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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

Regensburg, Germany

Location: Regensburg, Germany
 
When you need to get away, you don’t have to go far. A visit to the local park can provide the break you deserve. Surrounded by trees silently standing guard, it will be a sanctuary. Freed from the noise of city life, it will rejuvenate you and give you peace and let you face the world with a new sense of purpose.

The above picture was taken last November in Regensburg, a college town located about 80 miles from Munich. It was late afternoon and eerie quiet. There was no wind nor chirping of birds. The only sound I could hear were my footsteps on the ground. Did it make me worry of being mugged or robbed especially when I found myself all alone? Nah, not by much. Regensburg is rated as one of the safest places in the world.

 

GREAT streets of silence led away
To neighborhoods of pause;
Here was no notice, no dissent,
No universe, no laws.

By clocks ’t was morning, and for night
The bells at distance called;
But epoch had no basis here,
For period exhaled.

– Emily Dickinson

 

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January 20, 2018 at 8:36 am 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Kids Crossing the Street

Location: Bucharest, Romania
 
Last October, I was in Bucharest, Romania. Since the end of 42 years of Communist rule and the execution of Communist Party General Secretary Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena in 1989, I’ve found a country on the road to full recovery and people more optimistic about the future. Of course, a short visit doesn’t make one an expert, but I want to believe. I really want to believe as kids crossing the street feel comfortable and safe.

 

I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –

Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –

Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –

– Emily Dickinson

 

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January 5, 2018 at 11:48 am 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

Little Girl Balancing on Sidewalk

Location: Porto, Portugal
 
There’s something engaging watching a little girl testing her faith while balancing on an imaginary bridge with her grandfather closely behind her. It’s a good start for life’s great adventure awaiting her.

 

 

Faith — is the Pierless Bridge
Supporting what We see
Unto the Scene that We do not —
Too slender for the eye

It bears the Soul as bold
As it were rocked in Steel
With Arms of Steel at either side —
It joins — behind the Veil

To what, could We presume
The Bridge would cease to be
To Our far, vacillating Feet
A first Necessity.

– Emily Dickinson

 

 

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July 7, 2017 at 8:53 am 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Pursuing you in your transitions,
In other Motes—
Of other Myths
Your requisition be.
The Prism never held the Hues,
It only heard them play—

-Emily Dickinson

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s a hiker’s paradise situated in a 145 square mile wwoodland between mountains populated by varieties of trees and vegetation.

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It features 12 upper lakes and 4 lower lakes inter-connected by waterfalls descending from as high as 2,085 feet and transitioning into hues of green, grey, or blue based on the sun’s location as the day passes by.

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It’s one of the most beautiful places that I’ve been or will ever be in this lifetime. In 1979, it was granted the UNESCO World Heritage status.

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June 30, 2017 at 4:32 pm 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Two Women in the Park

Location: Plaza Grande, Quito, Ecuador
 
Although I like taking pictures, I don’t think I’ll pass as a paparazzi. I find pointing the camera at people without their permission as intrusive. In my opinion, even people in public places are entitled to some kind of privacy.

I’m only human, though. Sometimes I have to make an exception.

While roaming around Quito, Ecuador, I saw these two elderly women sitting together in the park and enjoying each other’s company. I couldn’t resist taking their picture. They seemed to exemplify a friendship that has gotten better with age.

The scene made such an impression on me since I consider friendship the coolest thing in the world. As Emily Dickinson said:

To see her is a Picture —
To hear her is a Tune —
To know her an Intemperance
As innocent as June —
To know her not — Affliction —
To own her for a Friend
A warmth as near as if the Sun
Were shining in your Hand.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:33 am 4 comments

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