Soothing Shadows

“There are some things your mind has been hiding from you.”
― Obert Skye,
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo

I captured this photo at the same time I got the one used in my post on August 18th. The onset of the rising sun is more pronounced here, as are the hues and tones I exploited in post production. I hope you enjoy these soothing shadows.

"Soothing Shadows", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80sec., 28mm

“Soothing Shadows”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80sec., 28mm

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A Doorway in Time

“One day we awaken and this was the dream, and everything that we have lost in this dream will be restored. This is what I hear in my own dreams. But then I awaken to the days of our loss and the nights of our regrets: having nothing to repent, nothing to look forward to.”
— Carl Minie

"A Doorway in Time", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

“A Doorway in Time”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

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Bejeweled

“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.”
— Salvador Dali

Today, something bright; next, another black and white.

"Bejeweled", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/150 sec., 180mm

“Bejeweled”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/150 sec., 180mm

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Time Passing

“Time passes by, memory stays
Torturing silently, rest of our days…”
― Aanchal Negi

"Time Passing", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/14 at 1/60 sec., 44mm

“Time Passing”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/14 at 1/60 sec., 44mm

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Buddha Reflecting

“…for you know that soft is stronger than hard, water stronger than rock, love stronger than force.”
― Hermann Hesse,
Siddhartha

Here is the final photo — and the only one not in B&W — I will be sharing this week from my walk around the Wat Florida Dhammaram monastery in Kissimmee. This Buddha figure is one of two that are positioned in front of the Uposoth (“Observance Day Hall”), the main temple structure on the property. I hope you have enjoyed this series of photos as much as I enjoyed making them.

"Buddha", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/80 sec., 135mm

“Buddha”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/80 sec., 135mm

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Mahabodhi Temple

“Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.”
— Frederick Buechner

Another image from the series I’m running this week, taken at the local Buddhist monastery. Mahabodhi Temple in Bodgaya, India, is a site to which many Buddhists make a pilgrimage to gain merit. Wat Florida Dhammaram has constructed replicas of this temple and several other sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites on its property in Kissimmee. I hope you enjoy the photo.

"Mahabodhi Temple", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/9 at 1/125 sec., 58mm

“Mahabodhi Temple”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/9 at 1/125 sec., 58mm

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Yaksha

Yaksha: What is the most wonderful thing?
Yudhisthira: The most wonderful thing is that even though every day one sees countless living entities dying, he still acts and thinks as if he will live forever.
—Mahabharata

Today’s photo continues the series I initiated yesterday from my visit to the local Buddhist monastery. This Thai yaksha, or yak, is one of two such figures standing in front of the Buddhist Theravada Temple on the grounds of Kissimmee’s Wat Florida Dhammaram. The yaksha are giant mythological guardians whose job is to keep away evil spirits.

"Yaksha", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/160 sec., 210mm

“Yaksha”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/160 sec., 210mm

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Clarity

“Be obscure clearly.”
— Elwyn Brooks “E.B.” White

Just a few miles from my home is Wat Florida Dhammaram — a Buddhist monastic compound replete with statues and altars and flowers and clouds of sinus-triggering incense. There are several monks who live and work on the premises, too. It’s a very interesting place to visit and photograph, and I found myself there the other night after dinner with friends who were unaware of its existence. I didn’t have my camera at the time, but decided to go back yesterday morning to capture a few shots. I will share a few of those images this week, beginning with this one, which is a view of the 22-foot tall Buddhalila (Walking Buddha) statue on the southeast end of the property.

"Buddhalila", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

“Buddhalila”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Today’s photo is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge over on The Daily Post. The theme this week is “Silhouette”. I had no such images on hand, so I went out this morning around 9:30 AM and pointed my camera toward the sun as it was still fairly low on the horizon. I hope you like the photo.

"Silhouette of Trees", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80 sec., 28mm

“Silhouette of Trees”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80 sec., 28mm

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Wet Feathers

“A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?”
– Drew Barrymore

"Wet Feathers", Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/13 at 1/125 sec., 200mm

“Wet Feathers”, Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/13 at 1/125 sec., 200mm

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