One color

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.

Robert Frank
I’m in love with red. I think it’s such a passionate color. Every flag of every country pretty much has red it it. It’s power, there’s no fence sitting with red. Either you love it or you don’t. I think its blood and strength and life. I do love red. I love all colors. Great shades of blue, you find them in nature. They’re all magic.

Bryan Batt
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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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Yellow and the shades that surround it

Yellow.. my favorite color. Thanks Ailsa for a great theme!! I love yellow.  I really love it.  It makes me happy.

“The yellow glistens.
It glistens with various yellows,
Citrons, oranges and greens
Flowering over the skin.”
― Wallace Stevens

I present to you YELLOW.

The problem is I cannot just stop at yellow.  It is not my only favorite color.  Oranges and red-oranges are my next favorite color. Especially when they stand out against other more subtle colors.

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.       Pablo Picasso

Lastly there’s something about a black and white photo that just draws me in.  Maybe because it makes the picture timeless.

Other yellow ideas:

  1. Travel Theme: Yellow | Jinan Daily Photo
  2. Travel Theme: Yellow | I did it … for Johnny
  3. Travel Theme: Yellow | Northwest Frame of Mind
  4. Travel Theme: Yellow | The Retiring Sort
  5. Travelling in yellowish shades | Le Drake Noir
  6. Travel Theme: Yellow | AngelineM’s Blog
  7. Travel Theme: Yellow | Wind Against Current
  8. Travel theme: Yellow | So where’s the snow?
  9. Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Yellow | Stephen Kelly Creative
  10. Travel Theme: Yellow | mvschulze
  11. Travel Theme Yellow (Kidnapped Edition) | The Quotidian Hudson
  12. Travel Theme: Yellow, Take Two | Wind Against Current
  13. Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Yellow | Travel Monkey
  14. Not So Mellow Yellows | Cee’s Photography
  15. Travel Theme-Yellow | WoollyMuses
  16. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Thoreau
  17. TRAVEL THEME: YELLOW | Francine In Retirement
  18. Travel Theme – Yellow | alien shores