New Life

New Life

The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts.

Our baby girl Ella was born on August 13. As proud parents, we can hardly wait to show her the world.
Two more feet to travel with us; two more eyes to open up new vistas; two more hands to link us together; one little sunshine to lighten our hearts on the way.

Photo details:
Canon EOS 60D, 50mm, ISO 640, F3.5, 1/50 sec., no flash, turned into B&W using Snapseed.

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Positive Attitude

Wat Pho Bangkok Buddha

Today marks the beginning of Buddha Lent (Vassa), the rainy season in Southeast Asia lasting 3 months. During this time, Buddhist monks mustn’t travel but stay within one single monastery, focusing on meditation and teaching Buddha’s key concepts to devotees.

I only picked up a few of Buddha’s ideas and sayings during our short trip to Thailand, but I especially remember one that reflects upon life in general: concentrate on the here and now; don’t dwell in the past, don’t dream of the future.

Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
~ Buddha

So whatever you decide to do today, do it with a positive attitude and positive things will happen to you.

There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.
~ Buddha

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 63mm, ISO 2000, F4, 1/100 sec., no filter, no flash.
Location: Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Red

Red

People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.
~ Carl R. Rogers

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 70mm, ISO 100, F32, 30 sec., no filter, no flash.
Location: Darwin, Australia.

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Perfect Faith

muriwai-gannet-colony-auckland-newzealand

The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
~J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 70mm, ISO 320, F9, 1/800 sec., no filter, no flash.
Location: Muriwai Gannet Colony, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Maori Values

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Marae

Maori Marae (meeting house) on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in New Zealand

“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!”
“What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!”

“He tangata takahi manuhiri, he marae puehu.”
“A person who mistreats his guest has a dusty Marae (meeting house)” — meaning, someone who disregards his visitors will soon find he has no visitors at all.

Hospitality, respect for and interest in other people has top priority in Maori society. However, there are rules! As outsider you cannot simply enter a Marae (meeting house) and mingle; you have to wait for the invitation of a tribal member.

On the Waitangi Treaty Grounds — the historic place where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown — visitors are usually invited by the guides to enter the Marae on the photo above, which represents not only one tribe but the unity of Maori throughout New Zealand. It’s easily the most beautiful building I’ve entered in Aotearoa!

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 4000, F9, 1/15 sec., no filter, no flash.
Panorama stitched out of 5 single exposures.

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