Exploring light on the full moon

 

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Buddha wall carving – Xiandong Fairy Cave, Keelung

Neil Wade Photography, 2011

 

While updating my front page with a link to a recent post on the ‘Art of the Buddha’, an image really caught my attention when I was searching for a feature image. This was a picture of a green Kuan Yin wall carving, which I recalled to be similar to a dream I had recently on the New Moon of the 3rd of November, which had made a distinct impression on me. This dream had a more lucid appearance than the usual nebulous haze. I had descended carved steps at some coastal location into a subterranean chamber and waded waist high into a golden, turquoise water which was semi luminous. While admiring the vibrancy of the water, I looked to the side and was startled to see a beautiful wall carving that looked like some sort of Buddha figure relief, my sense being it was of Kuan Yin. This heightened the sensation that I was already feeling of being in a blessed environment. After I had been invigorated from the environment, I woke up. This dream had a resonance that lasted for days.

My curiosity was aroused by this recollection, so I dropped this image into Google Image search to look at it source and see what I could find about its location. It turned out to be the Fairy Caves in Taiwan, which were also subterranean and been a water channel. Another image of a Buddha at this location (see above) also caught my attention which I searched for and was intrigued to see many other fascinating images that held my captivation, particularly because of the appearance of a diffused light, which seemed to be sublimely balanced. I loaded one of the images into Photoshop and noticed its light Levels layer was a smooth concave curve, not a formation that you usually see for most images.

On further inspection, most of the other images approximated this concave light curve too. It reminded me of a section of a large spherical object, which I thought was intriguing because this was during the time of the perigee Full Moon on Nov. 14th. Like the moon, the concave shape is regarded as being feminine yin in nature. I was impressed by the synchronicity and the ability of the algorithm to detect this nuance. Themes that appeared to me from the images were: moving from darkness to light, unfolding of a new direction symbolized by pathways and motion of water, solitary quests and enchantment from nature, especially large caves, all bathed in subtle light. It turned out to be an inspired manifestation of images all presented in the one place. Being able to source all the images from the one location made the curation easy.

 

 

 

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Fingerlings by Brian Matiash on 500px

 

 

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Mikhail Alisov

 

 

 

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Lucerne, Switzerland

 

 

 

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Aba Yohannis monastery –Seeker at 74 years old  “I came from my village, from the countryside to learn. I didn’t go home. I preferred to stay here. I’ve been here for 43 years.”

Photography – Joey L, NY

 

 

 

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Magic Dalongdong (Guangxi Shanglin), China

 

 

 

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona Watkins Glen State Park, New York

 

 

 

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‘Apple of Discord’ – Arianna Coleccarelli

Aphrodite model Olga Miranova

 

 

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Heli Luaksonen (click to expand)

 

 

 

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Moon over bridge – Photo by Birgitta Sjostedt – flickr

 

 

 

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Lost land of the Tiger, BBC

 A documentary following a team searching for tigers in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

 

 

 

“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015

“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015

 

 

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Bruges, Belgium – David Gilson-flickr

 

 

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA

 

 

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Castel Gandolfo gardens, Italy

 

 

 

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The Blue Mountains, Sydney

 

 

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The Champion Catalpa tree which has a 23.5 feet circumference

 

 

 

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‘Fall’ – Rosie Anne Prosser, Wales

500px

 

 

 

Through the Woods is a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shores of Norway

Through the Woods is a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shores of Norway

Developed by Antaognist

 

 

 

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Scotland Outdoors-twitter

 

 

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Fairy cave stalactite walls…Quang Binh province, China

 

 

 

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Autumn Sunrise , Ilthaca – Dustin Schwartzmeyer photography

 

 

 

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Emma Gorge El Questro wilderness park

Western Australia

 

 

 

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Fotografia Nocturna1, Ortigueira. Matadero. Porto deportivo. Jesús Manuel Giz Novo

 

 

 

Recently Discovered World’s Largest Cave, 9km in length, Son Doong, Vietnam. The size of the cave can be gauged by the size of the man standing on the bridge

 

 

 

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Subterranean cave. John Spies, 500px

 

 

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 A flower seller paddles past a small shop on Dal Lake’s quiet waters in Kashmir

photo – Steve Curry

 

 

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Litlanesfoss waterfalls are surrounded by basalt columns located in Upphéraðsvegur, Iceland.

 

 

 

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Lourdes – james65, flickr

 

 

 

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‘Hang Son Doong’ – Nha Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province, Central Vietnam.

 

 

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Moon man in Forest

 

 

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Hindu Temple deep in Borneo caves – Trey Ratcliff

 

 

 

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Nok Nang Ann cave, Thailand

 

 

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‘Onwards under Stormy Skies’  – Rosie Anne Prosser, Wales

 

 

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The Nature Conservancy – photo Kevin Arnold

 

 

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Quang Binh cave, Vietnam

 

 

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Spiral path at Hang Son Doong in Vietnam in the world’s largest cave

photo Ryan Deboodt, 500px

 

 

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Serene Morskie Oko, Poland

Photograph by Sara Delić

 

 

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Shanglin caves – Nanning

 

 

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Stourhead autumn photo – Toby Melville

 

 

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Angel statues – Synthgamer

 

 

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Tianmen Shan’s very long cable car

Zhangjiajie, a city in the northwest of China’s Hunan province, is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. This protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 200m

 

 

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Toketee Falls – @chelseakaua, Instagram

Umpqua National Forest, South Oregon, US

 

 

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Buky Canyon is a canyon near the Buky village, on the Hirs’kyi Tikych river in the Cherkasy Oblast of Ukraine. It is approximately 5 km long, 20 m deep and anywhere from 20 to 40 m wide. Wikipedia

 

 

 

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Vive la huasteca – Conexión México

 

 

 

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 Phang Nga Bay, Thailand – Wajahat Mahmood – flickr

 

 

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‘Egrets Nesting’ – American Museum of Natural History

 

 

 

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‘Water Stone’ – Andrew Bi – Flickr

 

 

 

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Stone Creek, Coniston, England

Bardsea Photography

 

 

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Jinlongshan – Golden Dragon Mountain, Taiwan

Photo Mrs Lee

 

 

 

girl-in a blue gown by Bella Kotak

 

Photo by Bella Kotak

 

 

 

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  1. H. James Conklin
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    OVERWHELMING THANK YOU

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