The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~John Greer

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

"I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see"

~ John Burroughs

October 31, 2011

La Catrina


Mexican Handcrafts of Guanajuato. Mexico
Popularized by José Guadalupe Posada, this Catrina is the skeleton of an upper class woman with large breasts and one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations, which occur during two days, November 1 and November 2, corresponding with the Catholic holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Although these holy days have a long cultural history reaching into the prehistoric traditions of several European cultures, many aspects of the Mexican festival have indigenous origins in an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. After the conquest of Mexico, the Spanish superimposed their cultural traditions upon the similar Aztec festival and a synthesis occurred.
La Catrina, as it is commonly known, was a popular print in Posada's day, but soon faded from the popular memory. Along with the rest of Posada's prints, it was revived by French artist and art historian Jean Charlot shortly after the Mexican Revolution in the 1920s. La Catrina soon gained iconic status as a symbol of uniquely Mexican art and was reproduced en masse.
The image was incorporated into Diego Rivera's mural Dream of a Sunday in Alameda Park, which also includes images of his wife Frida Kahlo, Posada, and a self-portrait of Rivera. 

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October 30, 2011

Quinceañera


(Celebration Photo)  
Quinceañera (lit. meaning One (f.) who is fifteen), sometimes called Fiesta de Quinceañera, or simply quince, is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of immigrants from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
In Mexico, the birthday girl is fixed up with fancy makeup. Traditionally, this was the first time she would wear makeup, but more recently this is no longer the case. She also has her nails and hair done especially for this occasion and dresses up with a fancy dress that she had chosen in advance.
In the Mexican tradition - and if the teenager is Catholic - the quinceañera festival begins with a Thanksgiving mass. For this mass, the teenager wears a formal dress, usually quite creative in fashion and reminiscent of what a western bride or princess would wear. Traditionally, the quinceañera would wear a pink dress to symbolize her purity; however, in recent decades, white has become the color of choice to symbolize this treasured quality.
She arrives at the celebration accompanied by her parents, godparents, damas, and chamberlains. She is also awarded a tiara as a reminder that to her loved ones, especially her immediate family, she will always be a princess. [Wiki]

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October 29, 2011

The Swing of Life




Zen and the Art of Photography

Driven by a passion for photography and a fascination with the Zen Buddhist
philosophy, the author conceptually and experientially examines the relationship
between Zen Buddhism and the art of photography. 
Among the subjects discussed:
What is the relationship between haiku and photography? 
What is the relationship between the mind of the photographer while creating a photograph 
and the Zen concept of the Empty Mind? 
What role does intuition and feeling play in
photography? 
In Zen? 
Through examination of these concepts and relationships,
the author explains the heightened awareness, joy, and enlightenment he has
experienced through photography and suggests ways that others may share in
the creative process.

Wayne Rowe. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


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October 28, 2011

Solar Dance


When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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October 26, 2011

Fire From Within



If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
~Buddha

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October 24, 2011

Water Games

Chapultepec Lake

Detail

Harold Pinter

There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.

Enjoy this magnificent Drum Solo by Mark Walker!

(Mark Walker (drums) with Andy Narell "The Long Way Back" (head out and drum solo)




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October 22, 2011

Heart



“You see things; and you say, 'Why?'
But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'”


“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~George Bernard Shaw

Dedicated To All Of You!
Thanks

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October 21, 2011

Little



Little - Fri Oct 21, 2011
This week's challenge:
'Little'.


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October 20, 2011

15.o - III







“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple.
But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.”

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”
~George Bernard Shaw

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