This afternoon we went for a wander with the dogs into the local bush. This is sooo good for the soul. In Japan it is called shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing). Here is a link if you want to read more - https://qz.com/804…/health-benefits-japanese-forest-bathing/
Stopping to photograph, especially on a calm day, has many benefits. You start to see and not glance. Instead of looking at your footing you look around. You start to hear more. Native birds start to come by and the songs are stunning.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, f/6.3, 1/2sec, 100mm, IO-100
I love the comparisons of old and new life. It does remind me how short I have on this planet. The circle of life from being born to fading and dying away. Its a stark reminder of how fragile our lives are and that we must not take them for granted. These leaves are Mahoe and as they slowly decay the bones ie veins of the leaf are the last to be composted back into the earth.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, f/2.8, 1/13sec, 100mm, IO-100
The crossing of paths between dying and healthy growth. Here I discovered a naturally fallen Mahoe leaf had fallen onto these beautiful lush ferns.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, f/3.2, 1/125sec, 100mm, IO-800
Our lives are precious and loving the people you know best is important. Don't take them for granted and always make an effort to listen and spend time. It is a beautiful life we have and a gift.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, f/4, 1/40sec, 100mm, IO-800
The Mahoe tree. Melicytus ramiflorus