The scope of the Chernobyl disaster is difficult, if not impossible to comprehend. If I live another 45 years I seriously doubt that I will ever do anything more surreal than walking through the empty schools and marvel at the unfinished homework and discarded toys.
Perhaps I am guilty of wishful thinking but it appears to me that a common thread of decency and kindness can be found in the eyes of those who return our gaze.
As we grow older some things are lost and some things are gained. The irony is that many of the things we loose we do not know we have lost until we pause for a few seconds and look at those who have not lost their wonder and fasination with the world.
Water, water, water....There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.”
― Edward Abbey
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Just look up and see what there is to see, a few times that I have done this I have gotten lucky.
You can look at the animals in Africa but do not forget that they are also looking at you. Perhaps the questions is not what did you see but rather, what did they see?
It is easier said then done but that does not change the the truth of it.
Trying to paint a picture of India with a hand full of photos is an absurd proposition and yet here I am trying to do just that. It is but one country and it is also the most chaotically diverse place on earth. The sacred, the fanatic, and the shocking lurk around every corner.
It is all to easy to get into the habit of taking life to seriously. I have added these photos in an attempt to provide a little comic relief. My appologies to the animals photographed. I am sure that they did not think of themselves as a joke.
Old age, sickness and death are unavoidable. Perhaps suffering is another matter but I am not enlightened so I can not say if this last part is true.
Thank you for spending a moment on my little corner of the web, may you go in peace and happiness.