It's Springtime in Queensland and some dear friends of the Berkeley Monastery, who shall remain nameless due to modesty, cleaned out their camera closet and offered me a legacy 30-year old Olympus lens from the film years. Both of them were using Canon cameras now, and instead of discarding the old lens, shared it with an Olympus camera user. An adapter matched the analog lens with the digital body and look at the results! Generosity and natural beauty are a sublime combination.
The Audobon Society has posted a story about peregrine falcons nesting on the 28th floor of a high-rise in Chicago. Dacey Arashiba, an IT consultant, wanted to give a pair of falcons a chance to raise their offspring. He invited Luke Massey, a photographer and writer from England, to crash in his apartment for a month to photograph the birds. The resulting images and story are stunning. And heart-warming.
A delegation of Buddhists and Catholics from the US, including our neighbor, Hozan Alan Senauke, from the Berkeley Zen Center, met recently with Pope Francis. The Holy Father was pleased apparently, as he concluded the meeting with smiles all around.