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Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca (Part-One Of A Three-Part Series)   Leave a comment

BoliviaIsla del Sol, Lake Titicaca Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

In the fifteenth century, the Incas invaded the island taking control of its people at the time. Like a lot of conquerors, they created a story of Incan lore. Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) is both the birthplace of their revered Sun God and the world’s first two Incas; Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo (the Adam and Eve of the Andes) in an attempt to not only justify their reign, but to identify themselves with the pre-existing Tiwanaku civilization whom they considered to be a great source of religious and ideological identity. This image is my attempt to capture the spirit of the Incan lore. 

Isla del Sol-3-72.jpgWalking to the boat dock.

The only way to get to Isla del Sol is via the glimmering waters of Lake Titicaca. Michael had arranged for a boat (a captain and his daughter) to take us to lunch in the Comunidad Yumani on the south side of the Isla del Sol.

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Because of an ongoing dispute between two local communities (Comunidades Challapama and Challa) has seen the north side of the island become off-limits to foreign and domestic tourists since February 2017. The bitter feud began when the Challa community, who live roughly in the center of the island, built a series of guesthouses near a northern Inca ruin to try and earn a slice of the tourism pie. The Challapama believed the new buildings broke one of Bolivia’s laws, which relate to construction work within a certain distance of sacred sites. After an unsuccessful attempt to appeal through bureaucratic means, the folks of Challapampa decided to resolve the matter vigilante-style by blowing the guesthouses to smithereens with a dose of dynamite. The stand-off remains.

Isla del Sol-7-72.jpgLeaving Copacabana

Isla del Sol-5-72.jpgTom, Ty and Michael

On the boat ride, we spent most of the time drinking Singani and Altbier and resulting in drinking conversations.

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The terrace landscape reflects the Inca influence on the Lake Titicaca agriculture.

BoliviaImages and Video by kenne (This Is Part-One of a Three-Part Series on Isla del Sol)

— kenne

 

Deserts Come and Deserts Go   Leave a comment

Red Rock Country Panorama (1 of 1)-72Three Image Merge (Sedona, Arizona) — Panorama by kenne

Deserts Come and Deserts Go

Is it a desert, only time will tell,
a landscape between heaven and hell.
Every ten thousand years or so,
the ice will come, the ice then will go.

In one place the ocean throws water across the land,
another place flowers beyond numbers to count grow.
In time, only a desert will tell,
the span between heaven and hell.

— Phillip Camitses

 

Laid-Back at Delicate Arch   Leave a comment

delicate-arch-panorama-blogLaid-Back at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park (June 12, 2014) — Panorama Image by kenne

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

— Albert Camus

When is a Tree Not a Tree?   2 comments

Wave Tree (1 of 1) B&W blogVermilion Cliffs National Monument In Northern Arizona — Image by kenne

Take a leaf off a tree. Is it still a tree?
Take a sin­gle twig off a tree. Is it still a tree?
Remove an entire branch from a tree. Is it still a tree?
Take off half of the branches. Is it still a tree?
Cut down the whole tree, leav­ing only the stump. Is it still a tree?
Many peo­ple would say no, it is no longer a tree,
though the roots may still be in the ground.
Well, where did the tree go?
Removing a leaf, it remains a tree,
but not by remov­ing all of the branches and the trunk?

In the real world, there aren’t any things as we com­monly think of them.
A ‘thing’ as we refer to it is only a noun. A noun is merely an idea, a men­tal con­struct.
These ‘things’ exist only in our minds. There is no tree, there is only the idea of a tree.

—Anonymous

Hoodoo Pinnacles   Leave a comment

Catalina Highway July 2012 Hoodoos blogView of Hoodoos and the Rincon Mountains along the Catalina Highway — Panorama by kenne

Hoodoo pinnacles

Scenic diversity charm

Rocks stacked over time.

— kenne

Two Nuns at The Chapel of The Holy Cross   2 comments

Chapel of the Holy Cross (1 of 1)-2 Two Nuns blogTwo Nuns Red Rock Formation at The Chapel of The Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona (June 14, 2016) — Image by kenne

Two Red Rock Nuns

Looking at the two red rock pillars
with shades of red forming lines
shaded by the late afternoon sun.

The hump-backed moon rises
over the nuns distorted faces —
smeared red lips not desiring.

Centuries of decay at their feet
delivered by tears of benevolence
a token of good will everlasting.

A sky so blue, not to be bought
by any painter at any human price —
isn’t that, after all, left to the gods.

— kenne

 

Grand Canyon Panoramas #2   1 comment

Grand Canyon Panorama (1 of 1)-5 blog

Grand Canyon Panorama (1 of 1)-4 blogGrand Canyon Panoramas #2 — Images by kenne

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above

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