Contemplation #296

Au revoir l'ete

Au revoir l’ete

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”
ARISTOTLE

I contemplated about the passage of time standing there and savouring every moment. Many of us lead busier lives than we would like to, but it is not enough to simply slow down. We can get caught up so much in our own pursuits that we start seeing life more as a monotone schedule to keep than a journey to be cherished.

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Paris Quote #255

City of light

City of light

“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.”

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

The Notre Dame cathedral is one of the many famous landmarks of Paris. She is a magnificent example of gothic architecture. I spent some time on the bridge taking in this unforgettable view. And I know, she had been photographed zillion times, but who cares, this is my shot. 🙂

Imagination Quote #253

Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra Nevada

Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra Nevada

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

Visiting California I stopped at Mono Lake in Eastern Sierra. The unique tufa towers are made of calcium-carbonate and are formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. Mono lake is an ancient lake over 1 million years old. These fantastic spires make the place so otherworldly.

Submarine Quote#237

USS Torks

USS Torks

“I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.”

H.G.WELLS

The USS Torsk (SS-423) is a museum ship in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore since 1972. The submarine was launched in 1944 and decommissioned in 1968. The old ship had seen better days. Now she is dreaming about the good old days patrolling the Pacific Ocean at WWII. The weathered and rusty nose provides an interesting contrast to the bright painting decoration. The reflections repeat the same motif. The diagonal composition and the tight framing contributes to the abstract quality of the picture.

 

The USS Torsk (SS-423) is a museum ship in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore since 1972. The submarine was launched in 1944 and decommissioned in 1968. The old ship had seen better days. Now she is dreaming about the good old days patrolling the Pacific Ocean at WWII. The weathered and rusty nose provides an interesting contrast to the bright painting decoration. The reflections repeat the same motif. The diagonal composition and the tight framing contributes to the abstract quality of the picture.

 

Preservation Quote #235

Constellation, Baltimore

An old lady

“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”

THOMAS AQUINAS

This is a famous tall ship, called USS Constellation, resting peacefully in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. She was one of the first warships of the US Navy launched in 1854. I was intrigued by the rich texture of the decaying wood of the old ship. In addition, I liked the reflections dancing on her aging body. The black and white conversion further emphasized the above details.