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Sicily 2017 Slideshow

May 13, 2017

Was it one week or two?

It was one hundred lifetimes lived in a single day.

Warm sun on my skin

Within days, my skin goes brown, my eyes grow bright.

A gentle breeze floats in from the sea.

I am surrounded by beauty

and smiles.

How will I ever go back home?

This ancient land clings to my feet, tugs at my heart.

I am trapped by an invisible seaweed netting.

Cherry tomatoes burst with flavor. The local markets display mounds of dried wild herbs and mountains of colorful fruits and vegetables, which will taste as beautiful as they look.

Every morning and evening, we practice yoga to the sound of birdsong

and to soft lapping of waves.

The fragrance of the zagara flower is intoxicating.

Orange blossoms perfume the wall-less outdoor yoga studio.

Mt. Etna lets out a steady stream of smoke, steam, and dreams.

Mongibello stands tall, shrouded in purple at sunset, pink at sunrise.

What do you call the blue of the Sicilian sky and sea?

Flamingos, not yet fully pink, are feeding at the marsh.

Are there words to describe such insane raw beauty?

At night, I wonder how my parents ever left?  I wonder if I  carry the scars of their pain?

Quarry stones, hewn perfectly, stand witness to ancient history and warm today’s cat.

With the click of my camera, I capture the wild red poppies growing in a field of yellow daisies and I offer the poppies’ perfection to my lost friend Adriana.

We do yoga in the ruins of the tuna fisheries.

I feel the solidity of ancient stone under my feet, the mass suffering of the giants of the sea, and the beauty of the moment.

I watch my friends, long-time friends and new ones, do yoga on this ancient island. I lead them in a yoga sequence and I feel  Madre Terra’s energy coursing through us all.

Mother Earth and the Sicilian Sun nourish our spirits.

I breathe and I am renewed.

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Another Adventure About to Begin

October 25, 2016

The last week has flown by. It was filled with re-discovering Tokyo and meeting up with my Japanese friends.  Such an incredible week.  And tonight we have our welcome party with a fabulous group of yogi-fellow adventurers gathering from Washington, Oregon, Florida, Toronto (Ontario), and Vancouver (B.C.)!

Below are a few more photos from yesterday…

We saw two weddings at Meiji Shrine.  This bride is wearing

We saw two weddings at Meiji Shrine.  This is one of them.  She looked very solemn! Meiji Shrine is a place where bride and groom go to pray for a harmonious marriage.

This is the second bride.  Since she wasn't wearing the big white hat, we could admire her hair!!  And she was so beautiful with her smile.  She and her husband look so happy.

This is the second bride. Since she wasn’t wearing the big white hat, we could admire her hair!! And she was so beautiful with her smile. She and her husband look so happy.

I felt a little weird taking their photos, but who could resist?  Look at her feet. She has the traditional stance (toes pointing inward).

I felt a little weird taking their photos, but who could resist? Look at her feet. She has the traditional stance (toes pointing inward).

We went back to Hama Rikyu Garden and we finally found the 300 year old pine tree! How could I have missed it the first time around?  It is lovely and regal.  Its branches are held up with huge wooden supports.  I thought that a 300 year old pine tree deserves to be assisted and the supports reminded me of canes used by elderly to assist with balance.

We went back to Hama Rikyu Garden and we finally found the 300 year old pine tree! How could I have missed it the first time around? It is lovely and regal. Its branches are held up with huge wooden supports. I thought that a 300 year-old pine tree deserves to be assisted and the supports reminded me of canes used by elderly to assist with balance.  This is one of the largest black pines in Tokyo!  It was planted in 1709 by the sixth shogun.

The cosmos were so beautiful in the park.

The cosmos were so beautiful in the park.  I saw my first hummingbird moth yesterday in the field of cosmos flowers!  Looks just like a hummingbird, but is a moth! 

I remember my first autumn in Japan almost 29 years ago.  My students took me to a cosmos field.  Cosmos as far as the eye could see!

I remember my first autumn in Japan almost 29 years ago. My students took me to a cosmos field. Cosmos as far as the eye could see!

Little did we know that the park would be closing at 5.  We had just enough time to walk around. At 5, employees came around on bicycles to hurry us towards the exit.  I felt as if they would close down the park and lock us inside if we didn't hurry up.  But they didn't!  We made it out in time!

Sunset in the park. Little did we know that the park would be closing at 5. We had just enough time to walk around. At 5, employees came around on bicycles to hurry us towards the exit. I felt as if they would close down the park and lock us inside if we didn’t hurry up. But they didn’t! We made it out in time!

And a wonderful visit to the Imperial Palace gardens.  Rick and I used to walk around the exterior moat area.  Today, Don and I walked the interior!  Very interesting place.  This is a dolphin statue!

And a wonderful visit to the Imperial Palace gardens. Rick and I used to walk around the exterior moat area. Today, Don and I walked the interior! Very interesting place. This is a dolphin statue from 1657 (there is a date carved on its head!)! It is called Watari-yagura-no-Shachi of the old Ote-mon gate.  This dolphin used to be on the roof of a building used for storage and defense.

Guard House rooftop.  This is one of three remaining guard houses.

Guard House rooftop. This is one of three remaining guard houses.

Another rooftop of the second guard house of three remaining.

Another rooftop of the second guard house of three remaining.

The last of the three remaining guard houses within the imperial palace gardens

The last of the three remaining guard houses within the imperial palace gardens

Guard house

Guard house

Mount Fuji Viewing House

Mount Fuji Viewing Place

Foundations to a five story structure that no longer exists

Foundations to a five story structure that no longer exists

Pine Tree and Palace walls

Pine Tree and defense walls

Simone’s Lovely Garden

May 13, 2016
Poppy

Poppy

Today’s blog post is a visual meditation of sorts.  I spent a wonderful afternoon and evening with Simone on Wednesday.  We walked in her neighborhood and then enjoyed her lovely garden.  The weather has been unusually warm and sunny, so we also dined outside amid her garden in full bloom.  She had asked me to bring my camera over to capture the fleeting beauty of the poppies, roses, and other flowers growing in her garden…and so I did!…be sure to scroll all the way down to view the short slide show.

Fragrant Rose

Fragrant Rose

Rose seemingly floating in the garden-intense RED

Another fragrant rose seemingly floating in the garden-intense RED

Poppy

Poppy

Enjoy the brief slideshow below and don’t forget to view it on full screen and turn up your speakers.  Thank you, Simone, for growing such beautiful flowers for all of us to enjoy!

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