Transient Beauty: Cherry Blossoms in Korea

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“Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club.

Nothing is static, as fictitious character Tyler Durden says in the novel Fight Club. Certainly not in Seoul, a city whose internal cogs move so fast it wouldn’t know how to slow down, continuously and rapidly evolving. So too for the country’s seasons, which are indeed distinct, yet vastly over-proportioned in the extreme ends of Summer and Winter. Spring doesn’t last long.

The first warm winds of the year allow many things to bloom in Korea. The first empty rice wine bottles of the season sprout all over the country’s convenience store seating. The unveiling of the lower halves of the nation’s young women mirror the covering of all things flesh-related in the old. Floral arrangements are furiously installed in any green space around the cities as the first minute buds on the trees begin…

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Cherry Blossoms: Final Report

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It was all too brief.  They were late to arrive, then came in with a rush, delighted us for just a few days, and now they are leaving.  For those of us who want to photograph them, it seems harder each year as more and more people descend upon this little landscape of pink trees framed by blue water and skies with constantly changing hues.

I guess it started on March 29th when the first hints appeared. An early morning fog blanketed the scene with an air of mystery, the almost invisible shade of pink suggestive of what might be in store.  The nearly deserted sidewalks suggested that only a privileged few knew of this place. For more than a week, the tease continued.  But by the morning of April 8th, the buds were beginning to open.  From a distance, the trees glowed with that distinctive pink…

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Celebrating Earth Day 2014

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The Contemplative Mammoth

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Conservation paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill is interested in how landscapes change through space and time. You might recognize her blog, The Contemplative Mammoth, from reading her recent piece on “just-so stories”  — the entertaining (yet factually inaccurate) tales that people tell to explain the natural world. We enjoy Jacquelyn’s thoughtful narratives and discussions on a variety of topics, from the timescales of climate change to failed plant sex. Her writing is intelligent and accessible — a great mix to keep readers engaged.

Milkwood

On Milkwood, a family in Mudgee, a town in New South Wales, Australia, chronicles life on a farm and shares homesteading resources for both urban and rural living. You’ll read about best practices on everything from natural beekeeping to permaculture design to vegetable gardening.

Image by Milkwood. Magic beans! Image by Milkwood.

If springtime inspires you to go outside and get your hands…

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Schedule Photos to Post Automatically with Postbot

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We’re big fans of photography here at WordPress.com, and we know that a lot of you are, too. Sometimes we’ll take a bunch of photos and want to post them, one at a time, spread over several days. Doing this manually is time-consuming and, let’s be honest, a little boring.

To help this situation we created Postbot, a photo scheduling app that allows you to quickly upload and schedule multiple photos.

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Postbot will create a post for each photo and schedule it to appear at a certain time over a given number of days. This is the ideal way to share a lot of photos without having to manually create and schedule each one.

Postbot is a stand-alone application that works with your WordPress.com blog, and your Jetpack-powered WordPress.org blog. You can use it from your desktop or mobile browser.

How to use Postbot

To use Postbot, go to postbot.co

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Demi Lovato – Everytime You Lie Lyrics

You told me on a Sunday
That it wasn’t gonna work
I tried to cry myself to sleep
‘Cause it was supposed to hurt
We sat next to the fire
As the flame was burning out
I knew what you were thinking
Before you’d say it aloud

Don’t say your sorry, ’cause I’m not even breaking
You’re not worth the time that this is taking

I knew better than to let you break my heart
This soul you’ll never see again, won’t be showing scars
You still love her I can see it in your eyes
The truth is all that I can hear
Every time you lie

I woke up the next morning
With a smile on my face
And a long list of gentlemen
Happy to take your place
Less trashier, much classier
Then who you prove to be
How long’s it gonna take before
You see that she’s no me

I knew better than to let you break my heart
This soul you’ll never see again, won’t be showing scars
You still love her I can see it in your eyes
The truth is all that I can hear
Every time you lie

At night, awake
I will be sleeping till morning breaks
That’s the price you pay, for your mistakes
Goodbye to dreaming

So don’t say your sorry, because I’m not gonna listen

I knew better than to let you break my heart
This soul you’ll never see again, won’t be showing scars
You still love her I can see it in your eyes
The truth is all that I can hear
Every time you lie
Every time you lie
(Don’t say you’re sorry, every time you lie)
Don’t say you’re sorry (Ohh)
The truth is all that I can hear
Every time you lie