Another set of lens manipulation shots. This time the large tree at the beach with the christmas lights on it. Enjoy.
I actually started taking the sunset photos as homage to someone who moved away. I thought of what a great place I live in and how I never went down to check out the sunsets. Now it has become something I do when I am able, which is most nights. I’m getting good at reading the clouds in the afternoon. I also check this website as a cheat to see if it’s worth my time. If it looks good I check out my window because if I can see the light from my window it will be a good one. If I can’t see it I go out to the street to look. It usually works. One great thing about grey Vancouver days is that it only takes a small hole in the clouds to the south to give some awesome effects. Going down for the sunsets has turned into a fantastic unintended legacy. I am not even completely sure if she sees them, though she is aware of the blog, though I sure hope she does. No matter what she helped me find inner peace and that is an unbelievable gift. I am very grateful for every sunset I get to experience, after all one day there will be a final sunset for me and I will never know when that will be. In addition for each sunset, much like life, you never truly know what you are going to get.
He is freed from himself, which is the only thing which has ever bound anyone, because he has let himself go. The unenlightened man keeps a tight hold on himself because he is afraid of losing himself; he can trust neither circumstances nor his own human nature; he is terrified of being genuine, of accepting himself as he is and tries to deceive himself into the belief that he is as he wishes to be. But these are the wishes, the desires that bind him, and it was such desires as these that the Buddha described as the cause of human misery.
People imagine that letting themselves go would have disastrous results; trusting neither circumstance nor themselves, which together make up life, they are forever interfering and trying to make their own souls and the world conform with preconceived patterns. This interference is simply the attempt of the ego to dominate life. But when you see that all such attempts are fruitless and when you relax the fear-born resistance to life in yourself and around you which is called egoism, you realize the freedom of the union with Brahman.
I read this the other day and it really spoke to me, and hit home with me. I realized how much of my life I had spent trying to achieve a predetermined outcome in most situations in which I found myself. How often I was disappointed when the outcome didn’t come close to what I had imagined it would be, or even the times I was disappointed when it did come close. I had done everything right in my estimation, it seemed perfect to me. I forget though that we are only one component to a very complex equation or situation. We have the flaw of only being able to see things from our own point of view, everything that anyone else thinks we can only presume through our tainted glasses. We cannot begin to imagine all the experience and perceptions they bring to the experience. In addition, we rarely ask the questions required to gather that information, not that such questions wouldn’t be limited anyway. There are so many factors which determine the outcome in any circumstance we find ourselves in or observing and we can influence so few of those factors.
Waves, bald eagles and sunsets oh my! What a great evening it was. The waves were up tonight and so was the wind, and a biting wind it was. It is unreal to be standing on the edge of downtown watching the waves roll in and then look up to see a pair of bald eagles floating on an updraft (pics in part 1). Finally after that there was a brilliant sunset. What a great day, it began with an hour walk to one of my favourite restaurants, Dharma Kitchen. It was overcast on the walk there but as soon as I sat down and got my chai tea the wind had blown the clouds away and it was nice and sunny. Walked back fairly quickly so I could catch the sunset. All in all not a bad way to spend a day.