Just exquisite


South Africa

Science shows us truth and beauty and fills each day with a fresh wonder of the exquisite order which governs our world. Polykarp Kusch

Exquisite animals –

I blame it on Walt Disney, where animals are given human qualities. People don’t understand that a wild animal is not something that is nice to pat. It can seriously harm you. James Cameron

Even then I could not help myself.

Exquisite views

Exquisite people places and things

Just one more best vacation ever and it will not be soon forgotten.  Happy half century on the planet to me!!!

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Warmth


I had the pleasure of visiting the Chitwan elephant breeding center a couple of months ago and was reminded of how much elephants can produce feelings of love and warmth in me.

A couple of interesting facts about elephants are:

Elephants have the longest pregnancy of all animals at 22 months.  Elephants cry, play,and laugh.  Apparently they also communicate by purring.  Elephants mourn their losses by touching the skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet and will pause and stay silent for several minutes when they pas the place their loved one has died.  Elephants hug with their trunks.  Elephants are sensitive and caring animals and when their young cry or express pain, other elephants will touch and caress it.  They express grief, compassion, self-awareness as well.

It is true that this center also made me a little sad because I don’t feel that elephants are meant to be chained up.  Even though the care-givers swore that these elephants were only chained up for a couple of hours a day, I still felt sad for them.

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Wordless stories of people – just some of my favorites


One thing I love about taking pictures is having the opportunity to later look back on them and try to figure out what the story might have been behind the person, the facial expression or the body language.  Here are a few of my favorite people story photos.

There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white.

Lisa Ling

Humanity

Some cows and a couple men – New Delhi


Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Henri Nouwen

One more look at humanity.

Some Color in Nepal


The Boudhanath Stupa, which was built after the Mughal invasions, is one of the holiest of Tibetan Buddhist temples in Kathmandu, Nepal.  From pictures or from a distance it looks like it would be surrounded but mountains or wilderness.  However, it is on the eastern side of the city of Kathmandu and is surrounded by chaos, traffic and hoards of tourists.

The stupa itself is full of symbolism.  There are nine levels, 13 rings, a 16-sided wall and five Dhyani Buddhas.  These things represent everything from paths to enlightenment to well, the Earth.  When you enter the stupa you are supposed to walk around the entire stupa clockwise.  Not just once, but three times.  “To go around it counter-clock-wise not only will you not be gaining any merit, but you will be generating negative karma by doing so.” so the saying goes.  I honestly hope this isn’t true.

What I love most about visiting this stupa is the quietness and the color.  Every color is enhanced by the complete whiteness of the stupa itself.  My cousin and a friend stopped into Kathmandu for a visit and we decided to start the day with breakfast at the stupa.

It was a very good decision.  I hope you enjoy the view.

Other photos from the morning.

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