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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
Jewellery Seller and Pigeons, The Ganga (Ganges River), Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India copy Marker on the Way Home - She's my marker The jewellery seller Leaning against The Tower of Baba I stop by her ad-hoc shop Mapping my way home In my mind From here A set of stairs Like a hundred others All along the the Ganga banks For miles north and south Except these stairs Lead home, almost straight
Saris on the Steps, The Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Spirits Cleansed - They come to bathe In waters pure Then, with spirits cleansed They dry their saris Upon the steps Which bore them down To Mother Ganga's shore
Rower on the Ganga, Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Rower on the Ganga - Flotilla at rest On the quiet river In the grey cool morning A few boats rock As tourists clamber aboard Laughter and photographs As my camera surveys the scene One boat begins to move Oars dipping, splashing I find frame on the boat Zooming out; zooming in Click a few exposures
Spire and Sunset, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Sunset & Minaret - Sunset and minaret What more need be said But for the hundreds who Meander through The tranquil peace Of evening grace Within the shadow of Perfection
Queued For Viewing, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Unnoticed Details - Minarets and domes Archways and inlays All this beauty Did I capture And through it all A grand parade Of faces, of beings The beauty hardly noticed
Southern Gate Reflections, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India copy Reflections ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #81 - Passed through the gate Now stand in awe Before a wonder Of the world Then turn around To discover Yet another wonder Leaves me to wonder How many others Reflect upon this other
Bicycle Rickshaw Stand, New Delhi, India Transitions - Long day behind Long night ahead Bed roll and cardboard mattress Stashed for later In the darkest hours Some small time for sleep Otherwise Pedalling
Hanuman bares his heart, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Devotion - I wonder Sometimes At my devotions Could I have been better At this or at that Had I offered more devotion But of all the this And all the that Just two devotions have mattered
Fire, Flowers and River, Ganga Aarti Ceremony, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Fire, flowers and flow - In the moonlit night Release flowers and fire Into Ganga's flow For pilgrims and believers A gift to Ganga, river goddess Holy of holies Source and purifier
Divine Smile, Ganga Aarti, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Divine Smile - She reminds me Of the many Buddhas I've seen In Thailand Malaysia China Japan Though, not the laughing Buddha The plump one In the midst of A rollicking guffaw No, not that Buddha Rather, the somber, reflective one The one it seems The weight of the world Rests lightly On his androgynous shoulders The one it seems
Beach Cows, The Ganga Banks, (Ganges River), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India copy Context ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #80 - o understand And embrace Paradox I recognize The limits Set by context Which, I've learned Confines me Not reality
Rahul, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Himalayan Foothills, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India copy Inspiring Lights - Travelling A pilgrimage I flow through the world And experience Places Moments History Present I connect with people And experience Variance Possibility Convergence Dichotomy
Mountain Village, Himalayan Foothills, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Insight and Chai - It's these places In the hills The remote places Small communities Mostly self sufficient Where the ubiquitous cell phone Has no power Connected to the world By a narrow road It's these places Where we are most Who we are
Live Feed, Ganga Aarti, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India And Now This, Live - The revolution will not be televised But it will be watched On small screens Live Recorded Streamed And shared A million times over Perhaps, that is a better thing
Himalayan Foothills II, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Finding the Roads into the Unknown - I journey into unknown lands Seeking the roads Which take me deep Where there are no maps I keep faith I'll find my way Where there are no roads I keep faith I can forge my own
Ganga Leaves the Himalayas, (The Ganges), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Daughter and Mother - At Rishikesh Where the Ganga Leaves the mountains Completing her journey To womanhood From the daughter Roiling and gamboling Down the narrow valleys To the gentle, fertile Fulsome matriarch Mother of the plains
Himalaya Foothills Sunrise V, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Sunrise ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #79 - >Blue on blue On blue on blue Morning sun Peeks on through The clouds on high The smoke below But in my heart The golden band Offsets the black Below the blue
Sleeping Dogs, Kashi, Old Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Sleeping Dogs - They say But "they" have never been A dog And in the 16th century When they first said it Life as a dog Was hard And that's what they meant When they said it
China Southern Airlines CZ329, on approach to Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada Dreaming of Space - I soar in the space Between three globes One below One above One beyond And I wonder At the distance In time In distance In possibility While beginning To descend
Katarzyna, Himalaya Sunrise, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Kindred Spirits - There seems no scene Nor moment More beautiful Than one shared With a kindred spirit No matter The quality Of the scene Or moment
Himalaya Foothills Sunrise IV, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Illumined - Sunrise skies Illumine possibilities I carry with me Daytime dreams To be fulfilled Until sunset sky's Reminder Possibility Illumines Nighttime dreams Which carry me
Auto Rickshaw Driver, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi), New Delhi, India Being in the Maelstrom - In this maelstrom Of movement Colour and Humanity It is easy enough To forget These are beings Each with a life As full as my own As troubled And beautiful Filled with family And friends Hardship and joy Love and petty hatreds
Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Monuments ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #78 - We reach for the heavens Building monuments To our highest ideals Gods and philosophy Politics and economy Then fall To our basest instincts Defending them Proselytising them Exploiting them
Laxman Jhula Sunset, The Ganga (Ganges River), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Finding Presence - here is nothing so grounding So inspiring to me Nothing which brings the moment Into my own presence Like sunset Except Perhaps Sunrise
Queen of Chandni Chowk market in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India The Queen of Chandni Chowk - Litter borne The Queen of Chandni Chowk Surveys her domain From lofted throne
Minaret, Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi), New Delhi, India Minaret - This artful spire This minaret With bold white lines And floral whimsy Reaching up Where black kites soar In deep blue skies With wispy cloud
Black Kite Over Red Fort, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Black Kite - Black kite soaring Red Fort domes below Smog smothering all Weakened sun Weakened lungs Weakened resolve Beauty and ugliness Joy and hardship Kindness and predation This land of extremes This country of paradox Creating beauty from ugliness
Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Jama Masjid - Rising above The Old Delhi rooftops Bathed in sunrise The imposing Jama Masjid Not intended To diminish The faithful But to invite
Monkey on a Rooftop, Red Fort beyond, Chandni Chowk, in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Iconic ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #77 - Monkey on a rooftop Mughal fort beyond Morning sun through city smog What could be More iconic India
Gridlock, Chandni Chowk Market, Old Delhi district, New Delhi, India The Wash Beneath the Detailed Lines - I close my eyes Imagining A downtown core And city lights Cabs stacked up End to end Filled with fares Or seeking them Crowded shops Pedestrians Littered streets Swept clean by morn' So full of life Activity This crowded block Where could it be
Ganga Calm - Travelling a land Of extremes in high contrast Of crowded bustle Brown noise and car horns Confined in concrete chasms With slivers of sky I arrive in Rishikesh Where the Ganga Gently exits The Himalaya
She Runs, Bengali Tola, Kashi (Old Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India Bengali Tola - She runs With utter abandon She runs Gangly limbs All astrewn Head rolled back Now lolling Side to side She runs It seems Only for the joy Of running Down Bengali Tola And as my camera Finally finds her She finds me
Night Market, Chandni Chowk Bazaar, Old Delhi, India The Roaring White Water of Being - It is a throng A teeming mass Rumbling through A narrow chasm Of visual and aural Cacophony Impossible to gauge To comprehend Without standing In the midst Feeling the flow Feeling the insignificance Of one more being In this tumultuous rapids Of being
Tourists and Faithful, Jama Masjid Mosque, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India Selfies and Prayer - With selfies and prayer We honour our gods Some facing Mecca Others themselves
Jama Masjid Mosque, in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Exploration in the Darkness - This darkened space Inside a world unknown to me Familiar, as religion Unfamiliar, as culture Mystery, riddle, enigma Intricate details Inlaid in stone walls Indicate a beauty And subtlety Beckoning exploration
Bazaar Shipping, Chandni Chowk Market, Old Delhi, New Delhi, India Finding Focus - I don't even mind That I missed the focus On the two men Finding instead The propane bottles Between them In a very important sense The tanks are assets The propane is product Both have value While the men transporting them Represent labour Labour is an expense The material vs the abstract
Golden, The Ganga, (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Golden ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #76 - Oars dip gently Into Mother Ganga A calm, steady rhythm Like a deep breath While the bells clang Insistently In golden Varanasi Where the priests Celebrate Shiva With a dance of fire
Bhagwan, The Ganga (Ganges River), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Bhagwan on the Ganga Banks - Saffron Colour of fire Bringer of light Burn away ignorance Flame of insight Saffron Colour of purity Symbol of abstinence Purge the tainted Cleansing ritual
Smokey Sunrise, Delhi to Agra train, Uttar Pradesh, India Smoke - The wan red sun Rises into a dull amber sky Beautiful Were it a morning mist A shroud of fog Pierced by morning sun