One of my favorite blogs to read and reflect is Flandrum Hill, http://flandrumhill.wordpress.com/. Over there Amy posted a scavenger hunt. The object is to is to take five photographs of natural subjects that expresses the five elements of Chinese philosophy: Fire, Water, Metal, Earth & Wood. Here are my entries:
"Wood (Green) is the element of growth and creativity, associated with the Spring. It is a masculine element with a dark side of anger and depression." Moss growing on the side of the house.
"Water (Blue) is a feminine, flowing element associated with patience and quite strength, but it can also generate fear with its power." Vetch blooming in the back field.
"Fire (Red) is a dynamic, masculine element which moves upwards, and it is associated with joy and luck. When fire goes bad, it brings about hate." View of purple plum tree from under the canopy.
"Earth (Brown) balances feminine and masculine elements, with a tendency to conserve, consolidate, and strengthen. Anxiety and disquiet are associated with earth imbalances." Bark from a tree in our yard.
"Metal (Silver), the final element, is feminine, with a contracting energy and the ability to conduct and control emotion. The negative association with metal is grief." Beef bone from the dog's outside area.
If you want to participate go look at Amy's blog http://flandrumhill.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/a-midsummers-scavenger-hunt/
Descriptions of the elements came from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-five-elements-of-chinese-philosophy.htm