"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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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


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


Morning’s Mysteries

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Picture taken outside Fort Cochin’s seminary chapel


Inaugurating Change

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Whenever a new venture is about to start in Kerala, be it grand or relatively modest, an inauguration ceremony launches the project.
Whatever the religious beliefs – or lack of belief – of those involved, fruits and flowers are proffered, and an oil lamp is lit:
a remnant, perhaps, of the persistent power of apotropaic prayer.

It is a custom which unites Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains and even the Marxist Communists of this state.

Picture taken at the inauguration of a new ayurvedic centre at Tom’s Old Mansion in Fort Cochin, Kerala


Through The Watches Of The Night

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Picture taken after Compline in the Abbey Church of Mount Saint Bernard’s Trappist monastery, Leicestershire, England


To Its Setting….

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Picture taken after Vespers in the Trappist monastery of Mount Saint Bernard, Leicestershire, England


Away Days: Apotropaic Prayer

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“And the darkness comprehended it not..”

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(This chant sounds musically far more Orthodox than Catholic to me…)

Picture taken in Milan Cathedral


The Shade Of Breakfast

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Today Shaji and Dalila are away at a family celebration.
Our breakfast was a café affair.

Picture taken in the Sri Krishna Café, Fort Cochin


Nightlight

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Looking Back..

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Picture taken in the Halebidu temple complex, Karnataka.


Time At The Temple: Part 3

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Coming or going..

Picture taken in the temple at Belur, Karnataka.


Temple Time

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Revisiting the temples of Halebidu.

I last visited Halebidu almost two years ago.
It is just as fascinating the second time.


Stumbling Into Light: Part 10

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“Noli me tangere”

Picture taken beside the garden of Kurisumala Monastery


Stumbling Into Light: Part 7

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After None light and shade

Picture of the monk’s refectory taken at Kurisumala Trappist Monastery, Kerala


Stumbling Into Light: Part 2

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Seeking darshan.

Picture shows a group of visiting pilgrims taking refreshment in Kurisumala’s refectory


Stumbling Into Light: The Path To Kurisumala

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High in the quiet hills of Kerala, is Kurisumala, India’s only Trappist Monastery.


First Light

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Early morning

Picture taken shortly before six-thirty, in a Fort Cochin lane.


Night Light

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Open-air, nighttime Mass in Fort Cochin


Lux Redux

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A detail from yesterday’s image re-examined

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“Sorrow is hushed into peace in my heart like the evening among the silent trees.”
From Rabindranath Tagore’s Stray Birds: verse 10.

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The quotation was suggested by S Etole at Just… a moment
This is the original image


Winter’s Light And Shade

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A December evening’s sunlight and shadow.


Christmas Eve: From Darkness Into Light

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Anu makes a final inspection of the roof terrace.
Tomorrow the celebrations begin…

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Morning Games

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The games start at seven – just as soon as there’s enough light to play.

Picture taken in Fort Cochin


In The Shadow Of Prayer

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Chapel lights and shadows

Picture taken in Fort Cochin