"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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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


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Compline

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“We entrust ourselves to the night as if it were a great ocean from which we can fish up all sorts of wonderful things..”
From The Music of Silence by David Steindl-Rast

Compline completes the Liturgy of the Hours.
Its end marks the beginning of the Great Silence

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“Let all mortal flesh keep silence..”

Picture taken at sunset, Kopua Monastery, New Zealand


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Vigils

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A full moon lights the way to vigils.

Requiem Introit

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion,
and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer;
to you shall all flesh come.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
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Picture taken on the way to 4:00am Vigils, at Southern Star Abbey, Kopua Monastery. New Zealand


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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


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Open-air, nighttime Mass in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Night And Day

Darkness falls.
But shooting is now seriously behind schedule.
The film-set cannot sleep.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Crossing The Bridge Of Dreams

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Picture taken in Cochin.


Twilight Traders

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We had experienced the magic of its palace and the piety of its temples. Our time in Mysore was almost over.
After taking our last evening meal in one of the city’s many restaurants, we walked back to the hotel through the city’s dark but still crowded streets.

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In India, even at night, the shops remain busy.

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Ships That Pass In The Night

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“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,

Only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness;

So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another,

Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“I look far out into the pregnant night,

Where I can hear a solemn booming gun

And catch the gleaming of a random light,

That tells me that the ship I seek is passing, passing.”

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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