Finally saw my favourite paintings in person- Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí at Kelvingrove Museum.
This is a recreation of two main London studios where Sir Eduardo Paolozzi(Scottish sculptor and artist) lived and worked. Impressive!
Not always certain you will see the peaks. In fact, only a one in ten chance.
Perito Moreno Glacier is a place filled with natural beauty and wonder at nearly every glancing turn. The ice formation covers over 250 square kilometers (97 square miles) and is 30 kilometers (19 miles) in total length. It is also one of 48 glaciers that are fed in by the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, which is located in the Andes system and is also shared with the country of Chile.
Statistically speaking, the glacier is 97 square miles (250 sq km) and measures 19 miles (30 km) in length. Additionally, the glacier measures 3 miles (5 km) wide with a total ice depth of 558 feet (170 m). The deepest part of the glacier measures 2,297 feet (700 m). Perito Moreno Glacier is one of three Patagonian glaciers that is not retreating. This ice field accounts for the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.
This particular ice field of Perito Moreno Glacier is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the entire world. The glacier is named after explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region during the 19th century, is also known for playing a major role in defending the territory of Argentina during the major international dispute between them and Chile.
Another incredible aspect that makes Perito Moreno Glacier one of the most unique natural wonders of its kind is the fact that it is only one of three Patagonian glaciers that are constantly and continually growing. Though the reason is still unknown as to why exactly that is the case, scientists it will continue for several hundred more years if not longer. The total ice depth as of right now is said to be over 170 meters (558 feet) in total whereas the terminus of the glacier is 5 kilometers (3 miles) wide and an average height of 74 meters (240 feet) above sea level.
At Devil’s throat, Iguazu.
Stayed in the sun too long and got sunburned.. :-0
an endless sheet of hexagonal crystallisation tiles, created by the crystalline nature of salt!
Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flats. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar.
二零一二年, 決定去復活島, 因為發夢去過好幾次( 有一次夢見自己在巨石人群上飛, 然後飛了去亞馬遜森林)。
除了發夢外, 也因為確實對島上的古文明Moai (巨石人群)感好奇。
原本的計劃是八月一日在秘魯首都利馬出發, 途經智利首都聖地牙哥, 再前往復活島。 不小心計錯時間, 早了一天的零晨到達聖地牙哥, 唯有零晨二時硬著頭皮找酒店, 也好運的給我找到一間 。不曉得是否聖地牙哥空氣頗污染, 一向沒鼻敏感的我竟然敏感, 發燒及流鼻水, 也睡不好。
迷糊乘八月三日清晨機往復活島, 一到步下大雷雨。 因為只有短短珍貴的五天行程便要回秘魯, 所以就算大雷雨也決定去看那些 Moai , 而智利籍導遊又肯陪我癲⋯ 結果到達Ana Kakenga( Cave of two windows) 後, 發現島上除了導遊, 我, 雷雨 及巨石人群外, 就一個遊人也沒有。( 結果是五天行程裡，兩天大雷雨三天放晴)
原來雷雨中看Moai 是很不同的，規律的雨聲好像 brainwave meditation, 聽著聽著會平和恬靜。寂靜中就只有雨聲, 古代文明巨石群和我, 那種無助空洞感是很直接的… 被雨水淋透的我覺得渺小又不知所措，但同時又感到有股力量很看顧我，很連結 。 好像領悟到一點點什麼似的但又不知是什麼…我不懂表達，那種感受很深刻感動，是後來那三天陽光普照時看巨石群感受不到的。
島上居民好像好happy, 整天也很happy, 愛聽hip-hop, 無憂無慮似的 … 真的那麽快樂? 其實我看見島上是有隱憂的，例如生態的破壞 – 島上山頭極少樹 , 而且都長得不健康。 還有大量馬兒在島上亂走 , 因為馬匹跟本不能逃離這個小島，所以主人索性任牠們周圍走，天生天養。但島上跟本不夠植物牠們吃，牠們往往吃下有毒植物，大部份也很弱瘦。我在島上看見一些馬的骸骨, 就這樣被棄置在路邊，愛馬兒的我實在感到心痛！
在那裡我認識了一位島民，他常常以Zig Zag形的步伐走路，我問他為什麼這樣走路？他說因為悶，島上沒有什麼娛樂，他很嚮往外面的花花世界。我就跟他說, 我們在外面的人，什麼娛樂都有，卻千山萬水跑來這裡，也因為嚮往這裡的簡單, 質樸和神秘。
差不多的對話也發生在不丹。因為我想知道”全球最幸福國家指數(GNH)” 及有 “喜馬拉雅山下香格里拉” 美譽的不丹是怎樣的，便跑了去不丹。但去到其實也不特別怎樣, 和當地青年交談, 其實大家都有自己的苦況, 也會’ 隔離飯香’ , 也並不一定越簡單越快樂 (他們都嚮往吃麥當勞的! 另外他們對電話科技, 投資比我這個香港人更在行)。
知足常樂，愛自己 ，愛人，蓬萊就在心裏（很老土. 但真的）.
” I SURVIVED THE SALKANTAY TREK”
The younger me were so brave ! Hike up Waynapicchu, Peru. Aug 2012
在下山時看見商店販賣寫著” I SURVIVED THE SALKANTAY TREK” 的t-shirt ……當堂笑了！這不是我的寫照嗎?
Wayna Picchu or Wayna Pikchu (Quechua wayna young, young man, pikchu pyramid, mountain or prominence with a broad base which ends in sharp peaks, “young peak”) is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District. It rises over Machu Picchu and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.
According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins. Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. The Temple of the Moon, one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, is nestled on the side of the mountain and is situated at an elevation lower than Machu Picchu. Adjacent to the Temple of the Moon is the Great Cavern, another sacred temple with fine masonry. The other major local temples in Machu Picchu are the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, “Unfinished Temple”, and the Temple of the Sun, also called the Torreon.
Araway Qhata- which further to the south is named Kunturuma is a mountain in the south of the city of Cusco in Peru. It lies in the Cusco Region, Cusco Province, Santiago District. The words Viva El Perú Glorioso (Spanish for “long live glorious Peru”) have been carved into the mountain side in large letters so that they can be read from the city below.
Paro Taktsang (Dzongkha: སྤ་གྲོ་སྟག་ཚང་, also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s Nest),is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.
A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which he meditated.
The temple devoted to Padmasambhava (also known as Gu-ru mTshan-brgyad Lhakhang, “the Temple of the Guru with Eight Names”) is an elegant structure built around the cave in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye; and has become the cultural icon of Bhutan. A popular festival, known as the Tsechu, held in honor of Padmasambhava, is celebrated in the Paro valley sometime during March or April.
Recently I went to Northern Thailand to have my Mandala drawing lesson with teacher Katharina Bless.
The Psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self”, so, what do you see in my mandalas?