Stuck inside while the hours roll by instead of the miles how I miss the drone of my tires on hot asphalt taking me to places never seen before for life wasn’t meant to be lived in one place and I am not the same person having seen the sun rise on the other side of the world
About the picture: Taken at the Beautique Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. There is an “atrium” in the breakfast room. In Taipei, most of the buildings are very, very close together. “Green space” is mostly roof top gardens and public parks. Not an ideal situation for a South Dakota grasslands girl. I was intrigued by this ingenius optimization of space usage. The designers installed glass walls (windows) just about 12 inches inside the outer wall of the building and they have created planters for small trees and plants as well as lattice for hanging planters and a wall fountain for irrigation. The plants on the wall change periodically with the seasons. It’s a welcome respite from the constant hub-bub of crowded city life.
Krispy Kreme store front in Taipei, Taiwan late October. The Taiwanese celebration of Halloween took me by surprise in both it’s duration and utter delightfulness. Stores stay open and give treats to children who dress up for Halloween (lot’s of princesses, very few witches) but the whole town seems to embrace this latest “Western” craze. The celebrations go on for days and the holiday sales and treat devouring for much, much longer.
“Somedays I do yoga, follow a sensible eating plan and use words like ‘elucidate.’ Other days I eat donuts, refuse to put on pants, and use words like ‘scrumdillyicious.’ It’s all about balance. ~JPP
A stone lantern stands a lonely sentinel silently lighting the path
for wayward travelers, pilgrims and seekers rich with moss and the patina of ages how long has it guarded this woodland path and who lights it?
At Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan. At the pinnacle of the upper garden and grounds lies a simple pavilion structure of multiple rooms where emperor Gomizuno could view the panoramic views. Construction began in 1655 and Shugakuin remains one of the finest displays of shakkei (the Japanese garden art of “borrowing scenery”) to be found. Here at the Emperor’s Pavillion you see the extensive use of tatani mats. Note the elevated platform where the Emperor would sit. The paper windows let in light at different times of day and these large “lift out” windows let in the summer breeze.
Ludwig is hosting the first Monday Window challenge for 2020, come on over and see some fabulous windows. I took this shot last winter while on holiday in Wellington, NZ. It always makes me feel warm to look at it when the weather here is cold and windy.
Look Through the Window
I watch the light shine through bits of colored glass A kaleidoscope of colors, patterns dance across the floor Like memories in bits and pieces, each beautiful alone but together becoming something more A work of art, shining illumination for all the world while I ponder what the new year holds in store