So I am back in the city after a week where my only brush with technology was using my digital camera. I had a wonderful and somewhat relaxing time, and I think the six people from YUZ enjoyed themselves too, after a little adjustment in some cases. We had great adventures getting in - on a day when it was 97 degrees along 101 south of San Jose - and getting out, when it was 40 degrees on the north side of the road and rather wetter.
Work period is a special time at Tassajara, and I was happy to see a number of familiar faces from Aprils and Septembers past; there was a lot going on, and great energy about the place, and yesterday a real end-of-term feel, as people packed up, said goodbyes, and prepared to make way for the alumni weekend that is starting - there was an influx of other familiar faces as we set off after lunch.
Happily, I got to work with rocks, though not where I had originally thought I would. It made quite a change from being at my desk all day, and I felt physically very tired at the end of each day, which is no bad thing at all. All the group got to feel the effects of being in the mountains with few distractions and responsibilities, just focussing on the tasks in hand, and enjoying the company and the place itself.
Spring at Tassajara felt very green this year, as recent rains brought forth a profusion of flowers and leaves. I was glad that some of this comes across in the photos - this is a selection from five hundred or so that I managed to take. Okay, so maybe 22 pictures is my way of over-compensating for the lack of action this week...
|An attempt at a group shot at the solar panels, which does include all of us, even if it is not a great picture|
|The six from Young Urban Zen descending from the solar panels|
|Dillon and Mike cleaning in Stone 3|
|Conversations in the courtyard - a cherished feature of work period|
|The work circle disbands|
|Green by the zendo|
|I was staying in Cabin 4, which was very sweet; this is the view across the bridge to the dorm|
|The dining room with added sunburst|
|The wisteria, which was fully blooming, frames Flag Rock|
|There were irises everywhere - this one by the bocce court|
|This one was in the lower garden|
|These were by the bridge|
|Many more columbines than there used to be - this one is below the zendo|
|Residents cups yesterday as the coffee-tea area was being deep cleaned|
|The new Torii gate, just installed on the way to the memorial site. Everyone agrees that will be much photographed.|
|With a few clouds in the sky, the light was a little softer midweek - this is the vew over Tassajara from the solar panels|
|The view in the other direction, with the retreat center in the bottom corner|
|This was where I spent my working week; we just had time on our last day of work to make everything look untouched.|
|Always looking for new angles on familiar subjects. The greens got pruned back the next day|
|I've done this shot before, but the red was very vivid yesterday|
|The new bridge was back at the end of the Flats, which people were very happy about|
|Again, looking for interesting angles, and helped by the light at the time|