How I view: Nature

As you know, I belong to a blog circle which consists of a group of the loveliest photographers I have had the pleasure of meeting.  When we first started out, we had no idea that our friendships would become so solid and nurturing. We learn so much from each other, and I am so honored to be a part of this group!

This year our blog circle has decided to start off with topics paired up with a technique.  This month the topic is nature – and the technique bokeh.  For nature, I chose my grandmother’s farms and surrounding areas in dedication to her memory. We lost my grandmother February 8th after a four month struggle with her declining health.  She lived a very full, loving, and happy life to the age of 93!  She was very proud of her family, accomplishments and legacy that she left behind.  The area she lived is breathtaking during sunset – and even at this time when harvest is over and farms are withering during the winter – there is still a lovely look to everything even when overcast or with a foggy cover.

A photo of her farm at sunset – I will never forget this sillouette of the house, shed, the lone palm tree and massive pine tree to the right that my youngest uncle planted when he was little.IMG_0671

In my grandmother’s backyard, she had a lovely koi pond, sandbox welcoming grandchildren & great grandchildren, large pomegranite tree, and a lush garden.  This plant was her favorite and was just starting to bloom during her memorial weekend.IMG_0780 IMG_0781

Along the way to her other farms, we would pass acres of these gorgeous tree groves.  We figured they were almond and cherry trees (sakura). IMG_0795 IMG_0797 IMG_0807 IMG_0818 IMG_0823 IMG_0826 IMG_0835 IMG_0846

Here are some of her withering grape vine trunks – I’m thinking these have been around for 50-70 years?  I’ll have to ask my father.  I just love the gnarly, twisty bark of old, pruned back vines. Soon these will come alive again with green leaves and new vines to host new grapes for the next harvest.IMG_0873 IMG_0874 IMG_0875
Rest in peace, grandma. Namu amida butsu

Every month I can’t wait to see what everyone else posts about our monthly topic.  It’s pretty refreshing to see all the different takes and styles!  Check out what Carol Holt‘s take on Nature/bokeh is at her blog here!