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Wege des Lichts

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~ William James ~ (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician.

 

We have had so many different wild birds visit our bird feeder this winter and this male cardinal was one of them... my favorite ~

 

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The first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States, James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced, while others have labelled him the "Father of American psychology". Along with Charles Sanders Peirce and John Dewey, he is considered to be one of the greatest figures associated with the philosophical school known as pragmatism, and is also cited as one of the founders of the functional psychology. He also developed the philosophical perspective known as radical empiricism. James' work has influenced intellectual giants such as Emile Durkheim, W. E. B. Du Bois, Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hilary Putnam, and Richard Rorty.

  

Born into a wealthy family, James was the son of the Swedenborgian theologian Henry James Sr and the brother of both the prominent novelist Henry James, and the diarist Alice James. James wrote widely on many topics, including epistemology, education, metaphysics, psychology, religion, and mysticism. Among his most influential books are Principles of Psychology, which was a groundbreaking text in the field of psychology, Essays in Radical Empiricism, an important text in philosophy, and The Varieties of Religious Experience, which investigated different forms of religious experience.

An enormous earthquake in AD 17 finally cut of the gulf off from the sea and Lake Bafa was born. Lake Bafa is 25 kms from Soke and is S.E. of the River Menderes delta in the Milas-Bodrum direction.

Next to the Lake Bafa is an ancient town called Herakleia which dates back to the 5th century BC. It was a member of the Attika Delos Sea Union and was used until the end of the Middle Ages. Around 1000 BC a small town called Latmos was established here but was engulfed by Herakleia during the Hellenistic period (300 BC). There is a long tradition of mysticism surrounding the area. In pre-Greek times the highest mountain was called Mount Latmus (Latmos),.

 

“My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.” ~ Oliver Sacks

 

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The quote pretty much sums it up for me. Panorama of Oxbow Bend...three images stitched together. Didn't turn out too bad for a first try :-) Have a great Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by to visit and comment!!!!!

Allusions contained ... Maya Temple to King Jaanab Palenque Chiapas/ Eclipse represents the Mythic Far Side of the Moon/ Shakta/ Hindu Bride Sannyasin/ Skulls symbols one's past lives in Hinduism and a Clear Mind in Buddhism. This seemed appropriate as we sum up our lives at years' end.

 

Also, my FlickrUploader doesn't work .. hasn't for 20 images. So I cannot post when a site reads "post a photo" and when no thread is provided. If I am not invited with a button, then I can't play :(

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"When the Anarchy which exists in our world is replaced by the Synarchy." - Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre.

I swim… past Torcello’s pale towers of archaic

husky, howling voices screaming against

the Huns, and later, later—birthing sighbridges over malarial torpor

  

great solitude of solitudes. past sunken boatloads of corpsesplagued

and San Michele’s bonesapart behind hostile cedarwalls—

bonescrying soulsdying… dispatched by the Bonaparte

 

[from "Mothersea" eep©]

 

Torcello: my spot of utter meditation - part of Venice and one of the lagoon islands...

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-the abyss of mind- tale of pyroxene relax unknown species meditation immigrant water eutopia utopia Universe secret temple atmosphere spiritual pagan ore mysticism prayer cocoon butterfly heaven Sangha chill SCI-FI ambient world.Annulus.

 

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Watching the lunar eclipse through Turret Arch at Arches NP was really quite the magical experience. I almost half-expected druids to show up, heh.

 

The moon in this exposure was further away from totality than the previous, but the darker sky conditions actually helped to bring out more of the eclipse colors on the moon.

 

Wishing you all a great rest of the week!

Mount Averau (2.647 m) observed from Lagazuoi (2.778 m), Dolomites, emerging in the evening like a promontory challenging the power of the ocean... except that here the "sea" is composed by clouds and the Averau, cherished by the sunset light, looks more like a mythological golden castle rather then a mountain.

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Self-timer shot, taken at sunset from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m), Italy.

Here you can see the sun caught in the exact moment before its final setting, behind the mountains of the Vanoise National Park, France... it just began to assume the contours of the distant ridges. At this point, generally, we only have one more exact minute before saying good bye to our star :-)

A huge bank of clouds and high mists, fluttering all around the summit, made ​​the landscape very ethereal, visionary, somehow constantly evolving in terms of lights and shapes... nothing is more fascinating of what we can barely glimpse.

This side of the Rocciamelone is exposed to the west, certainly the most austere and impracticable face, with 3.000 meters of ridges rushing down, till to the plain.

Nevertheless this spot was pretty safe, as I still had a rocky prominence under me. Safety and knowledge of the ground are paramount in the mountains.

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“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism”.

 

~Albert Einstein

Night Photography on the Alps

 

Night shot taken in Val Veny, Aosta Valley, Italy.

The Milky Way playing hide and seek with a few passing clouds ... almost as rhapsodic brush strokes on a universal canvas.

Certainly the most precious canvas in existence.

 

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Night Photography on the Alps

 

The magnetic presence of mount Pelmo (Dolomites), at night, in the moonlight, with clouds floating on the top.

I've specially framed also my track left in the snow, just to give a sense of symbolic continuity between the worldly and the otherworldly (here aptly represented by the mystic presence of the mountain).

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Night shot, long exposure, taken lying under the Arolley cross (2.310 m), in order to include in the frame also the sector of the Milky Way passing above.

This spot is located in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy), pratically at the end of the Nivolet plateau, above the Valsavarenche.

I've thought about this picture expressly to establish a dialogue between two specific elements.

 

The Milky Way always appears in the total darkness of the night sky as a straight line.

That's why I never do photo stitching to show its "journey" from horizon to horizon, as for optical reasons the result would lead inevitably to an... arc... which is objectively a different geometric shape indeed.

So, for my personal taste, I prefer to choose each time a specific composition.

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...... lies a place of mysticism

Shot taken during a night spent on the summit of Mont Thabor (3.178 m), Vallée Étroite (France).

From left to right: Mont Pelvoux (3.946 m), le Pic des Agneaux (3.663 m) and Barre des Écrins (4.102 m), with the Milky Way above.

 

Since these faces of the Écrins National Park are exposed to the north, the alignment with the Great Rift of the Milky Way is something absolutely ordinary, perhaps it might be necessary to wait something like one/two hours in order to get the Milky Way visually aligned with the glacier summit of the Barre, allowing due time to the Earth to properly rotate eastwards, so the entire cosmos appears to slip westward.

Here the Barre des Écrins seems willing to make an intergalactic call... probably at home, in full Spielberg style :-)

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Night Photography on the Alps

 

Vertical shot to fully enjoy all the magnificence of the Milky Way aligned above the north faces of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Dolomites).

Highly visible, and sparkling, Altair (Aquila constellation) and Vega (Lyra constellation).

The "lantern" at the bottom, as always, is my trusted tent :-)

 

Considering the nature of this picture, a thought, a sincere dedication, goes to the NASA, after the U.S. government shutdown... accidentally in its own 55th Birthday.

 

Let's hope that our earthly problems will never actually affect the human transport toward the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and the constant desire to open our minds towards new horizons!

For the Benefit of All.

Innovate-Explore-Discover-Inspire.

 

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Night Photography on the Alps

 

Night shot taken ​​in the alpine area of the Nivolet plateau, Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy).

 

Symbolic title meant to indicate a sense of visual continuity between the river of stars in the Milky Way with the river of water generated by lake Rosset (2,709 m).

 

Here the Milky Way is exactly in line above the Grande Aiguille Rousse, temporarily not visible because covered by a cloud. Within, let's say, 35 minutes, the Milky Way will be above the Punta Basei (the mountain on the right, with the glacier). As we all know this apparent inexorable movement of the stars westward is due to the Earth's rotation eastward.

Anyhow, I took already a shot portraying the Milky Way aligned above Punta Basei, exactly on September 2011... so this time I've focused my attention to properly fix this alignment with the river, which I pondered for some time and had not yet got the chance to realize during my previous nocturnal explorations of this lovely area.

 

As always the night sky treatment is completely natural (I do not like overly-photoshopped night pictures), and reflects the way the camera sees the night sky in complete darkness. A reading, as it is evident, clearer and more detailed if compared to what our eyes allow us to observe.

 

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This is the Becco di Mezzodì (2.603 m), which belongs to the Ampezzo Dolomites, Italy, portrayed in the evening, in the magical atmosphere that follows the sunset.

 

The austere spiers that make up this mountain are well suited to free the imagination... to my eyes this appeared like a castle of Transylvania, ready to be devoured by the impending darkness.

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Tbilisi - თბილისი - is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mt'k'vari (Kura) River. Located strategically at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and lying along the historic Silk Road routes, Tbilisi has often been a point of contention between various rival powers and empires. The history of the city can be seen by its architecture, where the Haussmannized Rustaveli Avenue and downtown are blended with the narrower streets of the medieval Narikala district.

 

The demographics of the city are diverse and historically it has been home to peoples from diverse cultures, religions and ethnicities. Despite being overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian, Tbilisi is one of the few places in the world (Sarajevo and Paramaribo being others) where a synagogue and a mosque are located next to each other, in the ancient Bath district several hundred metres from the Metekhi Church.

 

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Night Photography on the Alps

 

This is definitely my favorite face of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Dolomites), the east side.

I know that does not make much sense because from this angle you can see pretty much just the Cima Piccola (Kleine Zinne) 2.857 m... but, this view reminds me every time the Kubrick's monolith, or whatever it is, an alien object came from deep outer space and planted with force on the ground ready to fulfill in a few millennia drawings and plans to us incomprehensible.

It is obvious that this kind of vision/idea arise practically much more easily at night rather than during a simple daytime excursion. Under daylight we mostly see the greatness of the mountains... mysticism comes when night falls. Yes, the mystery of the night usually helps a lot! The fact of being alone, out there, surrounded only by flying mists, stars, rocks and ever changing shapes in the dark...

 

As always, the rendering of the starry sky is completely natural, right out of the raw file with minimal contrast and color adjustments, and I don't care if this means going against the current prevailing fashion that seems to require photographers to edit the night skies as if they were cheese graters :-) with razor-sharp details, etc.

I've admired countless times the night sky and it is always an expression of utmost delicacy and smooth impalpable mysticism.

A true Beauty, that perhaps we humans not even deserve to observe... so, in my opinion, one more reason to don't waste it.

Specifically, during the night when I took this picture the presence of low and medium-high streaks of mists was offering a view of the sky even more ethereal, almost like magical and unattainable... as in fact it is :-)

 

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... and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility.

This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism. Albert Einstein

 

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Just a detail of the waterfall posted yesterday. Interesting especially because it shows the water ability of adaptation to the slightest geometric shapes... which reminded me a lot of the most useful skill that it's necessary to have on the mountains: the ability to adapt (to places and to atmospheric agents).

 

Location: Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy).

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no rules, no limitations, no boundaries it's like an art

Night Photography on the Alps

 

Long exposure taken at night from the summit of mount Lagazuoi (2.778 m), Dolomites.

Here you can see Cima del Lago and Cima Scotoni (Fanes group) surrounded by a thick blanket of clouds partially illuminated by the moon.

During the First World War this area has been scene of many fighting between Italian and Austro-Hungary troops.

It's still plenty of galleries, tunnels, artificial caves, which testify how has been hard the life of the soldiers.

Also with this knowledge, the whole area at night acquires a special atmosphere.

 

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"Mystic City" by Daniel Arrhakis (2014)

 

A new modern World with the mysticism and old symbols of the Past. The Future with values and the Spirit Of The Old Masters ... perhaps one day, after the madness of our times !

  

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My last work until 14 of July, i must do some field work this week.

 

A wonderful days dear friends with all the best of the World !

Thank you for the kind visits and comments ! I am always much grateful ! : )

 

Night Photography on the Alps

 

"Where No Man Has Gone Before" it's part of a sentence that I've always loved from Star Trek, here referring not to the spot where I took this picture, the Nivolet plateau, rather to what this photo is showing: the immensity of the cosmos, which, silent and shining, dominates over waves of clouds crashing on the Levanne mountains (3,593 m) and the Grande Aiguille Rousse (3,482 m), Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy.

 

As always happens with night photography I had to check the colors well, actually I had to desaturate the original file... yes, because cameras at high ISO are able to see and capture light (and any feeble presence of colors in the atmosphere) much better than our eyes.

Therefore, in summary, my idea is always to return images as faithful as possible to what a visitor can see in these moments, but without abandoning all of the benefits of discovering new ways of seeing that electronic equipment nowadays are offering us.

 

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We were talking

about the space between us all ...

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the Beatles

 

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our daily challenge: abundance (of mysticism, of magic, of processing)

 

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the geek behind the curtain: all shots and layers in this photo art assemblage were taken and developed by myself using a hand-held, point-and-shoot camera and the free (open source) graphics manipulation software called GIMP. This also has a layer of psykopaint.

 

the shot of the building reflection in glass is pretty much "as is" from the original shot. then i added a sunset from the other night that i'd taken through psykopaint. there's also some curly bits from a font that got copied and stretched and skewed, a sunburst i built with a selection tool, and a color version of a guy hiking that i'd used black-and-white more than a year ago. thanks go to Kitchuu for helping with the idea of the "water portal" where reality is warped.

This is our galaxy, the Milky Way, passing over the stone ridges near the refuge "Città di Chivasso" on the plateau Nivolet (2.612 m), Gran Paradiso National Park.

 

As it's well known, today's best cameras can record more light than we can see with our eyes. Obviously through long exposures and in the right conditions.

 

In terms of trajectory this sector of the Milky Way is the natural consequence, to the left,

of what is shown in my previous picture "The Sword in the Stone".

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Night Photography on the Alps

 

Night shoot taken at moonlight in the Dolomites, in the vicinity of mount Pelmo, mount Civetta in the background, and with Sirius and Orion in the sky.

 

I've already used the title "My Shangri-La" in a photograph of mine taken on the summit of mount Brévent. Well, I am using this title again and surely I'll use it on other occasions, because I believe that the utopian quest for a perfect place - here, on Earth - is an instinctive constant of the human being... a quest that most of the time becomes an inner journey, even more than physical, as illustrious personages have described much better than me.

Therefore, it is an endless journey, which leads us to discover new places and, hopefully, more and more ourselves.

 

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This is the Milky Way visually almost crashing above the highest peaks of the Écrins National Park (France).

 

On the right you can see the famous Barre des Écrins (4,102 m - 13,458 ft), with its mighty glacier that rears up till to the summit ridge.

A huge glacial environment, to say the least. To get a sense of scale just consider that the inclined glacier of the Barre rises up 1.100 meters above the Glacier Blanc, in shade down below...

Nevertheless, incredible to say, compared with the majesty of the universe all this area appears pretty small :-)

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“Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science, but man needs both. Mystic experience is necessary to understand the deepest nature of things, and science is essential for modern life. What we need, therefore, is not a synthesis but a dynamic interplay between mystical intuition and scientific analysis.”

 

Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics, 1975

Night Photography on the Alps

 

Lac Perrin supérieur (2.340 m), Savoie, France.

From left to right: Dents d'Ambin (3.372 m), Pointe Sommeiller (3.333 m) and the Roche d'Etache (3.083 m).

The Milky Way was clearly visible. Through a further exposure dedicated specifically to capture the reflection of the stars in the water (fortunately totally immobile) I managed to fix in one picture what my eyes could barely perceive in the almost total darkness of the night... I was only surrounded by the glow of the stars, everywhere... whether I looked upon me in the sky, or below me in the water. An ocean of stars!

 

So, as title, it seemed me proper to quote the famous line "Oh My God, it's full of stars!", Dave Bowman's final words as he entered the monolith in the novel version of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Although this line did not occur in the original Kubrick's movie, it was retrofitted to the various sequels.

 

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In my opinion there is something really astonishing in looking at a dark night sky: proportions.

Yes!

 

For instance, this area is huge. Insanely huge. As you'll see in other pictures I'll post later of the Grand Combin hanging glaciers there are still 1,700 meters in altitude from where I took this photo till to the summit... the Corbassière glacier has an average width of slightly more than 1 km and its covering an area of 17.4 km²... nevertheless all this looks ridiculously small if compared to the immensity of the cosmos!

 

But, what really means cosmos... what is it?

 

We know it's an infinitely violent place, paradoxically of indescribable beauty...

 

We are accustomed of using what we know as a sort of yardstick for measuring the unknown... well, very humbly I think that there are no "solutions", no "answers", in this case, only temporary interpretations leading to other temporary interpretations... perhaps the constant search is the goal... and that's fine :-) as I find the unknown far more interesting.

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This is my dear friend kindly posing under the Milky Way, just for the duration of this shot, about thirty seconds.

The location is few kilometers out of Breuil-Cervinia, Valtournenche, looking south. On the right you can see part of the Grandes Murailles.

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