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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

desert vision

Posted in beauty, desert, landscape, light, scent, senses, time, travel, trees, Uncategorized on December 9, 2012 by dacarc

“one breath of juniper smoke, like the perfume of sagebrush after rain, evokes in magical catalysis, like certain music, the space and light and clarity and piercing strangeness of the american west. long may it burn.”
― Edward AbbeyDesert Solitaire

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drifting in red sands before the edge of the longest and deepest slot canyon, the landscape is full of magic. rock formations hold ancient petroglyphs, telling the story of the land and people that have lived here for thousands of years.

petroglyphs near buckskin gulch

petroglyphs near buckskin gulch

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large swaths of this land were at the bottom of the ocean that divided the continent. now, it is rich with sage, juniper, scrub oak, and cacti – even moss.

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the colors, otherworldly – the designs of nature, striking.

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desert seed

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flowering shrub

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climbing deep into the slot canyon, the temperature drops, shadows slide over liquid stone. echoes of the floods – walls of water and debris, their markings left as tree trunks and branches held by the narrow walls, high overhead.

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“men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. the earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break….I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”
― Edward AbbeyDesert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

the stones

Posted in architecture, landscape, ruins, time, Uncategorized with tags on October 31, 2012 by dacarc

the wonder began, with the first lesson in the history of architecture

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culminating in this walk – into the circle, at sunset – just past the equinox

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sometime between 4 and 5 thousand years ago, how did they come to be..

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standing in waves of wind and rain, holding the heat of the sun, reflecting moonlight, for millennia

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what has happened, here — spiritual ritual, time-marking, sacrifice, burial..

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more wonder

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the stones are us, we are them – shaped by our hands, placed by our force

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they breathe, and watch the stars, clouds and moon arc across the sky

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what source

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the power of our being

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and theirs, these living stones

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a mystery

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my hometown

Posted in beauty, energy, landscape, memory, mountains, Uncategorized on May 19, 2012 by dacarc

this anniversary, i’m remembering the power – destructive, and life-creating, of the mountain i lived next to and climbed.  I watched her crystalline reflection float in spirit lake from my earliest memories. mt. saint helens is still a lesson for me, the power of the life giving and life taking force of nature, the beauty and grace and challenge of that power. always remembering.

5.18.1980 – mount st. helens

palm springs modern

Posted in architecture, landscape, light, travel, Uncategorized on January 3, 2012 by dacarc

the inspired architecture of the desert,

standing still in time for more than 50 years..

capturing light, sheltering shade,

soaring over the landscape

all grace and beauty

tramway gas station (enco) by albert frey, 1965 - palm springs

tramway gas station (enco), 1965, by albert frey - palm springs

tramway gas station (enco) 1965, albert frey - palm springs

tramway gas station (enco) 1965, robert frey - palm springs

tramway gas station (enco) by albert frey, 1965 - palm springs

palm springs modern - estate home 1

palm springs modern - estate home 2

palm springs modern - desert home 1

palm springs modern - desert home 2

palm springs modern - desert home 3

palm springs modern - estate home 3

palm springs modern - estate home 4

palm springs modern desert home 4

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kaufmann house 1946, richard neutra - palm springs

visitor center - tramway gas station