Shades and Shadows

Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.~ Paul Cezanne

Pull down the shades on the windows of your soul, and gaze into your mind and watch the wisdom unfold ~Beanie Sigel

Shades and Shadows

A walk in the garden: chasing colours – blue and green

People observe the colors of a day at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quiet clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment.~ Markus Zusak

Although I don’t know much about anything, I know that I have a story. I know that it is not over. There are shades and shadows of adventures and people and wild new places … ~ Emily Barr

But we are running out of colors,” said Mr. Violet, intervening.
“That cannot be the case,” said Mr. white. “There are an infinite number of colors.”
“But there are not that many names,” said Miss Taupe.
“That is not possible. A color must have a name.”
“We can find only one hundred and three names for green before the color becomes noticeably either blue or yellow,” said Miss Crimson.
“But the shades are endless!”
“Nevertheless, the names are not.”
“This is a problem that must be solved. Add it to the list, Miss Brown. We must name very possible shade.”
~Terry Pratchett

Life in colour: purple

Like a snake sheds its skin, we are capable of getting rid of assembled habits, creating space to call matters into question. Instead of the Shakespearian ” To be or not to be ” we could favor ” to become or not to become”. By “becoming”, we challenge the range of possibilities in our life and go beyond the merely “being”. We can retreat, then, from the imprisonment of a deadly routine, acquire an identity and develop our personality. ~ Erik Pevernagie

People die from lack of shared empathy and affinity. By establishing social connectedness, we give hope a chance and the other can become heaven. ~ Erik Pevernagie

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Rose gardens

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.~ Ruth Stout

God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.

Robert Frost (God’s Garden)

A gardener is like a prophet looking out on a barren land and saying, ‘I see corn on that hill, and beans beneath the grove, and lavender in the field, and over there some roses by the brick wall.’ Don’t you think that’s what a good friend should be like? A truly good friend is one who can look at our bare lives and see the fruit of what will one day come from deep inside us.~ Craig Froman (Of Secrets, Spiders & and the End of the World)

Be soft, don’t let the world make you hard. Be gentle, don’t let the people make you difficult. Be kind, don’t let the realities of life steal your sweetness and make you heartless~ Nurudeen Ushawu

We visited Madrid in may 2019 and stayed there was 5 days. During the visit I spent some quality time in the rose gardens. Yes Madrid has 2 rose gardens and have more than 4000 roses.. Both are well maintained and can be reached using public transport. The public transport is extremely efficient at least in my opinion.

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Monday Walk

Weekend 119: A fresh breeze is good for us

We were back on our favourite tour. Moderate temperature between 5 to 10 degrees and visiting clouds helped us to keep hiking. We managed to walk 11 km with an ascent of about 576 metres in 3 hours before lunch. We could not go futher due to ice on the top.

Spring flowers are scarcely blooming and mostly on the sunny side of the valley. Though almost every survivng plant/tree showcase lovely buds.

We saw a batch of beautiful purple wild flowers, Genus Hepatica, perennials Chionodoxa (Scilla) in the buttercup family growing along the roadside. It looks like flowers were waiting for some sunshine. Jude has corrected the name of these flowers.

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Colourful April – Time Series

Year 2015

Year 2016

In 2016 I had my first photography tour to Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands. Yes Keukenhof is like a World of colours.

Year 2017

How the rain showers come in the month of April, bringing nourishment to the flowers so they can bloom in the spring. ~ David C. Reyes

Year 2018

The coming of April heralds the time to plant seeds of magic and fill the heart and home with the joy of light and life ~ Lotuswulf Satyrhorn

Year 2019

You will feel the intoxication if you live life very consciously in this beautiful, merry month of April ~Summer Bacon

Year 2020

Year 2021

It was a fun exercise looking into archives to get the idea of April in yesteryears. Snow in April is not exceptional.

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Weekend 118: Mountains are calling

We continued our hike from where we left off on last weekend Weekend 117:Back to hiking.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather ~John Ruskin

Although we say mountains belong to the country, actually, they belong to those that love them ~Dogen

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When life gives you sun and snow take a walk.

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Geometry in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome Italy

The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs was constructed in the 16th century following an original design by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

At the beginning of the 18th century, Pope Clement XI commissioned the astronomer, mathematician, archaeologist, historian and philosopher Francesco Bianchini to build a meridian line, a sort of sundial, within the basilica. 

There is hole in the church’s wall from which the sun can shine through and onto the meridian line.

Tthe object had a threefold purpose: the pope wanted to check the accuracy of the Gregorian reformation of the calendar, to produce a tool to predict Easter exactly, and, not least, to give Rome a meridian line as important as the one Giovanni Domenico Cassini had recently built in Bologna’s cathedral, San Petronio. Alan Cook remarked, “The disposition, the stability and the precision are much better than those of the famous meridian… in Bologna”.

Bianchini’s sundial was built along the meridian that crosses Rome, at longitude 12° 30′ E. At solar noon, which varies according to the equation of time from around 10:54 a.m. UTC in late October to 11.24 a.m. UTC in February (11:54 to 12:24 CET), the sun shines through a small hole in the wall to cast its light on this line each day. At the summer solstice, the sun appears highest, and its ray hits the meridian line at the point closest to the wall. At the winter solstice, the ray crosses the line at the point furthest from the wall. At either equinox, the sun touches the line between these two extremes. The longer the meridian line, the more accurately the observer can calculate the length of the year. The meridian line built here is 45 meters long and is composed of bronze, enclosed in yellow-white marble.

In addition to using the line to measure the sun’s meridian crossing, Bianchini also used the window behind the pope’s coat of arms and a movable telescope to observe the passage of several stars such as Arcturus and Sirius to determine their right ascensions and declinations. The meridian line was restored in 2002 for the tricentenary of its construction, and it is still operational today.

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_degli_Angeli_e_dei_Martiri

http://www.jgiesen.de/meridian/rome/

https://ar-tour.com/guides/rome-day-1/santa-maria-degli-angeli-e-dei-martiri.aspx

Weekend 117: Back to hiking

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth ~ Henry David Thoreau

We managed to hike even more this weekend and yes it was a fantastic feeling. Spring signs are clearly visible though we still do not see crocuses and snowdrops. I hope you too had a good weekend

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Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for ~ Craig Bruce

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it ~Søren Kierkegaard

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is infinite. ~ William Blake

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you ~ Chuck Klosterman

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