P N C O

Mostly photography, with the occasional philosophical contemplation

Bay of Zadar

11 Comments

Bay of Zadar

As we were enjoying the sunset, these boats were sailing the waters between the city and the isle of Ugljan. Lovely clouds in the background

Advertisements

Lake Dreams

Leave a comment

Benmore klein

A while back in beautiful New Zealand we came across lake Benmore where there was no wind and beautiful mountains in the background, causing these dreamlike reflections in the water. On eof the highlights of our journey through the land of LOTR πŸ™‚

A bit of Scotland

7 Comments

Dunvegan IMG_9958 IMG_9958-2

Edited a couple of pictures from Scotland, as i was inspired by another person who posted some amazing photographs. Really tried to focus on details within existing images. The first one of the Dunvegan Castle is the total image, the other 2 are cut-outs from different images. Fun to look at photos in this way, as you create entirely different scenery πŸ™‚


2 Comments >

Boeddha Shakyamuni klein

I realize that it’s quite a while since i last blogged about anything different from photography. But lately i feel inspired to also give some attention to writing, as i was reminded of the fun of writing. Just got back from 2 weeks of working for the tour of my Buddhist teacher. At the end of it was a 5 day silent retreat. Really interesting how 2 weeks not doing the regular job can shift things. Before the tour i was wondering what it would be like, whether things would go as planned and how the retreat would be. Now it’s all retrospect. And yet it’s all still so fresh.

I’ve noticed that the balance inside has shifted. Perhaps more than once. It’s very interesting to watch the movement of the mind. A few years ago i would be left perplexed by the process, but as i get to know the process better i now know what is the most important. And it’s surprisingly simple. Rest the mind. The rest will follow naturally. And perhaps you’re now thinking ‘easier said than done’. And it is, exactly because of our mind. So used to habitual behavior of chatting, thinking, judging and liking and disliking, the mind becomes uncomfortable once you enter the silent space within.

It has been a week since the retreat ended and my mind seems to be quite happy to be out of the silent zone. It got me engaged in some pretty rusty habits again and it’s trying its best to convince me that these habits are good for me and enjoyable. But as my mood gets worse, i know that these habits are actually not good for me. This was what helped me to give up on drinking. I noticed that each time i drank, the next few days i was more edgy, less patient, less friendly, less happy, less relaxed, less rested. I’ve once heard that nothing can stand scrutinizing observing. Perhaps that did the trick for me. Cause i tried to force myself out of using alcohol, but the same force came back to me with a big smile (and an even bigger hangover of course πŸ˜‰ ).

So now that i understand my inner workings better, i can see that i’ve made quite a few improvements in my life the last few years. In a way i’ve found more balance. But the mind is still resisting the new lifestyle which includes yoga and meditation. It’s not yet comfortable with being silently present all the time. The chatter still springs up from time to time. My guess is that it has to do with deeper layers of inner work which needs to be done. There are quite some themes which deserve attention. To name a few: working with fear, insecurity, uncertainty. Buddhist practice has helped me to see beyond all these layers, it’s now up to me to clean everything which blocks me from seeing unobstructed. The true nature of the mind is clear, the thoughts and habits are like the clouds blocking the sun. And so looking back to the last few weeks, i can see that i’ve removed a few blockages, then stood on a box before falling down again and stumbling over the debree.

The good thing is that there is no need to improve anything. Again, just resting the mind is enough. It can be achieved by resting the body. I just know that my mind can’t understand that there is nothing to improve, that everything is perfect. All its life it was taught that to be someone, it had to work hard, strive to be someone, to become the best it needed to improve all day every day. And now there is this teacher in my life who paints a different picture. A clear picture, one in which everything is perfect just as it is. I really need to learn to balance between the old and the new. Cause being switched from one to the other is yet more suffering. So it’s great to see that there is so much to learn still. With trust in my teacher, i know that i’ll overcome all obstacles, one by one. Even if it takes a lifetime. Cause with his example and the support of the teachings and the students, the sky is no longer the limit. For the clear sky is already here, shining from within.

Deep in yourself, deep within all the turmoil of daily life, way below the waves of aggression, jealousy, desire, hope, fear and doubt, there is a calm ocean. Abide in there and you will calm down too.
* quote inspired by my yoga teacher

Church in Zadar

4 Comments

SAMSUNG CSC

A church at a little forum in the old part of the city of Zadar. What a stunning city! Full of great architecture and very well maintained.
If you’re close one day, please do visit this magnificent city, really worthwhile to spend a few hours there πŸ™‚

Paklenica National Park

Leave a comment

SAMSUNG CSC

SAMSUNG CSC

Near the coast of cities like Split and Zadar lies a beautiful area full of mountains, called Paklenica.
I’ve looked and thought about this very photograph for quite some times. Never really new what to do with it. But today, while playing a bit these tree images came out. Well, actually only the last two came out since the first one is the image i started with.

Really marvelous mountains, such a great place to walk through. But you need to know your way as the area is massive. So we were advised not to do a long walk when we got up to a rangers office up in the mountains. I’ll leave you guys with the photos πŸ™‚

Waimakariri River

2 Comments

waimakiri-river-klein

Saw this image some time ago on the blog, but as the years passed, i also learned a bit about horizon. So i edited this image and straightened it. One of the great memories from back in 2008 in New Zealand, we camped at this river called Waimakariri or Waimak for short. Very rocky and as it was the dry(er) season, not so much water. Wonderful stars at night and this beautiful scenery during the daytime

View From Up High

8 Comments

When we flew back from Croatia the sky was very clear, so we had this magnificent view over parts of Europe. Here are a few shots. First shot is Antwerp Harbor, second is the Maas river, third one is the city of Bergen op Zoom, the fourth one is a part of Germany and the fifth and six image are both from the Alps

Red Desert Sand

6 Comments

Red Desert Sand klein

Australian sand is beautiful with its red color. Especially in the Northern Territory and the northwest of Queensland we’ve seen many miles of it and actually drove a bit on dirt roads. Amazing to see and when it’s pristine like this, the details become enhanced. It was a real treat πŸ™‚

The King’s Canyon

4 Comments

Kings Canyon panorama

This is another magical place in Australia, called Kings Canyon. A huge crater with steep cliffs and beautiful alienating stone structures and with a hidden oasis in the middle. Such a marvellous sight, it was a wonderful experience to have walked there!

This image contains 2 photographs which are stitched together.