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Through Shadows To The Edge Of Night

Through shadows to the edge of night

Home is behind, the world ahead,

And there are many paths to tread

Through shadows to the edge of night,

Until the stars are all alight.

Then world behind and home ahead,

We'll wander back and home to bed.

Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,

Away shall fade! Away shall fade!

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I Said To The Night

Full Moon

I said to the night, 

"If you are in love with the moon, 

it is because you never stay for long."

The night turned to me and said, 

"It is not my fault. I never see the Sun, 

how can I know that love is endless?

Rumi, Whispers of the Beloved

Things Fall Apart; the Centre Cannot Hold

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

W. B. Yeats, The Second Coming

Autumn in Munich

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been in Munich last week. I’ve been there several times and I didn’t really plan any photo shots. I did take the camera with me though, by habit I guess. I ended up taking a few photos as the weather was truly beautiful; you know, that golden light of autumn? Hard not to - and I wanted to share them with you as well.



The only lens I had with me was the nifty-fifty as it’s small and light, thus the tight photos. Above you see part of the Munich Residenz (Residence). The Residenz, the largest city palace in Germany, is is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. It’s now a museum.


That golden light!

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More pumpkins ...



The English Garden (Englischer Garten), created in 1789 (!). The park, in English style (thus the name), is huge (3.7 km2 or 1.4 sq mi). It is actually one of the largest urban public parks in the world. 

Get Ready To Weep Tears Of Sorrow

Get ready to weep teams of sorrow

Get ready to weep tears of sorrow

as bright as the brightest beads,

and like the bright beads you string

to wear round your throat at the burial,

gather your tears and string them

on a thread of your memory to wear around

your heart or its schatterad fragments

will never come whole again.

Laurens van der Post, from Flamingo Feather

What Do You See?

I’ve been in Munich for a few days this week, a combined business and pleasure trip. 

Arrived at the hotel, I opened the door and inspected my room. One thing stopped me in my tracks and reminded me of Thoreau’s words: ”The question is not what you look at, but what you see”.

Some people would simply see an (admitelly beautiful) lamp; I would see something more. I knew from the very beginning this would make a great black and white abstract photograph. I just loved the shadow and light play! I was itching to play with the many photographs I'd taken and find ”the one” but didn’t have time to get to it until I was back home. This is the result. What do you think? is it ”the one”?

Hmmm … I just realized I’d found another beautiful lamp-turned-abstract photograph right here, at home. Here it is!

This is the more prosaic picture I’ve taken with my phone. Same lamp. Big difference.

Here's To The Crazy Ones

Here's to the crazy ones

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Rob Siltanen

Throwback Thursday: Marrakech & Camels

Curious Camel at La Pause, Marrakech

Camel, La Pause, Marrakech

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Dull weather here in Switzerland so brightning my Thursday with these cute camels at La Pause, and dreaming about sun, palm trees  and bougainvillea waterfalls. Marrakech is always a good idea!

A Little While And Night Shall Come

Autumn by Mihaela Limberea

Let misty autumn be our part!

The twilight of the year is sweet:

Where shadow and the darkness meet

Our love, a twilight of the heart

Eludes a little time's deceit.

Are we not better and at home

In dreamful Autumn, we who deem

No harvest joy is worth a dream?

A little while and night shall come,

A little while, then, let us dream.

Ernest Dowson

I Have Promises to Keep, And Miles To Go Before I Sleep

I have Promises To Keep

These woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

I Said To My Soul, Be Still And Wait Without Hope


I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

T. S. Eliot

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