Shinrin-Yoku is the Japanese concept of spending time in the forest and letting its atmosphere restore you.It has benefits both psychological and physiological.
Forest Bathing by Tasha O'Neill Photography
For an exhibit at D&R Greenway Land Trust, I created a nature show based on the Japanese concept of Shinrin-Yoku.
Images were taken in the coastal woods of Maine and preserved land near Princeton, NJ.
I created an assemblage of horizontal slices of common images to bring out their essence: cobwebs with dew, dill blossoms. dew drops in a web, ripening blueberries under a dewy web, fern and pine fronds, and moss and English Soldier lichen.
English or British Soldier Lichen
This lichen is less than 1/4 tall and lives in almost hidden places that are damp. It attaches to rotten wood or crevasses.
Dew on Grass
Delicate dew drops grace this simple blade of grass.
Delicate tufts of color fungus can be found in the woods of Maine.
Ants ate their way through this brittle pine.
A beech leaf and its shadow.
The bunchberry is the fruit of a plant related to the Dogwood tree. The blossoms are almost the same.
The Poetry Walk behind D&R Greenway Land Trust.
Also see AROUND PRINCETON, NJ page
Here are painterly images of trees. Some are variations on a theme and would look great displayed as a series. Seal Cove Sunset and Podunk Pond are special favorites.
Birch at Sunrise
Renewal in Blue
Sycamore in Blue
Birch in a Storm
Birch at Dawn
Seal Cove Sunset
Far East Sunset
Podunk Pond, MA
One of my favorite walks is Ship Harbor in Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, ME
I took this upward looking view on one of the preserved trails of D&R Greenway in Hopewell, NJ
Filoli Gardens near San Mateo, CA has several beautifulmolove groves.
Olive Grove in b/w
Somehow, this olive grove in Filoli Gardens, San Mateo, CA looks different in black and white.
Filoli Gardens is in the heart of Silicon Valley. It provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the tech world.
Spring Time at Filoli
Forget Me Not
Olive Grove in bl/wh
Bass Harbor is the last working harbor on Mt Desert Island. The Schooners are visiting Somes Sound for the Centennial celebration of Acadia National Park. Visiting Cadillac Mtn and the Park Loop Rd are a must on your tour of the island.
Bass Harbor Dinghies
Blue Sky Heaven
Angelique and Friend
Serenity - Cairn
Cadillac Mountain View
Acadia - Park Loop Rd
Bridge - Somesville, ME
Lupines in Goose Cove, Maine
Lupine Land - Maine
Lupines in the Fog
Lupines with Trees
Miniatures are a collection of small portraits of flowers, images of dew, frosty ice berries, bamboo with abstract droplets, Ranunculus, Protea, and a glass chandelier.
On the Brink
Homage to Tiffany
Homage to Chihuly
Celebrating romance with roses, in a bouquet or a single blossom, peonies, rhododendron, clematis, asters, and hydrangeas.
Rain drops and dew drops are transforming flowers and cobwebs into gleaming magical worlds.
Just one dew drop is reflecting my garden.
Homage to Tiffany
Aster with Dew
Purple Aster with Dew
Jack and the Dew Stalk
Around Princeton, NJ
Images close to my heart.
Winter Scene - Kingston, NJ
Off the bridge where George Washington crossed the Millstone River in Kingston, NJ
Frosty Seed Pod
A seed pod covered in frosty ice crystals.
Hoar Frost Crystals
When fog freezes it produces hoar frost.
Behind D&R Greenway Land Trust lies the Greenway Meadow. A Poets' Walk has been established with poetry stations and benches to appreciate the landscape.
Reflection with Leaf
Reflections in Water
Reflections of fall foliage in the Raritan River at Ken Lockwood Gorge in NJ. are shown in extreme closeups of colorful trees mirrored in still or ruffled waters. They create abstract renderings of red and gold trees, white trunks of birches and rocks.
Tremulations - Panorama view
Night scenes with a full moon.
Mt Desert Island, and Acadia National Park in particular, have been my summer haven for more than 30 years. All the images here were taken at public or private gardens and the shore.
Reflecting Pool with Lantern
This Japanese stone lantern is the perfect spot for a meditative moment, as one contemplates the trees reflecting in a pool of water.
Asticou Gardens 1
The Asticou gardens are located in Northeast Harbor, ME.
Asticou Gardens 2
Japanese stone lantern set in Asticou Gardens, Northeast Harbor, ME
waterlily and frog
Fantasy is the product of imagining impossible or improbable things. And yet, the Fantasy Regatta seems quite real, as do the bamboo and other magical woods.