274 / beach rocks

Both of these are not often seen, the tides cover them with sand

especially these..they look sort of surprised, as if they'd
like to roll on their backs & watch the sky.


273 / remembering cold

In Colorado

& near Galisteo, NM
Its not really memory, when one is sitting in a 
still hot summer..


272 / views

Sporadic scanning: part of the really great view from the house
we rented in Dalhousie. One could sit on the patch
of green beside the steps coming up to the ramshackle old house

& beside the small house Michael built near Bangalow
-in northern NSW, Australia- 
were four large Moreton Bay fig trees.


271 / hot rock

Trying a friends camera today at the beach, to help decide 
what I really need. This with my Panasonic: in the sun,
a viewfinder is essential.


270 / alternative locations

In the vicinity of Crested Butte, Colorado

There was an old agricultural tool near the house

maybe it was a homemade snow plough ?

it would be nice to have seasons again, 
just not such cold winters - am not a skier.
&, really, will probably stay in Australia, & take
off to faraway places occasionally


269 / snow

Scanned some old prints, it takes longer than 
I'd like, as the prints are discolouring,
so need retouching

a beautiful place in Colorado, 
where I stayed some months
~ also intensely cold

sometimes the sunrise would gild small sections,
catching the breath in a different way

an especially expansive outlook from 
my friend's house in New Mexico


268 / relocate?

For businesses in Byron Bay, christmas holidays
make up for slower times

if you don't have a business, holiday people are just too... 

there are too many people in most places

today, nature looks perfect without us


267 / holiday destination

At last all the tourists seem to have gone

we can get back to being a quiet little town

too late for that, perhaps

these are from years ago


266 / conversations

Fun to find these kind of shots. I like to imagine
the conversations some plants might have

with their neighbours ~ 
the palm fronds above are laughing, no?


265 / a moment

I like this one because it was just one moment of sun/cloud -
while I was looking - in Tibet.
Was a long time looking for it on the mac, 
& got annoyed all over again at how the new OS has 
wrecked all my slideshows in iPhotos.


264 / change

A leaf through the roof of a cafe
the other day. On my phone.
Just read on Google that I'm supposed to tell
people outside Australia that google uses cookies,
when you look at this blog. Don't know what 
I'm supposed to do with that information.. do you?
I assume all sites do, & therefore delete history,
which means they don't 'recognise' me next time.
Sometimes its all too much!


263 / Kopan

Fields on the way to Kopan monastery, above Kathmandu,
in 2013

Really admired the paintings here

an unusual use of flat wall & 3D decoration, with
lots of natural light

with some lovely trees in the garden, on the top of a hill,
above the smog of Kathmandu


262 / & again

a small shrine in Kathmandu three years ago

I wonder if the tree held this shrine together,
last year

a lot of old buildings appeared quite precarious
although often the timbers looked tougher than bricks

& there seemed to be countless modifications, 
sometimes because they'd encroached on the road

charcoal, though I couldn't tell if it was on purpose or not


261 / Kathmandu

At the Boudhanath stupa, while they add new layers of paint,
I saw some guys running down ladders, facing out.
Cant really tell, online, the extent of the earthquake damage
from last April, think it was the top structure

in Thamel

a beautiful smile, upstairs

after school

at Shechen monastery


260 / winter

Inside the small monastery
near the 1922 Everest base camp.
I'd want to sleep near the sheep, in winter

I hope someone brought new window glass to them

inside there are good paintings & thangkas

wishing a peaceful & happy 2016
to all


259 / high

last morning on Tibet trip

cannot imagine going up there

again, the extraordinary upheavals to make them

theres a small monastery behind me,
where monks & nuns stay all winter

to be there is truly mind-blowing

there's a number of small low buildings,
perfect for the terrain

We stayed at a hotel (back some way behind here)
& walked up..very slowly, in my case.
I think the road from here back to Kathmandu will
be closed for a long time.