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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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

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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February 4, 2017 at 9:46 am 7 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon

Location: Lochness, Scotland
In the following poem, Emily Dickinson may allude to heaven and immortality, but it may apply to the future as well.

These tested Our Horizon—
Then disappeared
As Birds before achieving
A Latitude.

Our Retrospection of Them
A fixed Delight,
But our Anticipation
A Dice—a Doubt—

Nobody can predict the future and therein lies its charms. Since it keeps us guessing, it helps maintain our interest.

The future may bring good tidings or it may not. As it looms before us, we must face it with the right attitude. As Patricia Ryan Madson said, “If something is not to your liking, change your liking.”

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December 10, 2016 at 10:04 am 5 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic

A Seagull
Location: Mont-Saint-Michel, France
Along with the above photo, I have this poem written by Emily Dickinson to her beloved brother, Austin.

I share her optimism. Despite what’s happening in the world today, I believe that “there is another sky, ever serene and fair” where we can soar freely and spread our wings and leave our prejudices behind.

There Is Another Sky

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields—
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!

– Emily Dickinson


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January 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm 5 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

Location: Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France

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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July 3, 2015 at 9:45 pm 8 comments

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