dull and grey but a glance behind me indicated that the sun would clear the hills in about 5 minutes so I sat tight.

It was worth the wait; as the moments passed the clouds took on some colour, the peak of Sgùrr na Lapaich was illuminated, the trees glowed, the bracken caught fire (not literally) and to top it all a rainbow appeared.

I have photographed this scene many times and today's experience demonstrated why.

It was a very windy day in the field.

Image is more about the colors than sharpness.

Spring has arrived and the Blue Bonnets are blooming.

Texas State Flower

Ballyliffin & Glashedy Island, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland

 

I am honoured to finally show you all my photo of Polan Strand including Glashedy Island, Ballyliffin Golf Course & Malin Head in the distance. This photo is currently being used on site of the “Irish Open – European Golf Tour 2018”. It is also the front cover photo on the “Ballyliffin & Clonmany Tourism Booklet 2018”.

 

I captured this image last month in preparation for the Ballyliffin & Clonmany Tourism booklet launch & Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. There was much planning prior to capturing this scene. The light had to be just right to reflect the turquoise waters & green grass on the golf course, the tide had to be high but not too choppy & there could be no wind or rain. Getting these elements to coincide in Ireland isn’t always that easy! Lol I actually returned to this location on 3 separate dates to finally get a suitable photo that matched the visioned scene I had in my mind.

 

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"“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”

 

Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

 

And so we all do the hard work of turning the prose of our gardens and our lives into poetry. Hard to do ? Yes !! And worth it? You bet !

 

Image works better when viewed LARGE.

"Let nature be in your yard."

- Greg Peterson

 

“It has become much harder, in the past century, to tell where the garden leaves off and pure nature begins.”

- Michael Pollan

 

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CARRICKABRAGHEY CASTLE STANDS ON A ROCKY OUTCROP CALLED THE FRIARS ROCK AT THE NORTH-WESTERN EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF DOAGH, AT THE HEAD OF POLLAN BAY. THE CASTLE IS THOUGHT TO DATE FROM AROUND THE 16TH CENTURY. IT WAS LAST INHABITED AROUND 1665. IN THE WATERS BESIDE THE CASTLE IS A ROCK CALLED 'THE HISSING ROCK' SO NAMED BECAUSE A CRACK IN THE ROCK CAUSES THE SEA TO SPURT FROM IT WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN.

“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”

― Michael Pollan

 

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This shot was taken at Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery, Fallbrook - home to acres of nursery grounds filled with an extensive variety of flowers, shrubs and trees specifically suited to the Southern California climate.

 

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Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission.

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“Originally, the atoms of carbon from which we’re made were floating in the air, part of a carbon dioxide molecule. The only way to recruit these carbon atoms for the molecules necessary to support life—the carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, and lipids—is by means of photosynthesis. Using sunlight as a catalyst the green cells of plants combine carbon atoms taken from the air with water and elements drawn from the soil to form the simple organic compounds that stand at the base of every food chain. It is more than a figure of speech to say that plants create life out of thin air.”

~Michael Pollan

 

Redwoods, California.

 

We live in mind-boggling beauty, balance, and connectedness with the world around us. And that's not just hippy stuff, that's science! :)

We walk every day or most days. Sometimes we walk in Morro Bay. Sometimes I take my camera. Partly cloudy, birds and dunes are my idea of a good walk. . Mary Oliver, America's greatest modern poet (imo) died recently. She had a tough childhood and found respite on long walks in nature where she jotted down her thoughts that became poems. Wish I could have walked with you here. Wish I could have just plain met you. But I think I have in your poetry.

EXPLORE 214 ...... many thanks :) :) :)

 

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway ~ Michael Pollan

CARRICKABRAGHEY CASTLE STANDS ON A ROCKY OUTCROP CALLED THE FRIARS ROCK AT THE NORTH-WESTERN EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF DOAGH, AT THE HEAD OF POLLAN BAY. THE CASTLE IS THOUGHT TO DATE FROM AROUND THE 16TH CENTURY. IT WAS LAST INHABITED AROUND 1665. IN THE WATERS BESIDE THE CASTLE IS A ROCK CALLED 'THE HISSING ROCK' SO NAMED BECAUSE A CRACK IN THE ROCK CAUSES THE SEA TO SPURT FROM IT WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN.

CARRICKABRAGHEY CASTLE STANDS ON A ROCKY OUTCROP CALLED THE FRIARS ROCK AT THE NORTH-WESTERN EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF DOAGH, AT THE HEAD OF POLLAN BAY. THE CASTLE IS THOUGHT TO DATE FROM AROUND THE 16TH CENTURY. IT WAS LAST INHABITED AROUND 1665. IN THE WATERS BESIDE THE CASTLE IS A ROCK CALLED 'THE HISSING ROCK' SO NAMED BECAUSE A CRACK IN THE ROCK CAUSES THE SEA TO SPURT FROM IT WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN.

"Originally, the atoms of carbon from which we're made were floating in the air, part of a carbon dioxide molecule. The only way to recruit these carbon atoms for the molecules necessary to support life-the carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, and lipids-is by means of photosynthesis. Using sunlight as a catalyst the green cells of plants combine carbon atoms taken from the air with water and elements drawn from the soil to form the simple organic compounds that stand at the base of every food chain. It is more than a figure of speech to say that plants create life out of thin air."

 

― Michael Pollan

 

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Detail of oleander leaf

May 1, 2018

Sacramento, California

I brought the 8mm fisheye into the forest for the first time. No, the trees weren't quite this tall... but the sun really is a star! Reality really didn't enter the equation; I was after the feel of the forest more than a literal depiction.

 

While camping and photographing, I read The Overstory by Richard Powers, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel about trees: "Something genuinely new, in the way it decenters the human as the source of all meaning and value", according to Michael Pollan on the rear cover blurb. The ideas are still settling, and my photos continue to swirl as I go through them, so I can't know yet whether this book helped me see a little more clearly or differently, but it certainly directed my attention to different aspects of the coastal temperate rain forest ecosystem. More to come...

 

Photographed on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission © 2019 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

CARRICKABRAGHEY CASTLE STANDS ON A ROCKY OUTCROP CALLED THE FRIARS ROCK AT THE NORTH-WESTERN EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF DOAGH, AT THE HEAD OF POLLAN BAY. THE CASTLE IS THOUGHT TO DATE FROM AROUND THE 16TH CENTURY. IT WAS LAST INHABITED AROUND 1665. IN THE WATERS BESIDE THE CASTLE IS A ROCK CALLED 'THE HISSING ROCK' SO NAMED BECAUSE A CRACK IN THE ROCK CAUSES THE SEA TO SPURT FROM IT WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN.

CARRICKABRAGHEY CASTLE STANDS ON A ROCKY OUTCROP CALLED THE FRIARS ROCK AT THE NORTH-WESTERN EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF DOAGH, AT THE HEAD OF POLLAN BAY. THE CASTLE IS THOUGHT TO DATE FROM AROUND THE 16TH CENTURY. IT WAS LAST INHABITED AROUND 1665. IN THE WATERS BESIDE THE CASTLE IS A ROCK CALLED 'THE HISSING ROCK' SO NAMED BECAUSE A CRACK IN THE ROCK CAUSES THE SEA TO SPURT FROM IT WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN.

Michael Pollan

 

Topaz Studio

Texture with thanks to Alan- sunsetsailor

 

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Please, don't fave and run, you will get yourself blocked.

 

Fishing season opens real soon. Time to go fishing and spend time at the cabin.

 

Thoughts & Ideas,

Joseph Kravis :-)

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Europeans fought for shorter workdays, more vacation time, family leave, and all these kinds of things. Those haven't been priorities in America: it's been about money. You see, in the countries that fought for time, they cook more often; they have less obesity. There are real benefits to having time. Michael Pollan

 

“A garden should make you feel you have entered privileged space - a place not just set apart but reverberant - and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”

-- Michael Pollan

 

“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”

- Michael Pollan

This is Glenevin Waterfall in Clonmany, County Donegal. I had got up early with the hope of a sunrise at Pollan Bay. It was grey and raining but rather than going back to bed I headed for this waterfall inland a little. A 1km up hill walk in the rain with camera gear on my back. At least the scenery was nice if the weather and light were not. One benefit of the poor light was that you could get milky water without filters. Also the rain left the rocks a bit more shiney looking...you have to look on the bright side! Very rugged landscape with only a few blackface ewes around. This was the best I could manage with wellies on in the middle of the stream on a damp, grey October morning.

"Ogni anno, se puoi, vai in almeno un luogo dove non sei mai stato, e torna in un luogo dove vai da tutta la vita"

 

Michael Pollan

 

Come se fosse l’ultima volta, come se fosse sempre la prima.

Tullagh Bay - Inishowen, County Donegal

From right to left: Binnion, Pollan Strand, Knockamany, Glashedy.

 

Link to my website - But Is It Art?

A compelling read, Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan, is a look at how nature's desires and human desires are often intertwined for the mutual good of each other. We have domesticated plants to satisfy our needs, and these plants have adapted so they can reproduce. Woven into this is how animals capitalize on these desires to make the world more advantageous to their own needs.

 

Plants, people, animals ... in some miraculous natural balance. Cooperation without agreeing to cooperate.

 

If you have some time, a library near you likely carries the title. :)

A SMALL WATERFALL THAT RUNS DOWN A SMALL VALLEY DIRECTLY ONTO POLLAN BEACH INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”

― Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

Another County Donegal seascape - this time from Pollan bay. Sun came through the clouds to give a nice bit of light on the surf. There must be a nice view from the cottage on the edge of the picture. A shutter speed on 0.3 second was enough to blur the water but still leave a bit of movement and not make it completely milky. Surprising how short a shutter speed will give this much blur.

A SMALL WATERFALL THAT RUNS DOWN A SMALL VALLEY DIRECTLY ONTO POLLAN BEACH INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ”

― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

  

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CARRICKABRAGHEY CASTLE STANDS ON A ROCKY OUTCROP CALLED THE FRIARS ROCK AT THE NORTH-WESTERN EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF DOAGH, AT THE HEAD OF POLLAN BAY. THE CASTLE IS THOUGHT TO DATE FROM AROUND THE 16TH CENTURY. IT WAS LAST INHABITED AROUND 1665. IN THE WATERS BESIDE THE CASTLE IS A ROCK CALLED 'THE HISSING ROCK' SO NAMED BECAUSE A CRACK IN THE ROCK CAUSES THE SEA TO SPURT FROM IT WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN.

CARRICKABRAGHEY CASTLE STANDS ON A ROCKY OUTCROP CALLED THE FRIARS ROCK AT THE NORTH-WESTERN EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF DOAGH, AT THE HEAD OF POLLAN BAY. THE CASTLE IS THOUGHT TO DATE FROM AROUND THE 16TH CENTURY. IT WAS LAST INHABITED AROUND 1665. IN THE WATERS BESIDE THE CASTLE IS A ROCK CALLED 'THE HISSING ROCK' SO NAMED BECAUSE A CRACK IN THE ROCK CAUSES THE SEA TO SPURT FROM IT WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN.

A SMALL WATERFALL THAT RUNS DOWN A SMALL VALLEY DIRECTLY ONTO POLLAN BEACH INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

we planted a vegetable garden this spring and yesterday we enjoyed our first spinach salad. ah, the pleasures of growing your own food. thank you, Michael Pollan. (large + on black)

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