party, valladolid

Last day of my 50’s. Interested in tomorrow. A breakthrough, but what will be its nature?

These two party-goers from Valladolid make me happy.

Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid (Spain) in 1506.

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Rückkehrunruhe

The mysteries of Mexico, December 29 through January 5, 2016. A place to start the new year.

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Photos – Yucatán

Rückkehrunruhe, from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

n. the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness—to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all, even though it felt so vivid just days ago—which makes you wish you could smoothly cross-dissolve back into everyday life, or just hold the shutter open indefinitely and let one scene become superimposed on the next, so all your days would run together and you’d never have to call cut.

yoga retreat

I spent the weekend at Kripalu. Driving on Friday, snowstorm on Saturday, leaving on Sunday.

The setting is breathtaking, a beautiful bowl in the Berkshires opening up in front of you.

kripalu - view

kripalu – view

snowy saturday

snowy saturday

worn and ornamented

worn and ornamented

route 7 to kripalu

This was a beautiful drive. I could have stopped so much more often to take photos. But there was a sort of pushing to get where I was going. Someday I will take a photography trip up route 7 and stop as much as I want to.

last summer

last summer

hayfield

hayfield

Wondering how these would look in black and white. I gave it a try in iPhoto. “Antique” effect looked better.

sunflowers, antiqued

sunflowers, antiqued

hay bales, antiqued

hay bales, antiqued

everglades

Three days in the Everglades – amazing, challenging, heartbreaking. We were outdoors a lot more than usual. The two most intense physical experiences were hiking through clouds of mosquitoes and kayaking in pouring rain.

For a few days, the tides and weather patterns were of extreme interest as we planned our kayaking and hiking adventures. I learned a lot about tides. I like living with that awareness.

heading out into Florida Bay for early morning kayaking

heading out into Florida Bay for early morning kayaking

The ranger spent a lot of time explaining the tide charts and how the numbers on the maps are calculated. Here’s a photo of the Snake Bight, which we never really got to.

Snake Bight Pole and Troll zone

Snake Bight Pole and Troll zone

I loved having so much bird life around. As well as many other creatures, sharing space together in the subtropical zone.

heron taking flight

heron taking flight

peaceful pelican

peaceful pelican

bottlenose dolphin

bottlenose dolphin

osprey with catch

osprey with catch

crocodile hanging out on the freshwater side of the plug

crocodile hanging out on the freshwater side of the plug

I stayed at the edge of the marina for a long time, watching and waiting for this manatee to rise for a breath.

manatee barely visible

manatee barely visible

The rangers seemed so accepting of the drastic changes of culture and ecology over the relatively few short years. I found these narratives difficult. I want the pristine environments and the indigenous cultures back, and unchanging. That’s the way it should be.

There were two juvenile flamingos sighted in the bay outside the Flamingo Visitor’s Center while we were there. We didn’t see them. Much excitement!

We went to the visitor center before dawn on our last morning. Trying to decide whether to kayak one more time. We were dissuaded by the heat lightning in the east and the time pressure – we had a flight to catch. It was good that we didn’t because our trip to the airport took much longer than expected.

We saw this heron sitting morosely at the edge of the water. He stayed there a long time, not moving. I love his hunched posture and his patience, waiting for light.

last morning

last morning