"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

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The Great Silence

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Another Dawning: Part 3

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Picture taken at sunrise:  Kopua Monastery


Another Dawning: Part 2

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Picture taken from Southern Star Abbey, Kopua, New Zealand


Another Dawning

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Up with the lark..

Picture taken at Southern Cross Abbey, Kopua, New Zealand


Another Morning

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Another sunrise..

Picture taken at Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


From The Rising Of The Sun To Its Setting: Part 4

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Sunset’s dying light.

Picture taken in the grounds of Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


From The Rising Of The Sun To Its Setting: Part 3

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Afternoon:
sun shines through rain;
the wonder of a timeless covenant.

Picture taken at Kopua Monastery


From The Rising Of The Sun To Its Setting: Part 2

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Sunlight burns through the early morning mists..

Picture of early morning light taken at Kopua Monastery


From The Rising Of The Sun To Its Setting..

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A certain stillness..

Picture taken shortly after sunrise at Kopua Cistercian Monastery


Through Fecund Darkness Into Great Silence..

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“..the dark divinity of our plight…”
(The Contemplative Heart, by James Finley*)


“..a time to be silent..”
(from Ecclesiastes 3:1 – 8)

Picture taken in Chennai
Hat-tip to Beth at louie, louie for the quote*

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All At Sea: To Step In An Ocean Of Freedom

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach, Kannur


All At Sea: The Wonder Years

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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”

From “maggie and minnie and molly and may” by e e cummings

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach, Kannur


All At Sea: Learning The Ropes

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach, Kannur.


All At Sea: Getting Started

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One of the fishing party adjusts the line.

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach, Kannur


All At Sea: A Family Business

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Setting out with nets

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach in Kannur, Kerala


All At Sea: To Step Beyond The Shallows

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Contemplating the ocean

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach Kannur in Kerala


All At Sea: Into The Maelstrom…

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Braving the sea’s boiling waters to feed his family.

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach Kannur in Kerala

Despite being familiar with both pieces of music for many years, I have only just noticed the similarities between the opening of the storm interlude In Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” and Leonard Bernstein’s “A boy like that” from Westside Story.


All At Sea: Turning Back

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His nets set, a fisherman heads for home.

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach, Kannur in Kerala


All At Sea: Back In The Shallows

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The fisherman comes ashore.

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Picture taken on Payyambalam beach, Kerala


All At Sea: Now You See It…

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..and now you don’t:

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Picture of a solitary fisherman taken on Payyambalam beach, Kannur


All At Sea

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Extreme fishing

Picture taken, slightly beyond the borderline of my camera’s zoom capability, on Payyambalam beach Kannur, in Kerala


7 Up Dreams

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Caught In The Evening Sun

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The glow of evening light on a festive stone chariot

Picture taken in Chennai


In The Cool Of The Shade

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A dog takes shelter from the afternoon heat

Picture taken in Chennai