Wabi Sabi: a ladybug at rest among the thorns
On another walk today with my dog Lucky, I came upon the Yarrow patch that I posted a photo of a few weeks back. In the intervening days there has been an October heat wave, days of cool damp fog, wind and everything in between, a typical Sonoma Autumn. The weather is as unsure of how to dress as I am, one day in wooly socks and boots the next day pulling out the sleeveless dress I prematurely packed away. The Common Yarrow has continued on its life journey, working to fulfill its destiny, making seeds in an effort to recreate itself once again next spring. I started snapping pictures of these curled and bristly beauties when I came upon this glorious site; a ladybug taking refuge among the prickles! There is most definitely something to be learned here!
It got me thinking about the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. The aesthetic of wabi-sabi is centered on the acceptance of transience, and a notion of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. The little jewel of a ladybug whether, resting, waiting, or dying is unclear, what is clear is a powerful beauty in the juxtaposition of finding refuge in the thorny places. Something to ponder.
I have put a couple of links in the side bar that go into the definition of wabi-sabi more. If you find a good site please let the rest of us know.