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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

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

mudra

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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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

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

quest in peru

Posted in architecture, mountains, retail design, Uncategorized on May 7, 2012 by dacarc

a few week back, i joined a convergence of people exploring the creative edges of retail – and talked with them about the idea of a creative quest.  without this quest, we lose our way in the mist that clings on the mountainside.

closer to the top, there is a long view over the horizon, and the risk of volcanic confluence – drawing deep from the center of the earth both violent destruction and the essence of new life.

the questions

i will keep looking for the insights, under these..

earth architecture – spain.1

Posted in architecture, landscape, mountains, ruins, spain, time, trees, Uncategorized on November 27, 2011 by dacarc

cardona castle - spain

architecture grows out of the earth in spain. stones cut of the place, anchored and sited as extended forms of nature. architects were listening to the earth for thousands of years.

roman tower ruins of malaga, spain

evidence of this is everywhere – structures are part of the landscape, some only remnants, others cared for over centuries retain their energy inspired by nature.

castle at sunset – near nuevalos, spain

cut into the edges of serrated mountains, extending skyward from the hilltops, terraced in topographic lines.

montserrat - near barcelona, spain

are the mountains carved by hand, or the buildings wrought by mountains?

castilla – la mancha, spain

made by nature, or man – seamless.

generalife gardens - the alhambra, granada - spain

generalife gardens - the alhambra, granada - spain

gaudi's sagrada familia - barcelona, spain

gaudi's sagrada familia - barcelona, spain

are the forests buildings, or the buildings forests?

gaudi’s sagrada familia – barcelona, spain

barcelona cathedral - spain

are the trees columns or the columns trees?

olive tree - delta de l'ebre - tortosa, spain

blurring the divide between nature and man, dissolving into nothingness..

olive orchards - castilla - la mancha, spain

in spain, the architecture is earth, earth is architecture.

castillo de chinchón - spain

walls of alcazaba, malaga - spain

gaudi's park guell - barcelona, spain

here, architecture inspired by nature holds power that transcends lifetimes, cultures, civilizations and centuries. nature may be the best teacher of architecture, if we chose to listen.

nomadic dream

Posted in dreams, landscape, light, mountains, travel, Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 by dacarc

watercolor study - saltmen of tibet

contemplating journeys

the essential nature of life

continual movement

dreaming of light 

washing over mountains

valleys of sliding shadows

always

moving

 

journey into night

Posted in japan, landscape, light, mountains, time, travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by dacarc

mount fuji sunset

now finally, at day’s end, spent sun-chasing over the endless blue ocean

out here, finding a more heightened sense of the moment, and the beauty it holds

reaching farther – onward – the journey continues

into the night