Water: so devastating and so peaceful.
This is the water temple in Bali called Tanah Lot. It is located on the Indian ocean and it is beautiful. The sound of the waves coming in is nearly hypnotic. The Hindus in the area were celebrating a full moon when we were there and they walked quietly through the water to get to the temple to make their offerings. So serene.
On the other side, the side of devastation, my city of Jakarta is still underwater. We got news today that a Kampung (village) in East Jakarta where my wife visited only last Saturday is now entirely underwater. The inhabitants had to evacuate without anything they owned, which was not much to start.
Please pray for the people of Jakarta, that they will find serenity soon.
I find that when I put my camera on the ground, or upside-down on a train ceiling, or against a wall, I get the most interesting results, just because it’s close to something.
Not much time to post tonight, but I wanted to post this photo of motorcycles taking off (in motion) away from me yesterday morning. Can’t wait to buy my own.
I feel like every time I post a photo these days the word “juxtaposition” jumps to mind. It’s become the running theme of my experiences here in Indonesia. The modern steel and glass architecture exists right next to the brick and mortar architecture of previous decades. Brand new vehicles drive past people pulling makeshift carts. Asian fusion restaurants with valet parking are situated in the background of an “Ayam Bakar” street cart.
I took this photo because she reminds me of a lady who never fails to greet me on my morning walk to work. I also like the vision of the Coca-Cola fridge in the background while the lady prepares a meal in a burned, old pot. Modern life in Jakarta looks a little different here than it does back in Canada.
Those are my pretty Asics Nimbus shoes. I went out for a run this afternoon, but my psychological state worked against my physical being. So, it was a walk instead of a run. I walked. It worked. Nice day.
This little detail is highlighted by the fact that it is the only detail on the page with any detail.
Photo Friday’s challenge this week is Crimson. I wasn’t looking to shoot this one, but I found a Cherry Coke, which I love, at a little candy story called Sticky’s in Chilliwack. It’s actually from Great Britain, because Cherry Coke is not available in Canada.
Let me just say: Hey! Coke! Bring this stuff back in Canada. And not that stupid Vanilla Coke crap either. Just the classic. Cherry Coke.
Photo Friday’s challenge this week is “From my window“. This morning when I got up, this was the view out my back window. I do really love having an East facing back window. Every morning there are new views of the sunrise.
Oh, and Happy Easter!
I love rainy foggy misty days…
…do you believe me?
Because you shouldn’t. I hate these days. I never know where to go on these crappy days. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s..aww…it’s just crud. I can’t wait until they’re over.
Oh, and Photo Friday this week is Rain.
This is my daughter. This is the lake. This is the snow we’ve been experiencing lately.
There is little better in the world than going to the lake to unwind. Beauty, even cold, abounds.
I hope your day is as great as this flower is pretty.
There it is, people. Fire.
This is what started it all. This is what got us hunting and cooking. What inspired us. What warmed us. What helped us shape metal.
This is what helped us shape the world. So pretty and so dangerous.
I went downtown in my city, Chilliwack, yesterday and snapped this shot.
I’ve always loved this old theater. My wife and I, when we were dating, went to see a couple of movies in this theater. Schindler’s List and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. It was old then, but it had character.
The company that owned this theater sold it to the city a couple of years ago for something like a dollar. I think it may have been only a dollar. The intent, as I gathered it, was that the city would do something with it and turn it into something for the community.
So far…nothing. The neon tubes, which is hinted at in the shadows on the PARAMOUNT sign, are gone or broken or falling apart. The windows are boarded up. It looks sad.
It could be a foundation for a revitalized downtown area. Instead, it is an anchor holding it down.
That’s a handsome jump there, young man.
By the way, did you know that handsome means “marked by skill”? I did not, until I looked it up. I learn something new every day, and today it was a definition. Hmm…I wonder what I might learn tomorrow.
These guys were doing some parkour in a local park a while ago and they gave me the nod to snap some photos. Pretty weird and cool stuff.
I don’t know what “Heavens to Betsy” means, but I saw this last night and thought those words. Then I realized that I may have thought a phrase that my mother, maybe grandmother, would have said. I don’t say words like that. I don’t think words like that. I don’t even know people who speak like that.
Anyway, the heavens looked pretty impressive, so I snapped the photo. My favorite part of this shot is the streetlight, already lit, against the sky.
By the way, Photo Friday this week is “Tall” so I think this counts.
…on Photo Friday’s Challenge this week, but I was having trouble finding anything that met the topic of “Greenery“.
This was taken quite some time ago, May I think, but I think it might be green enough to meet the challenge. It was taken at Cultus Lake, above it, in fact, on the Seven Sisters Trail. The “Seven Sisters” are seven old growth giant Douglas Fir trees. They are impressive. If you ever get out to Cultus Lake, BC, they’re well worth the walk.
My entire world has just drastically changed, literally speaking. The snow that has shut down my city for the last four days just turned to freezing rain. The temperature in the clouds is warm enough to be raining, but the temperature on the ground is four degrees below zero. What that means is that everything is coated in a thick layer of ice. I snapped this in my driveway because I liked the way the light was playing off the ice coating my car. Also because I have no desire to drive anywhere until the temperature heads north of zero.
What is beautiful, however, is how the entire visible world outside my window has this unbroken, unsullied, pristine shininess. So shiny…
The snow that fell on Friday and Saturday has some very nice side effects. The fields are full of snow (in Chilliwack, anyway). The side roads are nearly impassable, thereby curtailing any errand-running outside of the necessities. And…the mountains have taken on a Tolkien-esque quality that is majestic and forbidding at the same time.
The best part of the photo above (truthfully, a panorama made up of three separate photos) are the clouds. They are beautiful and terrifying – full of possibly treacherous precipitation. I guess we’ll see.
You can find the rest of Photo Friday’s challenge for Cloudy here.
WordPress’ photo challenge this week is “Launch“. Photo Friday’s challenge this week is “Day’s End“. My photo is a boat dock, from which one might launch boats, at the end of the day. Does it work for both? I hope so.
It’s hard to pick a photo out of the past year that meets the challenge of “Best of 2011“. I scoured my old files and all of the photos that I’ve posted for the past year and I think I’ve got a few possibles.
If there’s one of these you like better than the rest, please let me know. I’ve had a heck of a time deciding between them.
I do find it interesting that I’ve chosen three photos that are all portrait orientation. Hmm…I should take that into consideration as I enter the second year of posting every day.
This statue is part of the West Facade of Sagrada Familia. It is a statue of Peter after his third denial of knowing Christ. I’m not sure there’s a more meditative moment than when you realize that you’ve just betrayed your best friend and mentor. I’m sure that it’s a meditative moment filled with regret and sadness, but meditative nonetheless.