7 Days of Zen – Bones of Time

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A patina of grace.   An eloquence that only time can give.   This elegance that aging bestows upon a thing somehow transcends the modern notions of youthful, ‘perfect’  Beauty.

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Sand blasted Patina


As I continue on with Segment 3 of the 7 part Zen Series,  the chosen Wabi Sabi element is “Koko.”      The prior posts on Tranquility Zen I  and FreeUnbounded Zen II can be reviewed, if you’d like  more continuity in the read.


This Wabi Sabi principle holds that things that are weathered, austere, time worn and down to the bare bones of their essence contain beauty for us to find.


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Paint Worn Patina


It could be old leather splitting, or boulders time worn and glassy smooth, an elder woman’s lined and wrinkled hands,  or perhaps the small cyprus sandblasted through centuries of storms……… wherever we look, we can see this element of Wabi Sabi – koko.


Beauty is not just in youth, in the perfection of the newest and the trendiest;  it lies within the Bones of Time.      


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Aged Copper and Leather


Bones of Time


‘Bones of Time’  photograph was taken in Esperance, Western Australia.

I feel this photo  best describes my interpretation of the Wabi Sabi element of “Koko”  weathered, austere, yet venerable.

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Bones of Time



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18 thoughts on “7 Days of Zen – Bones of Time

  1. I can feel this deep in my bones Debi Zen! The erosion of time leaves beautiful marks whatever it touches, a “perfect” beauty of a different kind not less beautiful.
    I equally Love all your images you have chosen for this post!

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  2. I really enjoyed your wonderful photos and words, Debi. The bones of time reminded me a bit of the beaches in Brittany where we were many years ago. Have a wonderful Easter, cheers Mitza

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  3. Incredibly moving and powerful photos, Debi. Oh wow, I am really moved. You speak much Truth and I hope those who read this THINK that youth alone does not hold a candle to Beauty. 🙂 ❤

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