end of year cleaning house

My galleries have been better organized and tightened up, so to speak. Any fool knows that Japan is a beautiful country but still suffers from its humanity and daily works on its Kaizen at its own pace. There is organized crime and problems that stem from a hurried society etc. Still, like all other countries it has many beautiful things to admire. Japanese language is one I have chosen to describe my photography as it well describes photography in general. I have found the descriptions add a depth to images and also adds a dimension to my process for shooting photography.

The Gallery page has been consolidated and all galleries at my site are accessible from that page. Finishing that last night was a huge sigh of relief.

Kietsu 喜悦 is joy, pleasure, happiness, enjoyment, enjoying – This gallery contains Soft, Pollinators and Delight galleries.

Shashin – shashin – 写真 (しゃしん) : a noun meaning ‘photo’, ‘snap’, or ‘picture’ in Japanese. This can also work as plural. These two kanji characters literally mean a copy of the truth. So, in the Japanese language, photos are considered as copies of the truth. – This gallery contains Flowers, Landscapes and Food galleries.

Kaizen (改善) is a Japanese word that means “renew for good.” While it’s sometimes translated into English as “continuous improvement,” in business, “kaizen” (as it’s also often written in English) refers to refining business processes to raise quality standards, cut costs, and reduce wasted time. – This gallery was my portfolio gallery. Here it will escape the mindless relentless drive for perfection and instead be filled with the images that I strive to do better, not to the ignorance of all else in my life, just doing it a little better than before.

Komorebi 木漏れ日 (pronounced kō-mō-leh-bē) Literally, “sunlight leaking through trees,” this word describes the beauty and wonder of rays of light dappling through overhead leaves, casting dancing shadows on the plants below. – This gallery has many images of plants underneath tree cover that get that wonderful light.

Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; flowers (花, hana) in this case almost always refer to those of the cherry (桜, sakura) or, less frequently, plum (梅, ume) trees. – These are images of all the prunus plants in the area. We live in a desert and the beautiful displays of Plum and Cherry trees do not happen here but there are some that grow individually.

Itadakimasu (and its dictionary form itadaku 頂くいただ ) comes from Japan’s roots in Buddhism, which teaches respect for all living things. This thinking extends to mealtime in the form of thanks to the plants, animals, farmers, hunters, chefs, and everything that went into the meal. – This gallery is food and I love the thought behind this word.

yama – 山 (やま) : a noun meaning ‘mountain’, ‘hill’, or ‘peak’ in Japanese. This can also work as plural. Sometimes it is used as a metaphor for a highly important part like a climax, highlight, or critical situation. – Mountains we do have a lot of here and they are in this gallery.

The Japanese concept of Ma is something that relates to all aspects of life. It has been described as a pause in time, an interval or emptiness in space. Ma is the fundamental time and space from which life needs to grow. Space for the Japanese psyche directly impacts the individual’s progress. These principles are universal, when applied effectively they enhance the way one thinks and how one engages with one’s surroundings. Japanese can visually identify with the meaning of Ma from its kanji symbol. Ma combines door 門 and sun 日. Together these two characters depict a door through the crevice of which the sunlight peeps in 間. – The pause in images.

屋外 Okugai outdoor, outdoors, outside, open-air, al fresco. – This is all of the wonderful open spaces and outdoors.

Galleries on a theme are: Fine Art, Cream, Arrange Flower Prints, Minimal & Modern, Macros, Abstract, Cactus & Agave, Winter, Infrared, Flowers, Monochrome, West Texas Poppies, Illustrations, Nursery Plants and Chasing Light Book.

Yearly Besties are: 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 Besties.

Archives are images from these years (2019, 2020, 2021, 2023) that were not used in the above galleries. There are still plenty more to be found and edited.