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March 8, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Wintering Over

another wabi-sabi bit of nature

another wabi-sabi bit of nature

“Simplicity is the core of wabi-sabi. Nothingness is the ultimate. But before and after nothingness, simplicity is not so simple.” Leonard Koren

Wabi-sabi asks that the essence is pared down, but not stripped of its poetry and emotional warmth. That which binds the meaningful into a whole remains intact. Wabi-sabi does not lessen the quality that compels one to look at something, and then look again and again.


  1. Marcie / Mar 9 2009 5:34 am

    Love the detail..the soft colors..the simplicity. Yes – very wabi sabi!!!

  2. suehenryphotography / Mar 9 2009 7:14 am

    I always enjoy your posts. This image, however, is one of my favorites of yours. Such detail while maintaining simplicity.

  3. Anna Surface / Mar 9 2009 7:17 am

    This image does show that “simplicity is not so simple” as one looks again and looks deeper. Great detailed macro shot. 🙂

  4. Amelia / Mar 9 2009 10:19 am

    I like the tubes on the plants. It makes a great design.

  5. Joanna Young / Mar 9 2009 2:57 pm

    I love the picture too, and your sharing of this thought:

    “Wabi-sabi asks that the essence is pared down, but not stripped of its poetry and emotional warmth”

    That’s the kind of writing I aspire to.

    • Bo / Mar 9 2009 3:14 pm

      Joanna, that is a wonderful aspiration for a writer.

  6. ankush / Mar 9 2009 3:26 pm

    beautiful shot Bo! 🙂

  7. iheartfilm / Mar 9 2009 4:09 pm

    The dead things make such neat photos, don’t they?


  8. montucky / Mar 9 2009 6:41 pm

    Very nice in all respects!

  9. Gandalf / Mar 10 2009 1:26 pm

    very nice

  10. jeju / Mar 15 2009 6:48 am

    it looks like little honeycombs

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