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Ribbon of Highway, Okanagan Highway 97, From Oyama Lake Road, Lake Country,, British Columbia, Canada Presence - Sometimes I like to turn the radio off Let the silence fall upon the car Let the experience of driving Transcend the noise Otherwise in the background
White Pyramid & Waterfowl Lakes, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Veil ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #105 - Difficult it is To remember beauty Especially my own When the veil of anger Occludes my vision Shrouds my being
Cacophony, Rocky Mountains, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada Cacophony - In the cacophonous mingling Of mountain and sky My eye finds no place to rest No one object to hold it So it is free
Angry Clouds, Banff National Park, Trans Canada Highway, Alberta, Canada Anger Clouds - Anger never served me But for its reminder That my thinking was clouded And truth obscured By slavery To emotion
Magic Castle, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Magic Castle - This golden hour This magic light Reminds me of My brightest days Times when I Could do no wrong Creative might Insightful mind
Narrow Corridor, Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Beautiful Corridor - Confined by valleys Trees and roads Through narrow corridors Can I roam But all so beautiful I can't bemoan The choices few My path can go
Ice and Rock, Banff National Park, Trans Canada Highway, Alberta, Canada Ice ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #104 - Like ice It trailed From the nape Of my neck Down my Straight hard spine The chill In my thoughts While the truth Sank in And the world Came apart
Making Home - It was a world not my own With its weak red star And its amber sky The always cloud And the never rain But we'd brought our seeds Planted our trees Spread our grasses Harvested the carbon To surface the roads To refine the fuel To run our cars
Valley of Discontent - In this valley of discontent Light falls in but cannot escape So I climb to highest ridge Carrying unsubtle hope Else bathe below in light's deceit
Contemplating Turmoil, Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada Contemplation ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #103 - Contemplating the turmoil Roiling in my head I notice a point Centre of the storm Centre of my being Around which all The turbulence pivots There's calm there I fight my way toward it Seeking the source of such peace But bucked and buffeted By the tumult I make no headway In the intensifying storm
Black Kite Over Red Fort, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India The Space Between - The space between The light and dark Is sometimes just A narrow gap And in this lies A beauty common Where truth is told In high relief
Clear Skies and Clouds, Canmore, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Moments of Discovery - I'm no hero Reluctant or foretold No beacon of goodness I'm no brave soul Blazing a path of wisdom For others to follow Such youthful fantasy
Impenetrable Light, Langley, British Columbia, Canada copy Dreamers - I ponder All that is All that never was All that could be All that never will Thinkers explore Every possibility And dreamers Every impossibility
Wildfire Sunset, Approaching Golden, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada Nature’s World - Oh have I travelled Far from home To other worlds Beyond imagination But never left My own backyard Nor taxed my powers Of creation Just let nature Run its course Leave her to Her machinations
Alpine Daisy Aster, Buller Mountain Day Use area, Spray Valley Provincial Park, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada Just my thoughts and my eye - In dappled sun Breezes ruffle Pastel petals Stems buck and sway Camera and I lying In long grass Ants trundling On thighs and calves While dragonflies Hover and dart Seeking mosquitoes And deer flies
Striata in the Smoke, Rocky Mountains, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A Billion Years of History - Tempting it is To call this landscape Barren No life No green No creatures Scurrying Or so it seems But apparent are Rich textures of rock And a billion years Of history Before a human Ever walked
Cascade, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Mighty & Humble - In this land Of such immensity Even the mighty Know humility
Star and Space and Earth and Fire, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A Helical Spiral of Indeterminate Tense - The sun is just a star We chose to father us The moon, our mother Illuminates the night And whispers lullabies To soothe us When the darkness Frightens us The Earth Our home Bedrock beneath Space above But solid ground Spins us round Cycles of life Always turning
Mystery Envelopes Me, Cloudy Day, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Shrouded - Sometimes I prefer Mystery Envelopes me In this shroud Of anonymity I allow The self is free To explore Deepest edge Furthest field Darkest path So I may Emerge again Into light Lit within
Rocky Mountain Starburst, Athabasca Glacier, From Wilcox Pass Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Stars ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #102 - Aided by Small aperture In this starburst Am I reminded The sun is just a star In blackness infinite Speckled with Uncounted stars
Sunset from Whistlers Mountain, Jasper Skytram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Hurdles - With every sunset I am reminded There will always be Another hurdle And another opportunity To clear one
The Colour Fading, Eastside Road, Okanagan Lake, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada The Sails Long Furled - In the calm In the calm In the gentle calm With the sun now gone And the colour fading I trace the line In reflecting mind From a day long past One last empty kiss Ends a love at rest
Silvery Moons, Lakelands Region, Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada Do Good - I do not need To be whole To do good I do need To be good To be whole
Infinite Shades of Grey, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada copy Infinite Grey - I'm not sure Whether I'm alone now Because I'm tired of getting hurt Or I'm tired of hurting others Somewhere I lost track Maybe it's both
Rainbow in the Maelstrom, Athabasca Falls, Athabasca River, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Lightworker - In the turmoil of fragmentation As what was once whole Fractures and atomizes I am startled to discover Running through the center Of this formidable chaos A rainbow
Rainbow in the Spray, Athabasca Falls, Athabasca River, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada II Rainbows ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #101 - Sometimes Even the appearance of a rainbow Cannot dispel the darkness So I plumb the darkness Seeking the rainbow within
Mountain and Clouds, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Fog of Pain - I remind myself That the pain is just a fog Cloaking the mountain The wind, soon enough Will blow the fog away And there will be I, the mountain
Smoke Valley, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada What the Veil Reveals - I want to know the world With the clarity and vibrance Of a postcard But that is not the world
Cairns, Athabasca Glacier, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Mortality ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #100 - Grey. Smoky. The smell of a campfire. But the nearest fire set a hundred thousand trees alight, a hundred or more kilometers away. I wonder, was that one lightning? A cigarette? A carelessly managed fire?
Strange Imaginings, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Strange Imaginings - Sometimes I wonder If I know this planet At all Of course I often manage To imagine something Stranger still
Upturned Sea Bed, Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Dreaming the Land into Being - As time became time In Ancestor's dreaming The void became sound The sound became song The Ancestors sang The world into being
Flowers for the Trees II, Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Seeing the Flowers - Sometimes It is the flowers I fail to see For the trees
Impending Rockies, Bow Valley Trail, Alberta, Canada The Rockies - They rise Like a Wall The Rockies Towering Above the land Which for a thousand miles Has known only sky And a horizon Beyond infinity
Storm Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Shadows in the Sky - Shadows in the sky Where the sun And the clouds And the smoke Interplay Where the river And the rails Run in parallel Display
Sunset II, Revelstoke Lake, Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada copy Levels ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #99 - Levels deep Path obscured Proceeding On faith Alone Well Faith And experience There is Always A path
Embers in the Sky, Twilight, Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada Embers in the Sky - Embers in the sky Fueled by the smoke Of distant fire Ignited by a dying sun
Ian and Josephine, beautiful sounds, North Vancouver, In the flow - Heart, mind, body and soul Four independent currents Perhaps enlightenment is the condition when all four flow together as one
Pastel Twilight, Okanagan Lake, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada Beauty and the Breath - Vibrant Violent Fire Consumes Valleys Distant Choking Smoke Creates Pastel Twilight Artistry Calm Lake Okanagan
Old Man at Station, New Delhi to Agra Express Train, Uttar Pradesh, India Fleeting ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #98 - The express train rumbles through town after town station after station Fleeting moments
Ganges Current, Laxman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Current ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #97 - With Against Over Bypass All the ways I've learned To make my way in life Unconsciously, they become habit Forgetting the current running through it all
Suspended Monolith Monolithic Demagogue - Monolith Monumental Immense Magnficent Formidable Immovable Immutable Rooted, gravitas
Twilight Encroaching, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada Magic Hours - Where land and sky And sea and sun meet There the magic light Comes twice daily Glorious hours Connect me To all In grace
Tantalus Sunset, Tantalus Lookout, Sea to Sky Highway, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada I, not this I - A different Tantalus Every time I visit Just like Everything else No thing No one No place No moment No emotion No insight Is ever the same One moment To the next
Gambier, Bowyer, Bowen and Horseshoe Bay, Howe Sound Sunset, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Bowyer, Bowen and Gambier - Light and soft My mood My spirit Charmed by the pastel sunset Playing over The gently rippled Sound
Mountain High to City Lights, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, near Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada City Light Homecoming - Driving down From my mountain high Headlights Tail lights Darkening sky On the Sound A sheen of cobalt and amber Twilight Cloud light The last burning ember
Waiting, Bicycle Rickshaw Line, Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, New Delhi, India Maelstrom ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #96 - Amid The maelstrom Of life Which is India They wait
Queen of Surrey, Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada Underway - Nothing quite calms me like The mountains And the sea Beneath azure skies Underway Destination of no concern
Sunset, Strait of Georgia, Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada Nary a Care - A rocky beach A cloud strewn sky A becalmed sea And the last Glimmering Rays Of a sun Leaving the day And I Reflecting Alone In my thoughts With nary A care But for the beauty Of it all
Moonrise Sunset, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, United States of America On the other side, this side is the other side. - I like to cross bridges Thinking of the dreams To be fulfilled On the other side Sometimes, while crossing I remember There are dreams to be fulfilled On both sides
Bell on Trayambakeshwar Temple, Overlooking Laxman Jhula and Ganges River, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Creativity ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #95 - I love being in a place Where creativity thrives Where paint and passion Offer more vibrance and colour Than nature's grandest sunsets
Troubled Bridge, Laxman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Like a troubled bridge - Sometimes It is not the water Which troubles me But the bridge
Anticipation, Queen of Surrey, Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada Anticipation - Held fast In anticipation Of departure Imminent Not clinging Preparing To leap
Twilight Pier Twilight Transformation - It is a simple pier On a rocky beach The large stones worn smooth By the rhythm of tides And uncountable waves Not a beach For laying out towels Basking in the sun Building castles In daylight Pretty enough As I drive by
Moment of Repose, Davis Bay Pier, Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada Repose ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #94 - A moment of repose Beneath obscured half moon In late twilight Between The day behind The day ahead When time Is all My own A quiet Internal Revel In the beauty Of it All
Tenacity No Stony End - Young conifer Which set down roots Some few years ago They're now exposed By desert rains And so it seems To cling to Earth While off beyond The hoodoos laugh At upstart pine
Rollling Hills, The Mereenie Loop, Near Gosse Bluff, Northern Territory, Australia Rolling Hills - I roll Into land Which swallows me Whole I mind Not a bit Becoming one With it all Just me And the land And the dance Of the road
Gosse Bluff, from the Mereenie Loop, Northern Territory, Australia Wheels - All I really need Are wheels And the fuel To keep them rolling
Bowyer Island Sunset, Howe Sound, From Sea to Sky Highway, Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada Twilight ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #93 - When the sun has left the sky Impending night encroaching On the very edge of dusk Colours of refraction Upon the sea reflected I draw a breath Feel the cool Know the day Is past
Angie Get Your Gun II, On location for Motive, Season III, Public Storage, Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Commitment - I commit Moment to moment Day to day With every step With every breath With every thought Unconscious Inconsequential Commitment
Transient Magic, Howe Sound Sunset, Bowen Island viewed from Horseshoe Bay, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Transient Magic - Transient Light Magic Light
Buddha Subduing Mara, Wat Shri Chum, Sukhothai, Thailand Transient Space - Transient space between Fingertip and existence Connection Transition Evil subdued Peaceful detachment
Desert Sunset, Mojave Desert, Route 66, California, United States of America Relief - Curious it seems To experience Relief so profound Exposed to climate So unforgiving Among the desert's Many victims: My haughty ego And petty worries Matters unworthy Of a life Worth living
Ghostly Rickshaw, Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, New Delhi, India Ghosts ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #92 - I carry a haul of ghosts Along the paths I travel Some recorded, for all time And others a shadow memory Each a fleeting moment Seen in the context Of another realm And none too clearly What they are Where they are Who they are
On the road to Hami, from Liuyuan, Gansu -- Xinjiang, The Peoples Republic of China Somewhere on the Way Through Nowhere - These roads through nowhere Always find somewhere Along the way Because somewhere Is always a state of mind And my mind is always somewhere
Graffiti, Bon's Off Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada I Create - I create Layer upon layer Expression upon expression The new obscures the old The old shines through the new A temporal collage Of overlapping Insights, expressions, realizations Hoping, in the end The sum of it all Creates some enduring meaning
Dragon Brazier, Kong Miao, Confucius Temple, Beijing, China Focus - I look back At times of impatience Of diligence lacking Decisive moments Reminded of the virtues: Steadfast focus Attention to detail And a good tripod
Beauty in Detail, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Order - Symmetry denied by framing Yet in smallest detail Order unfettered
Sailboat and Crescent, Howe Sound, Bowen Island from Horseshoe Bay, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Becalmed ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #91 - Under an empty sky But for the lonesome crescent And I Becalmed On the quiet sea Furl my sails Start the engine Turn for home To which I bring This peaceful moment
Oh so pretty, Bowen Island, From Horseshoe Bay, Sea to Sky Highway, Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada This land of oh-so-pretty - In this land of Oh-so-pretty The comings and The goings become As much the point of travel As arriving
Pleasure Craft at Dusk, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada Diminutive ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #90 - Diminutive Am I within This grand design Of laws and matter Such that I Go travelling Across a great expanse Or one so seeming In truth A journey of A thousand steps Is hardly more than one In a universe Far wider still Than light Has ever gone
Magic Hour, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Lion's Bay, British Columbia, Canada Magic Hour - Magic hour In a land Of no small magic Conspires to create Tableaus of beauty Inimitable
Himalayan Foothills Sunrise, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Evanescent ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #89 - Celestial cyclic moment With every day arise As starlight crests horizon Seeking eastern skies Awakened human spirit A grace divine replies
Moon over Bowen, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada-1 Infinity ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #88 - I seek the moments When the infinite Becomes the infinitesimal When the All Which is everything Becomes the One Which is nothingness I seek the moments When paradox Becomes awareness
Hero Fork, Stage 6, Ironwood Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada copy Heroes - Hero A word of nuance Of many meanings Of differences Subtle and grave In a story The protagonist Who in the end Saves the day
Lotus Petals, Sukhothai, Thailand Lotus Petals - Petals fallen To dimpled pond Where raindrops gather On lotus pads A thousand diamonds glittering Under slate grey skies
Patrick Jennings, Ganga Aarti, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Heart ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #87 - I make no room In my heart For hate
Swagger, Forbidden City, Beijing, China Swagger - Swagger Chutzpah Presence A small man Of no small mass A big heart A wise soul Both worn Close to the surface
Lotus Rain, Sukhothai, Thailand Feng Shui Calm - Rain on lotus pad Pitter-patter droplets caught Little waterfall
Monkey Business, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India copy Monkey Business - I remember a time When simply breathing Was dangerous A time before The Clean Air Act of 1970 The Environmental Protection Agency Which gave the Act bite And enforced its many regulations
Impenetrable Light, Langley, British Columbia, Canada copy Hate ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #86 - I began to realize If I could learn to love myself Completely I would no longer want to hate Such unconditioned inner light is Impenetrable Even to hate's formidable darkness
The Light, Crease Buildinig, Riverview Mental Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Unconfined Light - I remind myself The light at the end of the tunnel Is only light And the tunnel Is only the sum of my fears Confining me
When the Flash Came, Riverview Mental Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada copy When the Flash Came - When the flash came I had just cleared the fourth floor Confident everyone made it to the shelter The steel door closed When the flash came Night became a day like no other Just several seconds long With the intensity of a hundred suns
It Is What It Never Was, Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada It Is What It Never Was - In these hallways I've created oh-so-many worlds For the dream factory To film its stories Police stations And hospitals Apartment buildings And condemned spaces Secret headquarters And schools of magic
Sweet Dreams are Made of This, Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Corridor Dreaming - I dream of corridors Every one different But all the same The light is soft Though harsh Streaming in Through doors All open On the right An inviting light Nonetheless too bright And as I tread Ever-so-gingerly Down the corridor
Fractured Flash and Fog, Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada copy Fractured Flash - A pair of runners Find the frame One time coming One time going And one time In a fractured flash As they pass before me
Trust, Poster on Corrugated Tin, On location for Fringe, Season 5, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Trust - She was broken and battered Her ability to love Damaged and misaligned And yet There was to her A tenacious spirit
Gnat, Indian Airforce Recruitment Center, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Movement ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #85 - In a world Flattened and stilled My taxi crawls Toward a fogged-in airport Flights delayed Forward progress Intermittent Passing Ill-advised
Amit, Ganga, (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy The People Who Change the World - To roam the world Is to see the unimaginable To experience the unknown And, most profound of all To touch And be touched By people I may never see again But who will forever Change my world
Cloudy sky, Thompson River Valley, Savona, British Columbia, Canada So Many “Me”s - There are so many places Wanderlust takes me And every one Brings out Another Me
Highway 87, Arizona, United States of America Movement - I travel Because Standing still Is death
An endless road, Highway 87, Somewhere between Round Top and Winslow, Arizona, United States of America Miles of Earth - I have driven Many miles of Earth Across continents And countries And where others see Monotony Or mundanity I discover Exquisite Subtlety
Sphere of Influence, Tantalus Mountain Range, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada copy Sphere of Influence - Sometimes I feel Beyond my flesh Sense the world And its beings Not by touch Nor sight Nor sound Not by smell Like a sphere Of presence A sphere of influence Because others Feel me, this way And I feel them Like I know them
Crescent Moon and Evening Star, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Earth - Every now and again Landscape and sky Remind me I live On a speck Of rock In an expanse Of space Dotted Intermittently With other Little specks
Vacant yet Vibrant, Alley in Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India Emptiness ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #84 - I often ponder Choices made When I'm taking Photographs A moment here A moment there Adjusting frame Awaiting light Or add a child Just running through What once was full Seems emptiness Which strikes me now So much like life
Five Priests - Five priests Raise fire Into night On Ganga banks At Shiva's Light Where people come To see The sight Some pray Some pay In boats Packed tight
Cricket Under The Lights, Ganga Banks (Ganges River) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Games ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #83 - The game of games In every land Its dreams Of fame and glory Roaring crowds Adulation Played out In young boy's hearts Under the lights Imagining a stadium Fans in every seat A swing away From eternal meaning
Boats, The Ganga (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Boats - In the deepening night Long after Aarti fires Extinguish A late boat returns While some colleagues rest On gentle ripples And others await repair Uncomfortably aground
Aum, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India copy Aum - Aum I sing From deep within Aum The sound Resonates Like kundalini When spirit rises Energy of life And being
Fire and the Boy, The Ganga (Ganges River), Dashashwamedh Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Fire ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #82 - Every night The aarti fire Five priests Pay homage To Shiva's gifts While one boy In their shadow Shines bright
For the Birds, The Ganga (Ganges River), Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India copy The Birds - They flock The gulls To feed On seed And bread That's thrown From boats On which The tourists View The banks Where Funeral Pyres burn All day And night