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My Dubai 14~15

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Good morning sun~shines!

Travel Sky Dive Dubai

The heart of December, bathing in sun~light.

Travel Burj Khalifah

Can’t Dubai without the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifah.

Tribe

Christmas Snaps & cinnamon rolls!

Happy Feet

Happy feet in sacred spaces.

A few good books too never fail to make good travel companions.

Books Reading

We sleep to time’s hurdy-gurdy; we wake, if ever we wake, to the silence of God. And then, when we wake to the deep shores of time uncreated, then when the dazzling dark breaks over the far slopes of time, then it’s time to toss things, like our reason, and our will; then it’s time to break our necks for home.
There are no events but thoughts and the heart’s hard turning, the heart’s slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times. ~Annie Dillard

Books Reading

A beautiful book, read it!

Sacred Geometry

Prepping for New Year’s Eve under sacred geometry skies.

& off we go camping ..

Sunset, Dubai, Desert, Mountains,

Sunset, on the road to the Desert Mountains.

.. in the rocky mountains with beautiful human beings.

Mountains

Sunset & the Rocky Mountains of Ras El Khaimah.

Despite the cold yet starry night, those beautiful desert people kept my heart warm.

Heart

Photo by Marzypants

‘I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading to the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities. Do you blame me for staying here, where i feel that i belong and am one with the world around me? It is true that i miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom i can share the things that mean so much to me that i have learned to contain myself. It is enough that i am surrounded by beauty.’ Everett Ruess

Mountains, Break of Dawn,

The break of dawn. Photo by Farah Stambouly

There’s a fire between us.

Desert Dawn

The Break of Dawn. Photo by Farah Stambouly

“The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods.

‘For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.’ G.K. Chesterton

Sunrise

Sunrise. Photo by Farah Stambouly

& we found faces in the rocks.

Faces

Voila! Do you see it?

Dubai

Good night star~shines!

Namaste 🙂

To everywhere! (U.S.)

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On the road to everywhere, U.S. 2014

We fight so hard to protect our hearts from the unfolding unknown.

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Colorado

We scream and shout that we’re tired and want over the old.

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Redwood Forests, California 2014

Travel, Nature,

Redwood Forests, California 2014

We want to belong, to find home, the tribe, the unconditional loving-kindness.

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Pacific Ocean, California 2014

So we keep traveling, keep moving, until.. 🙂

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Youdaho, Idaho, 2014

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Portland, 2014

Namaste

The Diatomist

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THE DIATOMIST is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.

MATTHEW KILLIP is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

Lune ~ Leave The World Behind

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‘The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.’

~C. Joybell C.

to ශ්‍රී ලංකාව Sri Lanka :)

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Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Heaven

I hope this long post makes up for my long absence 🙂 Scenic landscapes, tropical trees, wilderness, wild flowers, a variety of animals you constantly see here & there. What is also striking about Sri Lanka is how you don’t feel like a stranger at all, the way everyone greets you, smiles at you, asks you how you are. Yes, the simplicity of living. Except of course when you run into the few who ask you for a higher rate since that what all tourists everywhere go through? Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes innerving, but mostly you feel like a walking dollar bill 🙂 Enjoy this, and make sure you watch the home-made with love footage at the very bottom!

Sri Lanka’s beauty is beyond words. Makes one dissolve into nature. Amazingly breathtaking nature, feels like the trees are whispering ageless secrets to one another, blessing us with their timeless presence. The modesty that this brings out in me is beyond description. The silence and respect it imposes are beyond words.

Indian Paintbrush (Sri Lanka)

Here it is again, the Indian Paintbrush, a wildflower we love!

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Lotus, Anuradhapura

The hot climate, the green colors & the wealthy vegetation & tea plantations bring peace to the eyes, and comfort to self. The Indian Ocean, and the gratitude for being there, in this godly land, divine in beauty. In Sri Lanka, even the clouds looks like angels & birds around here, scents of  incense & burning goods invade your head… so do sunrises & sunsets 🙂

Wilderness Sunrise - Uda Walawe - Sri Lanka

Wilderness Sunrise ~ Uda Walawe

Tea Plantation Sunrise - Hatton - Sri Lanka

Tea Plantation ~ Sunrise ~ Hatton

 

Tea Plantation Sunrise - Hatton - Sri Lanka

Tea Plantation ~ Sunrise ~ Hatton

Sunset - Colombo - Sri Lanka

Sunset ~ Colombo

Trincomalee - Sri Lanka

Meet the Sun. Trincomalee

 

You gaze out there amazed at the beautiful nature untouched and unharmed by the hand of man.  There is nothing more beautiful than the wild & free animals, to see them in their elements, to see the peace they shine, the extraordinary energy special to them at their best. And how the big & wild animals always have a bird (or two) for a companion, truly magical. I caught myself wishing love & healing to all those fascinating animals who are in captivity, wishing a happy & fair turn of events.

Desert Flower, a minute of contemplation

one minute of contemplation 🙂

Crying Elephant - Sri Lanka

Crying Elephant – Sri Lanka

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What if the dogs roaming the streets were a rebirth of former human beings? Their gaze is always pensive, they stare into our eyes in such peace & connectivity. Whether in Thailand, or in Sri Lanka, people refer to them here as ‘the guardians of the temple’, and I for one find them perfect for the mission 🙂

The guardian of the temple rebirth

Sri Lanka’s beauty is beyond words. Makes one want to dissolve into nature, and surrender to peace.

Adam's Peak - Sri Pada - Sri Lanka

Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

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The sun reveals all truths. The heat cleanses the body & soul. Warm clear waters revealing mesmerizing corals and magnificent underwater life. Spent 4 heavenly days in heavenly Trincomalee, with sweet people, who made me feel at home. To see the beauty our eyes beheld please watch the home-made footage Sri Lanka or the face of God, here.

Buddha on the beach - Trincomalee

Buddha on the beach, Trincomalee

Shark jaw, Trincomalee

What looks to be a shark jaw, on display in Trincomalee

I can’t help wonder how we got so far out in harming our nature, in my own country and worldwide. In Sri Lanka, people save their trees, when they need to make a road, or a residence, they unroot their trees to reposition and replant them, yes they do…!  They don’t just sacrifice them for concrete. A harmonious coexistence between Nature & Man. Man cares and respects Mother Nature, and Nature takes care of her children by providing an abundance of food, water, and animal life. Almost everything there is Nature oriented. The houses, the cars, the services, facilities, essentials.

Here are some more snaps!

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Local women, Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

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Butterfly, Adam’s Peak

Tea plantation, Sri Lanka

Local women, collecting tea leaves

Rain & Tea, SriLanka

Rain over tea plantations

Collecting Tea SriLanka

Local women collecting tea leaves

Collecting Tea SriLanka

Local women collecting tea leaves

Sarath, driver, Sri Lanka

Sarath

Stick fisherman, Sri Lanka

& of course, the amazing stick fisherman!

Fishermen - Sri Lanka

Fishermen

Zahra, Sri Lanka

A happy face, Zahra

Washing the heat, Anuradhapura

Washing the heat, Anuradhapura

Fire Dancers, Kandy

Fire Dancers, Kandy

Gems, fake gems, Kandy

Gems, that turned out to be fake. Happens a lot 🙂 Kandy

Fisherman gutting a fish. Trincomalee

Fisherman gutting a fish. Trincomalee

 

Ayubowan, as they say it so well in Sri Lanka, to say may you live long 🙂

Follow this link to the video, do it! Sri Lanka, the face of God.

 

Desert Flower, Sri Pada, Sri Lanka

Sri Pada, Adam’s Peak. Sri Lanka, April 2014

 

Namaste

I went to California once ❤

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Simon Rodia, Watts Towers, L.A. 2011  ~ Desert Flower*

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Lake Shrine, 2011

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Hooping, Santa Barbara, 2011
Desert Flower*

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Venice Beach, L.A. 2011

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Lake Tahoe, 2011
Desert Flower*

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Santa Monica Pier, 2011, Desert Flower*

San Francisco

San Fran, 2011

‘Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.’

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