Archive for sense of place

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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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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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a sense of place

Posted in architecture, dreams, japan, landscape, memory, senses, travel, turkey with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by dacarc

 

can we tell the story of a place, or does it tell us? can you capture the soul of a place in an image, a story, a memory? how can you share the sense of a place with those who have never been?

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what is essential to sense the soul of a place – where is the power of a place held?  the sound of the birds, the angle of the sun, the scent of the wind, the taste of the water, the trees, the landscape, or the architecture? 

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is a place made of the land, the people, the imprints of energy of those who have been there? in the spirit of the dreams and rituals of those whose hearts were tied and entwined there? do the people of a place take it with them wherever they go?

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what pulls you and magnetizes you to a place?  what captures your imagination and draws you toward a place you haven’t been? a sense of unknown, a sense of deeper meaning, a sense of the possibility of transformation through exposure to the unimaginable, unexperienced, unseen, undiscovered? 


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i wonder, if we put all of our passion, heart, care and energy into the places we live, on where our soul lies, what would happen?

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