Photo Diary Series

Photography has always been a hobby of mine.  When I first bought a digital camera, I began taking thousand of photos.  I never shared my work with anyone, but rather stored them for my own personal viewing.  As technology makes sharing these images easier, I began posting my visual musing to sites like Instagram.  It never occurred to me to share my photography on my blog.

Then, one day, my site was hacked.  This incident was devastating.   My site was injected with some type of malicious code, and no one could seem to fix the issue.  I had to fix it myself, and in my ignorance, I caused a lot of additional damage.  As I navigated through CSS code and deleted what I determined to be intruding segments of text, I crashed my site several times. Then, every single post I’ve ever written was altered, with strange symbols inserted between sentences.   To see years of my work tarnished with random illegible characters and wiped clean from every search engine was disheartening.

Slowly, I’ve been repairing the damage.  Yet the sheer amount of time required to edit old posts, re-organize content, and teach myself coding took me away from writing.  I had been robbed of the time to create new and interesting posts.

Out of frustration, I wondered if there was a quicker way for me to release my creative energy.  The idea came to me to post my photographs with quotes or text that inspired me.  I thought it would be a way to keep the momentum going.  I could still be creative while repairing the damage.

This has become one of my favorite series on my blog.  All of the photographs are by me.   I hope you enjoy them!

To view the original posts, please click here.

 

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Tempest |

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.”

– Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare

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Open & Unshaped | “What could – what should – be done with all the time that lies ahead of us, open and unshaped?  Feather light in its freedom, and lead heavy in its uncertainty.  Is it a wish, dreamlike and nostalgic, to stand once again at that point in life and be able to take a completely different direction, to the one that has made us who we are?”  – Pascal Mercier

 

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Leave | “We leave something of ourselves behind, when we leave a place, we stay there even though we go away.  And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.  We travel to ourselves when we go to a place where we have covered a stretch of our life, no matter how brief it may have been. But by traveling to ourselves, we must confront our own loneliness. And isn’t it so everything we do is done out of fear of loneliness?  Isn’t that why we renounce all the things we will regret at the end of our lives?” – Pascal Mercier

 

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Snow | “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” – Lewis Carroll

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The Day to Come | “Perhaps the day may come when we shall remember these sufferings with joy.” – Virgil

 

Winter

Winter | “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

 

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Rain | “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” Langston Hughes

 

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Connected | “But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”  – Alan Watts

 

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Landscape | “The mind is the only landscape that can change itself.” – Margaret A. Boden

Bird in Flight

Wings | “Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.”  Victor Hugo

 

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Gratitude | “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” Robert Braathe
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The Stream | “The flow of life . . . you are going along with it whether you want to or not.  Like people in a stream, you can swim against it.  But you’ll still be moved along by it, and all you’ll do is wear yourself out in futility.  But if you swim with the stream, the whole strength of the stream is yours.  Of course, the difficulty so many of us have is finding out which way the stream is going.” – Alan Watts

 

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Paradise | And they asked, “How do you get to the paradise land?”  He said:  “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘here it is ‘or ‘there it is’.  Rather, the paradise land is spread out upon the earth and you do not see it.  What you seek is inside of you as much as it is outside of you.”  Gospel of Thomas

“When you plant seeds in the
garden, you don’t dig them up
every day to see if they have
sprouted yet. You simply water
them and clear away the weeds;
you know that the seeds will grow
in time. Similarly, just do your daily
practice and cultivate a kind heart.
Abandon impatience and instead be
content creating the causes for
goodness; the results will come
when they’re ready.”

 – Thubten Chodron –

Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass | “In a Wonderland they lie, dreaming as the days go by, dreaming as the summers die. Ever drifting down the stream- lingering in the golden gleam. Life, what is it but a dream?” ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

 

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Broken | “Do not despair.  If your heart can be broken, that means that it still works.”
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Starting Over | “I don’t start over.  You see, I just go on from one thing to another.  They’re all really the same.” – Diana Vreeland
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Mystery | “The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Gerard van der Leeuw
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Door |

Why search in vain / in every door in which we will not exist / because we have not yet arrived?

That is how I found out / that I was exactly like you / and like the whole world.

– Pablo Neruda

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Transformation | “He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds. Even the elder-tree bent down its bows into the water before him, and the sun shone warm and bright. Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, ‘I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.’”- Hans Christian Andersen

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Reverse | “We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we are in.  And we have to reverse our thinking to see that the past always flows out of the present.  That now is the creative point of life.  And so, you see, it’s like the idea of forgiving somebody.  You change the meaning of the past by doing that.  It’s also like the flow of music.   The melody as it is expressed is changed by notes that come later.  The present is always changing the past.” – Alan Watts
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Solitude | “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.

The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.
And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.”
Khalil Gibran

 

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Travel | “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
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Beauty | “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”- Sigmund Freud
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Fearless | “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”- Sarah Williams

 

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Persistence | “The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.” – Aesop
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Change | “Your desire to change is simply a symptom of growing in a certain direction.  You are as naturally flowing in a new direction as a tree putting out a new branch.  In the process of growth, the oak is not better than an acorn.  Because what does it do?  It produces acorns.  So an oak is an acorn’s way of becoming others.” – Alan Watts
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Respect | “I’d rather have no audience at all than one for which I could have no respect.” – Charles James
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Sight | “My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.” – Marcel Proust
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Blown in the Air | “In all our quest of greatness, like wanton boys, whose pastime is their care, we follow after bubbles, blown in the air.” – John Webster
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Barriers | “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”  – Rumi
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Indestructible | “As the spider sends forth and draws in its thread, as plants sprout on the earth, as hair grows from the body, thus the universe springs from the Indestructible, the source of life.” – The Mundaka Upanishad
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Conviction | “Life has taught me that one’s most precious asset is the spirit of ‘independence at all costs’ . . . the constant disposition to risk all in the interests of a conviction.” – Charles James
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Blossom | “Like a flower, we blossom when the conditions are right.” – Rita Said
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Freedom | “At the center of your being you have the answer.  You know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tsu
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Rain | “I yearn for flowers that bend with the wind and rain.” – Tso Ssu
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Magic | “The person that rows a boat is using effort.  But the person that puts up a sail is using magic.  He lets nature do it for him.” – Alan Watts
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Dreams | This man played music so beautifully it made me cry. Cheers to the people following their dreams, however bleak the road ahead may seem. You do not go unnoticed.
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The Beginning | “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning. ” – Louis L’Amour

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Trees | “When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees.  And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever.  And you look at the tree and you allow it.  You appreciate it.  You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it.  You just allow it.  You appreciate the tree.  The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, ‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’   The judging mind comes in.  And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” – Ram Dass
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Trust | “Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with planks of thanks.” ― Ann Voskamp
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Why The Bird Sings | “A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
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Errands | Sometimes I am reminded what is really important while running errands. Dodging people, racing the clock, I realized the greatest sorrow is not having the courage to say how you feel.