"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)

solitude

Temple Moments Part 5: The Wishing Tree

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In the temple grounds grows a “tree of wishes”.
The threads tied around its boughs represent the prayers of women hoping to find happiness through marriage.
The miniature cot suspended from its branch is a plea to be blessed with a child.

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Picture taken in Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai
The libretto to Dvořák’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka can be found here


Monastic Visions

The Nubra Valley is dominated by its Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

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“The truly sacred attitude toward life is in no sense an escape from the sense of nothingness that assails us when we are left alone with ourselves.”
Thomas Merton, 1915 – 1968

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Pictures taken in Diskit Monastery, The Nubra Valley, Ladakh


Aspiring To Altitude – or – Fear Of Landing?

An acceptance of solitude.
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“Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace.”
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Picture taken beside the frozen Tsomoriri Lake in Ladakh.