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Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She is also known as the earth/time mother. In Inca mythology, Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes. She is also an ever-present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth.[1] Her shrines are hallowed rocks, or the boles of legendary trees, and her artists envision her as an adult female bearing harvests of potatoes and coca leaves.

 

The four cosmological Quechua principles – Water, Earth, Sun, and Moon – claim Pachamama as their prime origin. Priests sacrifice llamas, cuy (guinea pigs), and elaborate, miniature, burned garments to her. Pachamama is the mother of Inti the sun god and Mama Killa the moon goddess. Pachamama is said to also be the wife of Inti, her son.

 

In pre-Hispanic culture, Pachamama was often a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices. After the Spanish colonization of the Americas, conversion to Roman Catholicism took place and the figure of the Virgin Mary was equated with that of the Pachamama for many of the indigenous people.

 

Source: wikipedia

Luckily they are all self sufficient and a lot better off without the rubbish the tourists give them. Grey Heron, female mallard, a pair of shelducks and a pair of coots. Taken in St James`s Park London.

You may think there's nothing unusual about seeing sheep grazing on the Isle of Wight but some are a little bit different. Let me introduce you to the black sheep in the National Trust family...

 

History

 

Hebridean sheep are an ancient breed of medium-sized black sheep, which came from the islands off the west coast of Scotland. They're often known as St Kilda sheep.

 

The first feral animals, small and hardy with hair coats, were domesticated by Iron-Age farmers. Their thick black fleece is a result of selective breeding, and it turns greyer with age.

 

Had it not been fashionable to keep them in the parkland of country estates, they may well have died out.

 

But in the 20th century they were brought back from the brink of extinction and now they're widely used by conservation organisations.

 

The National Trust first bought them in the early 1990s from an Isle of Wight rare breed farm.

 

What makes them special?

 

They chose Hebridean sheep because they're excellent at scrub control, preferring to browse coarse vegetation rather than flowers such as orchids and cowslips.

 

And they'll happily eat docks, thistle flowers and nettles.

 

They're a low-maintenance breed and are hardy – they don’t seem to mind bad weather conditions or a poor diet, unlike some other breeds.

 

So They use them to restore and maintain areas of chalk grassland where we want to encourage the return of delicate wildflowers. They're also effective in restoring lowland heath, where they reduce the scrub that shades the heather.

 

How do They use them?

 

They move the sheep around quite a bit, using small flocks in places that are too small or unsuitable for cattle.

 

So you may often see them grazing on St Helens Common, at Bembridge Windmill, on Culver Down and Ventnor Downs, and alongside the Tennyson Trail at Freshwater Bay.

 

They also help maintain sites owned by the Wildlife Trust such as Bouldnor Heath Forest. We've a small breeding flock at Newtown and Clamerkin, which provides replacements for the ‘satellite’ flocks.

 

Caring for Their sheep

 

Their rangers and volunteers are responsible for looking after the sheep and moving them around the Isle of Wight to wherever they're needed.

 

They shear them in early spring to reduce the risk of ticks and fly-strike, a particularly unpleasant condition that occurs in hot, wet conditions.

 

But, generally, they're quite self sufficient, enjoying the environment and playing an important part in our family.

 

For further information please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wra-1356329191892/view-page/item...

 

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

 

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

 

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

   

... you've got a self-sufficient swept-back hairdo !

 

Jackdaw, in my garden yesterday !

Press 'L' for LARGE !

 

From the album '21 AT 33' - Elton John - "Sartorial Eloquence"

 

Listen :- Elton John - Sartorial Eloquence

...or, if you prefer. Self sufficient.

There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.

Joseph Wood Krutch

 

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The trees in Frederikskilde Forest grow right down to the water's edge at Tystrup Lake. The forest here is particularly vulnerable and valuable, and therefore it is covered by the EU Nature Conservation Directive Natura 2000. Water from underground springs springs everywhere, and the vegetation consists mainly of redwood, which thrives well on wet feet. The woods are self-sufficient and old trees are where they have fallen. It provides good living conditions for e.g. fungi and insects. The trees can only be felled or removed if they endanger the guests of the forest.

Masca is a small mountain village on the island of Tenerife. The village is home to around 90 inhabitants. The village lies at an altitude of 650 m in the Macizo de Teno mountains, which extend up to the northwesternmost point of Tenerife.

Forests including cypresses and palm trees abound. The village lies at the head of the Masca Gorge. The trail from the village down the gorge to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean is a popular, though strenuous, hiking route, which takes about 3 hours each way.

Masca was one of the Guanches last refuges from the Spanish conquistadors in 1496. Its extraordinary position, virtually isolated until the roads from the north and south were constructed in the 1970s, has meant it has had to be self sufficient, growing crops of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, vines and fruit trees.

Local buses (guaguas) are fun but scary!

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Miss Independent

Miss Self-Sufficient

Miss Keep-Your-Distance

 

Miss Unafraid

Miss Out-Of-My-Way

Miss Don't-Let-A-Man-Interfere, no

 

Miss On-Her-Own

Miss Almost-Grown

Miss Never-Let-A-Man-Help-Her-Off-Her-Throne

 

So, by keeping her heart protected

She'd never ever feel rejected

Little Miss Apprehensive

Said ooh, she fell in love

 

What is the feelin' takin' over?

Thinkin' no one could open my door

Surprise it's time

To feel what's real

What happened to Miss Independent?

No longer need to be defensive

Goodbye, old you

When love is true

 

Misguided heart

Miss Play-It-Smart

Miss If-You-Want-To-Use-That-Line-You-Better-Not-Start, no

 

But she miscalculated

She didn't want to end up jaded

And this miss decided not to miss out on true love

 

So, by changing her misconceptions

She went in a new direction

And found inside she felt a connection

She fell in love

 

What is the feelin' takin' over?

Thinkin' no one could open my door (open this door)

Surprise it's time

To feel what's real

What happened to Miss Independent?

No longer need to be defensive

Goodbye (goodbye), old you (old you)

When love, when love is true

 

When Miss Independence walked away

No time for love that came her way

She looked in the mirror and thought today

What happened to Miss No-Longer-Afraid?

 

It took some time for her to see

How beautiful love could truly be

No more talk of why can't that be me

I'm so glad I finally see

 

What is the feelin' takin' over?

Thinkin' no one could open my door

Surprise (surprise), it's time

To feel (to feel) what's real

What happened to Miss Independent?

No longer need to be defensive

Goodbye (goodbye), old you

When love, when love is true

 

Miss Independent

  

Taken during a workshop on the last night of the Nightscape Photography Conference. It was a long difficult hike to get back in to this spot that Wayne had me scout the night before. Of course I didn't hike out there to scout it I used Google Earth, yep Google Earth I set up the time and location and the Milky Way lined right up just like you see here. That, I think is the worst keep secret in photography in the fact that most people have only used G.E. in its basic configuration but if you tweak a few settings you can slide through time and actually see the M.W. move into position right over your subject...In beautiful, stunning 3D no less. This was our last chance to grab some milky way before we all had to head our way back to our homes and reality, so i guess i should have called this one "closing night".

 

I have started a Meet-up group for those of you who live in So Cal.

In an effort to bring my photography interests closer to home I have created this group to build a community of landscape, nightscape, and nature photographers here in the Southern California area.

Here's the link www.meetup.com/Adventure-Photography-Network-Group/

These are not workshops! This is hanging out together shooting the outdoors, sharing ideas, being creative, and growing a community…..together as friends and colleagues. Each participant will need to be self-sufficient!!

 

**To purchase prints click the link below, If not there contact me and I'll add it there.

adventureinfineartphotography.smugmug.com/

 

To find out more about the "Adventure Photography Network" click the link below.

ericgphotodude.wixsite.com/adventure

 

Please do me a favor and follow me on my other social sites found below:

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Thanks for taking the time to take a look at my photos, I am always thankful for your views, comments, faves, and support, they are greatly appreciated!! Have a great day my friends!! :)

 

Always Respect Mother Nature And Your Fellow Man, So:

****TreadLightly>LeaveNoTrace> PackItIn/PackItOut****

  

Copyright 2018©Eric Gail

  

Valle Crucis Abbey Ruins

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

 

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

 

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

Valle Crucis Abbey Ruin

 

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

 

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

 

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

  

Valle Crucis Abbey Ruins

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

 

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

 

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

The Point Sur Naval Facility in the background along the Big Sur drive. The Point Sur Lightstation also sits atop this huge volcanic rock. Pacific Ocean in the distance. The rock here at Point Sur is 361 feet tall.

 

Opened in 1958, the former Point Sur Naval Facility (NAVFAC) was once part of a worldwide network of defensive listening stations that tracked the movement of Soviet submarines. The Point Sur NAVFAC is one of only a handful of remaining Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) facilities and is the only one on the West Coast open to public interpretation. Most other SOSUS facilities were incorporated into larger military complexes, while Point Sur was established as a stand-alone, self-sufficient base.

Except for one building retained by the U. S. Navy, the former Point Sur NAVFAC was transferred to State Parks in 2000. Park employees, volunteers and the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers have been instrumental in recent restoration efforts which have made it possible to open the facility for tours.

 

The Point Sur Lightstation sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the century Lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. First lit on August 1, 1889, the lighthouse has remained in continuous operation. Lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site from 1889 to 1974 when the lighthouse was automated. Today the Lightstation buildings are being restored through the efforts of park staff, State Park volunteers and the non-profit Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. The Lightstation is open to the public only through docent-led tours.

Valle Crucis Abbey Ruins

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

 

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

 

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

Scattered across the frozen wastes of Hibernia are a handful of outposts vital to the success of the colonisation of this new frontier world.

Whilst largely self-sufficient, these remote bases have to be resupplied with fuel, fresh food and other necessities. With brutal ice storms grounding most aircraft on the regular and no infrastructure yet set up to support pipelines for fuel, it’s up to repurposed military vehicles such as the trusty Sprinter LR3 to make the hazardous journey to resupply the outposts.

 

Retrofitted with micro-habitats for a one or two-man crew, a long-range communication unit to get a signal out through the densest of storms and heavy duty tires and suspension to confidently cross even the most treacherous of terrain, these rugged workhorses form the backbone of the vital resupply force on Hibernia.

 

But be warned, driving these vehicles takes skill and resilience beyond that of your average colonial.

 

-

 

Built for the Hibernia world-building collaboration

 

Had fun with this one, the first vehicle I’ve built in a looong time where I wasn’t remotely worried about scale.

The initial plan was for some kind of rugged scout car that would lug fuel and supplies long distances since there would be no fuel lines and planes would struggle in the ice storms on Hibernia; it was really fun to go back to basics and just let my imagination wander and I’m pleased with the results.

 

Thanks Toby for the input on this one! :)

Hey my friends, it's so good to be back on flickr, so to speak. I'm not sure if you guys are having the same issues that i'm having but my account has been silent(dead) for the last 8 months. The only way I know of any type of activity is if I physically go and look on my laptop, no notifications, no e-mail, nothing. The silence is maddening!! Yeah, Yeah, of course I've checked the settings, I think that Insta-wreck(instagram) is somehow blocking my Flickr notifications. I uninstalled instagram but Flickr still remains silent. :-)

 

Speaking of silent, I spent weekend before last scouring the tablelands for petroglyphs to line up under the Milky Way. At this time of year the temperatures were in the 90's throughout the day so most of my time was spent searching during dusk or dawn. As I walked along the trail out of my last location I suddenly felt quite ill. I was having problems keeping my balance as if my equilibrium was on the fritz. I shook it off and soldiered off down the trial towards the car. About a mile later it happened again. Hmmm, why am I feeling so dizzy? I just had a big fat hamburger back in town not three or four hours ago, I can't be hungry already. I decided to stop off the trail and quickly scarf down a protein bar to see if that would help when my phone rang. It was my wife asking if I was O.K. Yeah I'm fine Why, I asked. She informed me that there where just a couple of 7+ magnitude earthquakes in ridgecrest just within the last hour less than 100 miles away as the crow flies......... Ah-hah!!!

Have you ever heard the expression " No one can hear you scream in space" (well they can't hear you out in the boondocks either). Well did you know that when your out in the middle of nowhere an earthquake is literally silent! It's true. I shit you not!! not a sound!! Just movement!!

I've been living in Southern California my whole life which is kinda like living on gods etch-a-sketch but had never realized that the noise associated with an earthquake is all the manmade crap rattling around you, LOL. :-)

 

Tale-of-The-Take:

Instead of sweltering in the tent or car down in the Owens Valley I decided to drive up to the Bristlecone forest and stay the night at the campground which is almost 10,000ft. in elevation which would help cool things off for the evening. It's a great place for night photography because it is a registered dark-sky location. I found this spot while wandering around the outskirts of the campground during a sunset on a previous trip and had marked it in Gaia GPS for later reference.

 

Here it is referenced!! Hope you like it!!!

 

I have started a Meet-up group for those of you who live in So Cal.

In an effort to bring my photography interests closer to home I have created this group to build a community of landscape, nightscape, and nature photographers here in the Southern California area.

Here's the link www.meetup.com/Adventure-Photography-Network-Group/

These are not workshops! This is hanging out together shooting the outdoors, sharing ideas, being creative, and growing a community…..together as friends and colleagues. Each participant will need to be self-sufficient!!

 

**To purchase prints click the link below, If not there contact me and I'll add it there.

adventureinfineartphotography.smugmug.com/

 

To find out more about the "Adventure Photography Network" click the link below.

ericgphotodude.wixsite.com/adventure

 

Please do me a favor and follow me on my other social sites found below:

500px | Facebook | Flickr | Google+ | Instagram | Youtube

 

Thanks for taking the time to take a look at my photos, I am always thankful for your views, comments, faves, and support, they are greatly appreciated!! Have a great day my friends!! :)

 

Always Respect Mother Nature And Your Fellow Man, So:

****TreadLightly>LeaveNoTrace> PackItIn/PackItOut****

  

Copyright 2018©Eric Gail

  

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

The Point Sur Naval Facility sits atop a massive volcanic rock at Point Sur along California's Big Sur. The Point Sur Lightstation also sits atop this huge rock. The rock here rises 361 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

 

Opened in 1958, the former Point Sur Naval Facility (NAVFAC) was once part of a worldwide network of defensive listening stations that tracked the movement of Soviet submarines. The Point Sur NAVFAC is one of only a handful of remaining Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) facilities and is the only one on the West Coast open to public interpretation. Most other SOSUS facilities were incorporated into larger military complexes, while Point Sur was established as a stand-alone, self-sufficient base.

Except for one building retained by the U. S. Navy, the former Point Sur NAVFAC was transferred to State Parks in 2000. Park employees, volunteers and the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers have been instrumental in recent restoration efforts which have made it possible to open the facility for tours.

 

The Point Sur Lightstation sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the century Lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. First lit on August 1, 1889, the lighthouse has remained in continuous operation. Lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site from 1889 to 1974 when the lighthouse was automated. Today the Lightstation buildings are being restored through the efforts of park staff, State Park volunteers and the non-profit Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. The Lightstation is open to the public only through docent-led tours.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

Yes, this is a tourist spot. It seems everyone must drop by to mail a postcard (I did). More interesting is that it is the South end of the Pan-American Highway. We saw quite a number of people who had just completed their 30,000 mile journey by motorcycle. Goes without saying that they are very self-sufficient, as it takes quite a few months to complete.

 

At its fullest extent the Pan-American Highway is a network of roads stretching from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, a distance of around 48,000 kilometres (30,000 miles).

 

According to Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the world’s longest “motorable road”. However it is not readily possible to drive all the way since the route is interrupted by the 160 kilometre-wide (100 mile) Darién Gap between Central and South America.

 

The Highway consists of both official and unofficial elements. The official section, which is referred to in Spanish variously as the Autopista / Carretera / Ruta Panamericana, runs from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on the U.S. Border to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

 

However, as shown on the map there are extensive unofficial sections to both the north and south of this.

 

The route shown on the map runs through 14 countries:

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

Valle Crucis Abbey Ruin

 

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

 

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

 

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

 

Valle Crucis Abbey Ruin

 

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

 

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

 

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

  

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

The former company hotel at the Fayette Historic Town Site in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Fayette was an important Iron smelting site in the late 1800's and early 1900's.It was a company town and self sufficient. After the site closed, it became a resort before being abandoned and then bought by the state....

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

Behind the glamorous cities in China, we have rural life as this in Guangdong, the most prosperous province in China. Most of their children have gone into the cities hunting for a job, and the elderly remain behind in the rural area trying hard to be self sufficient. Very often, they take care of their grands as well.

 

When each and every household in North Korea has electricity supply since 50 years ago, here they have it on and off only these 10 years or so, and they can't even afford to have external paving for their homes.

 

It is common practice to have a large couplet in writing on red paper on either side of the main entrance expressing the owner's greatest wish for the year. Here they pray for health & wealth, happiness and that things would go their way. The two red lanterns on the two side of the entrance suggest there was wedding in the family not too long a ago. It is also an ancient Chinese tradition to light up a red lantern in the ancestral hall once a new born is added to the tribe a ritual which is beyond most of the population nowadays. A red flag instead flickering in the wind resembles the light of a lantern, meaning hope for the future for them, and to us the viewers, a reminder that fuels are just too costly.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

Masca is a small mountain village on the island of Tenerife. The village is home to around 90 inhabitants. The village lies at an altitude of 650 m in the Macizo de Teno mountains, which extend up to the northwesternmost point of Tenerife.

Forests including cypresses and palm trees abound. The village lies at the head of the Masca Gorge. The trail from the village down the gorge to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean is a popular, though strenuous, hiking route, which takes about 3 hours each way.

Masca was one of the Guanches last refuges from the Spanish conquistadors in 1496. Its extraordinary position, virtually isolated until the roads from the north and south were constructed in the 1970s, has meant it has had to be self sufficient, growing crops of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, vines and fruit trees.

Local buses (guaguas) are fun but scary!

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The Silver Mountain Fortress was built in the 18th century according to a design created by a Prussian engineer, modified by King Frederick the Great himself. The fortress was to militarily secure Silesia conquered by Prussia in 1740. The construction of the whole took 12 years (1765–77) and provided for it to be planted by a garrison of 2.5 to 3.5 thousand soldiers. The glory years of the fortress lasted until 1800, when Frederick Wilhelm II died. The first and only test of the fortifications was the siege by Napoleon's army during the Prussian war with France (1806–07). The fortress was not occupied because on July 9, 1807 a peace was signed in Tylża. In the years 1830–48 the fortress was used as a prison, and on January 1, 1860, an order was issued to liquidate the now obsolete fortress. The last soldiers left her in 1867. Huge warehouses, a well, an armory, a chapel, a hospital, a bakery, a brewery and a powder magazine made the fort independent and self-sufficient.

It is an interesting object of the history of building large defensive forts.

From the mid-nineteenth century, it served as a tourist facility, it was a prison place for prisoners of war in World War II. It is now a tourist attraction and museum.

 

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Twierdzę Srebrna Góra zbudowano w XVIII wieku według projektu stworzonego przez pruskiego inżyniera, zmodyfikowanego przez samego króla Fryderyka Wielkiego. Twierdza miała zabezpieczyć militarnie Śląsk zdobyty przez Prusy w 1740 roku. Budowa całego trwała 12 lat (1765–77) i przewidywała obsadzenie jej przez garnizon liczący od 2,5 do 3,5 tys. żołnierzy. Lata świetności twierdzy trwały do 1800 roku, kiedy to zmarł Fryderyk Wilhelm II. Pierwszym i jedynym sprawdzianem fortyfikacji było oblężenie przez wojska napoleońskie podczas wojny Prus z Francją (1806–07). Twierdza nie została zajęta, gdyż 9 lipca 1807 podpisano pokój w Tylży. W latach 1830–48 twierdzę wykorzystywano jako więzienie a 1 stycznia 1860 roku wydano rozkaz likwidacji przestarzałej już twierdzy. Ostatni żołnierze opuścili ją w 1867 roku. Ogromne magazyny, studnia, zbrojownia, kaplica, szpital, piekarnia, browar, i prochownia czyniły fort samodzielnym i samowystarczalnym.

Od połowy XIX wieku pełniła ona funkcję obiektu turystycznego, była miejscem więzienia jeńców wojennych w II Wojnie Światowej, była dewastowana - aby obecnie być obiektem turystycznym i muzeum broni.

Jest to ciekawy obiekt historii budowy wielkich fortów obronnych.

A new adventure for us -- our barn, attached chicken coop and gardens . . . not exactly self-sufficient living yet, but we shall see. . .

Photographed just outside the walled garden on the Llanachaeron estate (NT). Over 200 years old, Llanachaeron was self sufficient and the National Trust carry on maintaining the gardens and farm. The house was designed by John Nash in the 1790's.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.

Joseph Wood Krutch

 

Biltz Road - Rootstown, Ohio - Portage County

 

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

COmposition Series

Extract from the context volumes, colors and shapes by subjectively creating a new self-sufficient harmony.

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