I passed this lady amongst the tombstones in a shrine in Japan, laying some flowers. She has obviously seen much in her life, and blessed with memories to be carrying flowers for those she still loved.
Today I discovered the marble quarries of Carrara, in Tuscany. I'm not too far from Florence , yet feel a world away. All week I have been sweltering in +30 C temperatures, but the up here in the mountains the air is cool. A mist has rolled in over the mountain tops, and droplets of water sweep by in the breeze. I stand in awe at the sheer size of these blocks. The entire mountains are made from marble, and have been mined since antiquity. Think Roman Forum, then Michelangelo's David . Both made from marble from this quarry. The morning passes, and it is time for coffee in Carrara. Later I will visit the Arts Academy, and wander past the Duomo where art students are busy with hammer and chisel. The whole town, it seems, is made of marble. Like my photos? - if you feel like contributing to my coffers, please click the link to buy either my photos from the micro-stock site 123RF , or products from my store, EnsoCreations. Cheers! Otherwise
Once upon a time, in the 60's when the world was very different, Dal Lake in Kashmir rated high on the hippie trail. The lake, nestled between snow-covered mountains, is covered with old wooden houseboats. These were built by the British as retreat from the summer heat (at the time, the British weren't allowed to own land, but a boat on the water was a different thing). Now, with Kashmir occupied and a curfew in place, few visitors wend this way. We had the lake virtually to ourselves - a far cry from those heady days when the boats were filled with backpackers and a haze of smoke from locally grown 'herbs' settled over the water each night. Every day we would potter around the lake and into the by-waters on long boats. Nestled amongst cushions and rugged up against the cold (for the snow was creeping down the mountains) I felt as if I had entered the world of the Raj. One morning we even woke before dawn to reach the morning market , hidden d
Nothing quite prepared me for these giant trees. I've seen so many images of them (and yes, we've all seen the movie) but to actually wander through the temples and see trees sprouting from stones is an eerie site.