“When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots – it is not yet painting Spring.”
Dogen, Plum Blossoms; Baika.
Dogen, Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen. Edited by Kazuaki Tanashi. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1985.
Rosy pink buds on a Red Huckleberry bush (Vaccinium parvifolium) grace its smooth green twigs.
In the forest, Sword fern (Polystichum munitum), Salal (Gaultheria shallon) and moss, though evergreen, are looking more verdant these days.
The bark of a noble old Western Red Cedar glows with color.
Under a sunlit Fir and Hemlock canopy, a fern lined mountain stream tumbles quickly over mossy rocks.
Away from the forest, a slough behind the tiny town of Edison reflects a promising cerulean sky.
In town, blue sky bounces…
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