Wednesday, August 31, 2016

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

le lac...


residents of le lac daumesnil

Monday, August 29, 2016

peace..


may peace prevail on earth and in me.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

mute swans...


got very close to swans yesterday and discovered they snort, rather like horses. had to smile because i only know horse snorting from films and television programs. i have not been around that many horses.

as i wrote the previous paragraph thought, "i bet it was a male swan". the swan with the raised feathers in the foreground was the one i had the most interaction with, remembering to keep a safe distance.

googled what kind of sounds swans make. according to an entry on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology "All About Birds" website, the swans i encountered were mute swans. "the elegant bird of russian ballets and european fairy tales. mute swans aren't mute, but their hoarse, muffled trumpet or bugle call doesn't carry like the calls of other swan species." wikipedia noted, the mute swan "make a variety of grunting, hoarse whistling, and snorting noises..."

was an enjoyable experience observing and photographing the swans. after googling learned that things i noticed, the sound their feet made in the water and hearing their beating wings at a distance, are characteristics the birds are noted for. "the most familiar sound associated with mute swan is the vibrant throbbing of the wings in flight. the sound is unique in mute swans and can be heard from 1 to 2 kilometers or up to 1 mile.

always nice to learn something new.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

heat_2...


still trying to beat the heat.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 26, 2016

heat...


trying rather unsuccessfully to escape the 33C/98°F heat by sitting by la seine.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

peace...


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

meditation...


came across a short, animated video about meditation and made a note of the narration because it served as a helpful reminder.

"meditation is also a radical act. you are breaking a life time's habit of walking around in a fog of projection and rumination. you're actually focusing on what's happening right now."

link to video -->  meditation for beginners   

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

k'´e...


k'´e is navajo for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 22, 2016

fun...


fun fair across the way.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

fido...


the other day decided to have terrine foie de volaille, think kind of chopped liver taste and meatloaf texture. this particular version was served in a jar and wasn't as solid as I was used to. it kept reminding me of various dog food commercials seen over the years.

did take a whiff but no real smell. couldn't get past the appearance and consistency so declared, "no dog food for me tonight." flipped the lid closed and was met with the image above.

for those who don't know, fido is usually a dog's name.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

peace...


may peace and common sense prevail on earth.

Friday, August 19, 2016

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, August 18, 2016

fishing...


going fishing as seen in rotterdam... 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

nabad-da...


nabad-da is somali for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 15, 2016

aman malay...


aman malay is urdu for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, August 14, 2016

hoa binh...


hoa binh is vietnamese for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, August 13, 2016

mabuhay...


mabuhay is a tagalog word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 12, 2016

sonqo...


in peru sonqo is the tinku quechua word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth and in me

Thursday, August 11, 2016

sulh...


sulh is turkish for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

melino...


melino means peace in the tonga language.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

lilies_3...


we gave the lilies to a nearby assisted living facility so that the residents could enjoy them.
may peace prevail on earth.

Monday, August 8, 2016

rukun...


rukun is the javanese word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, August 7, 2016

lilies_2...


more lilies... 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

lilies...



we were given a huge bouquet of lilies and they have begun to open. the apartment is filled with an almost intoxicating fragrance.


Friday, August 5, 2016

stop...


a poster seen on the metro asking people to stop destroying the planet.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

kapayapaan...


kapayapaan is tagalog for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

olakamigenoka...


in vermont, olakamigenoka is the abenaqui word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

kwam...


kwam is the laotian word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, August 1, 2016

hmethö...


in mexico, hmethö is the otomi word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth