Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

photograph of a Buddha statue and incense by Doug Couvillion

Here’s my submission for the weekly photo challenge subject Heritage.

I’ve been practicing Buddhist teachings and meditation for the last 10 years or so.  Striving for non-attachment, self awareness and compassion for all sentient beings has changed my life in ways that are difficult to explain.

Dogwood In Jar Of Water

black and white photograph of a wilted dogwood flower in a jar of water, by Doug Couvillion

     Return is the movement of the Tao.
     Yielding is the way of the Tao.

     All things are born of being.
     Being is born of non-being.

From Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell

Coconut Husk

Photography by Doug Couvillion: A mostly emptied half of a coconut husk laying on the ground

Sometimes seemingly random items catch my eye.  When I noticed this open coconut laying on the ground something drew me to it.  Maybe it was the contrast of textures and colors?  The rough, fibers of the husk surround the smooth interior of the coconut shell and the rich brown shell encases the milky white remains of the nut.

Glimpse At The Impermanence Of A Trailer

photograph of a bolt surrounded by rust

I like the color, the texture and the irony of this photo.  The irony that the bolt, which helps hold the trailer together, required a hole to be drilled through the metal, which is ultimately causing it to fall apart.

If you click on the image you can see a larger version of it, which really highlights the texture.

Tiny Forest

photograph of moss growing on a log in a swamp

The moss and saplings growing from this semi-submerged log make up a tiny little forest of their own.  A microcosm of the world around them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

photograph of a soda bottle and bottle cap

The late afternoon sun coming through my kitchen window provided an opportunity for a different perspective on a popular, refreshing soft drink.  You might even say this brand is a piece of Americana.  The marketing behind this beverage is so incredible, you’re sure to recognize it despite the fact the label is obscured and the bottle cap is completely out of focus.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

photograph of crossing lines of light and wicker

While having lunch I noticed the intriguing pattern of lines at my table.  The wicker place mat was crossed by the shadows of the blinds, which were themselves crossed by the stitching.  All this seemed like a fun way to make something out of the utterly mundane.