A WORD A WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE: Water

 A WORD A WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE: Water

In 2009, I had the great privilege of going to the Holy Land for the first time. In that first trip, I was able to take my pilgrimage group to Masada, taking a cable car and doing a lot of walking under direct sunlight. From there, one could see the panorama of the Dead Sea, and the area of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Dead Sea is the lowest body of water in the planet, with the highest concentration of salt. It was quite an experience to go float on the water of the Dead Sea. The reason why it is so salty, and so no sea creatures could survive in it, is because there is no outlet for the water. It receives water from the River Jordan, but it does not give off water to an outflowing stream. That’s quite an idea, an insight into life. When we just receive and not give, we become unlivable and pretty dead. 🙂

This is my sentry to Sue’s A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Water.  Thanks!

THE DAILY POST WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: On Top

THE DAILY POST WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  On Top

Driving south from Krakow during a pilgrimage in 2012, we were graced with a rare blue sky in between rainy hours, in time to capture this castle on top of a hill. There must be some beautiful things to see from up there, a sense of understanding of what’s going on down below, a better picture of the layout of the town, somehow. Out intellectual ascent to the heavenly truths does the same thing. As we climb up from the hill of our narrow horizons, we get a better perspective of the way God has planned the universe, and the small things that seem to matter much down below do not seem as significant in the wider vista from the top. So seek always for the higher perspective, and never settle for isolated petty things that get blown up beyond what they really are.

This is my entry to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top.

HAPPY EASTER

HAPPY EASTER

WHERE’S MY BACK PACK TRAVEL THEME CHALLENGE: Round

WHERE'S MY BACK PACK TRAVEL THEME CHALLENGE:  Round

The Vatican Museum, 2010.  One of the most conspicuous things to see in the Vatican Museum is right on the courtyard – that round ball called the “Sphere Within Sphere” (Sfere Con Sfera) and it was created in 1990 by Italian sculptor Arnoldo Pomodoro. What it is meant to signify is open to interpretation – I’ve heard that the inner sphere is supposed to reflect Earth and the outer sphere reflects modern day society (also saw reports that it was supposed to signify today’s Christianity). Apparently, Pomodoro has made quite a few of these bronze spheres – they can be found at the UN in NYC, at the University of California in Berkeley, at Trinity College in Dublin as well as in Spain and Washington D.C.

The bronze sculpture rotates periodically and it acts as a magnet to the many tourists who were walking from one wing of the Vatican Museum; I got distracted from looking at the statues when I saw a big window that overlooked into the courtyard, and this is what I saw.  This was toward the end of my pilgrimage to Rome in November, 2010.

This is my entry to Where’s my Backpack’s Travel Theme Challenge: Round.

A WORD A WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE: Sign

A WORD A WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE: Signs

Assisi. Every soul-searching human being should find his/her way to Assisi. It is a very spiritual place, primarily because it is associated with two radically spiritual role models of Christian living – Francis and Claire – who both embraced radical evangelical poverty to show the path to holiness and radically call the Church to a renewal.  Thinking about these two saints, and the many others who witnessed to the power of the faith, inspire to try my best.  The outstanding Christians encourage me that sanctity is humanly possible, because of God’s grace at work in us, and our participation in the work of the Spirit of God.

Behind me are signs pointing to different landmarks of the modern town of Assisi, in the Valley of Umbria. From the valley, one can sometimes see the Medieval Hill that is bookend-ed by the two basilicas of these reformation saints.

This is my entry to A Word A Week Challenge: Sign. A bit too literal, but it works. 🙂

WHERE’S MY BACK PACK? PHOTO CHALLENGE: Misty

WHERE'S MY BACK PACK? PHOTO CHALLENGE:  Misty

But isn’t everything that we see now, actually misty? Do we have the ability to see everything clearly now? Yes, with our naked eye. But isn’t it true that we are all just groping in the dimness of what we see? Do we not walk down the aisle of life with our heads covered in veil, until we all see as God sees, at the end of time?

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, where this picture was taken, the evening we arrived in Paris last year (November, 2013). I would love to go to Paris again, and do some detail work in visiting the sites and simply enjoying the French lifestyle. The mistiness here is due to the rain that just poured, but the life of the city continues, rain or shine…

This serves as my entry to Where’s My Back Pack? Travel Theme: Misty. Thanks, Ailsa!

DAILY POST CHALLENGE: Threshold

DAILY POST CHALLENGE:  Threshold

The universe is a fascinating gallery of unique creations of The Ultimate Artist. Here, a humpback whale breaking through the threshold of the water in Puerto Vallarta, some two Januaries ago. Not an easy shot to make… I wasted so many clicks and megabytes to get a few decent ones. It was so fascinating to see how God has created this animal – they are huge, smart, and flirty. We were told that the ones that do all these somersaults and exhibitions are the male whales trying to impress the female. Certain things in the animal kingdom hold true in the human kingdom. 🙂

This is my entry to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold. This picture was taken during a photo adventure whale watching boat ride in Puerto Vallarta.

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