The Shapes of Emotions…

Everyone needs to analyse and understand what makes them tick, like taking a clock apart to discover how it works. Self-knowledge will help you to understand what you have to offer that’s special.~ Rod Judkins (The Art of Creative Thinking)

Thses images were taken during a visit to “The Fallero Museum – or Museo Faller de Valencia“.

In March every year the city of Valencia, Spain is taken over with Las Fallas. Parties begin and massive colourful “monuments” appear in the streets, only to be burnt to the ground a few days later in an emotional night of fireworks and flames.

Falles is a popular festivity that has been celebrating the feast of Saint Joseph in València since the mid-18th century. Thanks to citizens and falles artists, ephemeral monuments depicting satirical images are erected on the streets of València. These monuments are made of ninots, figures that are set alight to welcome the spring on 19th March, feast of Saint Joseph. On 30th November 2016, Falles was inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

If you can’t visit Valencia for Las Fallas, then this museum full of the festival’s ninots (sculpture caricatures) is a must. Each year, hundreds of ninots are put on display at a special exhibition and visitors vote for their favourites, which then escape from the traditional burning on 19th March and are added to the museum’s collection.

This fascinating collection exhibits ninots from 1934 onward. The collection is a wonderful demonstration of aesthetic and artistic evolution over time. The museum also features posters and photography and informative videos, which tell the story of the Fallas Festival.

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life ~ Confucius

I love my job and my hobby but they are not the same and  when time constraints hobby has to wait. I hope you don’t mind a late post.

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Friday fun: Shapes

Monday walk

A few little details

The pattern

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen ~ John Wooden.

Ignoring Dandelion is not possible
If it was not blur

Little details have special talents in creating big problems! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed ~ Ansel Adams

Dedication
A couple of days ago

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold ~Aristotle

Last week when temperature was aaround -8 degree C.

Sadly I do not own a macro lens. I looked for it at different places/shops but didn’t manage to get one. I wish to get one this year but for now I hope you like these images.

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Looking back at 2020!

Spring is the season of hope

It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.~ Steve Maraboli

A walk on one foggy morning
Beautiful landscape and dramatic clouds

Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.
~ Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass)

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.
~ Vera Nazarian (The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration)

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The theme is for today “Jan 3” : Your 2020 Retrospective (share your year in images)

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A for Alley(s) in Florence!

The best way to get to know the place you are traveling in is to walk around… and the best way to walk around is with comfortable shoes! Grab your travel buddy and your running shoes and go explore ~ Laura Marano

I love walking because it clears your mind, enriches the soul, takes away stress, and opens up your eyes to a whole new world ~ Claudette Dudley

Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path ~Thích Nhat Hanh

APPLY WITHIN

You once told me
You wanted to find
Yourself in the world –
And I told you to
First apply within,
To discover the world
within you.

You once told me
You wanted to save
The world from all its wars –
And I told you to
First save yourself
From the world,
And all the wars
You put yourself
Through.

-Suzy Kassem

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence ~ Henry David Thoreau

Nurturing Thursday

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Jo’s Monday walk

Downpour : A documentary

As the topic suggests this post is all about “Downpour“, suggested by Kate for “Friday Fun“. Moreover this week Tina gave us freedom to choose our topic for lens-artists-photo-challenge so let it be “Downpour”. A little downpour is fun but continuous downpour results in Flood.

In 2019, the monsoon season started quite well in Western Maharashtra region in India. People were happy and started preparing for forth coming festivals in August and September.

During our India visit we travelled to a couple places in this region. The monsoon weather was perfect to enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful green surroundings.

Sugarcane field

Usually it pours on and off with a couple of managable floods. Last year near end of July it started to downpour without any rest.

We were fotunate enough to leave the region on right time as in less than a couple of hours the dam doors were opened to release huge amount of water resulting massive flood. Almost all highways in the region were blocked for weeks. Sadly thousands of people got affected. The giant Banayan tree and the water pumping station (shown above) were totally submerged in water for more than a week. With 1,000-2,000 families residing in this particular village, the village headman said that at least 150 animals were dead and stuck in the fields though the exact number was not known then.

Teams of Indian Army along with seven teams of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were called and people were rescued using boats from flooded areas. Water level in certain area reached the mark of 55.4 ft when danger level is 43 ft.

Over 130 000 people were evacuated in the region. Many villages are located on the banks of local rivers which are tributaries of Krishna, the largest river in Maharashtra which flows through Satara, Sangli, and Kolhapur and then runs through four states before culminating into the Bay of Bengal.

Rivers were overflowing following incessant rains between August 5 to 8 in 2019, totaling around 900 mm of rain, which was over 400 percent above normal, an official from India Meteorological Department said. 

Floods are acts of God, but flood losses are largely acts of man  ~ Gilbert F. White

In January 2020, we visited a place which was not very far from the above shown places. The aftermath of flood was cleary visible but locals were getting back to a normal life.

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Living Now

Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now ~ Roy T. Bennett

Life is no different than the weather. Not only is it unpredictable, but it shows us a new perspective of the world every day ~ Suzy Kassem

Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never ~ Alan Bennett

At any point in time you can always find something more pressing to do than that one vital but not immediately necessary task, and it’s only once it’s too late that you look back on your decisions and your mistake becomes painfully obvious. The trick is to substitute thinking ‘do I do this now or later?’ with ‘do I do this now or never?’, because all too often that’s the choice you actually end up making ~ Anonymous

Since April we started exploring our surroundings. We go on walks/hikes almost everyday with some rare exceptions. For Lens artists photo challenge this week, Amy proposed the theme “Now and then“. I decided to stick to the first part “Now”. Sometimes I like to dwell on the past and check our travellings photos but for now let us enjoy the beauty of November. I hope Amy wouldn’t mind either.

I am listening this piece while working on the post:

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Weekend 111: In the neighbourhood

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like ~ Lao Tzu

Someone may find it strange but for us it’s quite natural, the skies are clear during sunrise or sunset and the rest of the day clouds accompany us in different shades. Anyways we try to take walks irrespective of weather.

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude ~ Oprah Winfrey

November is not like spring or summer or not even like autumn but still each day has it’s own significance.

Don’t Just

Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.
― Roy T. Bennett

( The Light in the Heart)

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Sunday Trees