Saturday Snapshot Sept. 28: Wabi-Sabi (2)

The June flood in Southern Alberta has turned out to be the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

To continue with the Wabi-Sabi idea, here is another set of photos. Again, in the midst of ruins, weeks after the flood, I took in these sights…

Along the debris-filled, muddy shore of the river:

Muddy shoreA sandpiper lightly skimmed over:

Sandpiperthen took flight:

Sandpiper takes flightA butterfly playing in the sand:

Butterfly on the sandy shore another resting on the rocks:

butterflySome creative souls had even left impromptu monuments:

Monument 1

monumnetA tribute to quiet beauty among torrents of destruction.

Wabi-sabi… beauty in ruins.


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads. CLICK HERE to see what others have posted.

CLICK HERE to Wabi-Sabi (1)

and Wabi-sabi (3)


All photos on this post taken by Arti of Ripple Effects,
August, 2013. Do not copy or reblog.


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

34 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot Sept. 28: Wabi-Sabi (2)”

  1. I have a feeling you included the green leaf in the first photo purposefully. It’s a beautiful touch. The rock cairns are wonderful, too. The impulse to stack rocks, whether as a wilderness trail marker or just for simple beauty, seems to be deeply embedded.

    And the butterflies are so pretty! I read somewhere that they adore nice, wet places. I’ll sometimes see them even on the Gulf beaches. I think they may live among the flower-covered dunes, but they come down to the shore’s edge and just hang out. 😉


    1. Linda,

      Ha, thanks for noticing the green leaf. I didn’t. 😉 Come to think of it, yes, it does look like one of those pics where a spot of colour is embedded in a b/w photo.
      I wonder what’s fall like in the Gulf. Or, do you have fall at all? I saw the first formation of geese in the sky today. And it’s been quite chilly. For us, we’re well into fall already.


  2. Pretty shots… So poetic! I think the last one is my favourite. Have you seen the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy? Makes me think of that…
    I went out and bought Leonard Koren’s book “Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers”. I love this concept! I think it is worthy of a regular exploration!


    1. Michelle,

      Interesting book that must be. Glad you’re exploring more about the idea. I await your sharing in your artwork and your blog after you’ve read it. Truth is, my knowledge of wabi-sabi is only ‘Wikipedia deep’. But, reading Kawabata’s novels during Japanese Lit. Challenge had prepared me, and of course, that TIME mag article on how the filmmakers ‘wabi-sabi everything.’ 😉


  3. What lovely photos… even after disaster. There is always much to be thankful for too.
    I learned something new with the “wabi-sabi”. Thanks so much for sharing the concept and the good photo examples.


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