Sunday Post: Door

Doors are the subject of the Sunday Post this week … so here are a few from my archives!

very old door in Limoux, France

Elephant door handle in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Doorman in Agra, India


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Sunday Post: Pets

Me in Feb 1972, with our pet siamese Psyche, and 7mths pregnant with our first son

Another old print, this one via a slide! We dont have pets, we always live with the native creatures around us instead, but Psyche was that pre-baby pet that young people often have. We also had a sweet and timid standard poodle for 14 years, we loved her dearly and miss her still, but we live adjacent to a national park and no pets are allowed.

See the other ‘pet’entries at Jake’s Sunday Post.

Sunday Post: Work

All these images are from Bhutan, different types of work we observed on our travels there. In this marvelous country people still know how to do things themselves! The destructive practices of the western world are held at bay in favour of quality of life and happiness. Click on an image to see it larger and scroll through the photos.

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Sunday Post: Vehicle

Jake’s challenge of the week is Vehicle, so much fun to research I ended up with lots, so here is a gallery!

If you are interested in canal boats you might like the link to where we took a trip into a hillside riddled with canals, where men mined for coal many years ago.

Here are some other great entries:

Sunday Post: Shelter

Shelter is an essential for our life on Earth, all living creatures take shelter! Human beings sheltered in caves for thousands of years, and eventually structures were used to provide added shelter and security.

The Galamus Hermitage, built in a cave where religious hermits sheltered for many centuries

Children love to hide in small spaces, enjoying the sensation of being sheltered and safe.

This cubby has a big cushion to close it and provide total shelter from busy household life, a real getaway for a small person and a few soft toys.

Houses and stores to shelter people and goods can be very large and ornate, or very small and simple. Here in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan  beautiful mud brick huts and enclosures shelter the local tribes people in a pleasing and renewable way.

Beautiful simple housing in the Thar Desert

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Sunday Post: Stairway

Monks on stairway at Punaka Dzong, Bhutan

Jake’s choice this week is “stairway” … he says “Stairway or simply stairs are names for a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Stairways may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles.” Punaka Dzong is sited on a large curve of the river, so must be built up high in case of flooding. All of the buildings have impressive staircases!

steps follow the tree buttressed tree root down

This stairway is on a narrow walking track that leads into a steep valley in the Gold Coast hinterland … steps have been made against the supporting tree root. Isn’t it beautiful? Finally, here are some ladder stairs … fire-escapes … in New York City.

New York fire-escapes

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Sunday Post: Blossom

Banana flowers are also known as Banana Blossom, and used widely throughout Asia as a culinary ingredient. Our bananas have nearly finished flowering, and the bananas will ripen during winter.

banana flower with bird

close up of male flowers between the bracts

The inner pale bracts are used for cooking, and the outer bracts may be used as a serving bowl for salads. Of course we just leave them all on the tree to ripen, since we enjoy our sugar bananas so much!

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Sunday Post: Culture

Some people retain their local historic culture better than others who give way to the all-pervasive western culture. We loved to see Bhutanese culture when we were there, the people so proud and natural in their national dress. We were able to visit a cultural festival in a remote place, where there were no roads, the only access was by foot, and involved crossing a narrow bridge over a rushing river. Our Bhutanese guide and driver delivered us safely and explained it all to us as we watched. Bhutan is a Buddhist country so the dances have a very significant role in maintaining the fabric of life, of keeping the balance of nature creating harmony for all creatures. Here are some images to enjoy! Click on the small images to make them larger and scroll through them.

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Here’s how the weekly photo Competition works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. Show the world based on your interpretation what you have in mind for the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Sunday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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Sunday Post: Nature

In this week’s Sunday Post Jake explains that Nature  “is often taken to mean the “natural environment” or wilderness–wild animals, rocks, forest, beaches, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention.” Here is my entry, the natural environment, unchanged by man, as far as we can see on the surface.

serene and spacious nature

Water lies on the sand, reflecting the clouds above, in the afternoon light of the sun … all four elements with space making up the natural world of which we are a part. Keeping these elements in balance in our lives is the key to health and well-being. By understanding and cherishing the natural world we take care of ourselves and our planet.