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Sentinels and Sanctuaries

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by stevemccurry

CAMBODIA-10290Angkor Wat Temple Complex, Cambodia

Trees are Sentinels
Guarding, Nurturing, Protecting
Bastions of Dignity

Breathing life
Providing shelter
Asking for nothing
Sacrificing everything
– K. Earle

_SM11420, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, 2011, THAILAND-10087Chiang Mai, Thailand

INDIA-10710Darjeeling, India

Trees are sanctuaries.
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
– Hermann Hesse, Wandering

CAMBODIA-10032 (1)Caretaker at Ta Prohm temple, Angkor, Cambodia

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.
Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. 
- H. Hesse, ibid

FRANCE-10126Paris, France

If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees.  
- Hal Borland

ETHIOPIA-10048NFEthiopia

ITALY-10486, Camino, Italy, 2004. A woman hikes through a forest.Italy

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a
claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something,
that quality of air that emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-  Robert Louis Stevenson

KASHMIR-10055Kashmir

I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

CAMBODIA-10211Cambodia


ETHIOPIA-10143Ethiopia

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it, and
though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how
fast and far!
-  John Muir

MOROCCO-10072Morocco

THAILAND-10008NFAyutthaya, Thailand

AFRICA-10237The Sahel, Africa

Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing in time to come.
How do we know? They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee that singing will ever be.
- Wendell Berry

00547_09. Monsoons, Nepal, 1983, 08/1983. A young boy works on a mountainside.Nepal

No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples…
- John Muir

ITALY-10020Italy

INDIA-10855Agra, India

KOREA-10010South Korea

Trees, proud standing people
stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying
glorious attention, breathing light.
strength
shelter
timeless confidence
bending and firm
comforting …
-  Wallace Stevens  

THAILAND-10034Thailand


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The Healer’s Art

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by stevemccurry
INDIA-10874NF

Rajasthan, India

Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing.
To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.
- Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

INDIA-12063 (1)

India

 

FINLAND-10007

Finland

Constant attention by a good nurse may be
just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
- Dag Hammarskjold

RUSSIA-10012

Russia

Sometimes we must yield control to others and accept our vulnerability so we can be healed.
- Kathy Magliato, Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon

INDIA-10955

India

 

FINLAND-10001

Finland

A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings … cannot be a scientist;
he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist.
This means that in order to be a good doctor
a man must also have a good character, that is to say,
whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must
love his fellow human beings in the concrete and
desire their good before his own.
- W. H. Auden

AFGHN-13706_B&W

Afghanistan

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
– Rumi

afghn-13696

Afghanistan

 

usa-10473

United States

 

INDIA

India

SOUTH_AFRICA-10020

South Africa

Healing is best accomplished when art and science are conjoined,

when body and spirit are probed together.
-Bernard Lown, M.D.,  The Lost Art of Healing

SINGAPORE-10002

Singapore

Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing.
It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others.
It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people.
It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even
know they’re alone with an illness.
― Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

MOROCCO-10045

Morocco

 

INDIA-10903

India

 

SOUTH_AFRICA-10015

South Africa

The most important innovation in medicine to come in the next 10 years:
the power of the human hand.
- Abraham Verghese, M.D., TED Talk

RUSSIA-10008

Russia

 

INDIA-10963

India

 

BRAZIL-10008

Brazil

 

BRAZIL-10002NF

Brazil

 

INDIA-12066

India

 

BRAZIL-10046

Brazil

Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife,
underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit — Life!
- Emily Dickinson

INDIA-12092

India

 

On the Road

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2013 by stevemccurry
BRAZIL-10062

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again;
we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
- Jack Kerouac

TANZANIA-10025

Tanzania

Roads are a record of those who have gone before.
 Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

ITALY-10479

Umbria, Italy

The road is home.
-  Unknown

INDIA-10379

India

 

INDIA-11723NF2

India

The way was long and weary,
But gallantly they strode …
Along the heavy road.
- George Robert Sims

JAPAN-10072

Kesennuma, Japan

 

ETHIOPIA-10048

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

TANZANIA-10022

Tanzania

Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.
- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

JAPAN-10167NF

Kyoto, Japan

The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.
-  Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

FIJI-10010

Fiji

If one were given a single window from which to look upon the changing

Eastern world, it should face, I think, the road.
– Freya Stark, East Is West

_2SM9314

Karelia, Russia

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
-  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

ETHIOPIA-10059

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

 

RUSSIA-10069NF

Russia

 

ETHIOPIA-10114

Ethiopia

 

MALI-10066

Mali

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road,
to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

TIBET-10115NFns

Xiahe, Tibet

 

AFGHN-10037

Herat, Afghanistan

Some roads aren’t meant to be travelled alone.
- Proverb

N e w s   a n d   I n f o r m a t i o n
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Sentinels of the Earth

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2012 by stevemccurry

 

The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands,
translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

KASHMIR-10014

Chinar Trees, Kashmir


If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees. 
- Hal Borland

THAILAND-10008NF

Ayutthaya, Thailand

CAMBODIA-10032

Cambodia

I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

INDIA-10710

India

THAILAND-10087

Thailand

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky
- Khalil Gibran

INDIA-10801

India

Every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of
gold and silver.
- Martin Luther

FRANCE-10126, France, 1989

France

INDIA-10855

Agra, India

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the
listening heaven. 
- Rabindranath Tagore,
Fireflies, 1928

CAMBODIA-10377

Cambodia

Trees are much like human beings and
enjoy each other’s company.
- Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939

CANADA-10003

Canada

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a
claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something,
that quality of air that emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-  Robert Louis Stevenson

KOREA-10010

Korea

MALI-10056

Niger

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it, and
though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how
fast and far!
-  John Muir

USA-10292

Grand Canyon, Arizona

And see the peaceful trees extend
their myriad leaves in leisured dance
they bear the weight of sky and cloud
upon the fountain of their veins
- Kathleen Raine, Collected Poems

AFRICA-10237

The Sahel

NEPAL-10045

Nepal

  Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing in time to come.
How do we know? They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee that singing will ever be.
- Wendell Berry

A4487718, THAILAND-10041NF, Chiang Mai

Thailand


CAMBODIA-10290

Cambodia

Believe one who knows
You will find something greater in woods than books.
Trees and stones will teach you
that which you can never learn from masters
- Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)  

MOROCCO-10072

Morocco

CAMBODIA-10211

Cambodia

INDIA-10219

Dust Storm, Rajasthan, India

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling,
tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm
like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent,
their songs never cease.
Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life,
every fiber thrilling like  harp strings, while incense is ever flowing
from the balsam bells and leaves.
No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples…
- John Muir

ITALY-10020

Italy

Trees, proud standing people
stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying
glorious attention, breathing light.
strength
shelter
timeless confidence
bending and firm
comforting
rooted chorus line
dancing with the moon, the wind, the clouds
framing bursts of stars
tender rugged celebration
absorbing and releasing life
each holy branch holding
the power of the Universe.
There.
-  Wallace Stevens  

  

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