in the land of the ancients

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 9, 2015 by dacarc

quinault forest

back into the deep forest

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the olympic rain forest – it’s not raining, today. there are wildfires, over the next ridge

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here, in the quinault basin, it’s quiet, deep, old..

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the width of 1000 rings, the annual circles of the growth go wide, far beyond our reach

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what have they seen? each ring, holds the tracings of our ancestors, long passed on

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the largest western red cedar, the largest sitka spruce – the ancients, towering, embracing, protecting, and watching all that has been

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hurricane force winds, lightning strikes, floods, earthquakes, droughts, fires – and yet they stand, alive. stepping into the hollow of the cedar, a sacred place, this cathedral of life
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these trees that surround us still, only 100 years old, the protected ones, now.

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we are grateful for their presence.

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i c e l a n d

Posted in architecture, art, beauty, iceland, landscape, light, lighthouse, mountains, scent, senses, symbology, time, travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by dacarc

the alchemy of a place

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indescribable, dreamy, mystical, stunning, disorienting

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the visible elements:

lush green fields rolling under jagged peaks, washed in swaths of violet lupine

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stark glaciers falling into the ocean’s horizon

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endless lava deserts, blanketed in thick moss

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split chasms, cracked earth fissures

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photo by tim girvin

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milky blue lakes of steaming minerals, thrusting from deep underground

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heavy timber structures emerging, of the earth, stone-walled, turf sheltered

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rushing waterfalls, slicing over sheer rock mesas downward to the sea

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mist-shrouded peaks, veiled mysteries

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never-ending light, midnight sun

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standing stones, cairns, and rock-circles

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ice-shards, crystalline boulders streaming over black sand shores

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ancient codes, runes, and magical sigals

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bands of wild horses, roaming over lush green valleys

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the people, shielded by the powers of their natural island-world

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the invisible elements:

the scent of green, wet stone, salt-waters

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the desolation of no-where

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the absence of night

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no-time

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dark histories, volcanic destructions

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the chilled misted, crystalline air

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the heat of underground forces

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a place of mystery

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photo by tim girvin

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a magic place

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and the enduring strength of the people

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i c e l a n d

japan spring

Posted in architecture, beauty, japan, landscape, light, marketplace, travel, trees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2014 by dacarc

endless reminders

that beauty is sacred

in the care of the natural world

in the fine details of architecture

in the elaborate displays of costume

in the bolting sleek speed of the the shinkansen

in the still fluidity of raked rock gardens

in the balance of shelter and wilderness

in the clear pathways of deep bamboo groves

where you feel the spirits gathered

in celebration of all that is

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skagit valley winter

Posted in beauty, landscape, trees, Uncategorized on March 11, 2014 by dacarc

barren branches

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silos standing still in the mists

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fields of mud blanketed in snow geese

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no brilliant swaths of tulips

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barns dissolve in never-ending rains

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the sun veiled behind rolling mists

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snow covered peaks bound east and west

shrouded in the fog-veil

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eagles and hawks watching from the treetops

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all beauty in the quiet of winter

a journey in burma

Posted in architecture, beauty, burma, mountains, ruins, time, travel, Uncategorized on January 11, 2014 by dacarc

and fragrance pervades everywhere..

young monks - yangon monastery

young monks – yangon monastery

yangon roadside market

yangon roadside market

yangon river market

yangon river market

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mudra

mirror mosaics

mirror mosaics

young nuns

young nuns

offerings - shwedagon pagoda, yangon

offerings – shwedagon pagoda, yangon

a visit with nuns, a village ceremony near mount popa

a visit with nuns, a village ceremony near mount popa

deeper in, to the kingdom of ngats – mountain spirits

and lush forests, rich in flowers, birds, creatures..

popa taungkalat monastery

popa taungkalat monastery

burmese text, etched in stone

burmese text, etched in stone

taungkalat monastery - 777 steps

taungkalat monastery – 777 steps

taungkalat monastery

taungkalat monastery

temple mosaics

temple mosaics

monastery near sale, near bagan

village monastery, near bagan

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greeting

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wood carved interiors

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ananda temple buddha - bagan

ananda temple buddha – bagan

a valley of temples, thousands of years, kingdoms of builders

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ananda temple walk

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mudra

old bagan

old bagan

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morning wander

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bagan ruins

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bagan valley at sunset

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bagan marketplace

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  sagaing hills in the mist – on the river to mandalay

up the river into the magical mists of mandalay

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stone carvers of mandalay

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powerful sacred site of an unfinished temple over and up the river

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a water world at lake inle

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and in the end, an intense  journey deeper back in time – to the remote region of mrauk U.

beauty and conflict, layered over time and culture – still, the grace of the people permeates the land,

in a magnetic force that will captivate all who journey there.

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curiosity

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peace

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sunset in the valley of mrauk u

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water lilies

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fish sellers in the market – mrauk u village

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mrauk u market

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still in the light

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young shop assistant

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burmese kingdom legacy

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mrauk u village – rich with kingdom architecture

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walking in ancient time

a journey that will take you out there, to the edge of no return

riot of flowers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 28, 2013 by dacarc

early spring

washed in brilliant streaks of flowers

lightning riot of color, striking awake the gloom of winter 

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city of bridges

Posted in architecture, portland, time, Uncategorized on March 9, 2013 by dacarc

floating over the willamette, shuddering steel trusses

steel bridge 1

steel bridge 1

trembling under trains, railcars, trucks, cars, bicycles, runners and walkers

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steel bridge 2

100 years of resonance – plates and bolts, straps and rails, pulsing synchronicity

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steel bridge 3

100 years of rain, sun, wind, ice, heat – tracing a history of time in steel

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steel bridge 4

steel bridge 5

steel bridge 5

steel bridge 6

steel bridge 6

one, of eight, in this city of bridges – “bridgetown” – the defining structures of the city of portland

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burnside bridge 1

framing and connecting the city – east and west

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steel bridge 7

steel bridge 8

steel bridge 8

steel bridge 9

steel bridge 9

steel bridge 10

steel bridge 10

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steel bridge 11

beauty rediscovered, after decades past – seeing that,  just now