Well technically I am writing this from Phoenix because I was having internet issues in Sedona, I will be back up there later tonight for some more shooting tomorrow. Hiking up in the Sedona is an amazing experience, through make sure you bring a lot of water, there isn’t much shade along the way. The views are just breathe taking though. As you walk around the mountains the rocks will show you different shapes just like clouds do. I love the beauty of the desert, even if your not a huge fan of heat it’s still a breath taking thing to see that is unlike any other mountains.
I know I shouldn’t complain. I did get to spend three months living the dream exploring Asia, but it has been two years since I last got out of Wisconsin (Chicago excluded, they are too close to count as travel). This year everything worked out perfectly for me to get out to Arizona to visit my Grandfather in Sedona, and my brother in Phoenix. I just arrived in Phoenix and I already feel a great pressure lifting off my shoulders. I was not meant to be a stationary person, I’m hyped and ready to explore. Not to mention this Texas baby feels perfectly at home in the desert.
I’m writing this from a coffeehouse with a garage door entrance. I think that is a super trendy fun way to make a building (also incredibly popular in Thailand). In Milwaukee we only have those at a very small number of bars, and they aren’t actually open that often…stupid cold.
This was from a wonderful lazy day spent exploring Killiney, Ireland. It was windy and a bit overcast, but still wonderful strolling weather. Only a short train ride from Dublin, I recommend it for anyone visiting Dublin who wants to see some of the countryside. They have nice little shops for picking up wool and other local goods, as well as a castle you can tour! It wasn’t so filled with tourists that it was cheesy either, which made taking a walk through town even more enjoyable.
It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up on two years since I left for Thailand. It was such an adventure, though truly challenging at times. I know I failed a good number of those challenges, but I also had some great experiences along the way. It two years sometimes it can feel like so much has change, and barely nothing has changed. When my father talks about going up to the temple I still remember the area so vividly, but I know if I were to visit again it would be very different. For starters Jayron, the monkey pictured above, who had been rescued by the monkeys had been one of the most exciting parts of visiting the Temple. How often in life to you get to be up close and personal with a wild monkey? Last year they released her though, she was strong enough to be in free in the wild. Which makes me wonder what would be my favorite part of a visit if I went there again? It presents a whole new adventure, which hopefully I can have some day.
It’s a new year, and time for new adventures! In 2011 I barely even left the state (I think I went down to Ohare airport once). This year I’m aiming to at least make it to Austin at some point. Hopefully in 2012 a Wings Eye View can show some of America. Until then I will celebrate with some burning incense from the temple of SriChang. These were burning in front of the line of Buddha’s shown in A Buddha A Day.
While on our trip to Hokane to view Mt Fuji we spotted this shrine next to one of the train stops. We couldn’t resist getting off to explore on our way home. It was a bit scary getting off the train, not knowing when the last train went by or where exactly we even were on the mountain side. The shrine was fascinating. It was so different from the shrines in Thailand, though I saw some similar themes. The sun was setting and the woods around the area was getting quite dark, giving the whole area a mystical feel. It made me wonder if some of the demons and spirits always seen in occult animme were watching from trees.
This picture was taken on the lawn outside of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. I’ve had a some requests for more pictures from Ireland so here is you go. I believe that you just can’t go to Dublin and without visiting this historical and beautiful building, even if it is just to picnic out on the lawn. When this picture was taken we were actually waiting for the afternoon service to start. That was a beautiful experience. While neither of us regularly practice these days, we were raised going to protestant churches. Seeing a service in an old and beautiful cathedral brought back all the wonder and fascination I felt as a child being in the giant building of our church. Perhaps because as a grown up the cathedral is more in proportion to feel so giant and magnificent, like the church did too a child.
A word of warning, be careful of your wording when you are in religious places in Ireland, the tension is still a bit high. I accidentally called the service a mass and got pretty fiercely chewed out by one of the church workers. Apparently a mass is a Catholic term, and St Patrick’s is Protestant!