Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

February 4, 2017 at 9:46 am 7 comments

Machu Picchu

Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
No man is an island, according to John Donne. It’s true, indeed. We are social animals as attested by the popularity of Facebook. At the same time, there are times when the situation gets so overwhelming that we feel the need to disconnect momentarily from the rest of humanity. We go into solitude mode.

During a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru, I saw this woman sitting by herself alone with her thoughts. As dusk was approaching. she seemed to be in perfect harmony with all around her. It was a moment in time that I couldn’t resist taking her picture even though I didn’t know her.

There is a solitude of space,
A solitude of sea,
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be,
Compared with that profounder site,
That polar privacy,
A Soul admitted to Itself:
Finite Infinity.

Emily Dickinson


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  • 1. Solitude: Low Tide Running | What's (in) the picture?  |  February 5, 2017 at 12:52 am

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  • 2. Linda  |  February 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

    A lovely shot from Machu Picchu AND some Emily Dickinson: Bravo!

    • 3. plaridel  |  February 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm


      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 4. handmadejewelryhaven  |  February 5, 2017 at 8:48 am

    That is beautiful…and so true. I find myself in that time of solitude. One of the blessings is that it has given me time to re-enter the world of blogging that I enjoyed so much several years ago.

    Thanks for sharing.

    – Lisa

    • 5. plaridel  |  February 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm


      thank you for sharing your thoughts, too. deeply appreciated.

  • 6. stenoodie  |  February 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Lovely! 🙂

    • 7. plaridel  |  February 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm


      thanks again for the support. 🙂


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