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Saturday, 17 July 2010


Sphinx, Capri

Primavera, Naples

Painted doorway, Palermo

Glad-Eyed Lady of the Midlands: photo portrait taken in the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento

The Valley Spirit never dies.
It is called the Mysterious Female.
Shih wei hsüan p'in

The entrance to the Mysterious Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth,

Endless flow
Of inexhaustible energy.

LAO-TZU Tao Te Ching

(Translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo)


Tramp said...

Time spent with those close to us in a different setting, stepping back from everyday life and discovering new experiences in the world around us and within ourselves.
Sometimes we need that solitude, sometimes we need to connect.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely words and photos Robert.

George said...

The combination of these four photos, the title of your posting, and the quote from the Tao Te Ching suggests that some form or renewal is taking place in your life. Perhaps it's the discovery of a bridge that will connect your past with your future. Perhaps it's the fulfillment of T.S. Eliot's prediction that the end of all our explorations will be to return to the place from which we began and to know it for the first time.

The Solitary Walker said...

Tramp - that seems absolutely right. For me, at least. Discovery and rediscovery of the world without and the world within. Sometimes in an isolated way, sometimes sympathetically sharing.

Thanks, Pat ...

And George - thanks so much for appreciating the sub-text of my (our) Italian journey ...